Labelled ‘the most generous Christmas shoppers in the world’, us Brits tend to get carried away over the festive period, spending an estimated £476 on Christmas goodies each year. But who said Christmas had to have such a negative effect on our bank balance? Indeed, more and more people are now opting to make their own gifts and decorations over the festive period, with one particular technique standing out; origami!
A great way to show off your dexterity and creativity, origami Christmas decorations are cost-effective, easy to make and most importantly, stunning. Origami (ori- kami), the act of folding paper, has been practised in Japan since the 17th century. Traditionally used in Japanese ceremonies and exchanged as tokens of good luck between Samurai, origami is a respected art form, sculpting something from nothing and making the seemingly ordinary beautiful, as well as an effective form of creative therapy.
The colour, design and shape possibilities within the field of origami are only as limited as your imagination. However, it is a good idea to think carefully about which is the right origami paper for your project before you get crafting, as this will ensure that you end up with a sculpture of the desired size and pattern.
There are numerous easy Christmas origami ideas to choose from, ranging from the classic bauble to cute penguins. At The Japanese Shop we used a selection of our authentic, patterned origami and premium washi papers to craft some of our favourite decorations: the Christmas tree, star and funky bauble (pictured).
If, after Christmas is over, you want to further hone your origami skills, our list of instructions, ideas and inspiration will provide you with lots of stunning origami projects to keep you busy all year round. Check out our blog also for more resources on all things Japanese at Christmastime, from Japanese Christmas gift ideas to how to prepare for a Japanese Christmas. Please feel free to browse our range of Japanese gifts.