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Origami Jewellery & Beyond…

Hello & Welcome to an extra post from me this month which shows you how to make the Origami Wreath that was the centrepiece of the necklace which I made with the Decadence Collection.

This is a photo-tutorial with a few instructions on how to assemble the wreath & how to make some basic paper beads. All you need is 2 sheets of 8×8 paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, bone-folder, strong glue & a glue such as Mod Podge which will seal the paper elements.


1.Draw 9 2×2 inch squares onto the back of one of your chosen sheets of paper, then repeat on the second piece. Cut all 18 squares out.

2. With the back of the paper facing up, fold the square in half.

3. Flatten the paper out, turn it & fold in half so that you create a cross.

4. Fold the top right corner into the centre point.

5. Repeat with the top left side.

6. Fold the bottom half of the square to meet the middle.

7. Fold the rectangular section of the bottom of the square in half.

8. Fold the right triangular shaped flap over the diagonal edge. Repeat with the left side.

9. Using the middle crease of the rectangular section, fold the paper upwards.

10. Fold the shape in half to create one section of the wreath.

Repeat the whole folding sequence for the remaining squares of paper.

11. The process of locking the pieces into each other is quite fiddly, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be fine. These squares are quite small, so if you want to practice on a couple of larger pieces first that can be really helpful.

As you can see, the bottom edges of the pieces need to slide into the bottom fold & then tuck under the corner flap. You can feel when they are connected as it will slot to a certain fit.

12. Continue to connect each piece, alternating the patterns/colour of paper.

13. The finished product!

You may need to wiggle the wreath into shape & to make sure that all the connections are secure. I gave mine 2 coats of Mod Podge on each side to seal the paper together & strengthen the wreath. If you don’t have that, any PVA based adhesive will do the same job.


14. To make the paper beads I made a template to cut-down on all the measuring! It’s a 1 inch square base which then leads to a point 7 inches from the line.

15. Using the remainder of your 2 sheets of paper, draw 3 of the templates onto each piece.

16. Cut all of your ‘beads’ out.

17. I used a pencil to wrap my beads around, but it all depends on how wide you want the inside of the bead to be & what you are going to string them onto.

Place the pencil at the base & cover half of the triangular section with strong glue.

18. Roll the paper evenly around the pencil, then cover the rest of the paper with the glue & continue rolling to the point.

19. Your finished bead.

Repeat the process for the remaining beads.

20. The beads will be better if you seal these too. I find it easier to put them onto a kebab stick, apply each one with glue using a brush & leaving them to dry by balancing the stick across a tub or box.

21. The beads will look much nicer & last a lot longer after being sealed.

You can now create your very own ‘Paper Necklace’.


Of course, as the name suggests, an origami wreath can be just that. I couldn’t resist making one, & apologies now, but it is Christmas themed! I used whole sheets of 8×8 paper for this, adding a die-cut for the centre & glitzing everything up with some sequins, Stickles & Liquid Pearls.


I hope that you’ve found this tutorial of use & will start making your own projects.

So, until next time,

Take Care & Happy Crafting,




  1. Debbie Moran

    7th March 2017 - 6:42 pm

    You clever lady. They’re marvelous.Debbiex

    • phillipalewis

      24th March 2017 - 9:29 pm

      Thank You Debbie <3

  2. Maxcine

    7th March 2017 - 8:20 pm

    Fabulous post Phillipa. Thank you for sharing. X

    • phillipalewis

      24th March 2017 - 9:30 pm

      Thank You Maxcine xxx

  3. Sue Smith

    8th March 2017 - 1:15 pm

    Thanks for showing us how to make your wonderful necklace. Brilliant step by step photos! xXx

    • phillipalewis

      24th March 2017 - 9:31 pm

      Thank You Sue, my pleasure xxx

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