Making your own handmade greeting cards is a great way to save money, since purchased cards can sell for as much as $5 each at your local stationery store. An origami medallion is easy to fold and makes a nice embellishment for the front of a handmade greeting card.
The origami medallion in this tutorial is based on the simple origami model from Soonboke Smith's Origami for the First Time. It is an example of modular origami, which means it uses multiple sheets of paper folded into identical... units to create a design that is more elaborate than you'd be able to accomplish with just one folded sheet.
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Select Your Origami Paper
You will need 8 separate sheets of paper to make your origami medallion. The medallion looks best if you use at least 2 different colors in your design. For this project, I folded the medallion using blue and green 3 ½ inch x 3 ½ inch note paper. This is the perfect size for decorating a standard greeting card, since the finished medallion measures about 4 inches in diameter. Use larger paper if you want to make a bigger medallion.
To begin your origami medallion, fold your paper into a triangle. If you're using double sided paper, start folding with the white side facing up.
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Fold a Triangle
Fold both layers of the top corner down to the bottom of the triangle. Crease firmly, then unfold. (The black line in the picture is for demonstration purposes only. You do not need to draw it on your model.)
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Fold the Right Corner
Fold the right corner so it touches the opposite point of your crease.
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Make a Pocket
Crease the top upper corner along the dashed line shown in the picture. (Again, the line is for demonstration purposes only and does not need to be drawn on your paper.) Tuck the top upper corner into the pocket formed by the triangle you made in Step 3. If you're using double sided paper, you'll have a white triangle at the top of your unit when it is finished.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Form 8 Separate Units
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 until you have a total of 8 separate units. Arrange them as shown in the picture on the left. This will help you better visualize how the completed origami medallion should look.
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Connect the First and Second Units
Insert the top corner of one unit into the bottom of the top triangle of the second unit. Hold the model with your thumbs at the center.
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Add Additional Units to Your Origami Medallion
Add the remaining units. You can use a bit of glue to secure the units, but this shouldn't be necessary unless you're using very thin paper.
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Flip the origami medallion over.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Fold down the corner of each unit under the fold immediately below it.
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The Finished Origami Medallion
Your medallion is now finished. It may curl upward slightly. If this happens, try flattening it a bit with a book before adding it to your handmade greeting card.
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The Finished Origami Card
For this card, I used a patterned paper background and a decorative scrapbook brad for the center. However, you could experiment by folding the medallion using patterned paper and adding it to a solid card background. Using a flower or self adhesive rhinestones as the center of the medallion could give the project a new look as well.
If you don't want to use your medallion as a decoration for a card, consider adding a string to hang it on your Christmas tree or using it as an accent for a scrapbook page.