How to Make a Japanese Origami Tea Plate

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    Japanese Origami Tea Plate Tutorial

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    If you or a loved one is a tea fanatic, why not make a Japanese Origami Tea Plate! Perfect for serving your selection of tea bags, or loose leafed tea!

    In Japan, tea is a staple of life! Traditionally these origami tea plates are used to serve Matcha green tea, which is usually in powder form. These decorative paper plates make it easy to serve the tea, and only mix the tea when you are ready to drink, or for use in the Japanese tea ceremony.

    For those of us who love tea, and like to serve it in pretty cups, these plates make lovely tea bag plates! Not to dispose of used tea bags, but to give guests the choice of which tea bag to put in their cup or teapot!

    Of course, these origami plates or trays can be used for a multitude of other things, such as serving biscuits and other snacks. Or, you can use them to display or organize jewelry, make-up, stationery, and more!

    For a tea plate, the size of the paper recommended is 17 x 17 cm or around that size. The bigger the paper, the more tea bags you'll be able to display once your plate is done. If it's just for one, 15 x 15 cm will be fine.

    The type of paper can be thin origami paper, or thicker textured paper. Maybe you'll have some paper you can use for origami at home.

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    1st Set of Steps

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    1. Start with your paper color side up.

    2. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom.

    3. Again, fold the bottom edge up to the top.

    4. Unfold the last step.

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    2nd Set of Steps

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    5. Fold the left and right lower corners inwards. Then fold the top left and right corners on the top layer only.

    6. Fold the top layer down, sandwiching the corner folds.

    7. Flip the paper over to the other side.

    8. Fold the top left and right corners inwards.

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    3rd Set of Steps

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    9. Fold the top edge down.

    10. Now you can open out the top pocket into a boat shape!

    11. Flatten out one of the ends, aligning the point to the central crease inside.

    12. Do the same to the opposite point.

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    4th Set of Steps

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    13. Rotate the paper.

    14. Fold the top and bottom edges to the middle.

    15. Unfold the last step.

    16. Flip the paper over to the other side.

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    5th Set of Steps

    Chrissy Pk. The Spruce Crafts, 2017.

    17. Fold the left and right points inwards, aligning with the 2 horizontal creases you just made.

    18. Flip the paper over to the other side.

    19. Open out your tea plate.

    20. Flatten out the folds, re-creasing the sides.

    If your tea plate does not sit straight, you can turn the plate over, and reverse the little flaps underneath. They will form little support feet.

    Now your Japanese origami tea plate is ready for use!

    If you'd like to try your hand at some other origami plates, check out our Origami Hexagonal Dish Tutorial.