Origami LED Light Embellishments
This is a great way to embellish your lights at anytime of the year. These do take some time, but if you get the whole family working on them, they can make nice decorations for your summer parties. Because they are paper, keep them out of the rain.
- 3 inch square origami paper, or wrapping or other paper cut into 3 inch squares
- white LED Christmas type lights (regular small lights could be used, but the LEDs burn very cool and use very little electricity. If you use regular small Christmas lights, check to make sure they don't get too hot.)
See the pictures for each step in folding your little box light cover.
- Fold the square paper diagonally into a triangle with the color side of the paper on the outside.
- Unfold and fold diagonally the other direction with the color side of the paper on the outside again.
- Unfold and fold in half into a rectangle with the color side of the paper on the inside.
- Unfold and tuck the two ends inward inward toward each other along the folds you have already made.
The remaining steps are hard to explain, but the pictures will show you what you are supposed to do.
- Fold each flap up on an angle. Do both flaps on the front then flip the paper over and do both flaps on the back. The end result is a diamond.
- This is the end result of step 5.
- Align the diamond so the slit goes vertically up the front. Fold the two sides of the diamond in to the center slit. Flip the paper over and do the same to the back. The end result is a kind of hexagon.
- Steps 8, 9, and 10 are best performed together. Do all three steps with one flap of the paper, then repeat with the other three flaps. First, unfold the flap which was folded in step 7 and instead fold the flap down as shown below.
- Next, fold the end of this little flap back toward the center.
Finally, tuck the little flap you have made into the pocket formed by the flap created in Step 7. You can see how it looks with one flap tucked in below.
- Repeat steps 8 through 10 on each of the three other parts of the paper.
- You will see a little hole at one end of the paper. This is where you blow to inflate the box. Blow into the end of your box, inflating it and making it box-like. It sometimes helps to shape the box with your fingers a little to square up the corners.
- Once you have your boxes, stick the end that you blew in over the light and make some more. Get the whole family involved to make a nice party string for your summer parties.
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Great instructions with photos BUT, I found that using a 6" square of paper is a lot easier to work with and fits of the tree lights also! Evenb
This is a great idea. When I was a kid, we use to make water bombs this way. Once opened fill with water. Oh what fun we had.
I have never done Origami in my life, but with these thorough and easy to follow instructions (w/pictures helped) I made my first box on the FIRST try! Thanks for this great decorative idea. Forth of July will have an added feature on our deck! Red, White and Blue lights. Thanks so much.
Stella, these instructions and photos are just marvelouos! I learned how to make these cute little origami boxes way back in college, and you have made the entire process easy for anyone to understand. I never thought of using them in this way -- thanks for a very creative and useful idea!
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