First up a quick note about that best origami of 2018 contest I wanted to do. That’s still happening and I should be making a post with all the details for that contest soon so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Next up is a special gift from me! I’m going to be giving away a free copy of one of my all time favourite origami books Origami Omnibus by Kunihiko Kasahara to one lucky member of my email list.

If you’re not on the email list you can sign up at the bottom of any page on this website. I’ll also be sending out an email in a couple of days with some more details on how you can increase you chances of winning the book.

This is a fantastic beginner to intermediate level book that has one of my all time favourite models to fold, a beautiful Chinese dragon. It’s not hard to fold and it looks pretty impressive (although not as impressive as a lot of the other origami on this site…).

Chinese Dragon Folded by Me
The Chinese dragon folded by me

There’s a huge number of other really great models in the book as well.

So make sure you get on the email list as soon as possible. I’ll be sending out those instructions to increase your odds in a few days and picking a winner not long after that.

And now onto the main theme of this post, Christmas origami.

Two years ago I put together a post with a really awesome selection. This year it was a bit more difficult since I featured so many awesome models last year and I didn’t want to repeat myself too much but I did manage to put together a pretty fantastic collection of stuff I haven’t featured before.

First up is this excellent little Santa Claus model.

Paper Santa Claus

Santa Claus, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available


Next up is a beautiful little nativity angel that would fit right in on any Christmas tree or in any nativity scene.

Nativity Angel

Nativity Angel, Designed by Max Hulme and Folded by Danielle Verbeeten

Video instructions available from ireneblchua’s YouTube channel


Here’s a beautiful Christmas tree folded out of five sheets of paper that get larger in size as you work your way down the tree.

Paper Christmas Tree

Christmas Fir, Designed and Folded by Alejandro Pascual Márquez

Video instructions are available here


I really like this next model and I was looking for an excuse to throw it in a post. I initially thought of doing a Thanksgiving Day post but there’s just not enough Thanksgiving themed origami out there to make into a post.

But people do eat turkey at Christmas so here we are.

Christmas Turkey

Turkey, Designed by Ryan MacDonell and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention Book


I’ve always thought this Santa Crane model was pretty cool and it’s actually folded from a regular old Bird Base like a regular paper crane.

Santa Crane

Santa Crane, Designed by Arisawa Yuga and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention Book


Joseph Wu designed this fantastic group of the 3 Wisemen. These could also easily fit into any nativity scene.

The Three Wisemen

The Magi, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available


Since Reindeer are definitely associated with Christmas this is a fantastic opportunity to include an impressive reindeer model like this one which is folded from a single 35 x 35 cm square of paper!

Reindeer From a Single Square of Paper

Reindeer, Designed by Kawahata Fumiaki and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in the JOAS Special Edition from 2008


Here’s a fantastic Christmas scene and I love how everything even the snowy ground is made out of paper.

Santa Taking Flight

Designed by Dem Giang Sinh and Folded by Pham Hoang Hai (Photo by Nguyenngoc Thanh)

Instructions not available


Here’s a whole forest of beautiful modular Christmas trees. Each one is folded from 3 squares of paper.

Forest of Christmas Trees

O Tannenbaum, Designed and Folded by Kalami

Diagrams are available on Kalami’s blog


This has to be the best origami snowman I’ve seen. The snowman itself is folded from a single square of paper and the hat and scarf are both separate squares of paper.

Snowman with hat and scarf

Snowman with Silk Hat and Muffler, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr


Here’s an entire Santa gang. I like how each one of these has a slightly different beard and face.

Santa Gang

Santa Gang, Designed by Rene Lucio+ Jan Spütz and Folded by Rainer Berg

Diagrams available in Das große Origamibuch


This year I came across this absolutely magnificent sleigh folded from a single square of paper believe it or not.

Santa's Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh, Designed by Taon and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.’s YouTube channel


Jun Mitani is famous for designing beautiful and simple looking spiralling shapes. Here he’s taken some of this designs and converted them into fantastic little Christmas ornaments that would fit in on any Christmas tree.

Ornaments by Jun Mitani

Christmas Ornaments, Designed and Folded by Jun Mitani

Instructions not available


Here’s another fantastic little Christmas tree and this time it’s all folded from one square of paper.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani, Stars Designed by Janet Yelle and all Folded by Helena Poliarush

Crease pattern for the Christmas tree available here


I included this next photo in that previous Christmas post I mentioned earlier but it’s one of my all time favourites so I had to include it just one more time.

Christmas Shepherd and Sheep

Shepherd Designed by Max Hulme, Sheep Designed by Hideo Komatsu and all Folded by Oreste Salatino

Sheep diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

Shepherd diagrams available in the 2008 Origami USA Convention Book


Here’s another really awesome design. Technically this is a roast chicken but it’s similar to that turkey from earlier so I’m including it.

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken, Designed by Joseph Wu and Folded by Shuki Kato

Crease pattern available from Joseph Wu’s Flickr


Here are some more fantastic reindeer this and this time everything is folded from dollar bills. The red rope technically isn’t origami but it’s a very nice touch.

Money Reindeer

Reindeer Designed by Neal Elias, Sleigh Designed by Young Wyn and all Folded by Xun

Reindeer diagrams available in the Origami World of Neal Elias

Sleigh diagrams available here: Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3


This beautiful little snowflake is folded from a single piece of paper.

Snowflake with Hole

Snowflake with Hole, Designed and Folded by Oriholic Jared

Instructions not available


Daniel Brown folded this fantastic fireplace and then decorated it for Christmas.

Christmas Fireplace

Fireplace Designed by Ichiro Kinoshita, the Decorates are Designed by Daniel Brown and Everything is Folded by Daniel Brown

Diagrams are available in the 1st Tanteidan Convention Book


Here are a few more fantastic little tree ornaments.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Ornaments, Designed and Folded by Helena Poliarush

Instructions not available


This model was part of the International Origami Internet Olympiad for 2018 and looks really great with red and white paper.

White Deer with Red Scarf

White Deer with Red Scarf, Designed by Pei Haozheng and Folded by Carla Godoy

Instructions not available


Here we have a fantastic Santa themed kusudama sitting on top of a mirror.

Santa Kusudama

Kusudama Santa, Designed by Irina Kasatonova and Folded by Marjan Smeijsters

Photo diagrams available from Irina Chisa’s Flickr


Our final model for this post is this absolutely fantastic nativity scene by Sipho Mabona. It’s inspired by the artist Giang Dinh and his curved style which is very common among Vietnamese origami artists.

Nativity Scene

Nativity of Jesus, Designed and Folded by Sipho Mabona

Instructions not available


That’s it for this post. Let us know what you thought about these models in the comments and be sure to get on the mailing list so you can be part of the contest (and future contests too)!

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