DIY - Origami Fairy Lights

A few months ago, I mentioned that I reallllly wanted to do THIS project with fairy lights. I spotted some origami paper for sale on the MUJI website (I got them for 60p but they're still only 95p regular price for a big packet of 80 sheets!) and then scooped some more fun origami paper prints in the Tiger Store when we were visiting my family in Cardiff and decided to go for it.

ORIGAMI FAIRY LIGHTS

The original post I found only had links to other sites to show you how to do the origami boxes so I thought I'd do a post that had everything in one place.  This is such a simple DIY with a HUGE beautiful unique effect, I really hope you try it!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Origami Paper (as many sheets as you have lights)

Fairy Lights (I used 50 light LED string lights that we used on the Christmas tree)

Please forgive me if making origami/chinese water bombs is old news to you - it wasn't for me so I thought I'd properly show you how.  I'm also pretty sure there is a specific origami language to describe things, but for the everyday gal like myself, I'm gonna explain it my way.

-  First things first, gather all the paper that you need.  I had 50 lights so I chose 5 sheets of 10 colours.

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Now the fun part!

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Fold your paper colour side up to the point.

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Turn it around and fold the opposite side over, so you have two creased lines going from point to point.

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Bring your corners in and then turn it into a triangle shape to lie flat with the sides pinched in.

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Bring your corners up to the top of the triangle and crease to create a diamond shape (good firm creases are important).

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Same on the reverse side.

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Fold the edges on the diamond into the center on either side.

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Same again on the reverse side.

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Then you want to tuck in the bottom edges into the triangular opening on both sides.

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Same again on the reverse side.

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Open it out slightly.... find the top of the shape that has the opening and... the best bit....

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BLOW!

Apparently these are pretty sturdy little guys and can actually retain water and be used as water bombs! Something to remember for summer time!

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Once you get going it should only take you a minute to make each one, and weirdos like me find the repetition of it all pretty soothing.  This is a really quick craft (unless you have a zillion lights - in which case, don't be so silly), which is essential for me, a rather impatient crafter.  Gather them together and work out your colour pattern/sequence.

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Pop your lights into the open end.  You may need to secure them slightly with a dab of hot glue, but I didn't.

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My handsome helper (who recently got scalped at the hairdressers...where is my baby??!...wahhh!)

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I secured mine onto the wall with thumbtack pins.

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TADAAAA!  I'm so happy with how they turned out and how much they brighten up our bedroom!  Will you give it a go?!

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All photography by the super-duper talented Fraser Stewart Photography - do check out his amazing work!

Mel