‘Tis the season for finding new ornaments for the tree, so this year I’ve put together 7 of the coolest origami ornament tutorials for kids and teens to get their craft on.  From super simple angels to regal golden elephants, these are such cool papercrafts for kids — or adults — ready to upgrade from paper snowflakes.

Related: 13 of the cutest Christmas coloring pages. 

Origami ornaments: Mini paper angels | The Craft Train

If you need a craft to keep the littles entertained, try these sweet Mini paper angels, which come with a helpful template. Once they’re done, use washi tape to add extra flair. Great DIY tips from Kate at The Craft Train.

Origami ornaments: Tiny Origami Santas | How About Orange

These Tiny Origami Santa Ornaments from How About Orange are so perfect, whether you use them as gift tags or tree ornaments. Or even to attach to Christmas dinner place cards because these little guys look a little challenging to me. But so so cute!

Origami ornaments: DIY origami star garlands | Alyssa and Carla

So you’ll need a whole team of elves (or, you know, middle schoolers) to complete a garland long enough for the Christmas tree, but these DIY origami star garlands are so charming, it might just be worth it. I also think they’d look great scattered around the dinner table if you don’t get the entire set of 50 folded. Thanks to Alyssa and Carla for the tutorial!

Origami ornaments: Painted origami paper star ornaments | Hello Wonderful

I love that these painted origami paper star ornaments let kids paint their own patterns before folding. Because yay for more creativity! Plus, younger kids can get involved in the crafting, even if they need an adult or older sibling to tackle the origami-ing bit. Head on over to Hello Wonderful to see the full tutorial.

Related: 20 of the coolest pop culture paper snowflake patterns


Origami ornaments: DIY origami Christmas trees may look intimidating | MInimal Crafts

Add hooks through these DIY origami Christmas tree ornaments to hang them on the tree or use them as centerpieces on the table or display on your mantle around all those photo cards. Because all roads lead to gorgeous with this cool origami ornament DIY from Minimal Crafts.

Origami ornaments: Glitter Origami Elephants | The Cheese Thief

These awesome Glitter Origami Elephant Ornaments at The Cheese Thief aren’t Christmas-specific, so they can pull double duty for a Hanukkah or New Year’s celebration. Or, make some just for general year-round awesomeness. That gold glitter makes them so pretty!


Origami ornaments: Modern Christmas Ornaments | Minie Co. Paper

Okay, these don’t technically qualify as origami, but if you’re looking for a beginner-friendly papercraft alternative to origami Christmas ornaments, this is a nice one. Find these hip modern paper Christmas ornaments at Minie Co. Paper, where she’s offered up a template and instructions for no-stress Christmas crafting.