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by Maddison Wallace (subscribe)
Maddison is head of content at https://www.paperlust.co She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea
Published December 7th 2016
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Decorating for a birthday party, wedding, baby shower or other event? Why not get crafting and make some DIY origami clothing!

The best thing about these origami clothes is that they are so versatile. Use them as cake toppers, send them out with your birthday invitations, string them into chains to decorate, convert them into wedding place cards, or make just the dresses and use them as the theme for your bridal shower. With elegant lace patterns or pastel colours, the toppers can be kept classic, while bright colours and patterns can convey a sense of fun and are perfect for more laid-back affairs.

DIY Origami Dress

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Choose a rectangular piece of origami paper. Place paper pattern side down, and fold in half lengthwise, forming a smaller rectangle.

Open paper up. Fold both edges into the centre fold.

Open paper again. Flip over so patterned side is facing up. Fold so that outer creases (white dots) meet the middle crease (green dots).

Flip paper over.

Fold paper almost in half (leaving 5mm space at the top) and back on itself (leaving another 5mm fold at the bottom).

Flip paper over, and turn 180 degrees.

Make the collar by folding down the inside top two corners.
Make the pleat of the dress by pulling the paper up and out to the side. Crease down into place.

Flip over.

Make the V-neck at the top by pulling back the top, creasing down the sides.

Fold the sides of the top in. Make the angle of the skirt by folding in the sides of the dress.

Flip over and fold out the sleeves of the dress.


DIY Origami Shirt

diy cake topper origami wedding birthday
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Choose a rectangular piece of origami paper. Place paper pattern-side down, and fold in half lengthwise.

Open paper up. Fold in half the other way.

Fold the top third down.

Fold the two edges in to meet the middle

Fold top corners outwards so they are hanging over the edge.

These will become the sleeves.

Flip paper over. Fold bottom up 5mm (valley fold).

Flip page over, and then rotate 180 degrees. Fold in the two top edges to make the collar.

Bring the bottom all the way up to the top and tuck in under the collar.

diy cake topper origami wedding birthday
Photo credit: Paperlust


diy cake topper origami wedding birthday
Photo credit: Paperlust


diy cake topper origami wedding birthday
Photo credit: Paperlust


diy cake topper origami wedding birthday
Photo credit: Paperlust
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Very clever, Maddison - welcome to WEN!
by Elaine (score: 3|5467) 651 days ago
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