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IMPORTANT:  It's been a while since I did this instructable and now that I reviewed it, I agree that some steps are a little bit confusing.

So if you cannot figure out some of the steps, or you want to learn how to do it quickly, then just read steps 1 to 3 and skip steps 4 to 9. Instead watch the video on step 10. Then follow the instructions on steps 11-12 to finish the ornament. The video shows the whole proces of making the medallion.

Of course if you like challenge, follow up all the steps and just skip step 10 :-)

Recycling paper is one of the many things we can do to protect environment, so instead of dispose our old magazines and the tons of catalogs and paper junk we receive, why don't use it to make some nice ornaments for Christmas? They are original, cheap and safer for your children than the traditional glass balls.

I'll show you how to do it, using origami techniques
You only need some magazines or catalogs, glue and a little bit of patience to make it.

Step 1: Materials

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First gather the following materials:

Old magazines, catalogs, or any kind of paper you want to reuse. I recommend you to choose paper with nice colors.


Scissors (optional, if you have practice you can cut the paper with only your hands).

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nbue5 years ago
 What is hard about this people? Just click on the pictures and use your BRAIN to do a little thing called critical thinking. Sure the written part doesn't spoon feed it to you, but it's still a great instructable. 
acerene nbue3 years ago
LOL. You sound like my 3-D design teacher. <3
I lost mine...
drake8 years ago
now i need a paper cristmas tree to go with the paper decoration
clk drake7 years ago
Drake, check out http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/12/have_yourself_a.php
for your paper christmas tree!
twighahn clk4 years ago
a magazine with the pages folded down individually makes a great tree but too small for the balls
aychbee drake5 years ago
Check out the hard cover book tree.  Maybe a super large book like an atlas would work !    : )
twighahn4 years ago
use last years wrapping paper.also make a wreath with the balls for the one who gave you the gift that the paper was wrapped in.or even a ball from that paper
I aman active tap dancing 80 and a free lance craft designer for craft magazines since 1976.  I love these "flowers" but can't figure out how on earth to attach five of them to make a ball???  Anyone out there that can explain?  Crafting with Claire
m.o.M.5 years ago
These are addictive! I made two for teacher's gifts and they were a huge hit! Thank you for the tutorial!
syribia (author) 5 years ago
I've added an extra step which shows the making process on video. You can watch it on step 10. Hope it helps those who are frustrated trying to understand the photos.
ariath5 years ago
I love this!! yesterday i was looking at these kind of ornaments in google and today i finally know how to do them :3 thank you so much!!

Just one question.. are you from Hermosillo? 'cause of the magazine XD i've seen it here XD

Anyway... Beautiful ornament! :D
syribia (author)  ariath5 years ago
Thank you. I'm from Mexico City
shelleyjo5 years ago
Step 7, I was cruising...transition to step 8, I crashed...seems like a small critical step or explanation is missing.  Fun to fiddle with, but I am stuck.  I'll hang onto my many scraps of magazine page and look forward to a bit more info!
syribia (author)  shelleyjo5 years ago
The video is uploading. Once it is ready, I'll add it to the instructable. Hope it helps.
macrumpton5 years ago
Very cool looking. I wonder if you could electroplate the finished product so it would be more durable. Like this instructable:
syribia (author) 5 years ago
I'm surprised and happy that my instructable became popular after a half and a year I published it  ^_^

I'll make a video to help those who have trouble understanding the photos.
naya15 years ago
This is really confusing! I am only 11 and I have to make a present for my friend by tomorrow!! Any suggestions??
I had a few head-scratching moments as well, but I always have that when trying to do any type of origami-related activity.  But once I got one down, I flew threw the rest of them!  This is a really fun project, and the results are so pretty!  Christmas-present extravaganza!
so pretty, going to give these a go!
finky5 years ago
 yeah, perhaps its my frustration, but I can't seem to make sense of this 0_0    
Great pictures! I'm pretty decent at origami, but I'm a very visual learner and I made one of your ornaments--and the pictures enabled me to understand this one. I just wish I started folding the squares from the other side since most of the pretty side is hidden and only peeking out from the "windows". I will try to upload a picture soon! I think I may make more, but the first one took a couple hours (and I was doing other stuff also). But--great job! Makes a cute ornament and a good gift.
kawaiipeach5 years ago
very easy!!! love it!!! i'm making it for my tree :) 
daaa waaaaaaaa???????? you have a good ball there man but you just made my brain hurt. instructions tooooo hard
SarArtSci6 years ago
Click on the smaller images below on step eight. you will find the second part to that step illustrated. I took me a moment to find too!
its like you skip a step between 8 and 9
alexorson6 years ago
About how long does it take to make the ornament? Did you do a whole tree of these ornaments or just a few? I'd love to see a picture of these on your tree.
It took me an hour to make my first one...I timed it, it took about 00:05:18 to make one side, but that was after I had it memorized and pretty fast. Time consuming, but pretty to look at!
jodydigger6 years ago
I had muchly fun making these for my little tree arrangement. Here they are!
and now... add LEDs!!!!
I agree with fingers. I just cant figure out step 8.
Keyth7 years ago
This is great. I do a similar thing my mom used to do with all our holiday cards. I'll add an image (after the recycled batteries charge again for my camera!), and maybe a 'structable soon. Pretty easy to figure out though, not really rocket science. Although if you're not geometrically inclined you could have a problem determining the three fold lines.
Toad33 Keyth6 years ago
Hello Can you please tell me how to make the paper ornament ball? Thank You Toad33
Shadowfury6 years ago
Why not just sink-fold one of the triangles into the module and join it with the triangle of another? It would be a little more difficult, but it would save you the hassle of sitting there waiting for the glue to dry.
Rachel Lee6 years ago
i added a small star to the centre of each medallion :-)
that looks so good. I'M SO CONFUSED! Why can't I do it!?
Just glue some stars to the center of the module.
This part has me so confused. I can not seem to get it to look like this no matter how hard I am trying. I am really aggravated so i'm just going to come back later.
ccjones226 years ago
This makes me long for Christmas! I can't wait to get our Artificial Christmas TreesArtificial Christmas Trees out and start decorating! Thanks for reminding me that Christmas is almost here!
jasper287 years ago
I love these! I used to do them all the time. They're great for decorations. I have not done them for a while since I found another type that you don't have to glue, but it's much more complex. This one looks complex, but in reality it is easy to do.
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