Polynesian Christmas: Origami Aloha Shirt

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These are so easy, and so cute. I used these instructions from the Origami Resource Center and found them easy and straightforward. Yes, in the instructions they demonstrate a white dress shirt (with a tie!) But remember the rule of aloha wear: patterns are your friends. So grab your patterned paper and let’s have some fun.

If you use a full sized sheet of paper this would make an adorable gift card holder.

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If you make them small you could use them as gift tags.

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Hey, you could even make it an ornament to hang on the tree.

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Or if you just really like origami you could make them for no other reason than the fun of making them . . . maybe you could even make enough for a garland.

If the paper you use is not double-sided, don’t worry! the back side won’t show. (Likewise if you are using traditional origami paper with designs on both side, be warned that the contrasting pattern will not show.)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go. I think I have a garland to make of origami aloha shirts …

Perhaps you’re curious how origami fits in with a Polynesian Christmas. You’re not alone. However it isn’t as incongruous as it may seem. Asians and Polynesians have voyaged across the ocean for centuries in exchange of goods and services. You see it a lot with the fusion of food. However I feel an origami aloha shirt works well.

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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