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Create an Olympic Torch and other Origami Paper Crafts

How to Create Your Own Beijing Olympic Torch and Other Origami Paper Crafts



Welcome to the AFG Olympics Party Planning series! If you have already checked out our amazing Beijing Olympics party platters and taken the Wasabi Challenge, its time to get creative with some Olympics crafts. Below, learn how to make your very own Beijing Olympics torch, as well as other cool origami paper crafts such as plum blossoms and pandas. Let's get started!

                                  What you'll need for your Olympic torch



Burgundy colored cardstock- 12x12 size

Silver cardstock- 8.5 x 11

Swirl paper punch

Glue gun

Spray adhesive glue

Sealant - Any all purpose sealer- safe for paper that dries clear.

Red sharpie



Yellow tissue paper- 1 sheet (cut in half)

Red tissue paper- 1 sheet (cut in half)


  1. Check out the pictures of the real Beijing Olympics torch online. It will help you get a sense for your creation.  The example shown above has a little artistic creative license taken to suit the needs of the crafter and supplies at hand.
  2. Roll the sides of the burgundy cardstock up, corner to corner so that they meet in the center, tightly rolled to form the torch base.  Hold there for a moment to get the paper to hold the shape and reach for your glue gun.
  3. You'll have to let go and the rolls and apply a dab of glue to one of the corners of the cardstock and re-roll.  Hold the roll until the glue and hardens and apply a line of glue to the edge of the roll and press to the torch so that the roll holds it's shape. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Now that you have the main torch shape, take your scissors and cut in a rounded arc the top pointed end of the torch to give the right shape at the top.
  5. Do the same for the bottom pointed end of the torch, rounding it out.
  6. Next, take the swirl punch and begin punching out swirls from the silver cardstock.  Punch a lot.
  7. In small sections, of no more than 5 inches in length and no more than the width of the swirls, spray the adhesive glue on the side of the torch. Begin placing the punched out silver swirls on the torch, pressing gently to adhere them.  Watch your finger though, spray glue is very tacky and often will pick up anything else around you.  So don't drop it on the carpet or you'll have a fuzzy torch.
  8. Continue doing this until you are satisfied with the number of silver swirls on your torch.  Depending on your patience level, you may elect to cover it from the halfway point to the top, like the real torch, or like I did and elect to cover the top third only. 
  9. Once all the swirls are in place, grab your sealant and lightly spray or brush it on over the swirls.  Only place sealant on the section of the torch with the swirls. If you place the sealant on too heavily it might saturate the cardstock which will cause it to warp while drying or the paper colors to bleed.
  10. While the sealant is drying, construct the emblem.  I recommend using a very close up picture online to copy the figure and writing from.  Cut an oval from the silver cardstock of 3 inches in width and 5 inches in height. 
  11. Trace the figure, script (Beijing 2008) and the rings on with pencil
  12. Fill the pencil in with red sharpie, filling in the red spaces around the silver figure.
  13. If the sealant has dried, using a hot glue gun, apply glue lightly to the back of the oval and adhere it in place on the front of the torch.  Hold it in place until the glue dries.
  14. Now we create the fire! Take one of the half sheets and of yellow tissue paper and same for the red.  Place the yellow on top of the red, lengthwise, while the yellow lies widthwise. 
  15. Pinch the center of the yellow towards you and start gathering and crumpling it up.  Twist the bottom of your gather together so that it will fit inside one of the two cavities in the torch.
  16. Stuff one of the bunches of "flames" into the torch, repeat for remaining tissue paper and other torch cavity.


That's it!

Additional Resources for Fun Origami Paper Crafts

If you're in the crafty mood after completing your Beijing Olympics Torch craft, continue the festivities with other fun origami paper crafts! Here are some links to Asian origami paper crafts like pandas, plum blossoms, and more. Have fun!

origami.jpgWant to continue with your Beijing Olympics decor? Learn how to make a flags of world craft here.

How does your origami paper garden grow? Learn how to make a rose, hydrangea, water lily, camellia, morning glory, iris and plum tree here.




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