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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



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

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
  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
  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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