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Tropical Origami Shirt Paper Banner

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Paper shirt banner with tropical paper sits next to a pineapple and lily flower.
Good morning! Today I’m excited to share this fun tropical origami shirt paper banner with you. It was so fun to create and it turned out so cute. I have been experimenting with origami paper projects recently. Last month I made bowling shirt treat boxes for Father’s Day and couldn’t resist making a few more origami shirt crafts.

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The tropical shirt is made in a similar way to the bowling shirts, except it is kept flat and not turned into a treat box. I found a wonderful mini 6″ paper stack at Michaels called “Tropical Life” with patterns that reminded me so much of vintage shirts that I couldn’t wait to create some! Mini paper stacks are perfect for these mini shirts since the papers feature smaller prints.  

Two rows of small origami shirts with mini buttons down the front.

Below is the tutorial for making this tropical shirt banner! It is a quick DIY, and once you get the first shirt made, the rest is just repeating! I chose to hang my shirts on a “clothing line” with mini gold clothespins. 

Supplies Needed

  • Decorative paper in tropical prints – each shirt uses a 4″ x 6″ sheet of paper
    • I used the Tropical Life Paper Pad 6″ x 6.5″ by Recollections I bought at Michaels Crafts Store
  • Mini buttons
  • String or bakers twine
  • Mini clothespins

Mini paper pad with tropical printed paper.

Start with a sheet of paper that measures 4″ x 6″. I used a stack of paper that measured 6″ x 6.5″, so I cut each piece down to size.

*One of the nice things about using a mini stack of paper is that the patterns are smaller, which works well for these mini shirts!

Leaf-print paper lays next to a paper trimmer.

Fold it in half lengthwise. Then open it back up and fold the left and right sides into the middle.

Rectangular piece of paper is folded.

Turn it over to the back and score at 5/8″ and at 3 5/8″ from the top. The back is the side that doesn’t open up.

*You can definitely make these origami shirts without measuring and marking. I measure because I want each shirt to look the same since they will be strung all together.

Folded paper lays on a scoring board; picture is marked in pink where to score.

Fold the top down along the 5/8″ score line towards the back.

Paper is folded down at the top.

Turn to the right side to create the sleeves. Mark a tiny dot 1 5/8″ up from the bottom on the center line. Fold on the diagonal from the dot you just marked out to each corner as shown below.

Bottom of the rectangle is folded outward creating the sleeves of the shirt.

To create the collar, mark 5/8″ down from the top on the center line. Fold both of the top corners to this line.

Top of the rectangle is folded creating the collar of the shirt.

Now bring the bottom of the shirt up, folding along the 3 5/8″ fold line you made at the beginning, and tuck it underneath the collar points. The shirt is finished! The collar will hold everything in place.

Rectangle is folded to form the shirt.

I added three little buttons to the front of the shirt, but you can also leave them as is.

Teeny tiny brown buttons are added to the front of the mini shirt.

Two rows of small origami shirts with mini buttons down the front.

Clip them to a long piece of yarn, twine or ribbon using mini clothespins. They look so cute hanging in a line!

Tiny paper shirts are hung on twine with mini gold clothespins.

Mini paper shirts are hung on twine with mini gold clothespins.

I have always loved palm trees, but since I don’t live anywhere warm enough to have them outside, I love having tropical things indoors. 

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  1. I made these shirts out of 8 1/2 X 11 printed papers for Father’s Day at the senior center and gave them out. They were a great hit, and the men were so happy to receive the cards.

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