What’s a Gloucester Christmas tree without a ship or two?

Some nautical decorations are necessary on a Christmas tree in a city like Gloucester, so I made these for my tree (which only has origami decorations).

Models designed by Martin Wall (rear ship) and Patricia Crawford (front ship),  and folded by me, each from one uncut sheet of 5″ square tissue foil.

Any other Cape Ann origami folders out there? Comment on this post if you’d like to get together to fold from time to time! Maybe we could start a Cape Ann origami group.  I’m willing to teach.

7 thoughts on “What’s a Gloucester Christmas tree without a ship or two?

        1. Actually, I was looking for another design to make a third even before anyone commented on it, although I hadn’t made the association with the carol. The two I made are folded from roughly the same base, but I’d like to find one that’s a little different. Maybe I’ll have to try to invent one…


    1. Sure, I’d be happy to sail – sorry, sell – you one. You might want to see it first in person. They are very delicate and bendable. I’m working on getting a system to stiffen the paper with an acrylic spray to help keep them from getting bent out of shape.


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