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Do you have children you’d like to entertain? Nieces, nephews or grandchildren, maybe?  Having some gentle fun with paper toys can be so very simple. And economical!

In less than five minutes you can make several of these paper helicopters. Then you can easily demonstrate how to lift up this fun toy and let it fly from the sky. It’s a guarantee that you’ll see delight shining on the faces of your young charges as these helicopters gently spin their way to the ground. And you will have fun too!

My two-year-old nephew, Emilio, and I enjoyed making these paper toys together. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make and how much fun Emilio and his grandparents had playing with them.

Tips and suggestions for making the paper helicopter

  • Use a strip of paper of any size. The approximate proportion should be about 4:1.
  • All kinds of papers can be used to make this paper helicopter: Office paper, wrapping paper, packaging paper, magazine or advertisement papers, origami paper.
  • The paper can be cut with scissors or torn by hand.
  • Stacking a number of paper strips for cutting allows easy preparation of many helicopters at once.

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Awesome Origami in New York City

• Conventions & Events
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During the last weekend of June this year, in New York City, more than six hundred and fifty origami lovers met for four days of learning, teaching, exhibiting and sharing in all aspects of origami. At origami conventions there is usually a bit of everything and enough of it to please those who love origami […]

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Make Three Variations of an Origami Star

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Do you like origami stars? From Italy ~with love~ Francesco Mancini* shares three variations of his modular model, “Cloe’s Star”. Thank you Francesco for granting permission to present these variations of your origami star in the following step-by-step video. Tips and suggestions for the modular origami star Use eight pieces of paper in the shape […]

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How Origami Can Help You at the Market

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Many people love functional everyday origami.  While at the market one day with shopping list in hand, I realized I had no pencil to cross off items as I placed them in my cart. But then it dawned on me that I had a useful  origami idea to help me out. Watch this one-minute video to […]

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Make an Origami Chihuahua Dog and a Bone

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This origami dog comes bounding along to join a growing family of origami animals presented here at Origami Spirit. According to folklore –and archaeological evidence, the Chihuahua originated in Mexico. But this particular origami Chihuahua comes from Spain, the country of origin for its creator, Vicente Dolz*. I love the whimsical nature of this origami dog  […]

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An Origami Heart -Perfect for Father’s Day

-Boxes & Containers
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What better origami model to celebrate Father’s Day than one created by a father, Michael van Horne!  This origami heart frame, featured also in a previous post, is easy to make, perfect on other occasions as well and a wonderful addition to a growing collection of  video tutorials for origami hearts! The following step-by-step video […]

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Easy Origami Dragon -Quick to make as a pin!

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The origami vignette of St. George and the dragon, featured on our previous post, was well received by the St. George’s School Community annual alumni weekend on May 16th. As a gift for members of John’s class of 1974, we made more than one hundred paper dragons like the one shown in the photo above. […]

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St. George and the Dragon

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A Graduation • A Celebration • A Legend  – by John Sutton May of 2014 marks forty years since my graduation from St. George’s School, Newport, Rhode Island. When I decided to attend our reunion and meet again many of my classmates, most for the first time in four decades, I wondered what I could contribute […]

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An Origami Tree to Celebrate All Mothers

-Floral & Vegetation
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A tree is symbolic of the maternal attributes of protection, nurturing energies, stability, shelter and security. An origami tree is a lovely hand-made gift that can express our thanks to all our mothers. It’s also perfect to celebrate the blessings of nature and Mother Earth. In addition to this origami tree there are many other […]

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