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Looking for an origami magic star instructions? This magic origami star was the first modular piece I ever made over twenty years ago. I loved it then and it continues to be one of my all-time favorite modular origami models. Here is why you too will love this Magic Origami Star: The module is simple and [...]

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Looking for a thoughtful graduation present? An owl symbolizes wisdom and learning, and from the kingdom of origami animals comes this delightful paper owl. Perfect for the occasion. But this is not just an ordinary origami owl. It’s also a gift card holder! Owls are nocturnal birds that have many symbolic meanings including intelligence, intuition, independence, [...]

Thumbnail image for Modular Origami Lily Star –Make and Use it as a Candle Holder

Modular origami is a technique in which two or more sheets of paper are folded into units or modules. The units are then fitted together to form one larger piece. The origami piece shown in the photo is reminiscent of both a lily and a star. Designed by Leonor Martínez (Colombia), this is a charming [...]

Thumbnail image for How to Fold Plastic Bags for Easy Storage  and Travel

I keep plastic grocery bags for use as garbage bags, and as we all know they do accumulate. At one point there were far too many bags overflowing the container under our kitchen sink and the situation was quickly getting out of hand. Fortunately, my sister –who uses plastic bags when camping and backpacking, taught [...]

Thumbnail image for 14 Suggestions for Finished Origami Models

What can we do with that ever-increasing inventory of finished origami models? Here are some ideas: 1.Document If you like a particular model, keep one that’s nicely folded and on it write the model name, the designer, and where to find diagrams. 2. Display Photograph models and share them on personal Flickr and Facebook albums. [...]

Thumbnail image for Treasures From Patagonia in Modular Origami Boxes

As a child growing up in Colombia, Patagonia seemed an imaginary place that I always heard mentioned in statements or expressions that implied great distance. When we wanted to describe a place that was far away, we might say something like “I had to go to ‘Patagonia’ to pick up my shoes. It took forever [...]

Thumbnail image for Found Paper: 12 Types to Fold a Bird -Which is Best?

In the practice of origami, I have learned to  keep my eyes open to the possibilities and spirit of any paper that comes into my hands and I can recycle to fold origami models. According to the model we fold there will be papers that are more appropriate than others for each particular case. The [...]

Thumbnail image for An Eco-Friendly Box Made of Recycled Material

When my friend Tricia Tait attended an origami convention in Brazil, she learned to make the box in the photograph. It is made from a coke bottle cut in a half. It could be used for many purposes, but for the paper folders it is a perfect container to carry and protect small models. Here [...]

Thumbnail image for Ten Reasons to Practice Origami

Origami is portable. You can practice it anywhere. Origami relieves stress. You can focus on the present moment and feel at peace. It is meditative. Origami is affordable. You don’t need expensive materials. Origami is artistic. It’s poetry with paper. You can play with colors, textures  and shapes. You can even put out a performance! [...]