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Thumbnail image for An Origami House for Lady Coco

One late-November day, three years ago, John looked out our kitchen window to see a small kitten wandering near the entrance to our house. He opened the door, picked her up, and carried her in. After searching for her owner over the course of several days, and nobody having claimed her, Lady Coco adopted us. [...]

Make an Origami Carousel -It’s never too late to have a happy childhood! thumbnail

Do you remember riding a carousel when you were a child? If you do, now you can recreate the joy you probably felt by making an origami carousel, today. And if you never had that experience at a young age? Well, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood! After I first presented this origami [...]

Drop Everything and Make this Origami Dog! thumbnail

Stop working! Stop browsing the Internet! Instead, fold this charming dog, now!  I’m serious! You’ll love it!! From the kingdom of origami animals this is a really cute one, and is now, hands down, one of my favorite origami action models. Have you seen Toy Story? Do you remember Slinky? Here in this model we have [...]

Thumbnail image for An Easy Paper Helicopter -Entertainment for Children of All Ages

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 [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Turbine -A Super Paper Spinner!

Do you like origami toys? What about origami that spins, moves or flaps?  If so then you –and all the children in your life including your inner child, will love this origami turbine. Blow on on it once and let the fun begin. It’s a super paper spinner! If you’ve ever folded the traditional flapping bird, [...]

Thumbnail image for How to make an Origami ‘Swimming’ Fish

This origami fish swims along to join a charming group of action origami models already featured here at Origami Spirit. It’s a fantastically fun origami model to make and play with. Hold it by the tail, make it swim, and you’ll delight children and adults alike! The origami fish is a design of my friend [...]

Thumbnail image for Make Origami Horses for a Mobile

Do you remember ever riding a carousel in a park when you were a child? When I first saw this origami horse, cherished memories came flooding back to me. I remembered those times my parents took me to ride a carousel of colorfully painted wooden horses at Parque Nacional in Bogotá. It also made me [...]

Thumbnail image for Make an Origami Mouse for Your Cat

Looking for a fun homemade cat toy? This inflatable origami mouse belongs in the kingdom of origami toys. It’s fun to make, can be folded in minutes, and your cat won’t waste a second before pouncing on it. My cat, Coco, loves to pick it up by the tail, release it, then pounce again. Watch [...]

Thumbnail image for Fun Halloween Party Ideas: Make Origami Candy Corn!

Looking for fun Halloween party ideas? Here is one: make origami candy corn and use it to write ‘fortunes’ or ‘spooky’ messages for your guests. Below you’ll find some other ideas as well. As I recorded a previous video to demonstrate how to make an origami cat-head box, I thought that having some candy corn [...]