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Origami for Christmas

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Do you need a special origami angel as a Christmas decoration or as part of a Nativity scene? Do you want a lovely hand-made gift for someone special? This delightful origami angel, creation of Fabián Correa (Colombia), joins the Christmas-related origami collection presented here on Origami Spirit. In other post posts you will find how to [...]

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Need a lovely hand-made gift for someone special? This Quilt Star is a double gift. In making it you will be giving yourself some time of peaceful meditation and joy, and also end up with something you can give as a meaningful present: an ornament made with your own hands.  I named this model ‘Quilt [...]

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Here in the Northern hemisphere the prospect of winter is full upon us. But spring can always be in our hearts and any time of year is a perfect time to make this adorable origami butterfly! I am very excited to present this new paper butterfly, designed by my friend and much admired origami designer, [...]

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These past few months have been full of excitement and creativity as I explore paper folding as a subject for visual art. This slight change of direction is one that combines my interests in both painting, and origami. At the beginning of the year, I was looking through an impressive artwork collection on Instagram posted [...]

Thumbnail image for How to Make a Tessellated Origami Flower

Geometric Origami flowers appeal to our sense of beauty and offer an experience of meditative mathematical repetition. This flower, designed by David Martínez, is an exquisite example of using the principles of folded tessellations. Origami tessellations are mosaic-styled designs folded from a single sheet of paper creating a repeating pattern of folded and pleated shapes. This tessellated [...]

Thumbnail image for Star of Gratitude -6 Ways to Enhance it for Decoration

In a previous post and video you learned how to make the Star of Gratitude. The star has a central frame and also some convenient pockets to add inserts. Here you will learn some great ideas to enhance this model by adding inserts at its center.  And, among these ideas you will  also learn how to use [...]

Thumbnail image for Make the Origami Star of Gratitude

Two squares of paper, a few minutes of joyful paper-folding meditation, a lovely mandala design and an origami star is born! If you’ve ever made an origami figure using the windmill base, this eight-pointed star should be a breeze to fold. I’m excited to share with you this origami star of my own design. I [...]

Thumbnail image for Make Tin Twist-Icicles Christmas Ornaments in seconds!

When we train ourselves to be creative with origami, we are also preparing ourselves to be creative in all other endeavors. Creativity doesn’t always have to produce whiz-bang-dazzling results. Thinking creatively can be a life practice as we go about our every-day routine. One way of being creative with origami is looking for ways to modify [...]

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. [...]