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Post image for How to Make an Origami Spoon

If you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, now you can make this origami spoon -an ingenious example of functional origami, and join that exclusive club of those who were. Many thanks to origami artist and teacher Nguyễn Tú Tuấn (Vietnam) for giving permission to present his origami spoon design in this five-minute […]

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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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Post image for Make a Rainbow of Origami Butterflies

Do you like origami butterflies? What about origami boxes? Let’s then combine these two model concepts and see what we get! This origami butterfly opens into a box. It’s perfect for a note to your sweetheart or maybe to mom on her birthday or mother’s day. When I see butterflies I think of the warm sweet […]

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modular origami cube

If you made the photo frame previously presented on Origami Spirit, then you’ll have no trouble making this modular origami cube frame. 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 (usually without need of glue) to form one larger […]

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Post image for Make an Origami Frame With Decorative Hearts

Seeing the faces of those we love can make our heart sing with  joy. This origami photo frame –featuring a heart at each corner, is a beautiful way to keep those we love close by. To design this frame I found inspiration in an easy origami heart created by Ildikó Vass. Just this week, I […]

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Post image for Make an Origami Horse in Less than a Minute

This origami horse takes only six folds and can be made in less than a minute!  When I designed this horse I was inspired by a origami origami rocking horse shown on a previous post. Perfect for use as a bookmark, this origami horse has a convenient little pocket that can be inserted in the […]

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A Christmas and holiday greeting to you, your families, friends, and loved ones. Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! From one of my south-facing windows, I can see the sun following its lowest and shortest arc across the sky. The good news is that for the next six months, the days will […]

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Post image for Make a Gift Envelope in Less Than Two Minutes

In need of a nice and easy-to-make envelope for a gift? As I was researching the previous post about  origami-related postage stamps, I came across this Spanish origami envelope. It is traditionally used to hold postage stamps. This is a lovely model not only for it’s original intended purpose, but it is also adaptable for […]

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Post image for Learn How to Make a Tomato-Shaped Origami Box

Based on the traditional Japanese menko, this brilliant origami box, created by Carlos Bocanegra, will become one of your favorite origami boxes for sure.  So, find yourself a couple of pieces of origami paper, sit down and let your fingers do the tomato dance! Not only will Carlos’ model offer endless pleasure in the folding, but […]

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