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Who can resist the aroma of freshly brewed coffee on a cool morning or rainy late afternoon? Born and raised in Colombia, a coffee-growing country, I remember helping my grandmother, Mamá Ana, pick coffee berries from her coffee bushes as a young child. I had to pick carefully and select only those berries that were red [...]

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I believe that having fun is one of the secrets to a happy life. The annual Origami USA convention in New York City, held this year at St. John’s University, is always a fun and happy highlight of my year. This event is up to four days of entertainment, intellectual challenge, and an opportunity to share ideas and create [...]

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Just think… you will now be saving all kinds of colorful gift-wrap scraps to make special origami neckties and bowties like these. Even if the men in our lives don’t wear neckties, we can choose a paper with a pattern that represents what they might like: Cars! Fishing Gear! Bikes -with or without motors! Music! We [...]

Thumbnail image for Warning: This Key to Love Might Unlock More Than One Heart!

Harmonious love resides within our own heart so the first person for whom you will want to make this origami Key to Love is of course, yourself. The joys of practicing origami make the precious blessing of our days even more so. While folding paper we focus on the positive instead of the negative, and become present [...]

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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. [...]

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I’d like to share again this traditional origami bow tie previously presented at Origami Spirit, and suggest that it be used it to make a handsome greeting card for Dad on Father’s Day. The bow tie involves only a few folding steps. It can be completed in less than five minutes. I’m often asked how [...]

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This origami hat is a whimsical accessory to the origami skull previously presented at Origami Spirit. It is also part of our series celebrating the Day of the Dead . In English speaking countries a “sombrero” is a hat with a brim wide enough to cast a shadow over the head, neck, and shoulders of [...]

Thumbnail image for Make an Easy Origami Bow Tie

This origami bow tie model is part of a series celebrating The Day of the Dead. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, you will love this traditional origami bow tie. It can be used as an accessory for a Halloween costume, or to make a handsome greeting card for Dad on Father’s Day. Can [...]

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We all appreciate the of joy giving or receiving a gift. To enhance the wrapping of a present there are many origami models that can be used as handmade gift decorations. The gift wrapping ideas presented in this post are a departure from “purist” origami but they are a lovely way to add a finished touch [...]