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Make an Easy Origami Bow-tie Card for Dad thumbnail

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 [...]

Make a Lucky Star and a Lucky Cat! thumbnail

If you have a beloved little kitty who is a star in your home, you can now easily make a whole constellation of lucky cats and draw your own cat’s face on each and every one of them! The lucky cat comes from the traditional  Lucky Star featured before in Origami Spirit. When I saw [...]

How to Make an Origami Flower and a Leaf (Spanish Eye) thumbnail

This origami flower and leaf makes a marvelous head ornament when creating a “Calavera Catrina”, a cultural Mexican icon and an integral part of the of the Day of the Dead celebrations. If this origami flower is made with orange paper, it looks like a flower known as Spanish Eye (Thunbergia Alata). There is a [...]

Playing Card Symbols, Origami Style! thumbnail

Meenakshi Mukerji is a well-known designer of modular origami,  where two or more pieces of paper are folded into separate units, then assembled to form one figure. In recent months, Meenakshi has been exploring origami designs with just one piece of paper as well. Last weekend I spent some time interpreting diagrams for a few of [...]

Fold the Perfect Origami Bird for Greeting Cards! thumbnail

This gentle, easy-to-make origami bird, created by Ildikó Vass, folds flat making it the perfect choice to use on a greeting card or party invitation. I just mailed a gift and card featuring this bird to my nephew who will soon be celebrating his first birthday. Happy Birthday Emilio! The bird is made with a [...]

Virgin and Child thumbnail

On her blog, Vera Young has shared diagrams and an image of her interpretation of Our Lady of Aparecida (Nossa Senhora Aparecida), by Emilson Nunes, author of this wonderful book: <br /> The dark-skinned virgin, venerated in the Catholic Church, is the patron saint of Brazil. Her feast day is celebrated every year on October [...]

A Blackfaced Origami Sheep in My Mailbox thumbnail

When I saw Tony O’hare’s artist trading card (ATC) featuring a blackfaced sheep at the Origami USA convention in New York, I so hoped it would be one I’d receive during the card exchange. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. But all was not lost. When I arrived home after the convention I contacted Tony and [...]

Using a Traditional Origami Windmill for Greeting Cards thumbnail

When making greeting cards, I like to keep myself open to the many creative possibilities offered by traditional and simple origami models.  In this post we’ll look at one example of using the traditional origami windmill to create different cards. Note for beginners: If you’re just getting into folding, the video below will show you [...]

Two-fold Santa Christmas Card thumbnail

Paula Versnick, from Holland, created a two fold Santa which is considered a modern classic model. With its minimalistic elegance, this is one of my all-time favorite origami models. The photo above shows a Christmas card I designed a while ago incorporating Paula’s charming model. The card itself is made by cutting an 8.5×11 (US [...]