How to make a Stay-Home Origami Crane

Have you ever folded the classic origami crane? Or perhaps the delightful flapping crane? If you have, you’ve had enough practice to try your hands at learning how to make this charming Stay-Home Origami Crane. This origami model is a design of my friend Ng Boon Choon (Malaysia/Singapore), also known as Ah Boon. Ah Boon … Read more

An Easy and Creative Way to Include Origami in Your Journaling

Do you keep a journal? If you’ve never tried journaling, or even if you have, you might draw some ideas and inspiration from this post. I’ve been journaling for many years. It brings solace and a deep connection to my inner creative self. My intended goal is to write daily but it’s not always easy … Read more

How to Make an Origami Hen-Basket

If you have been following Origami Spirit for a while, you might be aware of how much we love Origami Hens, Origami Roosters, and Origami Chicks! To add to the flock of paper chickens featured in the past, I’m delighted to present here this Hen-Basket, a creation of the prolific artist José Meeusen (Netherlands). You … Read more

How to Make an Origami Pig and Candy Box

Do you love origami animals? Do you like origami boxes? A couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from Rhonda, an Origami Spirit follower, suggesting the following: “I like the Cat and Candy Box and your origami tutorial is easy to follow.   I was wondering if you could make the same box but for a … Read more

How to Remember the Steps to Make an Origami Model

We are having a blast in our course “The Joy of Origami”. Thanks to the magic and connectivity of the Internet people from many different parts of the world have joined the workshop including those representing Norway, Italy, South Africa, Uruguay and the United States. One of the questions asked during our first meeting was … Read more

Make an Origami Heart in Less than Five Minutes

This origami heart is another versatile and easy model designed by Francis Ow, a master known for his paper heart designs and excellent work on modular origami . You can make this paper heart in less than five minutes and use it for Valentine’s day and on many other occasions! Thank you Francis for giving your permission to present this heart model. Tips … Read more

How to Make a Lovely Paper Butterfly in Less Than 6 Minutes

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, … Read more

Making Origami Elephants to Help Stop the Ivory Trade

Elephants need our help. Now! All ivory markets are a threat to the lives of elephants, and to stop the killing these markets must be shut down. In an effort to raise awareness and achieve this goal, the Wildlife Conservation Society is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most origami elephants displayed. … Read more

How to Have Fun Making an Oversize Origami Shirt

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 … Read more