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Origami Crane: Easy Tutorial and Twelve Fun Facts thumbnail

The orizuru (折鶴 ori- “folded,” tsuru “crane”), or paper crane, is a design that is considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. The crane is a traditional origami figure, auspicious in Japanese culture. Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart’s desire come true. For those [...]

The Origin of the Word “Origami” thumbnail

Did you know that the practice of folding paper is much older than the Japanese word origami? Laura Rozenberg, the founder of the Museo del Origami in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, shares with us the interesting and unexpected story of how the word origami became the one we use when referring to the art of [...]

Origami and Science- Beyond a Delightful Activity for Children thumbnail

Photo: James Webb Space Telescope (the most powerful space telescope ever built) Did you know that origami techniques and methods are used in designing equipment such as solar space reflectors and other items related to space exploration? Take a look at this online video ‘Virtual Astronomy Live’ at the Intrepid Museum on the topic of [...]

Origami or the Art of Creating Meaningful Connections thumbnail

In a previous post, I asked people to share how they got into origami and “how has origami contributed to your life.” In response, my inbox overflowed with the most wonderful heartfelt responses where many of you shared with me your story about just how meaningful origami is in your life. This gives me great [...]

How did you get into origami? thumbnail

Did you get into origami as a child or as an adult? As a child, I learned the traditional boat and classic crane, but it wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I really got into origami. It was the Christmas holiday season in New York City. I was walking with my husband down [...]

Origami Art Therapy for Mental Health thumbnail

“To send light into the darkness of human beings~ such is the duty of the artist.”  Schumann The therapeutic gift that origami can bring to people who are mentally ill is something that Rosemary Browne has seen first hand. Rosemary is a passionate origami teacher who has been helping people overcome their mental challenges by [...]

A New Museum of Origami in Uruguay thumbnail

Uruguay may seem like a remote country, but soon it will be close to the hearts of those who love paper folding. In September 2016, an origami museum will open its doors in the Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento: OrigamiHouse Colonia, Museo del Plegado del Papel y Talleres. The project, developed by Laura Rozenberg, seeks [...]

Using Origami to Teach Kids Math, Art, Language and Science thumbnail

Are you a teacher or a home-schooling parent? Did you know that origami can be used in the classroom as a teaching tool? The art of paper folding is excellent to teach and improve math and vocabulary, and to introduce children to different cultures and to concepts of art, science and social studies. In addition, it can help [...]

Origami Flower -Beautiful, Easy and Fast to Fold thumbnail

Origami flowers are usually easy to make and have the added benefit of not wilting –as quickly anyway, as natural flowers. They can be perfect gifts or used as festive decorations. This six-petal flower is made with three rectangular units tied together with a piece of wire or pipe cleaner. It is informally known as [...]