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Video Tutorial to Make an Origami Egg-Laying Hen thumbnail

A few days ago, I received a lovely packet of colorful origami paper. I first thought of trying it on one of my all-time favorite origami models, an Egg-laying Hen, a creation of Zsuzsanna Kricskovics. Even if you have folded this hen before, it’s always fun to fold and play with. Below you can watch [...]

How to Make a Paper Starshade thumbnail

This origami Starshade is a model of an actual device NASA developed to block the light of nearby stars in while observing their orbiting exoplanets. Making the paper model is fun and relatively easy. You need a little patience and some time. If you are new to origami, I have made a video with a [...]

Origami Blue Butterfly Boxes thumbnail

I must be dreaming of summer and we’re still far from spring because lately, I keep thinking of butterflies. Whenever I see a butterfly I remember the warm sweet smelling slopes of the Andes mountains of my native country, Colombia, and that time a friend took me to the banks of a river and we [...]

Origami Spinning Top Brings a Spirit of Playfulness thumbnail

On a previous post we discussed how origami is a gentle activity that can shift our preoccupation with life’s challenges, and help us focus more on the present. In the northern hemisphere, as the shortest day of the year approaches, I have to remind myself that the darkness of these days is temporary; that these [...]

An Origami House for Lady Coco thumbnail

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. [...]

Make an Origami Carousel -It’s never too late to have a happy childhood! thumbnail

Do you remember riding a carousel when you were a child? If you do, now you can recreate the joy you probably felt by making an origami carousel, today. And if you never had that experience at a young age? Well, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood! After I first presented this origami [...]

Drop Everything and Make this Origami Dog! thumbnail

Stop working! Stop browsing the Internet! Instead, fold this charming dog, now!  I’m serious! You’ll love it!! From the kingdom of origami animals this is a really cute one, and is now, hands down, one of my favorite origami action models. Have you seen Toy Story? Do you remember Slinky? Here in this model we have [...]

An Easy Paper Helicopter -Entertainment for Children of All Ages thumbnail

Do you have children you’d like to entertain? Nieces, nephews or grandchildren, maybe?  Having some gentle fun with paper toys can be so very simple. And economical! In less than five minutes you can make several of these paper helicopters. Then you can easily demonstrate how to lift up this fun toy and let it [...]

Origami Turbine -A Super Paper Spinner! thumbnail

Do you like origami toys? What about origami that spins, moves or flaps?  If so then you –and all the children in your life including your inner child, will love this origami turbine. Blow on on it once and let the fun begin. It’s a super paper spinner! If you’ve ever folded the traditional flapping bird, [...]