Make Tin Twist-Icicles Christmas Ornaments in seconds!

When we train ourselves to be creative with origami, we are also preparing ourselves to be creative in all other endeavors. Creativity doesn’t always have to produce whiz-bang-dazzling results. Thinking creatively can be a life practice as we go about our every-day routine. One way of being creative with origami is looking for ways to modify … Read more

An Origami House for Lady Coco

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. … Read more

Origami Santa Claus -It’s a Star and a Christmas Box Too!

Santa Claus, the beloved character for children at Christmas and for origami creators! I’ve featured a few Origami Santas in Origami Spirit before. As I was playing with David Brill’s star box, presented on the previous post, it occurred to me to transform his star box into this Star Santa simply by adding a beard. Some … Read more

One Origami Box, Three Variations

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed how much we love sharing origami boxes for all occasions. As with those previous box posts, I’m sure you’ll love this origami swirl box too! Jannie van Schuylenburg* (Netherlands), shared two variations of her lovely creation with me: One with a … Read more

How to Make a Traditional Square Origami Box

Origami boxes and containers are fun to make and very practical to use to give a present or to keep our desks orderly. These models can be made with different shapes such as a square, rectangle, or pentagon, and with different kinds of paper. Even recycled paper is good to use for folding origami boxes. … Read more

How to Make an Origami Nativity Scene: The Child –Part 3 of 3

Sacred family in a Nativity Scene. Origami figures by Leyla Torres These figures of the child and crib are part of the origami Nativity Scene series. In two previous posts I’ve shown how to make the figure of Joseph and his staff,  and Mary. In my native Colombia the tradition is that baby Jesus is the … Read more

How to Make an Origami Nativity Scene: Mary –Part 2 of 3

Sacred family in a Nativity Scene. Origami figures by Leyla Torres The figure of Mary is the second model in the origami Nativity Scene series. In my previous post, I showed how to make the figure of Joseph and described my delight as a child making the Nativity scene with my mother. Christmas is indeed … Read more

How to Make an Origami Nativity Scene: Joseph –Part 1 of 3

Sacred family in a Nativity Scene. Origami figures by Leyla Torres A popular Christmas tradition for many is placing a Nativity Scene in their home. I have delightful memories of Christmas as a young child. My mother and I use to work together in the creation of a beautiful nativity scene with Joseph, Mary, and baby … Read more

How to Make an Origami Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree is a clever adaptation of an origami flower, previously presented at Origami Spirit, and a creation of Vicente Dolz (Spain). To make this tree we need seven flower units for the branches, one piece for the trunk, and a star. The following step-by-step video will show you how to make Vicente’s origami … Read more