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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 [...]

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Have you ever looked at your (paper-folding) hands and felt a deep gratitude for everything you can do with them? For you and your precious hands to exist you had a mother and a father, four grand-parents, eight great-grant parents, sixteen great-great-grandparents and so on. If we keep counting back the generations to the thirtieth [...]

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Did you know that papa penguins are devoted dads? After the female lays an egg she must leave on a long return journey to the ocean to feed and replenish her energy. Papa penguin is left behind for two months to keep the egg warm and assure the survival of the chick. This adorable origami [...]

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Have you ever folded an origami crane? This delightful origami Mascot Monkey, designed by Ms. Tomoko Fuse, is made using the same base and is not difficult to fold. You’ll certainly fall in love with this monkey, but be careful. Just like the thousand paper cranes, you might end up folding a thousand origami monkeys! [...]

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We can now say good bye to the Chinese year of the monkey and celebrate the Year of the Red Rooster (January 28, 2017 – February 15, 2018) To celebrate this New Year, I’ve designed an origami rooster, which is a close relative of an origami hen presented on a previous post, but this rooster [...]

Thumbnail image for 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, [...]

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These past few months have been full of excitement and creativity as I explore paper folding as a subject for visual art. This slight change of direction is one that combines my interests in both painting, and origami. At the beginning of the year, I was looking through an impressive artwork collection on Instagram posted [...]

Thumbnail image for Make Origami Elephants and 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. [...]

Thumbnail image for Make an Origami Ladybug and Bring Yourself Good Luck!

Has someone ever asked you “What is origami good for”? What they might be really saying with this question is: “Aren’t you wasting your time with such child’s play?” If this ever happens, here are a few possible replies: Origami improves memory, motor skills, and self-esteem. Origami teaches patience and perseverance. Origami is poetry and [...]