Easy Origami Swan Dish -Use it for Many Festive Occasions!

This swan dish is the perfect example of versatile and easy origami. It will take you just a couple of minutes to make, and it can be used on different festive occasions! Filled with miniature chocolate eggs it is the perfect model for Easter. Because swans mate for life the swan is a symbol of loyalty … Read more

Origami for the International Day of Peace

This photo was taken a few years back at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. I’ve always enjoyed the expression of delight as this lady receives my origami hen after I folded it in front of her. A magical origami moment! I love origami because it is a vehicle for creativity, inspiration, joy and peace. The … Read more

Origami Chicken -It’s a chick and it’s a box!

I just received and watched an adorable video of my two-year-old nephew, Emilio, playing the drum and singing Los Pollitos (The little chicks). Los Pollitos is a Spanish-language nursery rhyme and one of the first songs children learn not only in Colombia, but in many other Spanish-speaking countries (lyrics below*). In a previous post, we made origami … Read more

Make an Origami Hen-Box –Updated and Improved Video!

With this post I’d like to present an updated and improved step-by-step video tutorial on how to make an origami hen. This model, of my own design, is a box too. It’s part of a growing group of fun origami containers presented here in Origami Spirit. The video is narrated in English with Spanish subtitles. I’ve … Read more

Make an Origami Dove and Share the Peace of Folding Paper

The year is coming to an end and I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all of your visits, comments and continued support for our work at Origami Spirit. I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to those who have generously donated funds to help maintain this website. … Read more

Origami Penguin Lovers, Look No Further!

Open Origami for All, a book by Ioana Stoian, and begin a magical 80-page journey through a world of her special origami figures. The book includes an origami penguin (video tutorial shown below) and fifteen other elegant and easy-to-fold origami models. It would make an excellent addition to any origami library. Whether you take this … Read more

An Origami Owl, Perfect as a Gift Card Holder

Looking for a thoughtful graduation present? An owl symbolizes wisdom and learning, and from the kingdom of origami animals comes this delightful paper owl. Perfect for the occasion. But this is not just an ordinary origami owl. It’s also a gift card holder! Owls are nocturnal birds that have many symbolic meanings including intelligence, intuition, independence, … Read more

Useful Origami, Adding Happiness to Your Life!

At an origami convention in New York City, Vicente Palacios, an origami artist and teacher from Spain, related how people often asked him what is origami good for. He would respond with another question: “What are babies good for?” We certainly enjoy folding origami pieces that extend beyond the joy of creating and folding them. … Read more

Twelve Hens, Twelve Blessings for a Great New Year

This week and for the upcoming new year, I made a strand of twelve origami prosperity hens –one for each month of the year. It’s modeled after a similar idea, the multicolored prosperity hens, made of fabric and commonly found in northern India. Welcoming the arrival of the New Year I perform small personal rituals to … Read more