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How to Make an Origami Hen-Basket thumbnail

If you have been following Origami Spirit for a while, you might be aware of how much we love Origami Hens, Origami Roosters, and Origami Chicks! To add to the flock of paper chickens featured in the past, I’m delighted to present here this Hen-Basket, a creation of the prolific artist José Meeusen (Netherlands). You [...]

Origami Hearts Galore! thumbnail

Any time you need to express love to your sweetheart is the perfect time to make an origami heart! This is a great collection of origami-heart tutorials and they are all very easy to make. But if you are looking for one that can be done in less than five minutes I recommend this one. [...]

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 [...]

Fold an Origami Swan in Memory of Laura Kruskal thumbnail

Laura Kruskal, much beloved origami creator and teacher passed away on February 5th 2019. Laura was loved for her playfulness and great sense of humor. She loved music and included singing with her teaching. I have a lovely memory of a class I took with Laura at PCOC 2013 when she taught a traditional paper [...]

How to Make an Origami Pig and Candy Box thumbnail

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 [...]

Gratitude for Your Paper-Folding Hands thumbnail

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 [...]

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 [...]

Does Origami Help with Stress? thumbnail

Origami is an excellent creative outlet that anyone can use to help reduce stress generated by life challenges such as exhausting work schedules, or demanding family circumstances. Origami is a gentle activity that will shift our focus away from these challenges and help us focus on the present.  Origami can increase our confidence and lead us down [...]