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

Christmas Greetings -A Stop Motion Origami Animation

A Christmas and holiday greeting to you, your families, friends, and loved ones. Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! From one of my south-facing windows, I can see the sun following its lowest and shortest arc across the sky. The good news is that for the next six months, the days will … Read more

How to Make an IvaMia Kusudama

A kusudama is a traditional Japanese paper ball created by joining together multiple identical units. In Japan it was common to join these units with glue or thread. This particular kusudama design –named IvaMia, is made without cutting and assembled without glue. It is a perfectly elegant example of contemporary modular origami. The IvaMia kusudama … Read more

Make a Modular Origami Star from Patagonia

Thinking of a last minute Christmas present? Planning ahead for next year’s holiday ornaments?Even if you are not in the holiday mood, I invite you to get two squares of colorful paper and sit with me for just fifteen minutes. You’ll enjoy making this cleverly designed modular origami star. The ‘Polo Sur Star’ was created by … Read more

Turn on the Lights of Hope… and Keep Them on!

I share these origami Christmas lights in the spirit of innocence and peace; honoring the precious lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown CT. “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”~Romans 13:12 Recommended Paper: Duo color … Read more

How to Make a Fun Origami Santa Claus Puppet

Are you looking for something fun and easy to do with children this Christmas and holiday season? With this Santa Claus talking puppet you will be a hit with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Imagine the joy and family memories you will create! Materials needed to make this paper puppet:A rectangular piece of paper … Read more

Origami Double-Pyramid Stand for iPhone or Business Cards

Have you ever been adopted by a cat?  A few days ago a little cat appeared at our doorstep. My husband and I  walked around our neighborhood going from house to house looking for her owner. Nobody claimed her. Since she has these lovely heart-shaped markings we decided that while she stays with us (be … Read more

How to Make an Origami Santa Gift Box

Looking for a cute, easy-to-make Christmas present for family or friends? A while back I came up with this origami Santa and Elf gift-box idea, and it might be just what you’re looking for. The gift boxes are easy to fold and you don’t even need glue to make them!  They were inspired by a pyramid … Read more