Origami Lion Love

Touch the soft huge paws of a lion, tremble as you hear it roar! Brush the long thick mane, place a crown upon his head. Embrace this strong and regal creature! The lion symbolizes strength, honor, courage, royalty, and leadership. For many of us not living in Africa or Asia, a lion -like an elephant … Read more

Make an Origami Happy Monkey!

It’s time to say good bye to the Chinese year of the sheep and welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey (February 8, 2016 – January27, 2017)! To celebrate this Chinese New Year holiday I’ve designed an origami happy monkey which I hope will make you smile. The Monkey is ninth in the 12-year cycle … Read more

Make an Origami Hot Pepper to Commemorate Wilbur Scoville

Did you know there is a scale to measure the “spiciness” or “heat” of hot peppers? It’s called the Scoville Organoleptic Test. Today Google’s doodle celebrates the birthday of its inventor: Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942). While working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company in 1912, Mr. Scoville devised a test … Read more

How to Make an Origami Heart-Box

Let me climb into your heart! If you give me a kiss I’ll turn into a prince. If I give you a kiss you’ll become a cute little frog. Which do you prefer? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As with any other holiday, it offers a good excuse to make some sweet origami … 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

An Origami Star Box –Full of Creative Possibility!

This star box, like many other origami boxes, is full of possibility: First we have fun making the box…  Then we admire it for a while… And wonder what to place in it.  Our spirit fills with joy thinking of the person who we’ll give it too… And when offering the box as a gift, … Read more

How to Make an Origami Goldfish

There are many ways to be creative with origami as we can, for example… Choose papers with interesting colors or textures. Apply color to the paper before folding. Display our models on a base or hanging in a mobile We can use several different ideas to create new origami figures. Sometimes our creativity can be sparked simply … Read more

Make This Delightful Paper Bat for Halloween

This is an origami bat with  great battitude and batsonality! It flutters into our spooky space to join a growing  group of  origami models for Halloween  previously featured in Origami Spirit. Jennifer Linderman –artist, teacher and a wonderfully creative friend of mine, is the designer of this bat. Folding it makes me wish to be a … Read more