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Make an Origami Happy Monkey! thumbnail

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 [...]

Make an Origami Hot Pepper to Commemorate Wilbur Scoville thumbnail

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 [...]

How to Make an Origami Heart-Box thumbnail

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 [...]

An Origami House for Lady Coco thumbnail

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. [...]

Origami Santa Claus -It’s a Star and a Christmas Box Too! thumbnail

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 [...]

An Origami Star Box –Full of Creative Possibility! thumbnail

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, [...]

How to Make an Origami Goldfish thumbnail

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 [...]

Make This Delightful Paper Bat for Halloween thumbnail

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 [...]

Oink! Make an Origami Pig thumbnail

Creating origami animals is always a magical exercise. Make this origami pig and fall under the spell of transforming a piece of paper into a charming and recognizable creature. No glue or scissors needed, only your hands and fingers, and a square piece of paper! Although the pig might have negative symbolic references in different [...]