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Learn How to Make a Tomato-Shaped Origami Box thumbnail

Based on the traditional Japanese menko, this brilliant origami box, created by Carlos Bocanegra, will become one of your favorite origami boxes for sure.  So, find yourself a couple of pieces of origami paper, sit down and let your fingers do the tomato dance! Not only will Carlos’ model offer endless pleasure in the folding, but [...]

Let There Peace on Earth… thumbnail

…. and let it begin with me. ———————————————– Sometimes we need a quiet moment to find inner peace. We may find those moments while folding an origami crane. Spread Peace! Click for instructions to fold an origami crane today.

How to Fold an Origami Lotus Flower thumbnail

Have you ever heard that the soothing power of repetition has a calming and peaceful effect on the spirit? By repeatedly folding this traditional origami lotus flower that calming effect is precisely what you might experience. When we fold the same origami figure many times, maybe even experimenting with different papers and sizes, we also [...]

The Paper Boat –Magical Traditional Origami thumbnail

Do you remember the magic of seeing a paper boat, or other origami figure, being folded in front of you for the first time? I was about five years old when a friend of my mother’s folded one and gave it to me. Later at home, I found a rectangular piece of paper and folded [...]

How to Reuse Paper to Have Fun! thumbnail

Here is an idea for making a toy out of recycled paper, perfect to be enjoyed with young children. You can play together with nieces and nephews with this paper toy and create fun memories. Are you  a teacher? Have your students make one, and they will have fun while you can review some basic [...]

How to Fold an Easy Origami Peacock thumbnail

With this charming origami peacock Evi Binzinger (Germany)  shows us an example of the imaginative possibilities of a traditional origami model.  This peacock model shown here is based on the classic paper toy called “cootie catcher”, featured here in a previous post. What Evi has done is to modify one of the corners of the [...]

A Thousand Cranes, a book by Florence Temko thumbnail

Aside from being a symbol of world peace, health, and  long life, the origami crane has come to signify the art of paper folding itself. This idea is reinforced in a new edition of the book A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and Happiness by the prolific origami creator and author, Florence Temko. Book [...]

Using a Traditional Origami Windmill for Greeting Cards thumbnail

When making greeting cards, I like to keep myself open to the many creative possibilities offered by traditional and simple origami models.  In this post we’ll look at one example of using the traditional origami windmill to create different cards. Note for beginners: If you’re just getting into folding, the video below will show you [...]