Did you know that next Tuesday (November 11th) is world origami day today? It’s the perfect excuse to pull out some paper supplies and do a bit of origami paper folding, I think. I love making paper cranes to pop in with my pen pal packages every so often, but I’ve also been branching out with a few other designs lately. Here are 8 origami tutorials that I’ve tried and tested.
Bella and I made this kusudama together on the weekend and it’s all kinds of awesomeness. It’s a huge ball that you can gentle throw or roll. If you’re wanting to make something impressive, then this is the origami project for you!
If you have little children that would like join in on making something of their own, then I’d recommend the rabbit project (on the left) as it’s easy and quick. The paper crane (on the right) is a favourite of mine and as I’ve mentioned before, I often send these in my pen pal letters.
The bow (on the left) is also a much loved design and I’ve made heaps of them over the last few months. There’s one slightly tricky bit in the instructions, but you should have it down pat pretty quickly. On the right is a chopstick holder, but it’s nice for pens too! It’s by far the simplest origami project I’ve tried and these would be great for pen pals, with a nice pen inside.
The origami magic circle is another one of my favourites and was the first complicated project that we did, only it’s not tricky at all! This one is really clever because once it’s assembled, it folds in and out and is very cool to play with.
That slightly tilted origami animal on the left is an elephant, but I know it doesn’t look like one in the photo! I should have folded it up with some plain paper – the pattern has made it very difficult to decipher all of the features. On the right is a simple butterfly and this one won’t take you very long at all to fold.
What are you waiting for? Go and grab some paper and fold, fold, fold.