Friday, 29 June 2012
A. You're a fun guy! (Get it? Fun-guy? Fungi?) Hahahaha!
Ok, I admit I learned that joke way back in elementary school, but I still think its cute.
And so are these origami mushrooms!
Some origami papers work really well, but I also love the unpredictability and uniqueness of magazine ads.
Makes the origami 'shrooms look a little... well... magical!
Thursday, 21 June 2012
What you need:
12" square paper for a dinner plate, 6" for a side plate or smaller for tiny treats.
Follow this video by Leyla Torres for the heart dish by Ildoko Vass from Hungary on http://www.origamispirit.com/.
That's it! Once you get the hang of it, you can fold each plate in less than a minute!
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
- A strip of paper 1/2 inch x 11 inches.
- A cocktail stick or toothpick.
- An embroidery needle.
- Nail polish or paint.
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
|Plate of Fries by Joost Langeveld on YouTube|
|French Fries by Daily Origami on YouTube|
|Easy French Fries in a Packet by Vinagurl on YouTube|
Friday, 18 May 2012
What you need:
- Copy paper for the inner pages.
- Thicker paper for the cover. (I recycled a Tommy Hilfiger ad.)
- Scissors and a paper cutter.
- Double sided tape or glue.
What to do:
1. Cut your copy paper to size. Cut the cover a few millimeters larger than the copy paper.
2. Follow the instructions for the second booklet in this video on foldsomething.com to create the inner pages.
3. Use glue or tape to attach the pages inside the cover.
Voila! Your own one-of-a-kind upcycled notebook or scrapbook!
Experiement with junk mail, magazines, brown paper bags, thin cardboard packaging and other papers in your recycling box for unique, free and eco-friendly booklets!
Friday, 11 May 2012
Don't be shy, spell it out!
Fold a message for your sweetheart, your mom, your kids, your self...
After all, who doesn't love a love note?
What you need:
Origami or scrapbooking paper. Select solid colors rather than patterns for clear contrast.
What to do:
1. Choose your message.
2. Fold each letter using these diagrams at Origami Club.
3. Leave them where your loved one will be sure to find them!
Monday, 7 May 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
|Origami Paper Crane and Coconut Lemon Squares|
Today on diy friday we're folding pretty, peaceful decorations for your favorite cupcakes and treats!
The crane is a traditional Japanese symbol of good luck, long life, health, happiness and world peace.
If you would like to read more about the significance of the origami crane, click here.
You will need:
- Paper squares approx. 3" x 3". You can use any thin, strong paper to make these. Try origami paper for a traditional look. Or even more peaceful - go green! Recycle paper from colorful ads in magazines. Scrapbooking paper tends to be thick, so save it for larger cranes.
- Toothpicks or wooden/bamboo cocktail picks.
- Treats, sweet or savory! This is a nice decoration for fruit, little cakes and other sweet things but equally pretty holding the edges of your sandwich wrap in place or to fancy up your appetizers.
Follow these simple steps:
1) Make a crane out of a square of paper 2"-3" per side depending on how small you would like your crane to be (and how nimble your fingers are!). You can follow this diagram on Origami Club or this animated diagram.
|Recycled Magazine Paper Crane|
2) Insert your toothpick into the hole that is naturally formed on the underside of the crane's belly. If you use the blunt, square ended cocktail picks you will not even need to use any glue as they will hold firmly and will not need any force to be inserted.
3) Make as many as you like and stick them into your treats!
Monday, 23 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
|Origami Lotus Candle Holder|
Today we're making an Origami Lotus Candle Holder using paper napkins and an LED battery operated candle.
We're using paper napkins because their soft texture makes this model easier to fold and less likely to tear.
|Origami Lotus with Flower Hair Clip|
Knowing how fire likes paper though, I opted to use these pretty lotuses to hold round soaps and other items instead.
Now, thanks to the availability of LED battery operated tea-lights, my wish is granted!
|Pink and Yellow Origami Lotuses|
Now you can make them too!
They're easy to fold, inexpensive to make and share, beautifully realistic, and utterly charming!
If you would like to know more about the spiritual significance of the Lotus visit Kali's Kitchen.
|Photo borrowed from Wikipedia|
You will need:
- One green square paper napkin, regular dinner size.
- One pink, yellow or white square paper napkin, cocktail size (smaller than the dinner napkin).
- One LED battery operated tea-light candle, preferably the "flickering flame" style.
|Supplies: Napkins and Battery Operated Tea-light Candle|
1. Use your large green napkin to fold a lotus. Be sure to unfold the napkin to its full size before you begin.
You can follow this diagram or this animated diagram from Origami Club.
Or you can follow along with this video on YouTube.
2. Next, use your smaller colored cocktail napkin to make the same model.
3. Insert the smaller lotus inside the larger one.
4. Place the lit LED battery operated tea-light candle inside.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Come back next week for our second diy friday project!
Let me know what you think. Click the reactions below or leave me a comment!
Thanks and Happy Folding, Tara
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Bring your paper and your ideas, your current project, your questions or just your enthusiasm.
Please note that folders of all ages are welcome, but we request that young guests are accompanied by an adult.
This is not a workshop or class, there is no cost to attend. For more information click here.