Friday, 27 April 2012

diy friday - peace crane treat toppers

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!

Friday, 20 April 2012

diy friday - origami lotus candle holder

Origami Lotus Candle Holder
Welcome to the first project in one love origami's diy friday series!

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
The Lotus is a traditional Japanese origami model, with a recess in the middle that I always dreamed of turning into a candle holder. 

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
I like to make Lotus Candle Holders as gifts and table decorations. 

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
Follow these four steps:

    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

tonight at strathcona county library

Friends of Folding Meeting: Thursday April 19th

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.

Friday, 13 April 2012

diy friday

Coming soon!
Get ready for a new series of do-it-yourself projects from one love origami:
  • Decor
  • Gifts
  • Fashion
  • And More!
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