Thursday March 6, 2014
March is National Craft Month, so this is the perfect time to try a new type of origami that you haven't explored before. Folding money or folding fabric can offer new challenges when compared to traditional paper folding.
Making a few tea bag folding designs is another fun way to honor the creative spirit of National Craft Month. If you create pretty greeting cards to send to your family or friends, you might just inspire them to develop their own crafty sides!
Take a picture of yourself crafting during National Craft Month to enter the CRE8TIME National Craft Month Photo Contest. Crafters can compete for a chance to win a Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit, Plaid Gift Basket, or LoveToCreate Tulip Body Art Kit. Visit the CRE8TIME Facebook page for details. CRE8TIME is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world.
Photo courtesy of Dana Hinders.
Friday February 28, 2014
Star Wars origami has quite a following, as evidenced by the popularity of Chris Alexander's Star Wars Origami book. Alexander's book is focused exclusively on providing origami instructions for various Star Wars themed projects. But, if you're looking for fiction that incorporates Star Wars origami, the Origami Yoda series of books from Tom Angelberger is sure to be a hit. You can read more about the different titles in this series on the About Children's Books site.
Photo courtesy of PriceGrabber.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
If you love practical origami models, you'll definitely want to check out the Stand Innovations website. Stand Innovations designs functional origami models that are folded with durable waterproof and tear proof paper. Many of their models are designed to hold cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, although Stand Innovations also has instructions to make treat boxes and unique flower vases. (The gorgeous vase in the photo accompanying this post is my personal favorite!)
"Our models/products may be purchased pre-folded, or taught how to fold by subscribing to video tutorial clips at www.standinnovations.com," says Stand Innovations founder Allon Shadmi.
If you're a novice paper folder, I suggest reviewing About Origami's Types of Origami Folds and Types of Origami Bases articles before folding your first models from Stand Innovations. Making sure you understand basic origami concepts will make it easier to create the model of your choice.
Photo courtesy of Allon Shadmi.
Saturday February 22, 2014
Origami fortune tellers are a popular toy that you might remember folding at slumber parties as a child. But, did you know that this model can also be used as a teaching tool for kid with autism?
Autism Teaching Strategies
has a free download of printable paper fortune tellers that can be used to teach autistic children important social skills. They are designed to help children learn to work in pairs, ask questions, give compliments, and talk about emotions.
If you need a little help folding your fortune tellers, visit our How to Make an Origami Cootie Catcher tutorial for complete folding instructions and links to a few About Origami exclusive designs. (In some parts of the country, paper fortune tellers are more commonly known as cootie catchers.)
Photo courtesy of Dana Hinders.