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How to Make an Origami Crane Mobile

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An origami mobile is a lovely way to showcase a collection of paper cranes. Mobiles make pretty decorations for your home or thoughtful gifts for friends and family who appreciate the art of paper folding.

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An Easy Way to Entertain Your Kids

Tuesday April 22, 2014
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If you're a parent with young children, you've undoubtedly realized that kids tend to get impatient very quickly when they are asked to wait at the doctor's office or sit quietly for a meal. If you ever find yourself with a cranky child, I suggest teaching your little one how to make an origami house. This simple design is a snap to fold and can be decorated to suit your child's unique personality -- whether that means pink and purple shutters or a giant Batman symbol on the front door! Review our How to Fold an Easy Origami House article for complete instructions.

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Wearable Origami Art

Friday April 18, 2014
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Some of the most creative applications for origami can be seen in the fashion industry.

In 2008, designer Catherine Meuter unveiled a concept for origami inspired shoes that could be folded flat for easy storage. These shoes were marketed as an ideal solution for the woman who travels frequently, since they would take up very little room in a suitcase. You can view the shoes on the Yanko Design website.

Origami inspired designs have been seen on several handbags throughout the years. For example, Gucci makes a beige and ebony canvas bag with a green leather origami frog patch for the woman in search of a bold accessory.

Another way in which origami has influenced fashion is through the use of origami figures as a jewelry motif. Bottica showcases a collection of origami necklaces by Claire & Arnaud--the French design friends who founded their own brand "Origami Jewellery." Their necklaces feature gold and sterling silver renditions of origami cranes, elephants, lions, rabbits, and horses.

Review our article Origami in Fashion for more examples of origami inspired fashion trends.

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Elsewhere on About: Folding 1,000 Paper Wedding Cranes

Wednesday April 16, 2014
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If you're planning a wedding in the near future, why not add a little origami to the celebration? About Wedding Traditions has written an excellent article exploring the tradition of using 1,000 folded paper cranes as wedding decorations. The article explores the symbolism of various paper colors, as well as suggesting some creative ways to incorporate the cranes into your wedding decor.

If folding 1,000 cranes is just too much for you to handle, I'd recommend adding an origami crane mobile to your wedding decor. Mobiles can be made with as few as 10 cranes each, making them a much quicker folding project. Review our Origami Mobile Instructions article to learn how to assemble your crane mobile.

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Protecting Your Origami from the Elements

Sunday April 13, 2014
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For some people, origami's fragile nature is not a problem. They view their creations as temporary works of art, much like fresh blooming flowers in a garden. However, if you're interested in making origami jewelry or displaying your origami outdoors, there are several different waterproofing methods you can use to protect your paper creations. Learn more in our new article How to Make Waterproof Origami.

If you have a waterproofing technique that's worked well for you that isn't listed, I'd love to hear about it! Email me at origami@aboutguide.com.

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