By Dana Hinders
If you love dyeing Easter eggs, this origami project is a very useful model. It creates a simple stand that you can use to showcase your creations.
The origami Easter egg cup is a great model for young paper folders. Most children ages six and up should be able to fold an egg cup with minimal adult assistance.
This origami model should be made using paper that is roughly 6 inches x 6 inches square so that it is the proper size for a typical Easter egg. Use larger paper to make a display for a decorated wooden or plastic novelty egg.
Both the front and back sides of the paper will show when the model is complete. If possible, choose paper with a pattern on one side and a coordinated color on the other.
To start making your origami Easter egg cup, place your paper in front of you with the patterned side face down. Fold your paper in half, bringing the top down to meet the bottom edge.
Fold your paper in half once more. Crease well, then unfold.
When you are finished, your paper should look like the photo to the left.
Fold the left side in to meet the middle crease. Fold the right side in to meet the middle crease. When you are finished with this step, your origami paper should look like the photo to the left.
Open the left flap and flatten it with your finger. Open the right flap and flatten it with your finger. This fold is called a squash fold. It is one of the most popular types of origami folds.
When you are finished, your origami paper should look like the photo the left. This form is called an organ base. It is an origami form that is worth noting, since it is the basis of several different models. It gets its name because the base is used to make an origami organ or piano.
Flip your paper over. Fold the left and right sides in as indicated in the photo to the left.
Fold the bottom left and right comers in to meet the center crease as shown in the photo to the left.
Fold the triangle you created in the last step up as shown in the photo to the left.
Flip the paper over. Repeat Steps 5-6. Stick your fingers in the pocket you have created. Gently pull out to open the Easter egg stand. If it is folded correctly, it should resemble a tiny doll's crown.
Congratulations! Your origami egg cup is complete.
If you want to use your egg cup to display dyed Easter eggs, make sure they are completely dry before you place them in the cup. Eggs that are damp will transfer the dye to the paper.
The origami Easter egg cups make great place cards if you're hosting a holiday brunch. Write each person's name on the triangular flaps of the paper cup before adding a decorated egg to the top.
The colorful patterns in your origami paper will jazz up plain Easter eggs, but feel free to get creative with your egg decorating if you have some extra time to devote to the project. If you're looking for new and unusual ways to decorate your Easter eggs, About Budget Decorating has several excellent suggestions--including chalkboard eggs, decoupage eggs, and eggs with glittered polka dots.
For more holiday origami project ideas, check out our Easter Origami Projects slideshow.