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Origami Inspired by the Sea

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  • June 7, 2012

The seaside has always had an allure for people with its rolling waves, sandy beaches, and countless interesting creatures. Many origami creators have been inspired to make designs that are reminiscent of the sea and its inhabitants.

Here are three sea-inspired origami designs that are cute and easy to make:

Origami Fish

This puffy origami fish seems to look like pufferfish or fugu. This would look fantastic in paper of any color or pattern.

Click image or: http://youtu.be/FUcp0EiZ2xU


Origami Crab

This origami crab can stand on its own but don’t worry about it scurrying away on its spindly legs.

Click image or: http://youtu.be/Mt-nCMbl_Wk


Origami Seashell

With some quick paper folding, you can come up with this dainty clam shell. Make a few more in various colors and you can soon have a pretty origami shell collection!

Click image or: http://youtu.be/AyRtyh0B-Ww


Looking for more ideas? Check out our previous post on how to make origami flowers.

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How to Make Origami Flowers

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  • March 28, 2012

Spring is here, and with it unfurls new life. Young leaves wave in the cool breeze and flowers bloom in colorful profusion. You can bring the essence of spring into your home, or give it to a loved one, by creating lovely origami flowers that will never wither.

Like most origami designs, the difficulty of making origami flowers depends on your paper folding skills and patience. Here are three how-to videos on making origami flowers. Some may be more difficult than others, but all are equally gorgeous.

Origami roses | fdave

Origami Rose

A classic favorite. You can use regular red paper for your origami rose, or combine different hues and shades to create a colorful bouquet.

click image or: http://youtu.be/NjEVM0UNrdw


 Origami Lotus Flower

In Buddhism, the lotus flower symbolizes purity of mind, body, and speech. In Asian culture, it represents perfection and grace. Lotus flowers are also  just plain beautiful, even as origami.

click image or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfMGjjW4avc&feature=fvst


Origami Tulip

Tulips are elegant and immediately bring cheer to any home. This video shows you how to make origami tulips, easily.

click image or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3564V8laRzo&feature=relmfu


See KCP’s other origami posts here, here, and here.

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How to Make an Origami Canary and Macaw

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  • February 23, 2012

One of the most enduring and popular origami designs is the tsuru, or crane. Origami of this design has part of the decor for many special occasions, especially weddings, in Japan. Of course, origami includes an enormous range of designs besides cranes: you can create many other kinds of origami birds.

Check out this video on how to make an origami canary. It looks just like the Twitter bird logo!

Click the image above or this link– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r38S8fjDUN0


For an origami bird that can perch on your finger, you can make an origami macaw:

click image above or this link– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ8fTRamkCg&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Origami macaw folding instructions on paper:

Origami macaw diagram| connors934

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Celebrate this Christmas with Origami Decor

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  • November 21, 2011

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is as hugely popular today as it was centuries ago. As time passes, more and more designs and folding styles are invented. Origami’s presence has expanded from wedding décor to Christmas ornaments. You can now create all kinds of gorgeous origami designs with Christmas motifs using simple folding techniques. You can hang them on your tree or use them to decorate your house!

The Legacy of Alice Gray

Using origami as Christmas decor can be traced back to the 60s, to Alice Gray, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History. She would decorate her Christmas tree at home with origami insects, and did the same for the tree in her office at the Museum. It was such a hit that she was later asked to decorate other trees in the Museum. Word quickly spread about these inventive and unique Christmas décor that other people began to decorate their own trees with origami of various designs.

Christmas Origami Designs

Due to the demand for Christmas origami, many holiday-themed designs have been created. Here are some cute and easy-to-make Christmas origami décor:


Santa Claus | jonakashima



Christmas tree | jonakashima


You can also easily create the star on top of the origami Christmas tree:


Omega star | jonakashima


Stay tuned for more holiday origami projects! Click here to find out how to make paper cranes.

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Origami: Japanese Paper Folding

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  • August 5, 2011

Origami (折り紙) is the Japanese art of folding paper. It is one of the purest and simplest art forms–it requires only a piece of paper and folding techniques. Origami became hugely popular as knowledge of it spread around the world.
An origami crane| kekremsi


Origami spread to Japan (from China) in 600 A.D. At the time, paper was scarce and only the rich could afford this hobby. Shinto noblemen would celebrate their weddings by wrapping saki glasses in paper folded in the shape of butterflies, which signified the bride and groom. As the availability of paper spread, origami became a popular hobby for everyone.

Folding methods were handed down from one generation to the next, and this then represented a cultural heritage for many Japanese families. The first known book that gave detailed instructions on origami was published in 1797, titled “The Secret of One Thousand Cranes Origami” or Hiden Senbazuru Orikata in Japanese.

Traditional origami cranes | Dominic’s pics

The grand master of modern origami is said to be Akira Yoshizawa. He created a set of terms and symbols with written instructions on how to create models through paper folding, currently used all over the world.

Types of Origami Paper

Origami paper is usually sold in various sizes, from 2.5 cm to 25 cm. Some sheets are even bigger. It is usually colored on one side and white on the other, but there are some sold with colors or printed patterns on both sides. Origami paper is lighter than regular paper, and you can repeatedly fold it without it becoming too thick and unmalleable. Regular paper is heavier but it can still be used for simple designs. Other usable papers are foil-backed paper, washi (made of wood pulp and is tough), and artisan paper such as gampi, kozo, and lokta, which are all made from long fibers and are quite strong.

Instructions for an origami frog | OrIgAmI IaN

Extra Materials

You can use a flat surface such as a clean table for folding, although many origami artists don’t need to place the paper on any surface. While creating your origami, you can use paper clips to keep some sections folded, tweezers to fold tiny areas, and a spray for wet-folding techniques, as well as to moisten the paper and maintain their final shape.

Types of Origami

Here are some of the more popular techniques:

Polyhedron module | Ardonik

Modular – a combination of several identical pieces to create one cohesive piece.

Pure Land – using only one fold at a time. Complex folds, such as reverse folds, are restricted.

Wet-Folding – a technique  for gentle curves instead of sharp creases. Paper is dampened to allow easy molding.

Action – movable origami (by pulling or tapping one of its parts). Examples include the jumping frog and the traditional flapping bird origami.

Japanese designs also vary from the simple, which grade school children can do in art class, to more complex designs, such as fantasy creatures and intricate modules.

Final Fantasy’s Bahamut | kekremsi





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