If you follow my Instagram feed or my Facebook page, you will have seen some origami popping up in the last few days. My friend B is running an Origami Challenge this month over at BBeingCool.com. Each morning she is posting a link to an origami tutorial, either video or written, and I’ve been making each one. This would be a great project for the kids each afternoon!
I love origami. Once upon a time I was a high school Japanese teacher and I would often throw in an origami folding spot if we finished our work a little early or on a Friday afternoon when we were all worn out. If you haven’t done origami before it is basically folding paper into fancy shapes. I thought I’d share my origami tips today.
My Tips & Tricks for Origami
- If you don’t have square origami paper, don’t panic. You can easily create a square from rectangular paper. Fold one corner up so that the side edge lines up along the top edge of the paper. The triangle this creates should be a square folded in half. Just trim off the excess rectangle piece.
- Fold origami on a hard flat surface.
- Take care to line up edges carefully on each fold. Just a little bit of overlap can make a difference later on.
- Make your creases as clean and sharp as you can – running your fingernail along each one will help.
- Take it slowly and read each instruction carefully so you don’t miss any.
- Have fun!
If you do make some, make sure you share them with the hash tag #coolorigamichallenge so I can find them.
Anorina @ Samelia's Mum says
These look super cute! Love the butterfly especially.
Sonia Barton says
I’ve never been into Origami, but my daughter loves it. She’s done it since she was really little, and she would get really mad when I would toss some of them out because they got to be way too many. I like your butterfly.