Nov 23, 2014

Holiday Decorations: Origami Rings and Wreaths

Origami Rings and wreaths are perfect decorations for the Holiday Season. Here are some beautiful ones, designed by Tomoko Fuse.
Holiday Decorations: Origami Rings and Wreaths

Holiday Decorations: Origami Rings and Wreaths
The instructions can be found in the book Origami Rings & Wreaths, by Tomoko Fuse, which is my favorite book of modular origami rings.
Each ring was assembled with eight modules, folded from 3" (75 mm) squares of kami (regular origami paper).

Depending on the size and type of paper you choose, modular origami rings can have different uses. Here are some suggestions:
  • Door wreath: 12" (300 mm) squares; scrapbook paper (or any paper thicker that kami). It will need a water resistant coating if hung outdoors.
  • Christmas tree decoration: 3" (75 mm) squares; kami (or any paper of similar thickness)
  • Holiday card ornament: 1½" (38 mm) squares or smaller;  thin washi, double tissue (the smaller the squares, the thinner the paper needs to be)
  • Paper jewelry (earring, pendant, bracelet charm): 2" (50 mm) squares or smaller;  thin washi, double tissue (the smaller the squares, the thinner the paper needs to be). They will need a water resistant coating if you want them to last.
Happy Holidays!

Oct 27, 2014

Origami Decorations: Stella Veneziana (Venetian Star)

The Stella Veneziana (Venetian Star) is a very beautiful modular decoration designed by Paolo Bascetta and Francesco Decio.
Origami Decorations: Stella Veneziana (Venetian Star)
The instructions are available in the books Origami Europe: Colour edition, and Origami Europe: Black and white edition.
The Stella Veneziana consists of several modular stars, inserted one into the other. The model in the picture has 7 stars.
Each star is made with eight modules, each one folded with a square of color copy paper.
I used squares of different sizes, from 8½" (216 mm) to 2 1/8" (54 mm).