Dec 30, 2010

Business Cards Cubes Calendar

Let's start the new year by folding a 2011 calendar.

Business Cards Cubes Calendar

This calendar is made of business cards cubes. You'll need 6 business cards for each cube, 36 business cards in total. To cover the exterior faces of  the cubes I used color copy paper where I printed each month calendar and some pictures.
The business card cube is a traditional model. The method of assembling several cubes is attributed to Jeannine Mosely, who constructed a level three Menger Sponge from business cards in 1995. Her instructions for building and joining the business card cubes can be found here.
The template I used for the exterior faces is available here. I built the calendar with cards that measure 3.5" x 2.13" (90mm x 54 mm), so you may need to adjust the template if you are using cards of different size.

This is a good way of recycling your old business cards. If you don't have business cards available, you can also use old metro cards, or just cut rectangular pieces of cardstock. To cover the cubes you can also use pictures from magazines or family pictures. Just keep in mind that the cards and the covers must be rectangles of the same size.

This is an easy project and it's very fun to fold. There are many other cube configurations that you can try for your calendars.

My best wishes for 2011. Happy new year!

Dec 24, 2010

Origami Christmas Tree

This is a picture of my Christmas tree. It's decorated with origami models from various designers, folded by me.  Do you recognize them?
Origami Christmas Tree

My best wishes for the Holidays.

Merry Christmas!, Feliz Navidad!

Dec 17, 2010

More Origami Santas....

This time I chose some flat Santa models. Flat models look great on cards, and can also decorate walls if you make them big enough. Here are some examples:

More Origami SantasMore Origami Santas

Santa Claus (on the card on the left) was designed by Jun Maekawa and can be found in the book Genuine Origami. I folded it from a 6" (150 mm) square paper.

Santa Claus (on the card on the right) was designed by Tomoko Fuse and  can be found in the book 12 Months in a Small Box - Autumn Winter, ISBN 4-480-87340-6, (in Japanese). I folded it from a 6" (150 mm) square paper and added some "gifts".

More Origami Santas

This last Santa was designed by Y. Sano and M. Mizuno and can be found in the book Minigami.  This model requires two squares of paper and a little glue. I folded it from 10" (250 mm) square paper and ended up big enough to decorate my front door. It looks wrinkled because I applied it a water resistant finish

Merry Christmas!

Dec 11, 2010

Holiday Cards - New Tree Model

Trees are a common theme to decorate Holiday cards, especially in places where the Holiday Season comes  with winter and lots of snow. Origami trees give an elegant touch to handmade cards. Here are some ideas:

Holiday Cards - New Tree Model

Holiday Cards - New Tree Model

The trees on the card on the left are simple triangles folded from a square piece of paper.
The tree on the card on the right was designed by me, and is folded from 4 pieces of paper: 3 of 3" (75 mm)  for the branches and 1 of 4" (100 mm) for the trunk. No glue is require to assemble the model.
You can find the diagram here.

The trunk of the tree can also be folded at an angle to allow the model to stand up. I also created a bicolor version that resembles a snowy tree.

Holiday Cards - New Tree Model

Happy Holidays!

Dec 4, 2010

Two Cute Origami Santas

I folded this two cute Santas to use as ornaments in my Christmas tree.
Origami Christmas Santa Claus

They are both relatively simple to fold and they look nice from all sides, something that is important for models that will be hung as ornaments in the Christmas tree.

The Santa with sack and the chimney, on the left of the picture, required a little glue to hold the three pieces together. The Santa with sack was designed by H. Kumasaka; the chimney is a traditional model. Instructions for both of them can be found in the book Ornagami.
The Santa Claus on the right of the picture was designed by Linda Mihara and the instructions can be found in the book Easy Christmas Origami.

Merry Christmas!

Nov 28, 2010

Christmas Wreath - New Poinsettia Model

Wreaths are wonderful decorative elements for Christmas. They can be hung on doors, windows or walls around the house. Poinsettias are also part of the Holiday traditions.
I wanted to create a wreath using origami poinsettias and this is what I came up with:

Origami Christmas Poinsettia Wreath
All the poinsettia-like flowers decorating the wreath were designed by me.
The poinsettia in the picture below is folded from three square modules and no glue is required to assemble it.
You can find the diagram here.
Origami Christmas Poinsettia
Please leave me a comment and tell me which poinsettia model you like the most.
Happy Holidays!

Nov 25, 2010

Christmas Decorations

Time to prepare for Christmas! In the following weeks I'll be posting some ideas for Christmas decorations, ornaments, cards and other items that I've been folding for Christmas in the past years.

Let's start with some decorations made from traditional kusudama pieces.

Origami Christmas Decorations

Origami Christmas Decorations

The instructions to make the Angels and the Christmas Tree can be found in the book Creating Lovely Paper-Flower dolls, by Joie Staff.  I put less branches and slightly different decorations in the Christmas tree than in the original model from the book. This is a lovely book, one of my favorites. It also contains instructions for many paper dolls made from kusudama pieces, including two Santa Claus models.
The gift boxes decorating the tree are Bird cubes, designed by K Kasahara, from the book Unit origami: Multidimensional Transformations.
Although these models involve more crafts than origami, I thought they would be a great start for the Holiday Season.

Nov 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Invitations - Pumpkin Tato

These Thanksgiving invitations are inspired by a traditional tato model (a kind of Japanese paper purse), that I modified to make it look like a pumpkin.
You can find the diagrams here.

The pumpkin tato in the picture is made from a 12" square sheet of scrapbook paper. I then added eyelets and ribbons to help keep it closed and to give it a more elegant look.
The invitation inside the pumpkin tato is made from a sheet of cardstock. I printed the details of the event and then cut to size to match the hexagonal shape of the tato (overall size is approximately 7" wide and 5" tall).

Origami Thanksgiving Invitations Pumpkin Tato

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 14, 2010

Thanksgiving Cards

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here. So, if you haven't prepared your Thanksgiving cards yet, here are some ideas.

Origami Thanksgiving Cards

Origami Thanksgiving Cards

Origami Thanksgiving Cards

Origami Thanksgiving Cards

I like making cards because you can mix origami with other paper crafts. The key is to find an origami model that is flat and simple enough to be folded using small papers.
All cards were made with letter size cardstock sheets, cut in half, where I previously printed "Happy Thanksgiving". Besides the origami models I also used some scrapbook paper and embellishments.

The models used in the cards are:
  • Pumpkin, designed by John Montroll, from the book Storytime Origami.  As the back of the model was not visible in the card, I started from a triangle instead of a square. Folded from 2 3/4" and 2" squares.
  • Tom turkey, designed by mvs, from the Origami Page-A-Day Calendar 2010. Folded from a 2 3/4" square.
  • Ring 7 - C: Variation 2, designed by Tomoko Fuse, from the book Origami Rings & Wreaths. Folded from eight 1 1/2" squares.
  • Wildflower, designed by me, diagrams here. Folded from a 2 3/4" square.
Enjoy making the cards and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 6, 2010

Kissing Cranes Picture Frame - Diagram

The Kissing cranes picture frame model is a variation of the Wildflower model. It can be folded using a square paper or a rectangular paper, thus obtaining picture frames for different picture sizes. You can find the diagram here.

The fan inside the square frame is a traditional model. The quilt inside the rectangular frame is a Tomoko Fuse's design.

Nov 3, 2010

Tutankhamun Mask

Check this two foldings of the Tutankhamun mask:

By Sara Adams:
By Eric Madrigal:

Both look fantastic! I like the paper choice of both of them and the volume in Eric's mask.

Oct 31, 2010

Diagrams page updated

I updated the diagrams page and changed the following diagrams to pdf files:
 Symbols and terms, Wildflower and Tutankhamun mask.

New Yoda Origami Model

This is my version of Yoda. It's a relative simple model. The head and the body are two separate pieces of paper that need to be attached with a little glue (sorry...!).

Origami Yoda

I rounded the the arms of the Yoda on the right to make it more 3D.
You can find the diagram here. This time I uploaded the diagram in pdf format.
Let me know if you like it.

Oct 24, 2010


Welcome to my origami blog!.

I'll be posting regularly about my designs, models that I folded from other designers, books that I like, and other origami-related topics.
The Origami P's page has some tips and tricks for beginners. Why P's? Well, I thought I could not get rid of "Paper" while talking about origami. Some P's are a little stretch but I thought it was funny.
There's also a diagrams section, where I'll be adding diagrams periodically.
This is my first attempt to do a website or a blog, so I would love to hear your comments.

I hope you find this blog interesting and come back soon.