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!