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: http://www.happyfolding.com/gallery-brina-tutankhamun
By Eric Madrigal: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericmadrigal/5140069635/

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