Apr 30, 2011

Mother's Day Card: New Origami Model and Video

I love making origami cards, so I couldn't help to make one for Mother's Day. This card is made of three pieces of paper: One for the envelope, one for the flower that acts as a lock, and another for the message that goes inside.
Mother's Day Card: New Origami Model and Video
Here are the instructions:

For the card in the video, I used the following papers:
  • one 8" ("200 mm) square of bicolor kami paper for the envelope
  • one 4" (100 mm) of yellow tant paper for the Wildflower (diagram here).
  • one 4" (100 mm) square of yellow card stock for the message.

You can also use other flowers as a lock, as seen in the pictures bellow:

Mother's Day Card: New Origami Model and Video
 Mother's Day Card: New Origami Model and Video

You can find the diagrams for the Wildflowers, Bicolor Wildflowers, Bicolor Bluets and other beautiful flowers in my book Contemporary Origami Decorations.

Happy Mother's Day!

Apr 23, 2011

Mother's Day Origami: Flower by Román Díaz and Traditional Chinese Vase

In many countries, Mother's Day is approaching. If you are unsure about what to give to your mother in her day, here is an idea.

Mother's Day Origami: Flower by Román Díaz and Traditional Chinese Vase

The Flower was designed by Román Díaz. The diagram can be found in the 5th issue of the magazine 4 Esquinas. The magazine 4 Esquinas is an excellent online publication that can be downloaded for free. It includes origami diagrams and very interesting technical articles.
The Chinese Vase is a traditional model, that is also known as Verdi's vase. The diagram can be found in this link (look for Verdi's Vase).

I folded the flower from an 8" (200 mm) square of artisan paper and the vase from a 8" (200 mm) square of batik paper.
The folding sequence of the flower involves a lot of pre-creasing and then a final collapse. The folding sequence of the vase is almost the opposite: Many collapsed creases and then a final "un-collapse."

Apr 17, 2011

Decorative Bowls - New Origami Model

Origami bowls are nice decorations to leave around the house, or to use as table centerpieces for special occasions. They can be filled with candy, pebbles, tiny origami models, or colorful small items.

This time, I designed two simple bowls, one with a pentagonal center and the other with a hexagonal center. I decorated them with traditional origami cranes.

Decorative Bowls - New Origami Model

Decorative Bowls - New Origami Model

Each bowl was folded with a 8" (200 mm) square of elephant hide paper.
The following pictures depict the same bowls, seen from above:

Decorative Bowls - New Origami ModelDecorative Bowls - New Origami Model
Each crane was folded with a 2 ¾" (70 mm) square of regular kami paper.

Apr 9, 2011

Angry Birds - New Origami Model

Well... I was trying to design a cute little chicken for Easter..., but this angry bird took over! So I reversed the colors of the paper and here it is:

Angry Birds - New Origami Model

You  can find the diagram here. The models in the picture were folded with 6" (150 mm) two color kami paper, yellow and red, and gold and red.

Then I continued with my original idea, but I got what I will call a "not so angry chicken" by folding the top of the model a little different.

Angry Birds - New Origami Model

It still looks a little angry, what do you think?

Apr 3, 2011

Easter - Two Cute Origami Bunnies

These are two of my favorite bunny models, one designed by Akira Yoshizawa and the other by Tomoko Fuse.
I like to fold them for Easter because both models represent the bunnies in a stand up posture, which is how the Easter bunny is more frequently depicted.

Easter - Two Cute Origami Bunnies
The pink bunnies, correspond to the model "Rabbit", designed by Akira Yoshizawa. The instructions to fold this model can be found in the book Origami Museum I - Animals.
The bunnies were folded with 6" (150 mm) squares of Tant Origami paper.

Easter - Two Cute Origami Bunnies
The yellow bunnies correspond to a model designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions to fold this model can be found in the book 12 Months in a Small Box - Autumn Winter, ISBN 4-480-87340-6 (in Japanese), and also in the book Origami Shiki Oriori, ISBN 978-4-14-031158-5 (also in Japanese) .
The bigger bunnies were folded with  6" (150 mm) squares of Tant Origami paper, and the smaller ones were folded with 3" (75 mm) squares of regular origami paper.