Dec 29, 2013

Origami Toys: Cinderella Doll

After folding the Snow White Doll (see my previous post) , I couldn't resist creating another doll. This time I chose Cinderella. Trying to get a recognizable dress with kusudama pieces only was a little more difficult than before.
Origami Toys: Cinderella Doll
I created the Cinderella doll with traditional kusudama pieces and bell flower pieces. I was inspired by the paper dolls from the book Creating Lovely Paper-Flower Dolls.
The skirt is folded with one 10" (250 mm) square and two 6" (150 mm) squares of light blue construction paper. It's also decorated with two 4" (100 mm) pleated white dollies on the sides and a round piece of tulle on top.
The bodice is folded with a 4½" (112) square of of light blue construction paper. The collar is folded with a 3" (75mm) square of white washi paper and a 2" (50 mm) square of light blue construction paper. Each sleeve is folded with a 3" (75 mm) square and a 2" (50 mm) square of white washi paper.
I also used a set of Doll head and hands that I bought at a craft store, and a few accessories.

Dec 22, 2013

Origami Toys: Snow White Doll

Do you recognize this princess? I hope you do! The whole project was a lot of fun, from choosing the size and color of papers to deciding on the hairstyle.
Origami Toys: Snow White Doll
I created the Snow White doll with traditional kusudama pieces and bell flower pieces. I was inspired by the paper dolls from the book Creating Lovely Paper-Flower Dolls.
The skirt is folded with a 10" (250 mm) square of yellow construction paper, the bodice is folded with a 4" (100) square of blue tant paper, the collar is folded with a 3" (75mm) square of white washi paper, and each sleeve is folded with a 3" (75 mm) square of red construction paper and a 2" (50 mm) square of blue tant paper.
I also used a set of Doll head and hands that I bought at a craft store, and a few accessories.

Dec 15, 2013

Holiday Decorations: Stars

Stars are very popular decorations for Christmas Trees. These ones are already decorating mine!
Holiday Decorations: Stars
The stars were designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions to fold them can be found in her book, Origami Stars and Snowflakes, ISBN 9784416309148.
Each star is folded with a pentagon, that I cut from 6" (150 mm) square of double-sided origami paper.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 8, 2013

Holiday Decorations: Snowflakes

We've been having a chilly weather for the last couple of days, which reminded me that it was time to fold some snowflakes.
Holiday Decorations: Snowflakes
Origami snowflakes are great decorations for the Holiday Season. I always hang a few of them on my Christmas tree.
All the snowflakes in the picture were designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions to fold the two ones on the left can be found in her book, Origami Stars and Snowflakes, ISBN 9784416309148. The instructions to fold the one on the right can be found in her book,  12 Months in a Small Box - Autumn Winter, ISBN 9784480873408.

Here is some additional information:
  • Light blue snowflake, on the left.  It's folded with an hexagon cut from a 6" (150 mm) square of thin washi paper.
  • White snowflake, on the left. It's folded with an hexagon cut from a 9" (225 mm) square of Pacon Paper Squares.
  • White snowflake, on the right.  It's folded with six 3" (75 mm) squares of regular origami paper.

Dec 1, 2013

Origami Toys: Dollhouse Living Room

I started folding the love seat, and then the armchair. They ended up being so cute that I couldn't help building a complete living room around them!

Origami Toys: Dollhouse Living Room
I had a lot of fun looking for models that I could use to complete the room. I built the room (floor and two walls) with cardboard and scrapbook paper, but I think this living room will look lovely in a real dollhouse.
The hardest model to fold was the ore, which is the modular decorating the table, not because of the difficulty of the foldings, but because I used small squares of paper.

These are the models in the living room:

  • Love seat, arm chair and cushions, created by Paolo Bascetta. The instructions can be found in his book, Origami, ISBN 9788873870258.  I folded the them with double-sided scrapbook paper. I used a 6" (150 mm) square for the love seat,  a 6" x 4½" (150 mm x 113 mm)  rectangle for the armchair, a 3" (75 mm) square for the top of each cushion and a 2¾" (69 mm ) square for the bottom part of each cushion. 
  • Bookcase. As a bookcase, I used a traditional masu box with a minus divider created by Bob Voelker (more information here). I used 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper.
  • Books, created by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions can be found in her book, 12 Months in a Small Box - Autumn Winter, ISBN 9784480873408. I folded the books with scraps of origami paper, copy paper and magazine paper. I used a 3"x 2" (75mm x 50 mm) rectangle for the cover of each book, and strips 1¾"(44 mm) wide, of different lengths, for the sheets of the book .
  • Table, created by Yoshihide Momotani. The instructions can be found in his book, Doll's House with Origami, ISBN 9784426301050. I used a 6" x 4½" (150 mm x 113 mm)  rectangle of scrapbook paper.
  • Ore, created by Toshikazu Kawasaki. The instructions can be found in his book, Greatest Dream Origami,  ISBN 9784255005058. I used six 1½" (38 mm) squares of origami paper.
  • Potted plants, traditional models (more information here and here). I used 3" (75 mm) squares of origami paper for the flower pots and the flowers.

Nov 23, 2013

Origami Toys: Monkeys

These origami monkeys are so much fun!
Origami Toys: Monkeys
The origami monkeys were created by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions to fold them can be found in her book Origami Gifts.
The vase was created by Saburo Kase. The instructions to fold it can be found in the book Origami: Paperfolding for Fun, by Eric Kenneway.

I folded the monkeys with 4" (100 mm) squares of Folia paper, and the vase with a 12" (300 mm) square of construction paper.

Nov 17, 2013

Holidays Origami: Snowman

I was looking through my books for an origami snowman to use as a decoration, but could'n find many 3D ones. So I came up with this idea, that I hope you will like:
Holidays Origami: Snowman
I made the snowman with two modular icosahedrons, and then added some decorations. The modulars were created by Tomoko Fuse, and the instructions to fold them can be found in page 78 of her book Unit Origami Essence.

I used Wausau Paper Metallics, champagne pearl color, which comes in letter size. It's thicker than copy paper and folds nicely, which worked very well for this modular. I cut five 8 ½" (216 mm) squares for the body and five 5 ½" (140 mm) squares for the head.

Nov 9, 2013

Origami Decorations: Toy Boats

These toy boats are so fun to fold that I promise you will not be able to fold just one, you'll keep going till you have your own fleet!
Origami Decorations: Toy Boats
The Toy Boats were designed by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov. The instructions can be found in their ebook Origami Toy Boats.
Each boat is folded with four sheets of paper: one square for the boat, one half square for the stand, another square or half square for the sail (depending on the model you choose), and a smaller square for the flag.
For the boats in the picture I used squares that range from 3" (75 mm)  to 6" (150 mm).  I folded each one of them with a different type of paper,  from left to right: Folia paper squares, copy paper, and Tant paper.

Nov 2, 2013

Origami Decoration: Full-rigged Ship

This full-rigged ship is a beautiful and clever model, designed by Patricia Crawford. It's a nice decoration for a kids room.
Origami Decoration: Full-rigged Ship
The instructions to fold the full-rigged ship, including the stand, can be found in the book Origami: Step by Step, by Robert Harbin.
I folded the ship with a 12" (300 mm) square of tissue-foil paper, and the stand with a 4" (100 mm) square of elephant hide paper.

Oct 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Decorations: Turkey

These turkeys will be a nice complement to your Thanksgiving table decorations.
Thanksgiving Decorations: Turkey
The turkey was designed by Jun Maekawa. It's a very interesting origami model, although not for beginning folders. The instructions to fold it can be found in his book, Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex.
I used a 12" (300 mm) square of orange washi paper for the smaller one, and a 14" (350 mm) square of brown Tant paper for the bigger one.

Oct 20, 2013

Halloween Decorations: Owl

"A wise old owl lived in an oak.
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?"
Old Nursery Rhyme, Author Unknown
Halloween Decorations: Owl
The owl is an origami model designed by Akira Yoshizawa. The instructions to fold it can be found in his book, Origami Museum I: Animals.
I folded the owl with a 6" (150 mm) square of black origami paper.

Oct 11, 2013

Halloween Decorations: Cat

"When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween."
Author Unknown
Halloween Decorations: Cat
The cat is an elegant origami model designed by Tomoko Fuse. The diagrams can be found in her book  Simple Traditional Origami.
I folded the cat with a 6" (150 mm) square of black origami paper.

Oct 6, 2013

Halloween Decorations: Witch on a Broomstick

"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween".
Author Unknown
Halloween Decorations: Witch on a Broomstick
The "Witch on a Broomstick" is a fun origami model designed by Paul Jackson. The diagrams can be found in his book Festive Folding: Decorative Origami for Parties and Celebrations.
I folded the witches with 3" (75 mm) and 6" (150 mm) squares of double-sided origami paper.

Sep 23, 2013

Origami Decorations: Modular Flower

I cannot stop folding modular flowers... They are beautiful, and it's also very fun to try different patterned papers and discover the end results. Take a look at this one:
Origami Decorations: Modular Flower
 The same modular flower, viewed from the back:
Origami Decorations: Modular Flower

The instructions can be found in the book New Origami Land: Origami You Can Play With, by Tomoko Fuse.
I folded the flower with eight 3" (75 mm) squares of patterned origami paper.

Sep 16, 2013

Origami Decorations: Modular Flower

This is another modular flower designed by Tomoko Fuse.
Origami Decorations: Modular Flower
This model is very interesting, as it has an extra piece attached to the back to make it sturdy, which also makes it very beautiful from both sides.
Origami Decorations: Modular Flower
The instructions can be found in the book New Origami Land: Origami You Can Play With, by Tomoko Fuse.
I folded the flower with eight 3" (75 mm) squares of double-sided patterned origami paper.

Sep 8, 2013

Origami Decorations: Modular Flower

Is there anything better to cheer up a rainy day than folding a colorful flower?
Origami Decorations: Modular Flower
This cute modular flower was designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions can be found in her book New Origami Land: Origami You Can Play With.
I folded the flower with five 3" (75 mm) squares of double-sided patterned origami paper.

Sep 2, 2013

Origami Decorations: Crane Place Card Holder

I was recently asked, in one of the Origami Houston meetings, about ideas for place card holders for a party. They needed to be simple, elegant, and not too much time consuming, as the host would have to fold a bunch of them by himself.
I suggested to go with this one, the traditional crane place card holder.
Origami Decorations: Crane Place Card Holder
The crane place card holder is a modification of the traditional flapping bird. The instructions can be found in the book Crane Origami.
I folded the model in the picture above with a 6" (150 mm) square of embossed washi paper, and added  a 3" x 1½" (75 mm x 38 mm) name card, decorated with a scrapbooking corner punch.

The place card holders can have an elegant or casual look depending on the paper you choose.
Origami Decorations: Crane Place Card Holder
From left to right: embossed origami paper, elephant hide paper, scrapbook paper, tant paper, patterned origami paper.

Aug 25, 2013

Origami Animals: Action Lizard

This lizard is a lot of fun. It's constructed with modules that are connected with a "hingelike" mechanism. You can wiggle the lizard holding its tail or its head, and it will dance for you!.
Origami Animals: Lizard
The lizard was designed by Tomoko Fuse. The diagrams can be found in the book The New Origami, by Steve and Megumi Biddle.
I folded it with twelve 3" (75 mm) squares of floral colored origami paper.

Aug 15, 2013

Origami Decorations: Woven Dish

This is a very simple woven dish, but yet very elegant. It's made with 12 strips of 15 ½"x ¾" (394 mm x 19 mm) elephant hide paper.
Origami Decorations: Woven Dish
And it goes nicely with the pineapple of my previous post...
Origami Decorations: Woven Dish
The woven dish was designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki. The diagrams can be found in his book, Doctor's Origami Dream Book, ISBN 9784255003788.

Aug 5, 2013

Origami Fruits: Pineapple

After folding a few origami pineapples from different creators, I found out this one, that became my favorite one.
It's a modular construction, that starts by folding 6 rings, that are then glued together (sorry!, not for purists).  The leaves are then inserted on the top.
The whole process it's a little time consuming, as it consists of several modules, but the modules are very easy to fold and assemble, and the final model looks really nice.
Origami Fruits: Pineapple
The origami pineapple was created by Kumasaka Hiroshi. The diagrams can be found in the book, Doctor's Origami Dream Book, ISBN 9784255003788, by Toshikazu Kawasaki.
I folded the pineapple with a total of 63 squares of paper: 48 of different shades of orange, 8 yellow, and 9 green.  I used Note Cube paper, which is copy paper that already has been cut into 3 ½" (90 mm) squares, which is very convenient for origami modulars.

Jul 14, 2013

Origami Decorations: A Tulip in a Tulip Box

A Tulip in a Tulip Box...what could make a better pair?
Origami Decorations: A Tulip in a Tulip Box

Here are the details of the models:
  • Tulip, traditional model, folded with a 6" (150 mm) square of regular origami paper. The instructions can be found here.  
  • The stem is just a 6"x 2" (150 mm  x 50 mm) rectangle of scrapbook paper rolled up tightly.
  • Tulip Box, created by Mette Pederson, folded with four 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper. The diagrams can be found in her book Mette Units 7. The original Tulip Box has an open top. I made a small modification to close it, and better hold the stem of the flower.

Jun 27, 2013

Origami Animals: Mouse

This cute little mouse just found a plate full of cheddar cheese, and it's ready to eat it all!
Origami Animals: Mouse

These are the models in the picture:
  • Mouse, created by Eduardo Clemente, folded for a 6" (150 mm) square of parchment paper. The instructions can be found in the book Origami : 30 fold-by-fold projects.
  • Boxes (resembling cheese), created by Tomoko Fuse, folded from 3", 4", and 6" (75, 100 and 150 mm) squares of copy paper and tant paper. The instructions can be found in the book, 12 Months in a Small Box - Autumn Winter, ISBN 4480873406.
  • Saucer, created by Yoshihide Momotani, folded from two 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper. The instructions can be found in the book, Doll's House with Origami, ISBN 4416303017.

Jun 16, 2013

Origami Moths

A few days ago someone mentioned in the Origami Mailing List that he found a block of notes with very thin kraft paper sheets. I'm always curious when I hear about new types of paper, so I bought one block of Kikkerland Large Kraft Notes. The paper is ultra thin and strong, very good for folding.
I also had a sample of Alios Kraft paper, and some double tissue paper, both very thin too, that I used to fold a few moths.
Origami Moths
The model is called "The LaFosse Moth". The diagrams can be found in Michaels LaFosse's book, Origami Butterflies Kit.
I folded the moths with 6"(150 mm) squares of paper. The one at the top was folded with Alios Kraft paper, the one at the middle with double tissue paper, and the one at the bottom with Kikkerland Large Kraft Notes paper.