Mar 31, 2013

Origami Boxes: Hexagonal Box

The hexagonal box in the picture below was designed by Tomoko Fuse. The elongated shape of the box is very elegant. As a bonus, it's not difficult to fold.
Origami Boxes: Hexagonal Box
The diagrams can be found in Tomoko Fuse's new book, Beautiful Origami Boxes.
I folded it with 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper, 4 for the lid and 4 for the base of the box.

Mar 25, 2013

Origami Stars: Franziska

Franziska is a beautiful origami star designed by Carmen Sprung.
Origami Stars: Franziska
The diagrams are available in her book, 21 Origami Sterne, ISBN 978-3000365713 (in German).
The star is built with 6 modules, which makes it three dimensional, and it looks the same if turn it over, making it perfect as a hanging ornament.
I folded the star with 6" (150 mm) squares of patterned origami paper.

Mar 15, 2013

Origami Quilt - Blue-Eyed Grass Flowers - New Video

Celebrate the upcoming Spring by folding colorful flowers!
Origami Quilt - Blue-Eyed Grass Flowers - New Video

This quilt was made with Blue-Eyed Grass Flowers and hexagonal connectors, both created by me.
I folded the flowers and the connector from hexagons cut from  9" (225 mm) and 4½" (113 mm)  squares of Pacon Paper.

Here is a video with the instructions.


You can create different patterns using the blue-eyed grass flowers and connectors. You can find another quilt made with the same elements here, in one of my previous posts.

Mar 11, 2013

Origami Tatos

I like to fold models with geometric patterns, and tatos are great examples.
A tato is a traditional Japanese purse, a kind of container that can be used to store flat items. It can also be used as an envelope, and it is a great way to send invitations.

These are two of my favorite ones:
Origami Tatos

Origami Tatos
The tatos in the pictures above were created by Tomoko Fuse. The diagrams can be found in her book Origami Wrappings, ISBN 441630501X (in Japanese).
I like these models because, unlike other tatos that are folded with a single sheet of paper, these two models are folded with two. This allows use of the eight corners to create the pattern in the front.
I used 8" (200 mm) squares of Folia Origami Paper, which is the same color on both sides.

Mar 4, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Origami: Clover Bowl

This clover bowl, created by Evi Binzinger, is a very nice decoration for St Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick's Day Origami: Clover Bowl
The diagrams can be found in the book, Designer Origami, by Matthew Gardiner. This is a very nice book that describes some interesting techniques, such as how to pleat fabric using elephant hide paper and an oven (I have to try!).

I folded the clover with a 12" (300 mm) square of scrapbook paper.
If you fold clover bowls with different sizes of paper, and put one on top of the other, you can get beautiful flowers. For the flower in the picture below I used the 8"(200 mm), 6" (150 mm) and 3" (75 mm) origami paper that comes with the book.
St. Patrick's Day Origami: Clover Bowl