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.