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.