Jul 5, 2015

Origami Boxes: Square Box

This is another beautiful box, designed by Tomoko Fuse. It looks elegant, and it's very easy to fold.
Origami Boxes: Square Box
The instructions can be found in the book Beautiful Origami Boxes, by Tomoko Fuse.
I folded each box with one 8" (200 mm) square of scrapbook paper.

Jun 14, 2015

Origami Decoration: Summer Basket

I learned this cute basket in one of our local origami group meetings. It can be used to treat your friends with candy, or as a decoration.
Origami Decoration: Summer Basket
The instructions for the Summer Basket can be found in the book, The Joy of Origami, by Margaret Van Sicklen.
Shellene, one of our origami group members, came up with a finishing variation, that makes the basket sturdier (it's this variation that I'm showing in the picture). In step 15 of the instructions, instead of folding the flaps to the inside, fold the top triangle to the outside and then fold the flap horizontally to the outside and then down. This will allow to tuck it inside the outside rim.
The flowers that decorate the basket are a variation of the traditional lily.

I folded the basket with a 8½" (216 mm) square cut from a letter size sheet of parchment paper. The handle was folded with the leftover strip.
The flowers were folded with 3" (75 mm) squares of regular origami paper.

Apr 19, 2015

Origami Flowers: Columbines

Colorful origami flowers can be used as beautiful decorations to brighten your desktop, like these columbines in the pictures below.
Origami Flowers: Columbines
The Columbines were designed by Benjamin Coleman. The instructions can be found in his book Origami Bonsai.

The vase is a variation of a traditional kusudama piece (video instructions can be found here).

I folded the flowers with 3" (75 mm) ,  6" (150 mm), and 8" (200 mm) squares of TANT paper and Folia Origami Paper, and the vases with 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper.
Origami Flowers: Columbines

Mar 28, 2015

Origami Toys: Burr Puzzle

A Burr Puzzle is an interlocking puzzle consisting of notched sticks, that resembles a burr seed. It's usually made of wood, but here is a nice origami version of a Burr Puzzle that you can make with paper. It's a nice decoration and it's very easy to fold.
Origami Toys: Burr Puzzle
The origami version of the Burr Puzzle was designed by Barlaham Benítez Vargas "Froy". The diagram can be downloaded from the OrigamiUSA website (click here).
Each puzzle consists of six pieces. Here is another picture that shows a details of each piece.
Origami Toys: Burr Puzzle
The puzzle on the top is folded with 5½" (138 mm) squares of Wausau Paper Metallics, and the one on the bottom with 6" (150mm) squares of TANT paper.

Mar 15, 2015

Origami Flowers: Primroses

Spring is almost here. Let's celebrate it by folding some colorful origami flowers!
Origami Flowers: Primroses
The Primroses were designed by Benjamin Coleman. The instructions can be found in his book Origami Bonsai.
The vase is a variation of a traditional kusudama piece (video instructions can be found here).
I folded the flowers with 3" (75 mm) squares of TANT paper, and the vase with a 6" (150 mm) square of scrapbook paper.

Feb 16, 2015

Origami Boxes: Triangular Flower Box

This is another beautiful box designed by Tomoko Fuse.
Origami Boxes: Triangular Flower Box
The instructions can be found in the book, Stylish accessory who make the unit origami, by Tomoko Fuse.

It's a modular box. I folded the box with six 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper, three for the lid and three for the base, plus another 6" (150 mm) square of washi paper for the flower that's locked inside the lid.

Jan 25, 2015

Origami Boxes: Stackable Square Boxes

These stackable boxes are a nice decoration for any desktop. They are also useful to store small items, such as paper clips or pins.
Origami Boxes: Stackable Square Boxes
The instructions can be found in the book, Stylish accessory who make the unit origami, by Tomoko Fuse.
There are four boxes in the picture, stacked one on top of the other,  plus a lid on the top.
Each box has a liner with four flaps which are inserted into the sides of another box, except for the flaps of the top one, which are inserted into the lid.
Each box is folded with two 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper. The lid is folded with one  6" (150 mm) of the same paper.

Jan 10, 2015

Origami Boxes: Hexagonal Flower Box

This hexagonal flower box is a beautiful and unique model, designed by Tomoko Fuse.
Origami Boxes: Hexagonal Flower Box
The instructions can be found in the book, Stylish accessory who make the unit origami, by Tomoko Fuse.
It's a modular box. I folded the box with six 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper, three for the lid and three for the base, plus another 6" (150 mm) square of washi paper for the flower that's locked inside the lid.