More origami! Couldn't fit it all in one post
so here are the rest of the projects:
Oops, wait, no, not that one. That is a very
cool Tshirt I want to buy from Threadless, a
site I found through Make and Takes.
Back on track now:
1 Fox Puppet
Start with a square and fold in half to form
a rectangle, folded edge above.
Fold in both sides towards the midline.
Press open the side folds to form a triangle, like a house.
Tuck the rightmost panel behind the entire structure.
Repeat for the left side fold.
Note the diagonal line at the bottom right corner.
This will be your next fold.
Separate the upper layer and fold
the bottom right corner up.
Fold the entire width of the same layer up
to meet the horizontal midline.
Turn over and repeat with the bottom layer.
These will form the ears.
Separate the two layers of ears and fold each
ear up above the midlines of each side.
Put your fingers into the opening between the ears
and pull apart to form the mouth.
Draw on eyes, nose, tongue and teeth and go hunting.
2 Fortune Teller
This is a children's toy that is found in many, many cultures.
Start with a square and fold across both
diagonals to obtain the middle point.
Fold each corner up to the middle point.
Turn over and fold each corner to the middle point again.
Write numbers or other symbols on the sections
(and other secret symbols or fortunes in
the layer underneath the numbers).
Turn over and press on the lines as shown.
The four square corners should pop up.
Insert fingers of both hands into the pockets underneath
Turn over, find a friend and play the open-close-
open-close fortune telling game.
3 Eight-Page Book
I learnt this while I was working as a school crisis counselor before the kids were born. We used this in counseling workshops for teachers but it is such an easy little book to make for small kids out of the coloring sheet/kid's menu in restaurants.
Start with a rectangular sheet of paper, like printer
paper. Fold into eight equal sections and open up.
Cut or carefully tear across two sections,
along the middle line, as shown.
Fold lengthwise in half.
Hold the two ends of this long rectangle and
push the two ends together, so the middle section
separates to form a square hole.
Push till the square hole disappears
and the paper forms a cross.
Fold over the arms of the cross to form pages of a book.
I numbered the pages of the book
and unfolded them to show where
they are in the original sheet.
4 Japanese Offering Box
I remember folding this a lot as a child, because it was a neat container for the discarded pits of sour prunes that was one of our favorite snacks. There is another version with pointy legs but I can't remember how to fold that.
Fold this triangle in half again.
Open out the upper layer to form a square.
Push down the top corner of the square
so that the folded sides separate
and form a flat rectangle
Turn over and repeat for the other side.
You will get a house-shaped structure like so
Turn one layer over (like flipping a page of a book)
Fold one side (also one layer) to the midline as shown.
Repeat for the other side
Then flip the entire structure over
and repeat the last three steps.
Pull apart the pointy tops like wings of a bird
and open up the box.
Fold the "wings" down to form handles
and fill with candy, use as a mini trash-can,
or put a little potted plant in it.
Here's the link I promised in Part 1. My very talented
Uncle Ronald (son of that grandma I mentioned in
earlier posts; dad is her other son) is an origami whiz.
He has been folding and designing origami patterns
forever. His toes are probably curling, reading this now
and beholding my very shoddy technique - fuzzy edges
of paper from hand-tearing, inexact shapes and (worst!)
failing to use my fingernail to press clean, sharp folds.
Want to see how the masters do it? Here is his site on
which there is just a tiny sample of his stuff. Check out the
King Cobra - made up of
thousands of individual pieces
a single piece of 24 cm x 720 cm paper (Uncle Ron
just wrote to correct me on this - sorry and thank
you, UR!). A single piece of paper, people!
Hooo, now that is art.