❄ Snowflakes ❄

Hey everyone!

It’s January and the start of a new semester, is anyone excited? >____< Getting back into a productive work ethic is difficult especially with this dreary weather so far. When I typically think of a January in winter, I think of snow; therefore, I compiled a list of snowflake origami for this post! Here’s a picture of snow in Japan to start us off:

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Japan Winter

The first project is something I’ve been making since I was a kid. They’re so easy to learn, but this is more of a kirigami project. There are plenty of designs to be made if you look around. Usually, I just cut out random shapes and patterns, though. It always turns out look pretty and unique. It’s almost impossible to mess up on this project. Instructions are given if you follow the link from the photo caption.

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Kirigami Snowflakes

The second project is just as easy. This one is just a little more arts and crafts. It’s a really simple modular/kirigami piece that just takes some measuring and cutting. Putting the six pieces together forms a really fantastic, grand structure that would be great as a hanging decoration. The instructions from the following site are very easy to follow to create this beautiful snowflake.

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3D Snowflake

Finally, this last project is a big jump in level. It’s not easy like the two projects from before, but it’s not too hard either! The first step would be to make a hexagon. You can make one out of a square piece of origami paper from these instructions. Afterwards, you fold it into a snowflake from the design of Dennis Walker. As you can see, using translucent paper gives a really ethereal effect. In the link, there is a simple video to follow how to fold this amazing piece.

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Complex Snowflake

Hope you all enjoyed this snowflake compilation and that you make one of them for decoration. They’re super pretty when compile together and maybe they’ll brighten the mood for winter. Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone~^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

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☆ Stars ☆

Hey everyone!

Isn’t there something about stars that just fit the cold weather of winter? Maybe it’s because of the holidays? Personally, I love the scene of white snow and a starry sky. Here’s one by Takeshi.K to set the mood of this post:

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Mount Fuji

Let’s start off with the most popular design around— the lucky star. It’s made out of a strip of paper that you fold around itself to make a puffy, 3D figure. Back when I didn’t have strips of paper, I would measure out 15 cm x 15 cm origami paper into 1 cm strips and cut them myself. They’re so cute to put into ball ornaments or into jars for decoration. Major tip for this project is to avoid harsh creases especially at the beginning. Doing this will make it difficult shape the star at the end. This video tutorial is from Paper Kawaii, and the visual is from Origami Resource Center.

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Lucky Stars

The next two projects require pentagonal bases, but don’t worry, they’ll show you how in the videos and diagram. This star is a great project for beginning pentagonal origami because it has a lot of repetitive steps. You can also adjust if you want the flaps to be loose, thus making it three dimensional; or to push them down, and have a flat star. The tutorial for this project is from Homemade Gifts Made Easy. There is a video and visuals!

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Pentagonal Star

The last design is a star bowl, and it’s very easy to make, so no worries! >u< It would be great for little candies/snacks or storing hair ties/bobby pins. You could also make a cover for it and it can be a star box. And obviously, it can be very pretty decorations. Design for this figure comes from Paper Kawaii.

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Star Bowl

That’s all for today! Most of the time, if you’re folding stars, you’ll be starting from a pentagonal base due to the clear reason that stars have five sides (unless it’s modular whereas that is out of my area of expertise >___<). It’s a good base to know to fold and it’s not to hard. Hope everyone likes the projects and best of luck! ^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

Autumn Leaves

Hey everyone!

I know it’s late, but there are still some leaves left on the trees! Kinda. Today’s post is going to be about the leaves we folded on club day. We folded two different types of leaves—maple and simple. I’m also going to be adding an extra one, but this one involves some cutting.

The first project was a maple leaf folded from a bird base. It’s not very hard to fold as long as you keep your folds as precise as possible. My stylistic choice is to fold the sides in at the end, otherwise the stem may look too chubby. The tutorial for this leaf comes from Origami Tutorial.

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Origami Maple Leaf

Second item we folded was a simple leaf. This project is honestly quite easy to fold. If you remember folding fans as a child, it is basically the same repetitive motions as that. Since there are not many complex folds, this leaf can turn out quite large, so I would suggest cutting the paper down. The tutorial is from Origami Instructions.

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Simple Leaf

Finally, the final maple leaf project is kirigami, so it involves scissors. The folding for this is also quite simple. When cutting the final structure, try to make narrow semicircles as it’ll look more like a maple leaf. This tutorial is from Sakura Tanaka.

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Kirigami Maple Leaf

The compilation this month are on the easier side, but they’re still super fun to try out. Try making a colleciton of falling leaves. Best of luck and thanks for reading! ^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

History of Origami

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I’m pretty sure everyone has heard the word origami at some point, but, if you haven’t, that’s okay! For this post, I’m going to go over a brief history and explanation of this paper art. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to bore you with countless dates and details.

Origami Crane

The word, origami, was first branded in 1880. It is a combination of the two Japanese words— oru (to fold) and kami (paper). When the term was initially created, it was named, orikata, for folded shapes. The crane is one of the most renowned figures in the world of origami.

Gohei (Purification Wand)

In the 6th century, paper was first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks. The origins of origami are quite unclear as there are no specific dated records, but the art was established during the beginning of the 7th century. As paper was quite expensive back then, origami was mainly reserved for religious and formal ceremonies, such as wrapped offerings to the gods. (Incidentally, kami is a homonym for spirit or god!)

During the Edo period (1603-1868), people had better access to paper, so the art quickly gained popularity. It has been a classic in Japanese culture ever since. Even in the present, origami has become normal lessons taught in kindergartens. There are many forms that have been created: kirigami, modular, wet folding, and so on. Origami continues to capture  the interests of many as it is an art known around the world.

 

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Kirigami, Modular, Wet Folding

I hope you learned something new about the ancient art of paper folding. Please come out to OJC regardless of your skill level. It’s never to late to learn, and if you’re already advance, I’m sure there’ll be people who would love to learn from you (like me!). Feel free to leave a comment or feedback. Thanks!

Have a great day,

Yada

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