Late Summer Origami Fun

We've officially entered the height of summer! In order to stay indoors and beat the heat, why not try your hand at origami, the Japanese art of paper folding? If the thought of origami makes you cringe, don't worry! We won't be suggesting the pineapple below. Instead, we wanted to provide some basic advice and easy projects to get everyone in the family excited about a craft that goes all the way back to the 17th century and requires only paper (or glue, in some cases).

taken from: blogspot

Starting with Origami Basics

The first, and most important, thing to remember is that origami paper is different from standard printer paper. Instead of being rectangular in shape, it is a 3, 6 or 10-inch square, often times with a solid color on one side and a pattern on the other. The most common style also weighs slightly less than traditional copy paper. (For example, see how Japanese retailer MUJI sells variety packs with 27 different colors.)

The second thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with some of the basic origami folds. These folds are used over and over again in many of the tutorials and diagrams on origami, so knowing what goes into those folds can help you interpret what different lines, arrows, and directional signals might mean. As you can see from the link, they start out at the most basic level and get increasingly complex.

Finally, if you're still struggling with some of the basic origami techniques, do a quick Pinterest search for origami tutorials, which pulls up what looks like an endless list of results. More in-depth step-by-step tutorials and videos can help you train yourself to visualize the different folds that might make up more complicated figures.

taken from: Wordpress

Let a Butterfly and Lily Live

One of the most ubiquitous origami symbols is the swan, so we wanted to branch off into unique territory by suggesting some other possible ideas for summer-themed origami projects.

The first of these projects is one of our personal favorites: the origami lily. For this project, white or pink origami paper will work best, but don't limit yourself to the conventional lily colors. As the instructions show, you'll need to first familiarize yourself with the frog base. After making this base, it only takes 4 more folds before you have a beautiful, blooming flower! Even if the heat has left your outdoor flowers wilting, you can enjoy a beautiful pop of color indoors.

taken from: Sparkling Sweet Origami

The second project is another favorite part of summertime: the abundance of butterflies. This origami butterfly can be completed in just 14 easy steps, including making the base. Since butterflies come in so many colors, we'd highly suggest making multiples or even branching out into floral patterned origami paper. Once you're all finished, you'll appreciate the fact that few craft projects can be more simple or elegant than these butterflies.

taken from: deviantart


As you can see, these are just a few of the many possibilities for summer origami (and they don't require three centuries of practice). Whether you're a total beginner or a relative novice, origami is the perfect indoor summer craft to avoid one of the hottest parts of summer. Feel free to share your own origami tips in the comments section below or, if you're still unsure how something works, feel free to ask a question. Happy folding!

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