Origami paper crafts - it is amazing what occurs when paper and a bit of glue come together. Let's see what happens when we make origami magic...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Make Origami Lucky Stars

Kids and adults alike all seem to become addicted to making origami paper stars, so be careful who you share these lucky star instructions with!

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Here are the origami lucky star instructions:

1.        Start with a strip of paper.  Make a loop at one end of the paper strip.
2.       Tuck the shorter end of the paper strip into the loop to make a knot.
3.       Pull carefully to tighten the knot.
4.       Adjust and flatten the knot so that you end up with a flat pentagon.
5.       Fold the short end of the paper strip back along the edge of the pentagon.  If it protrudes beyond the pentagon, you can cut the excess off.
6.       Fold the long end of the paper strip along the edge of the pentagon.
7.       Continue to wrap the remainder of the paper strip around the pentagon, carefully preserving the pentagon shape.
8.       Once you get to the end of the strip, tuck the end under a layer of paper.  You can trim off the excess if it is too long to fit under.
9.       Your pentagon will end up looking like this...
10.   Using your fingernails, carefully push in the middle of each edge of the pentagon.
11.   The center of the pentagon will puff up, and you will end up with an adorable star. 

Have fun!

* Check these out!  Just in time for Fourth of July!

Stars and Stripes
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Red White and Blue
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Origami Lucky Stars Paper Strips

Origami Lucky Stars Craft Kit / Favor Box

If you would rather order lucky stars that are already made, you can also order from the available stars or request a custom order in your desired quantity and color themes.  Here are some samples:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lucky Star Wishes for a New Baby Girl

It's a girl!  From the moment you found out, didn't you just want to tell everyone?  Hand out these origami stars to all your friends and family to share the exciting news!

Another way to make these origami lucky stars part of a fun tradition is to fill a jar with origami lucky stars, and make a wish for your new baby girl.  It's a great way to start off the most amazing adventure of your life.  Especially with pink gingham!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Easter Bunny Origami Envelopes

Easter origami...a bit early, but who cares?  These origami envelopes were so much fun to make!  The first time I started folding these paper envelopes, I wasn't sure how the bunny rabbit was going to come out.  It's sometimes confusing enough to learn how to make an envelope, much less one with a rabbit embedded in it.  However, ten or fifteen folds in, the bunny rabbit suddenly hopped out!  (hahaha...get it?)  Here are some images of the mini origami envelopes...

A few googly eyes later, there's a whole colony of rabbits were staring at me!  Such a cute way to send an Easter greeting!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Lion and Elephant Party Favor Boxes

Recipe for a party favor box:

A strip of multicolor polka dot paper. 
Some colored cardstock paper. 
A cute lion's head .
An equally adorable elephant's head. 

Mix everything together with a pinch of origami and a splash of glue.

What do you get?

How perfect with M&M's!

I especially love that these origami boxes can be recycled as gift boxes for a special present, or as cute containers for office supplies.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Dessert Table

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? 

Apparently, some of my origami flowers had a great time dressing up a couple of parties.

Here is a beautiful tablescape that was created using some of my origami flowers for a Valentine's Day dessert table.   The simple origami flowers give a clean, nonfussy feel.  It's amazing what a little bit of paper can do! 

(If you are interested in purchasing these origami flowers for your own special event, here is the listing site:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/91953506/origami-flowers-one-year-1st-anniversary)

I am also very excited to see how nicely my Valentine origami flower pencils looked in a basket for a classroom party.  The origami bouquets make an adorable flower centerpiece.  The kids were delighted to be able to take home a flower!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Upcycled Origami Flower Gift Bow

I am a huge believer in recycling everything I possibly can.  I'm the type of person who would rather carry around an empty soda can in my bag than throw it into a trash can.  I save up every flyer and homework paper which has a blank side and reuse them as "scratch" paper.  So you can imagine my delight when I noticed a few brilliantly colored sheets of paper in my scratch paper pile, and decided to upcycle them into an adorable gift bow for a little girl's birthday present.

Each flower is folded from one piece of scratch paper, and the curling ribbons are from my collection of gently used ribbons.   Brown paper bag wrapping completed the look, and everyone was surprised to find out that everything was recycled.

It was a so much fun to make these origami flowers.  I think they turned out pretty cute! 

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Flowers

Roses?  Chocolates?  Jewelry?  Any new gift ideas for Valentine's Day this year? 

How about these?

This bouquet of gorgeous red and pink blush origami flowers are finished with sparkling rhinestone centers.  It is difficult to see on these photos, but the light colored flowers are made from white paper that has a delicate pink floral pattern, creating a beautiful subtle pink blush of color to complement the red. 

Here is a close up:

It's interesting how the light pink rhinestones look almost fluorescent in the photos.  Trick of light, I guess.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine Pencil Origami Flower Favors

These days, it seems that schools everywhere are discouraging the distribution of candy and sweets.  No cupcakes on birthdays.  No cookies during the winter holiday party.  No chocolate on Valentine's Day.  What's a kid to do?

Well, I came up with an adorable way to dress up the now traditional pencil favor.  For this Valentine's Day, I made origami flowers and attached them to heart themed pencils.  They look cute as a single bloom, and make a beautiful little flower arrangement when you put several of them together.  What a way to add some color to a desk!

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