I thought it would be fun to share a few simple origami projects and ask – is there anything you'd like to see more of? I'm already preparing a tutorial for the baskets below for next week:
These are from a Japanese book on children's origami I have and are pretty straightforward.
These star boxes are popular among children and are quite easy:
if you tuck the ends under and secure them, they make pretty cool looking bowls:
Origami for the home is my new favorite thing – here's another kind of bowl:
and yet another which you may already know how to do – I know I learned this as a child growing up in the U.S. It's one of those little things children make and write on to tell fortunes. Using pretty paper and turning it upside down makes a huge difference, doesn't it?
Are you wondering what those little balls are? Those are snacks for babies and children – they melt in your mouth and are considered safe for little ones. They're plain, but a bit sweet. The flowers are just little plum-flavored rice crackers.
I've also finally mastered tiny boxes, which are so much fun! There are lots of variations of those; here are 2 of my favorites. These here are very simple, classic boxes with a lid (I know they're a bit crooked!)
and this one is sort of similar to the origami cube I showed you a few days ago:
What I like about origami is that once you master a few basic folds and get a few projects under your belt, you begin to develop an intuitive sense for how other projects should go. You may even begin to develop the ability to create new projects of your own, although that hasn't quite happened to me yet. I love the feeling of doing multiple folds that seem to be going nowhere and then suddenly seeing it all fall into place at the end. I think that children learn a lot from experiencing that sort of magic.
Let me know what you'd like to learn how to do!