Simple Origami for Beginners
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding ("ori" to fold "kami/gami" paper). Origami sculptures are typically created with square sheets of paper and not much else (no scissors, glue, or tape, for example).
Origami has a wide skill level range. Some projects, like the dog face project described here in this Hub, are simple enough for anyone to make. Other projects, like the ones seen in the video to the right, take a lot more patience and skill.
Either way, origami is a fun and inexpensive art form to learn. Here are some projects to get you interested in origami.
Tips on Paper for Origami
- Avoid heavy paper like construction paper, if possible, because it doesn't stay down very well when you fold it.
- If you must use heavy paper a little tape can be useful in keeping parts down. It's not traditional but it'll get the job done!
- Origami paper is beautiful and can be found in perfect shapes and sizes for whatever project you're working on, but it can be expensive.
- A nice alternative to origami paper is leftover wrapping paper!
Origami Dog Face
Other Origami Projects
Here are some non-canine related origami projects you can try.
This was one of the very first origami projects I ever learned to make. The nice thing about these paper boats is that you can make them quick and easy from any kind of paper. In fact, when I was in Italy, I made a whole bunch of these paper boats out of scrap paper and played checkers with a friend on the checkered linoleum floor of our study hall. Maybe not the best use of my time during finals week, but it was fun. :D
I also have a tendency to make these without thinking out of candy wrappers and receipts. My son has fun playing with them when I'm done. :)
Origami Fortune Teller
Remember these from your childhood? :)
Yes these sweet little fortune tellers are origami!
If you never tried these, you should give it a go. You can put funny fortunes, truth or dares, project ideas, or any number of cool things on the flaps.
The origami crane is a bit trickier than the tutorials I've listed, but as it is one of the must popular origami sculptures I felt it definitely had to be included.
Part of its popularity is due to the Japanese legend associated with it. There are several versions of the story, but generally speaking the legend states that anyone who completes and strong 1,000 paper cranes within one year will be granted a wish by a mystical crane. Some believe that this person will have good fortune and health for the rest of their life.
Origami Lucky Stars
Lucky or Wishing Stars can be made to fill decorative jars or put on earrings. They are made using thin strips of paper which you can cut yourself or buy in cute packs at craft stores.
Before you fold them you can write a dream, wish, or secret on your paper. Then put the star in a jar for safe keeping. :)
If you're interested in learning more origami try checking out YouTube for more project ideas. I've also put together another Pinterest board for Paper Projects since I'm planning on teaching this to my art class in January. :)