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How To Make Beautiful Origami Roses, Swans and Other Gifts for Loved Ones
Are Those REALLY Origami?!
Once you have had one or two practice goes, the results that can be achieved by folding paper is utterly astounding. One of my favourite gifts to give people who have really touched my life by kind acts or words is a small bouquet of their favourite colour roses... Only these roses never die, wilt or require trimming/being placed in water because they are 100% paper!
Even if you have never had a go at origami - THIS is the time to start. Maybe you want to give something special to a loved one, friend or family member or perhaps Christmas is coming up and you forgot to add enough money to that 'Christmas fund' - either way, origami flowers are a wonderful way to tell someone you are thinking of them.
What Do I Need To Begin?
Can I Use Normal Paper?
Whilst it is okay to use ordinary paper when you are doing origami, there are a few key things to remember which will be the difference between success and failure. Firstly, ordinary paler is MUCH harder to fold, whereas paper used and designed solely for the use of folding is generally far easier - especially if you are just starting to learn. Another thing is ALWAYS make sure your paper is a perfect square regardless of what size you get.
I nearly always use 6" by 6" paper known as 'Kami'. It is also known as 'Koi' paper and is the cheapest to buy as well as the easiest to find. You can find it in most colours and patterns, one sided or double sided and in my opinion this is the best kind of paper to start off with because it is so easy to use.
Origami Step By Step Instructions For Breath-Taking Roses
Top Tips For Beginners
1. Ensure you fold every crease well - especially with more complicated folding projects. If the creases are easy to miss there is more chance of you becoming confused and making a mistake so be confident! Remember it takes practice to become an origami master, and mistakes are a necessary part of learning if or when you do make them!
2. Take your time! I am someone who seems to constantly be in a rush even when I am really enjoying a project... In fact probably more so when I am getting really stuck in and enjoying myself. When I first started learning origami I would try to go at the speed of my usual self, but I quickly learned that you simply HAVE to take a tortoise pace with origami in order to make it the best it can be. Especially when you are first learning this new skill.
3. Have patience - know that you probably won't become an origami genius in 2 hours. Practice makes perfect, but practice takes patience.
4. NEVER start an origami project when you are extremely tired. It doesn't work very well unless you are good at concentrating whilst tired. Origami is a very precise art, and when you are tired it is more likely to give you a headache than any enjoyment, and origami should be fun!
What Would You Like To Make Most?
What Would You Like To Make Most?
More Great Ideas For Origami Gifts
How about trying some origami for Valentine's day? You could make 12 origami red roses, or a heart to send to your spouse, partner or someone else as an anonymous gift.
Christmas is also a great time for making origami - you can make origami Christmas trees, stars and even bows! The possibilities are endless providing you have the time and will power.
I find that when someone is going through a hard time such as grieving the loss of a loved one, an origami butterfly or bouquet of lilies is even better than a card, because it doesn't need words, it states very clearly that you are deeply sympathetic to the other person's pain and shows that you have taken time and effort creating something unique and beautiful for them. Gifts like this don't come often, and mean more than words can describe - if you know someone who is going through any kind of difficult time in their life, be an angel and have a go at making an origami gift for him or her.
Happier occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or graduations are golden origami-making opportunities too. I was always obsessed with horses as a young child and I'll never forget a family friend making me an origami horse... It was beautiful and I kept it on my windowsill for years - in fact I still have it and still enjoy seeing it because it brings back memories of the person who gave it to me.
Have a go at making a crane or swan - they aren't too difficult to do, and look wonderful when they have been completed. Jumping frogs are another one I would recommend - and they are so easy to do you can make several as party gifts for children or pop them in home-made christmas crackers for prizes when everyone is sat around the dinner table!