Saturday, April 30, 2011

Origami Maple Leaf

Day 148 - Origami Maple Leaf

Model : Origami Maple Leaf
Design : Traditional
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Origami-club
    Animation : Origami-club
Paper :3*3inch one side coloured square

A very simple model for maple leaf .It uses the standard Origami bird base.The flaps of the bird base are turned into the leaf.

You would need a small piece of paper and a little glue to make the stem attached to the leaf.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Origami Tote Bag

Day 147 - Origami Tote Bag

Model : Origami Tote Bag
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Origam-club
    Animation : Origami-club
    Photo instruction :
Paper :3*3 one side coloured square paper

Origami Tote Bag is a kirigami model as you need to cut for bringing out the handle of the bag.Its a simple model with hardly a 5 to 6 steps.

Use stiffer paper if you want to use it as a bag and also add a little glue to fix the final fold.You can use flowers to decorate it too or make it out of patterned paper.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Origami rose - 1

Day 146 - Origami Rose - 1

Model : Origami Rose 1
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Photo instruction :
Paper : 8 squares of 3*3 inch Post-it note

Units made of 1/4 of 3*3 inch Post-it note

One more of the roses.As I was never so successful with the standard rose models I always try to make some different formats of rose like the modular ones.

This is a modular rose with 8 units made of square paper.The units are interlocked by the inbuilt pockets

3*3 inch Post-it note units

The units need the simple kite base just that the left flap is folded back.Use both side same coloured paper.3 units are first arranged to make the bud and the rest 5 to make the outer circle.The petals are bit rolled to give them the flower look.

Both large and small rose

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Origami kusudama - 1

Day 141,142,143,144,145 - Origami kusudama - 1

Model : Origami Kusudama-1
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Diagram and Video : Paper world Mary
Paper : Total units :138
 Electra as base : 30 units :1/4th of 3*3 inch post-it note
 Sepals: 12 units :3*3 inch Post-it note
 Petals: 96 (8 per flower)units: 1/4th of 3*3 inch post-it note

This is a cute model but the number of units make it a bit scarry .Ok its not that tough neither it takes as long as I have taken .It's easy model with a lot of gluing.As I was busy with other work it took me longer to complete the model.

The model needs both side coloured square paper of varying size.The electra units and petals can be of same size.As mentioned above I have used 1/4 of 3*3 inch post it notes for the electra units and petals and 3*3 inch post-it notes for the sepals.

Electra makes a good base for the kusudama where you stick on the flowers using glue ,so a lot of gluing.The sepals have similar folding as the iris flower with a little use of scissors so you may say its kirigami.The petals are the easiest to fold of the three.

If you notice carefully its a lotus and would look like a perfect lotus if you add few more layers of petals.

Electra as base
Flowers to be added to the kusudama

Completed Kusudama

Friday, April 22, 2011

Origami Electra

Day 138,139,140 - Origami Electra

Model : Origami Electra
Design : David Mitchell
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Part 1 Part 2
    Book : Paper Crystals Enchanting Ornaments Folding
    Video : "How to make these !! " by barbabellaatje
Paper :1/4 of 3*3 inch post-it note

Origami Electra Icosidodecahedron Kusudama is designed by David Mitchell.This model requires 30 modules made out of square sheets and the modules have in built pockets which help in assembly.

Though Origami Electra looks tough to build and some what like some chemistry molecular structure but trust me it's not that tough and this model can be used as base for many other kusuduma.

In fact I actually went on building this model to make the base for my next kusudama.I had seen this model earlier but never felt like building it as due to the complex look.

Origami Electra

I have used 1/4 of 3*3 Inch post-it notes as I wanted to make a small model.Assembly is done using glue( the model assures that the inbuilt pockets are good enough to keep the pieces together ) as my units were small and I didn't want to take a risk.

Use both side coloured paper for the model.

Video :-

Monday, April 18, 2011

Origami Humming Bird

Day 137 - Origami Humming Bird

Model : Origami Humming bird
Design : Andrés Plazas
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video : Youtube channel Pozamansa
Paper : 3*3 inch one side coloured square

I have seen a lot of origami humming birds but the best one is the one by Robert J lang.Though that model looks very tough to me I found this simple humming bird on Origami Spirit.

This Origami Humming Bird model is designed by Andrés Plazas of Colombia.It starts with an origami bird base.Basically its the same old crane but with few manipulations you can get the humming bird.

Video :-

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Origami cat by Roman Diaz

Day 136 - Origami cat by Roman Diaz

Model : Origami cat by Roman Diaz
Design : Roman Diaz
Complexity : Difficult
Folding Instruction
    Diagram :
    Video : Benjingling
Paper : Rectangle Half of 4.5 Inches square

This model needs a rectangle to start with.I found diagram as well as video instruction for the model but I found the diagram better. I know its sounds strange when I say diagram is better because I never liked following the diagrams,but this time I found the diagram easier.

After few failed attempts on folding the model I was somewhat successful with the model.My model doesnot stand properly though it should have.Also I could not get the finer details properly like whiskers though the cheeks came out properly and many more finer details.
One of the failed attempts
Finally something near abt the model.I am exhausted ! Uff... I am not trying any more kitty.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Origami cat by Gilad Aharoni

Day 135 - Origami cat by Gilad Aharoni

Model : Origami cat by Gilad Aharoni
Design : Gilad Aharoni
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Diagram :
    Video : Marigami
Paper : 4.5 Inches

I tried following the diagram but was lost midway.It seems I am really bad at following diagrams so I searched for the video instructions and luckily I found one on Marigami's channel on YouTube.

After trying so many cute cats this one does not look so cute .I found the cat face to be the toughest in the whole model,especially while making the eyes and nose.

One should start with a big paper else its really difficult to make the face.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Origami Cat - 3

Day 134 - Origami Cat-3

Model : Origami Cat-3
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video :
Paper : 1/4 of 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper . 2 square papers

It can be treated as a 2D as well as 3D model as it can stand too. It requires 2 squares,one each for head and body.You can assemble using glue or just tuck the body part into the pocket created in the head even though that would be very frail assembly but that's an option.

Good model for card making.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Origami Cat-2

Day 133 - Origami Cat-2

Model : Origami Cat-2
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Photo Instructions : Card Making @
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper . 3 square papers

It's turning out to be a origami cat week,though I didn't search the models intentionally but found them interesting and moreover easy.

It's a 2D model. I stumbled upon this cat model on a card making site called Card Making @ cat requires 3 square papers .one each for face,body and tail.
The units are to be assembled using glue.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Origami Cat-1

Day 132 - Origami Cat-1

Model : Origami Cat-1
Design : Hiroaki Takai
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Diagramed by Hiroaki Takai
Paper : Post-it notes.Rectangle

This is a cute little cat .I traced this model from the website model is created by Hiroaki Takai but the page has 2 little cat models of which one is modified form of the model by Hirokai.I could fold only the one diagrammed by Hiroaki as the other one does not have a diagram there nor do I have that much imagination to manipulate and create it.

This model needs a rectangle.You can get that by dividing your regular square in half. Preferable to use both side same coloured paper for the model.One needs to be careful while shaping the ears of the cat else its an easy model.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Origami Cat Nap

Day 131 - Origami Cat Nap

Model : Origami Cat Nap
Design : Philip Schulz
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Diagramed by Philip Schulz
Paper : 4.5 Inches

Origami Cat nap is based on Origami fish base.As I am really bad at following diagrams only I serached for video instructions and found none .Most of the pplaces where I found the diagram it was incomplete.
It was in that I found the complete diagram.

Somehow I managed following the diagram( even though the author is so clear in the diagram ) and made my cute little cat nap model.As the paper I choose was too stiff the cats tail kept on going away from the intended position so I cheated a little and used glue to keep it in place :D.

Here's my cat nap model.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Origami cat

Day 130 - Origami Cat

Model : Origami Cat
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Diagram :
    Video : Super1600
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper

This one is simple only for the part where you crease - open and refold to get the body and the tail.

I found the instructionson youtube on a channel by super1600.The video instructions are good to follow but one needs to be really careful and make crisp folds to get the exact model also certain places the folds dont seem clear as they are very small folds and the paper colour is reflecting making it tough to understand the fold.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Origami Camel-1

Day 129 - Origami Camel - 1

Model : Origami Camel
Design : Chiyo Araki
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Video : Happypuppytruffles
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper

This camel start with origami bird base.The difficult part is the hind legs coz you keep on making small folds so I would suggest to start with a bigger square for beginners else you may end up with a trash.Otherwise its a pretty simple model.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Origami fancy Horse

Day 128 - Origami Fancy Horse

Model : Origami Fancy Horse
Design : Japanese Origami Society
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video : Happypuppytruffles
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper

This one is a kirigami model as one needs to cut to get the legs of the horse.You need to start with origami bird base and proceed by cutting to get the legs .Very few and simple steps and the final product is nice.

Video :-

Friday, April 8, 2011

Origami Rat

Day 127 - Origami Rat

Model : Origami Rat
Design : Toshie Takahama
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video : Happypuppytruffles
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper

Origami Rats a simple model .The difficult part is the front part where you give shape to the ears of the rat.There are a few folds which are intricate,otherwise the model is simple.

Video :-

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Origami Raven

Day 126 - Origami Raven

Model : Origami Raven
Design : Tavin
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Tavin
    Video : Tavin
Paper : 4.5 Inches

Another bird model but this one looks a bit realistic even though mine didn't turn out to be that good.Thats because I refolded it which made the paper to loose it's strength and thus the bird couldn't stand.

One suggestion is start with white side up.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Origami Rose cube

Day 124,125 - Origami Rose cube

Model : Origami Rose Cube
Design : Valerie Vann
Complexity : Medium
Folding Instruction
    Video : Jonakashima
Paper : Post-it neon papers
   Units : 6 units.3 of each colour of same size

This is an interesting model made out of 6 units ,3 units of each colour.The units are assembled by interlocking.It is a cube which can be transformed into a rose with few simple steps,thus making the model interesting.

Though it's a simple model it took me a lot of time to understand it and give it shape.First suggestion is to use a both side same coloured square paper.If the paper is one side coloured then the white side would get exposed as below.

The cube out of the one side coloured papers
The rose on opening the cube

Then I tried with post-it notes here's the result.


Rose out of the cube made of post- it notes

Though it's not perfect it's somewhat OK I believe.

Video :-

Some important points to take care of :-
  • Be patient while folding the units and follow the video carefully. I skipped a few steps which led to re folding.
  • The above video uses a double side same coloured paper so one needs to follow the steps carefully.
  • The Green/leaves modules are a bit differently folded as compared to the red once.
  • once you finish a module make sure you have 2 pockets.This is necessary for the final cube formation.
  • While opening the cube to metamorphoses to rose be careful not to rip will have to open 2 rounds to get the final model.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Origami Baby bird

Day 123 - Origami Baby Bird

Model : Origami Baby Bird
Design : MaMa to Asobou: Tanoshii Origami
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video : Happytruffles
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper

It's origami and a little bit of kirigami as you need to use scissors to cut towards the end of the model.It's intial folds are similar to many of the bird models.

Doesn't my fold look bit similar to the video once :) just that I forgot to fold the tail up.I felt it would help stablises the bird to stand.

Video :-

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Origami Hello Kitty

Day 122 - Origami Hello Kitty

Model : Origami Hello Kitty
Design : Sanrio
Complexity : Simple
Folding Instruction
    Video : Happytruffles
Paper : 3*3 Inch one side coloured square paper: 3 squares used

This is a 2D model made out of three pieces of square paper folded and glued together depicting the famous Fictional character Hello Kitty

As its a glue fixed model so I suppose we can't call it pure origami.This is a good model for greeting cards for kids.

Video :-

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Origami Venus Kusudama

Day 118,119,120,121 - Origami Venus Kusudama

Model : Origami Venus Kusudama
Design : Traditional
Complexity : Medium
Other details : Modular Origami : 36 Units made of squares
Folding Instruction
    Diagram : Ocantinhodacris-artes
    Video : 1petiteSorciere
    Book : Kusudama: Ball Origami
Paper : Neon cloured post it notes

As I am a lazy person it took me 4 days to fold the units and put them together. This kusudama is named “Venus Kusudama” in YAMAGUCHI Makoto’s book Kusudama Ball Origami.Various tutorials ask to make 36-40 modules.I have made 36 modules for the kusudama.Each module is made of a square piece of paper which needs to be folded - opened - reverse folded.The reverse folding on the creases made is the only part where you may face difficulty.You will get four points which you need to tuck in if you are not careful it would open up the module.The modules are held together with string.You can also use glue but I feel string is better.

I have used neon coloured Post-it Notes for the model.I would suggest to use both side same coloured or contrast coloured paper for the model.

It is same as the Pluto model with the points folded in.The folds are some what similar to the units of Origami Butterfly kusudama or you may find some similarity with the origami iris/lily.First time when I tried to create this model I followed a tutorial which asked to create 60 modules and it was glue fixed .The end result was really bad but this time I followed a simpler version with 36 modules and sewed instead of gluing.


Some more video links :-
Tadashimori - single unit folding
Tadashimori - How to sew the units together?