Origami Baby Booties

Origami Baby Booties
Origami Baby Booties

One of my best pals – Priyanka – has her baby due next month and since I won’t be able to see her bundle of joy till early next year (sigh!), I thought of folding this adorable pair of baby booties just for her (her baby, rather)!

I used construction paper instead of origami paper to fold these. The design is pretty simple and instructions are pretty easy to follow, too. I think a total of 11 or 12 folds gets you a completed bootie and this includes the folds to shape the bootie!

I used square sheets of paper measuring approx 8.5 inches (duo-colored); for the ‘laces’ I used thin tissue paper cut into narrow strips and once creating a simple knot in the front of each bootie, I tied the two ends into a separate knot. Well, I found this easier than making a pretty bow out of 4 strands of paper as it kept coming apart.

Origami Bouvardia box (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

Origami Bouvardia box (Design by Tomoko Fuse)
Origami Bouvardia box (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

This is the first time I tried my hands at folding an origami box. I decided to fold this for a friend of mine as a gift and thought that this was a pretty concept (and design, of course) to try out!

I referred to the book – Fabulous Origami Boxes (Tomoko Fuse) – for the design and instructions for this particular model. You can check out more details about this book as well as a review about it on the page – Book Reviews.

What you need:

For this particular model, I used construction paper (cut down to a 9” approx. square) thinking it will add to the ‘soft feeling’ of the design.

For the ‘lid’ – you need 4 square sheets of paper sized 7” to 9”. These can be of different color each, 2 sheets each of a different color or simply all of the same color.

For the ‘body’ – you need 4 more square sheets of paper the same size as used for the lid of the box. The folding is a lot easier than the folding of the lid sections and can be done in a matter of a few mins in total.

The beauty of Fuse’s origami box designs is that, once you get the hang of the basic folds required for a plain box, you can fold almost any decorative pattern for the lid, that too in various combinations. This particular model is taken from pages 51 to 55 from her book.

One must be aware though, that the decorative bouvardia, lily, hydrangea, crane or whatever else you choose, is ‘fixed’ or a part of the lid itself i.e. that section you are putting together to form the lid of the box. Hence, there is a limit to the kinds of patterns you are thinking of incorporating onto your box.

Origami Book (Design by David Brill)

Book (Design by David Brill)
An Origami Book (Design by David Brill)
An Origami Book Mark
An Origami Book Mark

This is one very simple model from David Brill. You can make a ‘box’ spined book or a simple bound book.

What you need:
A square sheet of paper, single – side colored. This can be of any size of your choice. I have used a 6″ square sheet of Origami Paper here.

A Single – side colored paper is required, as the “white” side serves as the pages of the book once the model is completed.

How to fold this model:
YouTube.com has got some really good contributors for this model. I have found this video by Marigami pretty helpful.

Tips:
1. Avoid using thick paper (in case you aren’t using Origami paper) as this will make it difficult for you to fold the model.
2. Avoid using flimsy wrapping paper, too as this will not fold and form well.
3. You can make a book mark using this (as shown) or even a bookcase by folding a dozen of these books and stacking them on a bookcase. This video by Marigami ,will help you fold an Origami Bookcase:

Amazing Firecrackers (Design by Yami Yamauchi)

Completed Model
Completed Model

These pretty firecrackers are made from solid colored Origami papers. One can use any sized square sheets of origami paper, but you should remember that larger the size, the bigger the model and smaller the size, the more difficult to fold!

Origami Base:

The firecracker uses a “waterbomb” base with a little twist to it.

What you need:

You require 12 sheets of origami paper, preferably 6 different colors and therefore 2 of each.

Here’s the way to fold the model:

This video on YouTube by Sara Adams, provides very detailed steps and explanations as to how to go about folding this model.

A different pattern
A different pattern

Techinique:

One just requires a little patience in folding this intriguing model. This is especially when you come to connecting the 2 ends of the row of house shaped pieces you have. You have to be careful in folding the ends so as to not tear any piece.

However, you will find a few of the “connecting folds” opening up as you try and connect the 2 ends. Please tuck these folds in as you try and complete the model.

I have uploaded a couple of pics of the model I folded. Each of these are of a different view of the firecracker, after I turned it inside-out.