Heart-Flower box (Design by Carlos Aguilar)

Heart-Flower Box (Design by Carlos Aquilar)
Heart-Flower Box (Design by Carlos Aquilar)

 

This is a design which was published in Leyla Torres’ Origami Spirit a few days ago. I absolutely love the ‘petals’ of this box and the fact that I can use it to store tit bits and with Easter right round the corner – Chocolate Eggs! 😀

I have folded a container or box origami design after simply ages and that is only because I am not usually a fan of the four sided models. However, this particular design caught my eye and I simply had to get busy with it.

Paper to use:

I have used square duo-colored tant paper measuring 15 cms to fold this pretty container. However, in the instructional video you will see that Leyla Torres starts off with a slightly larger 18 cms square sheet of paper. I would recommend not using a square any smaller than 15 cms coz this would make the end model really small. A 15cms square sheet of paper results in a 4.5 inch sized end model / container.

You can choose between single side colored or duo-colored and experiment with other kinds of paper, too. Avoid really thin / filmsy paper such as tissue paper, as you need a slight thickness to the paper in order to have the ‘petals’ standing out as you see in the image above.

 

How to fold this model:

Leyla Torres has recorded a very good instructional video on her origami blog – OrigamiSpirit – and shared it with all her readers. She goes through each of the steps in a detailed manner and you will find the video very easy to follow.

 

Now, all I have to do is go get some fancy Chocolate Eggs for Easter and I am all set! 🙂

Traditional Kusudama – “Star Pattern”

Star Shaped Kusudama
Star Shaped Kusudama

This Kusudama model is another popular one that you might have come across on Google and other Origami blogs.

What you need:
– 30 sheets (multi – colored) of origami paper. Wrapping paper can be used here, too. Size of the paper can be 6” to 8” – square shaped.
– The sheets of paper you use can be printed / colored on one side only or on both sides.
– Glue stick (optional)

Please remember:
– You can use glue to stick the flaps together, if you are comfortable with that idea. Else, manual interlocking of the units will work just fine, too.
– If you would prefer the “Star Shape” you see in the midst of the 5 unit interlocking to be plain white in color, start folding your units with the white side of the sheet facing you.

How to fold the unit(s):
Fold each of the 30 sheets in the manner explained in this 2 part video:

Part 1:

Part 2:

How to assemble the units:

– You need to make patterns of 3 units and 5 units repeatedly to get the “globe” look to the model.
– Therefore, first connect 3 units as shown, and then connect 3 more, to give a pattern of a “star” (5 units) and the adjoining 2.

Kusudama Venus – Paper Ball

Paper Ball Kusudama
Kusudama Venus

This model looks very dainty and intricate when you first look at it, but in reality, is very quick to fold!

This floral kusudama is a popular sight on YouTube.com’sPaper Ball Kusudama – as well as on many other Origami-related websites. I think almost everyone who is into Origami has tried this one out!

Here, smaller the paper size you use, the prettier will be your final model! So, here’s where all those bits of gaily patterned wrapping paper or even varied colored Post-it notes come in real handy.

What you need:

36 sheets of square shaped paper of your choice. I have used the readily available (yeah, I did buy an enormous pack) Post-Its to fold this model.

A needle and thread to connect all the units into a globe

Tasseled String for decorative Purposes – (optional)

How to Fold this Model:

A video on YouTube.com explains how to fold a unit of this model. This is a 5 part video (short videos) which explain the folds as well how to attach the 36 units you make in the end.

Putting it all together:

Once you have folded your 36 units required for this paper ball, divide them into the following groups:

A. 1 unit for the top –centre
B. 6 units for the first row
C. 11 units for the second row
D. Another 11 units for the third row
E. 6 more units for the fourth row
F. The last unit for the bottom –centre

String or thread a needle gently through the bottom tip of the single top – centre unit. After this, string it though the bottom tips of the next 6 units, thereby completing (A) and (B) above. Proceed to separately string together (C), (D), (E) and (F). Once you are at this stage, gently and carefully group (A), (B) and (C) as one hemisphere of the paper ball. Similarly for (D), (E) and (F). Then, pull these two hemispheres together, keeping in mind to tie the threads at the centre of the paper ball when the hemispheres are brought close together.

Once you have tied it firmly, carefully wriggle the 2 groups’ threads / string to the opposite ends and pull gently, yet firmly.

The paper ball should remain in shape (spherical) this way. Once done, you can adjust the units properly, if required.

Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)
Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

I have tried a simple geometric model from Tomoko Fuse’s book – Kusudama Origami – and found out that these models require glue to put the model together.

However, with this particular geometric Lantern Assembly, I have added a touch of creativity and included a “kite tail” to it, too.

What you need:

Around 7 sheets of 6” square paper (at min), or an appropriate size of your choice. These would make the ‘main design’ (purple colored pieces) you see in the picture in this post. I used a smaller sized paper for this model and hence the small size of the completed model.

To match these with the piece inserted in the centre of each of these main pieces, you would have to choose a color in a contrasting shade. These are of a smaller size as compared to the purple sheets. They should be small enough to ‘fit’ in the purple unit, ‘snugly’.

Also, the ‘hexagonal’ shaped pieces are required to be folded in order to connect the purple / main pieces together. The paper used for these ‘connecting’ pieces should be of the same size as that of the purple pieces.

A bit of glue to stick the pieces together.

Type of Origami Base:

This model uses the medallion base (a variation of this) for the main pieces (i.e. the purple units u see in the picture).

For the solid yellow pieces used to connect to the purple units together, one has to fold hexagons from regular square shaped paper.

Putting it all together:

The ‘flaps’ of the Hexagonal units are used to connect to the purple units. This is done using glue.

You would need 7 of the main / purple colored units u see in the picture and 9 of the solid yellow hexagonal units.

To make a ‘Kite Tail’ for your lantern:

Fold a couple of units with the geometric design (i.e. the ‘main’, purple colored pieces you see in the image). Insert the little bit of paper in the centre of these ‘main’ units to complete the look.

Then, using a needle and thread, ‘thread’ the diagonal tips of these units, to attach them separately to the main lantern. It would be wise to tie a little knot to the thread before you ‘thread’ a unit and just after you push it in place along the thread. This will avoid the units from shifting along the ‘tail’.

Electra! (Design by Dave Mitchell)

Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)
Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)

This imaginative kusudama, designed by Dave Mitchell, requires just paper and patience! One needs to use paper of a smaller size and I have seen that regular ‘Post It Note’ sizes are just perfect. One can use an array of colors to fold an Electra and ‘interlocking’ these to make a ‘globe’ is real easy too.

Origami base to start off:

It starts off with a simple ‘waterbomb’ base, and can make use of a single color of paper too.

What you need:

60 pieces or rather sheets of paper. I have used Post – its to create this model. These are square shaped of size approx 5 inches or so.

Here’s how you do it:

I have found this video on Youtube.com by Cabulete, which clearly depicts how to fold an Electra. In it, they have used a paper size of 5″ or so.

Putting it together / Technique:

Try to connect different colored units together to add ‘variety’ to the color in the model. One should remember that the design consists of a “star” shape, connected to a “triangle’ shape. This alternating pattern is to be followed throughout the design and comes in really handy when checking up on whether you are going the right way.

Enjoy folding!