Origami: Everything You Need {To Know}

Origami is the art of paper folding to create beautiful designs, animals, boxes, decorations, and pretty much anything you can think of. After discovering this amazing art form, I have decided to share this treasure with you! Read more to find out everything you need to know about origami.

What is Origami?

Origami is, according to Google, “the Japanese art of folding to create decorations and figures.” It can also be described as a way to make useful things like bookmarks and boxes, add a little pop to your dining room table, a hobby, or just simply to make on a rainy day for fun. Either way, origami is an awesome way to relax and possibly even make something you need. Origami can make almost anything from ornaments to centerpieces to cute little animal figures for the kids.

History

During the 6th century, paper was brought from China to Japan and Korea by Buddhist monks. It is believed that the art of paper-folding was created in Japan, and evolved into what we call “origami” today. During that time, origami was often only used in rituals and ceremonies. During weddings, butterfly origami often adorned the sake (Japanese liquor) bottles as decorations.

During the 18th century, books began to be created with instructions for different kinds of origami. The very first paper-folding book was published in 1764 by Sadatake Ise. It contained steps for 13 different ceremonial folds.

Over time, the idea of origami was spread from Japan to Europe, from Europe to South America, and from South America to North America. Throughout the ages, origami and the art of paper-folding has evolved into the useful and eye-catching art it is today.

What You Can Do With Origami

There is – guaranteed – an origami for everyone. Whether it’s the bookmark for the avid reader:

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or the mantelpiece decorations for the party planner:

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or just decorations for fun:

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the options are really endless. If you’re interested in origami, you can visit this website for tons of instructions and information on origami.

My Past Projects:

I’ve experimented with the easier kinds of origami, and have actually come out with some pretty nice things that weren’t that hard. I’m on the worse side of patience, dexterity, and attention to detail, meaning that origami was hard to get used to, but after lots of trial and error, confusion, and scraps of patterned paper, I ended up with origami that I think are really cute and fun! Here are some of my past projects and the link to the instructions:

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In honor of fall, I created a leaf (right) and a bat (left) for halloween. Here is the link to the instructions for the bat, and here is the link for the leaf.

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I found myself really drawn to origami birds, so I decided to make several of different types – some in flight (left), some resting (right).

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I found this really cute fox origami on this website, and I LOVE how it turned out. This is one of my favorite origami decorations that I’ve made, and it’s great how easy it is.

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Finally, I really enjoy making these little squares. Despite their simple, and as some may say, “boring” look, these origami squares, called “menko” are cool little trinkets, and can contain messages folded up inside them.

 

All in all, I really enjoy making and seeing the cute origami creations. Whether you make them as simple gifts, use them as everyday tools like bookmarks or boxes, or just make them for fun, origami is something for everyone to enjoy.

 


Credits:

Information for the “History” Section: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/history-of-origami.html

Bookmark Origami Image: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/ftimages/origamibookmark.jpg

Origami Centerpiece Image: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/d2/7f/da/d27fda94f8101f23deb8517a4bd11010.jpg

 

 

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One thought on “Origami: Everything You Need {To Know}

  1. S. Smith says:

    Comment a link to an origami project that you either found interesting or have done yourself! I would love seeing what you’ve discovered about origami!

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