Monday, June 01, 2020

Origami is the art of paper folding. The history of Origami goes back to the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1867). Try making this easy origami heart we have provided paper, but you can also do this with your paper as long as you have a perfect square. The dimension can be 3x3, 6x6, or 12x12. It is said that a paper can only be folded a maximum of 7 times. For a challenge, try making the smallest origami heart possible!  

Time required: 5 minutes 

Materials:  

Paper (any type works as long as you have a square) 

Scissors (if your paper is not already pre-cut into a square) 

Instructions for an Easy Origami Heart: 

  • Start with a square piece of origami paper with the right side up. If you only have regular 8.5x11 paper, follow these instructions to make it into a square sheet.

  • Fold the paper in half by folding the top corner to the bottom corner, then unfold.

  • Fold the left corner to the right corner, then unfold.

  • Fold the top corner to the center.

  • Fold the bottom corner to the top edge.

  • Fold the bottom left and right edges to the center crease.

  • Fold the top and side corners back.

  • Done!

 

The paper crane or Orizuru is a classic of Japanese origami. Try your hand at one using the squares provided! For a challenge try to make the smallest paper crane possible by cutting out a small square!

Time required: 7 minutes

Materials:

Paper (any type works as long as you have a square)

Scissors (if your paper is not already pre-cut into a square)

Instructions for an Origami Paper Crane:

  • Make a square base. Start by making an origami square base.

  • Fold Diagonally. Fold the paper in half diagonally.

  • Unfold. There should now be a crease in the paper from the diagonal fold. 

  • Fold Diagonally Again. Now fold the paper in half diagonally in the other direction. 

  • Unfold the paper. Your square should now have two diagonal creases, forming an "X."

  • Flip the paper over to the other side. 

  • Fold the paper in half horizontally. 

  • Unfold to reveal the new crease from the previous fold.

  • Fold the paper in half vertically. 

  • Unfold to reveal the new crease.

  • Bring the top point down to the bottom, while also folding the left and right corners down into the center.

  • You should now have a diamond shape, with a vertical crease running down the center—this is an origami square base.

  • Starting with your square base, make sure the open end is at the bottom. Fold the right lower edge to the central crease.

  • Now follow suit with the left side; fold the left lower edge to the central crease.

  • Fold the top section down.

  • Now unfold the previous three folds.

  • Pull one layer up from the bottom, along the creases you just made.

  • Push the left and right edges inwards. 

  • This is called a squash fold—you can see the wing is fully "squashed" into place.

  • Flip the model over to the other side.

  • Repeat the same steps of the squash fold on this side, starting with the lower right fold to the central crease.

  • Now fold the left side to the central crease.

  • Fold the top section down (the smaller triangle) to meet the two folds you just made.

  • Unfold the last three folds you just made.

  • Pull one layer up from the bottom, along the creases you just made.

  • Push the left and right edges inwards to complete the second squash fold.

  • Fold the lower right edge to the central crease.

  • Fold the bottom left corner in the same way, to the crease.

  • Flip the model over.

  • Now fold the entire right lower corner to meet the central crease.

  • Fold the left lower corner to meet the central crease.

  • Fold the lower right flap up, under, and out to the right.

  • Do the same with the left side (the tail).

  • Create a head by flattening the flap, and inside reverse folding a little section down at the top.

  • Complete your crane by folding out the wings. Done!