Origami Explorations: Fold Your Way To Success!

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The traditional Japanese art of origami (from the characters oru – to fold and kami – paper) is a hugely popular activity for people all around the world today. Simple origami models can be a great way to introduce children to geometric concepts, and paper folding is a fun activity for the whole family. While I already knew how to make a jumping frog with my kids, I recently decided to try and improve my paper folding skills. While doing so, I discovered an amazing array of materials in our Library catalog. From traditional patterns like origami boxes and flowers to more modern twists on paper folding, CLP has the tools to help you fold your own works of art!

If you’re looking for some online paper folding tutorials, did you know that your library card gives you access to Creativebug where you can find over 1,000 creative video classes? Some of my favorite classes exploring origami and paper crafts include:

How To Fold a Paper Box

Astro Origami

Kaleidoscope Gift Wrap

You might also enjoy my short tutorial which shows you how to make a simple origami box on the CLP YouTube channel @clpvideo. Most of the folds needed to make this box are really simple, and the only materials you’ll need are a couple square sheets of paper. Give it a try and use these Library resources to build on your paper folding skills!

The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami

With the increasing popular interest in mindfulness–and seeking quiet in the tumult of modern life–origami, the centuries-old practice of paper folding, has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence. With origins possibly dating to sixth century Buddhism, the art of creating shapes from pieces of paper offers an appealing combination of calming concentration and the opportunity to create small works of art with our own hands. This mind-bending collection of geometric origami includes twenty-seven inventive shapes each carefully designed and explained with illustrated step-by-step instructions.

Better Living Through Origami: 20 Creative Paper Projects for a Beautiful Home

Take papercraft to a new creative level and turn your home into a designer haven with this mindful DIY interiors book by Dutch design duo Studio Snowpuppe. Learn how to create 20 items of functional home decor using simple, origami inspired paper folding and manipulation techniques, and then show off your DIY creations at the heart of your home.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital.

Fantastic Origami Flying Creatures: 24 Amazing Paper Models

Japanese origami expert Hisao Fukui shows you how to create incredibly realistic paper birds and flying insects, a winged dinosaur and even an undulating Chinese dragon! The easy-to-follow folding instructions and photos in this book present twenty-four challenging and amazingly lifelike models-from intermediate to complex in terms of their level of difficulty.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital.

Hello Origami: 30 Fun and Easy Origami Designs for Secret Notes and Special Messages

Do you love sending handwritten notes and making your own greeting cards? Are you interested in origami but find all those complicated folds intimidating? Then Hello Origami is just the book for you! With Hello Origami, you’ll learn fun and easy ways to transform boring old paper into adorable and useful designs that you can use to send secret notes and special messages. Fold fun shapes, such as hearts, flowers and ice cream cones, and use origami techniques to create festive gift tags, greeting cards, bookmarks and more!

LaFosse and Alexander’s Essential Book of Origami

This comprehensive origami book covers all the essentials needed to start folding beautiful projects right away. World-renowned origami artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander share their wisdom and expertise in this complete introduction to the world of origami paper folding. Beginning origami folders can progress through 16 step-by-step lessons, each with an accompanying video lesson on the free DVD included with this book. All videos are also streamable or downloadable online.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital and OverDrive.

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami: The Art of Polyhedral Paper Folding

Modular origami is the latest craze in paper folding! These three-dimensional models are created from many small pieces of paper that are easily folded and then cleverly fit together to form a spectacular shape. They range from paper polyhedra to bristling buckyballs that are reminiscent of sea urchins–to ornate flower-like spheres. Each piece of paper is held by the tension of the other papers–demonstrating the remarkable hidden properties of paper, which is at the same time flexible but also durable!

Title also available on Hoopla Digital and OverDrive.

Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses: Create Lifelike Roses and Other Blossoms

Decorate your desk, home, wedding or next get-together with these professional looking paper blossoms! This stunning book presents detailed instructions for eleven elegant and lifelike paper flower projects that will enhance any home or occasion. Paper flower expert Naomiki Sato starts by showing you how to fold seven types of paper roses using a variety of techniques for four- and five-sided blossoms, along with their stems, thorns and leaves, and how to assemble them.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital.

Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes

With this origami folding book, learn how to create original gift boxes that are as beautiful as the treasures they hold! Considered the most famous living origami master, Tomoko Fuse is known for her expertise in modular origami and box-folding. The more than thirty origami projects in this book range from beginner to more advanced, and ensure you’ll always have a special way to give a gift.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital and OverDrive.