Origami – The Art For All Ages
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and is suitable for all ages. You can buy papers or start with a little kit. Normal printer paper can work but can be a little thick. You don’t need anything but papers and instructions. I learnt origami at school. A man came in to teach us how to make an origami lily and I picked it up fairly easily. When it comes to art and crafts I do find it easier to watch someone create something rather than follow instructions.
When it comes to reading instructions I tend to struggle. Luckily we live in a world of Youtube where everyone has a video for everything.
If you are not sure where to start, a kit can be great. It would be nice to use this with my niece and nephew. Even though Scarlett is only 5 she is good at crafts. It’s just about picking the right shape to start with and being methodic with each piece.
An Origami Kit
The kit contains a selection of papers, scissors and some extras which are great for decorating your creations. Children will love all the bright colours, feathers and gems. My tip is to organise the papers that you like and dislike and with your first few attempts use the papers that you don’t like. Then once you have mastered a shape or feel confident with your folding skills then use your favourite papers.
- Valley Fold
- Mountain Fold
- Pleat Fold
- Blintz Fold
- Squash Fold
- Petal Fold
- Inside Reverse Fold
- Outside Reverse Fold
- Sink Fold
- Rabbit Ear Fold
- Crimp Fold
Fold with clean hands
It may be a silly thing to mention but actually it’s really important. Your skin holds onto all sorts so making sure your hands are clean and dry means you won’t transfer anything onto them. You don’t want to score on a line and leave a dirty smear.
Origami is about precision
If your edges don’t line up then you will never create a perfect origami shape. Accuracy is vital because errors can multiply quickly. you will have to go back and fix them so just make sure you get it right, first time.
Patience is key
Although I just said get it right the first time, you have to practice first. Make mistakes, we are human. You have to make lots of mistakes before you can make an origami unicorn!! Trust me they are almost impossible. Take your time. Slow down and give yourself enough time to finish a model (it always takes longer than you think). Always fold the paper away from you rather than towards you.
You can use any type of paper but origami papers are usually thinner. For starting out a kit is great or just using larger sheets. Our favourite set to get started is the Awesome Origami kit from Creativity For Kids – you can buy this here
We’d love to see your creations, why not try doing a traditional Japanese crane? We think they are beautiful, especially using Cherry Blossom Origami paper. According to tradition, creating 1000 paper cranes was said to grant the creator one wish. Learn more about the tradition of paper cranes (Orizuru is their proper name)
When it comes to learning a new skill then investing in a little kit is great or you can just buy origami papers. Origami will teach you a lot about patience and a lot of people find it very mindful, just don’t try and make the unicorn on your first attempt.
Don’t forget to tag us on Social Media with your origami creations – we can’t wait to see what you create