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useful origami boxes

Currently, I’m in the middle of FINALS week! Of course that means lots of studying, and studying means lots of snacking. 😀  But what are you to do if you have a bag of gummy bears, and nowhere to put them?  Answer: Fold a box!

Over the past year, I’ve made dozens of these boxes. They’re incredibly useful for holding snacks or random things, or use as a scoop.

First up is a box from the English Origami Club website: “A Garbage Bin”.

Instructions call for using a two-page spread of newspaper to fold the box, but I usually use scrap paper. (Old MMW paper photocopies anyone?) If using the standard letter-size sheet, this makes a box about 2 inches in each dimension.  Often used for candy, cereal, raisins.

I also make this second, larger box pretty frequently. I forgot where I learned how to do it from, but here are some instructions. Text-only for now, but pictures to come later. EDIT: Actually, I found a link again, and what do you know, it’s from the Origami Club again, entitled “A Garbage Bin 2”

This also uses a piece of scrap paper.

  1. Fold paper in half top to bottom.
  2. Fold in half left to right, and unfold
  3. Fold top left and right corners in to center line, and unfold
  4. Inside reverse corners.
  5. Fold left and right sides towards center line, so that vertical part matches with the crease.
  6. Fold up edge excess paper to meet the bottom edge of the triangle, then fold up again. Bottom should now be flush.
  7. Flip over, then repeat Step 5-6 on this other side of the paper.
  8. Fold top triangle point down to bottom edge, and unfold.
  9. Open from bottom edge, flatten bottom of the box.
  10. FINISHED! 😀

Final dimensions, if starting from a letter-sized paper are approximately 4×4 inch square, 2 inches in height. Useful for chips, pretzels, cereal!

Well, break time is up, and I really must get back to studying for ochem (and snacking on my box of raisins).  Good luck to everyone who is studying, and have fun to people who are not? Anyways, I hope that this post was useful/instructive for you!


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Kawasaki Rose/Happy Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Presenting a lovely paper rose bouquet for my mom, with links for inspiration/how to!

Also, second part of Mother’s Day post here: Popup Birdcage Card!

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Clematis Flower Photo Tutorial

Sorry, I had this post drafted and ready to post for like a week, but life recently has been super busyand FUSION-ful. Gosh, despite all of the things that I went through during winter quarter, Fusion has been one of the most amazing experiences ever, and I am so glad that I joined and stuck with it. I could go on for a lot longer, but since this blog is supposed to be focused on arts and crafts, I’ll keep that to my other blog. 🙂

Anyways, as requested, here is a photo tutorial on how to fold Makoto Yamaguchi’s Clematis Flower! I hope that the steps are clear and easy enough to follow, but please do let me know if you do have questions.
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1. Start with color side up, and fold in half.
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2. Fold edge on top layer to folded edge
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3. Flip over, fold edge on to folded side, and unfold.
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4. Fold top corners down to center.
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5. Flip over, fold bottom right corner to center, and unfold.
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6. Fold left corner, following crease made in 5, and unfold then reverse fold.
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7. Fold point over center line, unfold.
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ASSEMBLY (7 units)

1. Connect units by inserting the bottom corner.
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2. Fold point to lock.
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3. Continue connecting with this method, until all pieces added.
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4. Connect the last pieces, completing the flower!

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Morning Glory + Bracelet

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30 units. Tant paper (Mountain Valley Paper Company). model by Tomoko Fuse in Origami Tanteidan #71.

I really liked how the orange Morning Glory model came out before, so I thought that I would try it with the lighter shades of the Tant Paper. I forgot how time consuming making all those pre-crease and measurement folds was. Time to complete the model: 1 movie, 3 drama episodes. Still, I really do like how the model turns out!

Last time, I had used glue to make sure that the model held steady, but I tried to just rely on the paper this time. The texture of the paper adds friction, so I thought that it would be okay, but I ended up using tape. Glue definitely works better, since the point with last piece that I put in tends to come open. I think I might glue it later.

In this model, you have to cut off a strip to size the square, but I didn’t want to just throw away the scraps. My Starburst bracelet was wearing out and the paper strips looked like the perfect dimensions, so I decided to make them into a bracelet!

morning glory bracelet

I tried to go for a more gradient effect with the color, but I think it seems to be more blocks of color. I don’t really like wearing pink pastels, so I don’t know what to do with this. Well, I suppose that if I did this model again in a different color, I’d be able to do another one.Otherwise, any other ideas for creative uses of the paper strips? oh, maybe quilling!?

P.S. Look forward to the post with photo instructions for Makoto Yamaguchi’s Clematis Flower coming up later this week!

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Gum Wrapper Icosahedron Stars

More of the 30 unit icosahedron stars from Tomoko Fuse’s Unit Origami, made out of the Wrigley 5 gum wrappers in various colors! Sorry about how the photos came out this time; still using my cellphone.  I meant to give these away, but I forgot… maybe I’ll give it extremely belated;;

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I love this model! Definitely my favorite color combination, since it kind of reminds me of fireworks and flowers. I originally had planned to include this with a set, matching like the color palette with the other items, but oh, even though that didn’t come through, even on its own, I’m really happy with how it came out.

Too bad that I dislike the flavors for these color wrappers. Red is “Flare” (cinnamon), yellow is “Lush” (tropical), and the silver is regular Wrigleys Winterfresh.  Cinnamon is alright, but kind of spicy. Tropical is absolutely disgusting. Regular Winterfresh has a strong sugar taste. So sadly, I’m unlikely to have many more with this colorway.

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I tried a solid variation here, using the “Solstice” (warm and cool winter). I have no idea what that flavor is supposed to be, but I really like it!  I have some ideas for more complex shape models that I might do with gum wrappers, so they’d probably be in this color.
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Well, this model uses the colors from my top three flavors of gum, with dark blue from “Cobalt” (peppermint), green from “Rain” (spearmint), and the light blue again from  “Solstice”.  I actually don’t like how the color combination turned out as much, since it seems a little dark, and the colors aren’t as distinguishable from each other.  I have a lot of these wrappers, so I’ll have to figure out something nicer to do with them. Any suggestions?

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Starburst Bracelet

Only 8 wrappers to the next one! Anybody else interested?

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36 Starburst wrappers.

I mostly folded pieces during dance practice on Thursday during downtime, and put it together today. This used to be 40 pieces, but wanted to shorten it a bit to make it fit better. Overall, a simple project: easy to learn but a lot of fun to make.
The style is definitely more quirky than what I usually go for, but it’s playful and colorful, and it makes me happy. I’m going to wear it anyways! it

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Sakuradama and Clematis Flower

I bought a bunch of origami paper packs from Aunty Vicky (Mountain Valley Paper Company) when we went to SF over winter break, so here are the first models from that! The Tant paper has a nice weight, and light texture, making it nice to fold with. 12 color variations, so it’s a change from the single color kusudama that I usually do.
I can’t find my camera charger, so it’ll be cell phone pictures for a while, sorry.

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30 unit. sakuradama by Tomoko Fuse. Tant paper.

haha, I really do like this one. Again, instructions from this are from Tomoko Fuse in Origami Tanteidan #72. This one was done using the light, medium and dark shades in the 3 color pattern, but I wonder if it would look nicer if I changed the arrangement to make transitions between colors less obvious? Having the dark and light pieces juxtaposed feels a bit out of place, since the flower petals come out looking disjointed? Maybe I’ll try this next with the light half of the
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7 unit, clematis flower by Makoto Yamaguchi. Tant paper

Instructions came with the pack of paper. Simple and easy to make. I think it would look nice with a lot of these done, and connected in a hanging vine as some sort of wall decoration? Something like the bottle flowers from Anthropologie?

EDIT: Now with photo tutorial here!

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