Kaila's Craft Corner
Kaila's Craft Corner
Origami 101 with Kaila
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Kaila’s Craft Corner Podcast

Kaila Allen hosts and instructs the basics of Origami.

Resources

Colored paper: Origami Paper, Double Sided Color, 200 Sheets, 20 Colors, 6 Inch Squares, Easy Fold Paper for Beginners. – Link to purchase on Amazon

Patterned Paper: IDDO Japanese Washi Origami Paper, 100 Sheets, 10 Different Patterns, Double Side Printing, Square Folding, Premium Quality, 6×6 Inch – Link to purchase on Amazon

Origami Terminology:

  • Crease:  A line formed by folding paper.
  • Diagonal Fold:  A Fold that involves folding one corner to the opposite corner, creating a diagonal crease.
  • Valley Fold:  A crease made by folding paper towards you forming a “V” when you unfold.
  • Mountain Fold:  A mountain fold is the opposite of a valley fold – the paper folds to the opposite underneath side making a ridge.
  • Book Fold:  It is made by bringing one edge of a square or rectangle to the opposite edge, folding the sheet in half.
  • Raw Edge:  The edge of a single layer, one of the original outside edges of the square that hasn’t been folded.
  • Model: The finished product of your efforts.

Making a Square:

Many origami models require that you start off with paper that is a true square, where all four sides are equal. If you don’t have origami paper on hand, or you would just like to practice using copy paper or old magazine pages, which are normally cut into a rectangular shape, it is helpful to know how to turn these into true squares.

Step 1: Folding

  • Lay your rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with the long sides to the left and right and the short sides at the top and bottom.
  • Fold the top right corner of the paper down and to the left until you can feel that the two layers of paper lay on top of each other on the left hand side.
  • Follow the two layers of paper upwards to make sure they line up as closely as possible until you find the narrow, top point of the paper.
  • While holding the two layers in this position, make a sharp crease, running your finger from the top left corner down and to the right.
  • Now, on the right hand side, your paper will slope up sharply from bottom right to the top left corner.
  • Notice that at the bottom of your folded paper, there is a rectangular piece, which has not been folded.
  • It is this part of the paper that you will remove to create a true square.

Step 2: Weakening the paper

Concentrating on the single rectangular layer of paper at the bottom, fold your paper upwards so it covers the bottom part of your folded triangle. Crease well from left to right to create a horizontal fold and, lifting your paper from the folding surface, fold back the other way. Do this a few more times to weaken the paper in both directions. You can also run your nail along the crease or use a damp finger to weaken your paper even further.

Step 3: Removing the extra paper

There are many ways you can use to remove the bottom part of your sheet, including taring, cutting with scissors, rotary cutters or craft knives, etc. Feel free to use whatever method you find easiest, or ask for sighted assistance until you are comfortable performing this step.

Tip : I will describe the the method I most often use for those who would like to try this.

After you have weakened your paper along the horizontal crease line, place the paper flat on your folding surface again. It works best if you now place the paper with the  weakened fold in a vertical position. Place your thumbs and forefingers on either side of the crease and move your hands apart in a swift, but controlled, motion.

Don’t worry if the edge of your paper is not perfect. You will get better with this with practice.

Origami – Corner Bookmark

Paper to be used: square, any size

Steps: 7

Step 1: Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface to form a diamond. The points should be at the left, right, top and bottom.  If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 2: Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded. You should now have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open point facing away from you.

Step 3: Fold the bottom left point of the triangle over to meet the bottom right point in order to create a center vertical crease line. Crease lightly and unfold.

Step 4: Next, fold the top point of the triangle (top layer only) down again, to meet the center of the bottom edge of the model. Crease and leave folded. Take note of the horizontal crease line that will form the pocket for Step 5.

Step 5: Grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle and fold it upwards and inwards to lie along the vertical center crease and meet the top point of the triangle.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 with the bottom right corner. You should have a diamond-shaped model with two flaps that are lying along the vertical center crease line of the model.

Step 7: Lastly, tuck the top points of the two flaps you have just folded down so they disappear into the pocket that was created in Step 4 and crease well. Make sure the flaps lie neatly within the pocket by pressing them downwards and a little towards each other if necessary.

Your model will consist of a triangle at the top with two smaller triangles lying next to each other at the bottom, forming the pocket that can be slipped over the corner of a page.

Origami – Cup

Paper to be used: square, any size

Folding level: Beginner

Steps: 6

Step 1: Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface to form a diamond. The points should be at the left, right, top and bottom. If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 2: Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded. You should now have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open point facing away from you.

Step 3: Bring the left point of the triangle over and slightly upwards, to meet its right edge, more or less at the halfway mark. Crease and leave folded.

Step 4: Bring the top point of the model, top layer only, down as far as you can and tuck it inside the flap you have just formed. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5: Turn the model over like turning the pages of a book, and repeat steps 3 and 4.

Step 6: While holding the model in one hand, use the fingers of the other to open the cup from the top, rounding out the bottom as far as possible. You may want to use a finger to press the center of the bottom of the cup slightly up and into the cup making the model look a bit like a box of fast food French fries.

Origami – Sailboat

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 11

Step 1: Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape. If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side up before starting to fold. This will result in a colored or patterned boat with plain or white sails.

Step 2: Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded. You should now have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open point facing away from you.

Step 3: Fold the bottom left point of the triangle over to meet the bottom right point in order to create a center vertical crease line. Crease lightly and unfold.

Step 4: Now grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle and fold it upwards and inwards to lie along the vertical center crease and meet the top point of the triangle.

Step 5: Repeat with the bottom right corner. You should have a diamond-shaped model with two flaps that are lying along the vertical center crease line of the model.

Step 6: Next, unfold both triangular flaps you have just created. Notice that a two-layered diamond shape has now been revealed at the center of the model.

Step 7: Fold down the top point, top layer only, of this diamond, so its point meets the bottom center of the model, just where the two triangular flaps meet.m Crease and leave folded.

Step 8: Fold both bottom points of your triangle back up again along the folds you have already created in Steps 4 and 5. Turn over the model.

Step 9: Bring the point that is left at the top of your model down to meet its bottom. Crease well and leave folded. You should have a boat-shaped triangle at the bottom with two triangles, the sails, at the top. Turn the model over.

Step 10: Fold both layers of the bottom triangular point of your model upwards, just enough to create a fairly straight line at the bottom of the boat. You may have to guess a little here, since This last flap will also form a stand at the back of the boat so it can remain balanced in an upright position.

Step 11: Turn your model over once again and you should have a sailboat with a flat bottom, slightly rounded sides, two sails on top and a piece of paper at the back of the boat that could serve as a stand for your model. If the model will not stand on its own, adjust the fold you made in Step 10 until your boat is balanced in an upright position.

Origami – House

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 7

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1: Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.

Step 2: Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form a horizontal center crease line. Crease and unfold.

Step 3: Now fold the top and bottom edges to meet at the center. Crease and leave folded. You should have a rectangular piece of paper with the top and bottom flaps meeting at the horizontal crease line. Flip the paper over.

Step 4: Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge to form a vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold.

Step 5: Now fold the left and right edges to meet in the center. Crease and leave folded. You should end up with a square made up of 4 square-shaped flaps which come together at the center of the model. Make sure that these flaps lie straight and do not overlap each other.

Step 6: While holding down the bottom left square with your forefinger, lift the left top flap up a little and carefully pull it outwards to the left with the forefinger and thumb of your other hand. Repeat on the right side. The bottom of the model should stay as is while the top flaps fold outward to form two triangles, the roof of the house, extending out to the left and right of the model. Press flat.

Step 7: Turn the paper over and you have a house! If the flaps at the back of the model are folded outward a little, the house can stand on its own.

Thank you,

Kaila

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