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Getting Started With Origami

November 26, 2019

How wonderful it is to see what can be created just with a sheet or two of paper?! Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. With ancient roots and mathematical connections, this craft has evolved whilst maintaining an elegant simplicity. It's often associated with celebrations. We are in! 


Our 3 favourite creative uses for origami are:


1. Interiors/ decor - there's a whole range of hanging or wall mounted adaptations that can be created and displayed around your home to great effect.

2. Eco gift wrap solutions - repurposing gift wrap paper to make reusable tags and envelopes.

3. Jewellery - these delicate statement pieces are light weight and add a striking touch to an outfit.


The focus of this blog are these origami box envelopes. They provide a creative and beautiful alternative to wrapping gift vouchers or monetary gifts. They can be used as place settings at special occasions - a great option as they are dual purpose so a name can go on the front and a special message or gift could go inside. They are reusable so could also make an alternative advent calendar or a pretty package for the tooth fairy.


The example above was completed using a square of origami paper measuring 35cm x 35cm. The envelopes that are created using this pattern roughly measure a third of the original paper size. The video tutorial below is completed using a smaller piece of origami paper (measuring 15cm sq).




There is something very soothing and satisfying in the repetition, symmetry and process of origami. Another lovely craft to enjoy