A Starter’s Guide To Origami

May 23, 2017

Origami is a lovely art where one uses the technique of folding paper to create intricate, delicate, and decorative figures and shapes. Stemming from Japan it has become popular all around the world and takes quite a bit of skill and practice to master. If you have been wanting to give origami a try, but are unsure of where to start, and what kind of supplies/tools you may need, then this starter guide should help answer your questions.

The Tools You Need

It is a good idea to put together an origami kit before you get started. This will ensure you have everything you need at your fingertips. You will need sheets of origami paper, which is a thick paper that holds the folds well. It is available in different colors, sizes, finishes, textures, and prices. As a beginner, you will want to pick something pretty basic to start with.

Next, you will need a paper cutter, which is either a razor or guillotine. The reason you want a paper cutter instead of using scissors is that you will get those sharp straight edges you need, and you can find almost any type you may want amongst the selection of Fiskars paper cutters. Your other option is to buy pre-cut square sheets of paper.

Bone folders are also extremely important in order to be successful in your projects. These are used to help you fold the paper, make creases, and even score the paper. These are typically made from wood, bamboo, plastic, or even Teflon.

Lastly, you will want some sort of storage container or folder to store your paper in. The paper needs to be kept flat or else you will have creases and folds before you even begin.

What To Make

Now that you have all the tools ready, it is time to get to folding. Of course, that is easier said than done. It is a good idea to spend a little time looking online or in books at the different items you can create. The origami.me website is a great source of information for beginners looking for a project to try. One such project is an origami flower, which is both lovely and intricate.

Once you perfect the skill, you will be able to create flowers that look almost like the real thing. As you build your skills, you can eventually create a whole bouquet of flowers, or a flower tree, like you will find on the origami.me website.

If you are looking for really simple shapes and items to start with, there are a few that are relatively easy. Look for instructions on how to fold a crown, cowboy hat, boat, a variety of animals (dog, fox, cat, etc.), stars, and butterflies. Keep in mind that the scale/size of the origami is up to you. You can take instructions for any of the shapes and make them as tiny or as large as you want.

Remember That Practice Makes Perfect

Origami is one of those activities that requires a lot of focus and concentration, plus lots of practice before you master it. It can be a wonderfully relaxing and calming activity for people of all ages, and provide you with some pretty beautiful results!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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