Do-it-yourself – Origami inspired gifts

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If you are planning to buy a gift for someone who is in-love or have interest in folding papers into an origami artwork then this is an article for you! We have collected some of the top books/kits for almost every level from kids who’s just learning about the art to the proficient hobbyist. This will make a great guide for Origami inspired gifts!

 

The Joy of Origami

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The origami book, reinvented. From Margaret van Sicklen, author of the Origami Page-A-Day® Calendarand a tireless proselytizer for her craft, The Joy of Origami brings a delightfully fresh twist to the ancient art of paper folding. Traditional in spirit—she reaches back to origami’s original aim, as a way to share unique gifts with friends and family—yet contemporary in look and feel, with 100 sheets of paper featuring bold, often whimsical patterns specially designed to complement the models, it’s a jazzy, essential book for every origami hobbyist, whether an old hand at folding or new to the craft.

The 57 models range in difficulty from a simple Elephant in Pajamas to a more challenging Tyrannosaurus Rex. There are models for special occasions (Stars and Stripes Pinwheel), action models (the Foxy Puppet), models for kids (One-Trick Pony) and models for friends (the Kissing Cranes). The Everyday Paper section includes models using found paper: four cool ways to fold a dollar bill, an awesome newspaper baseball mitt, and fun ways to turn unwanted business cards into origami creatures.


 

Floral Origami: From Beginner to Advanced

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These floral origami models are created from multiple, small pieces of paper. The pieces are easily folded to form units that then fit together to create a complex shape. The designs range from easy to fold origami flowers for beginners to more complex, intricate balls that look like complete bouquets. This book is a great way to learn origami: you can progress from easy models and then build on new your skills to tackle the more challenging designs. Easy to follow, step-by-step diagrams show how to fold simple paper units and then assemble them into incredible complex models. The most of the models in this book use square paper you can find easily in packs without needing to cut, and go together without the use of glue – both of which make this book a great origami guide for traveling. This book contains over 30 origami designs, including flowers, leaves and balls (also called kusudamas), most of which are brand new and have never been published or available to the public. Use it to create cute flower origami accents for your home or as unique handmade gifts.


 

Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion

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Transform a simple sheet of paper into a runway-ready outfit with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrated diagrams from origami master Sok Song. With thirty unique origami models and fashion-forward folding papers, you’ll create one-of-a-kind gowns and sophisticated dresses for elegant occasions, as well as everyday items such as jeans, sweaters, and jackets-plus accessories to complete every look. Everything you need to create a custom origami wardrobe is included-all you have to do is fold.


 

Manga Origami: Easy Techniques for Creating 20 Super-Cute Characters

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Manga Origami

Origami masters Márcio Hideshi Noguchi and Seth Friedman show everything you need to know to create adorable paper characters from your favorite manga/anime stories with basic origami folding instructions and clear step-by-step diagrams. In the first section you’ll learn about the paper and other necessary materials, the origami symbols and terminology, and the general folding techniques needed to create and assemble all the basic figures. In the second section you will find specific instructions for customizing each of the characters with their outfits/costumes, accessories, and unique hairstyles.

Some of the twenty projects are very recognizable as Japanese manga/anime characters, such as the Ronin Samurai, Kimono-Chan, Tea Picker, and Shrine Maiden, while others, like the French Maid, Nurse, Baseball Player, and Bunny Girl are more western. Also included are some fantasy characters, like the Fairy, Ori Fighter, Santa’s Helper, and Dragon Girl. Of course, characters depicting school life and summer vacation fun are here too, such as Schoolgirl, Sailor Fuku, Gym Girl, Beach Bunny, Sensei, Uki-wa Chan, Harem Otoko, and Neko Form. All projects are clearly marked with their difficulty level: beginner (*), advanced beginner (**), intermediate (***), advanced (****), and expert (*****).

Get ready, get set, start folding. You’ll want to make all 20 characters.


 

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away….

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Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. Star Wars® Origami marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars. Like The Joy of Origami and Origami on the Go, this book puts an original spin on an ancient art. And like Star Wars® Scanimation® and Star Wars® Fandex®, it’s a fresh take on Star Wars mania.

Chris Alexander is a master folder and founder of the popular website StarWarsOrigami.com, and here are 36 models, clearly explained, that range in difficulty from Youngling (easy) to Padawan (medium), Jedi Knight (difficult), and Jedi Master (tricky!). A front section introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Bound in the back is the book’s unique folding paper, two sheets for each figure. Illustrated with original art, it makes each creation—the essential lightsabers, the Death Star, and much more—true to the movies.

Star Wars Origami includes a foreword by Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back, and is scheduled to be published at the same time as Angleberger’s upcoming book, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee.


 

Japanese Origami for Beginners Kit: 20 Classic Origami Models: Kit with 96-page Origami Book, 72 High-Quality Origami Papers and Instructional DVD

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The ancient art of origami originated in Japan, where it is steeped in traditional values. The 20 models presented in this kit include many with strong symbolic meanings, such as the carp, the frog and the crane, which symbolize longevity, good luck and perseverance.

Also included in this kit are paper models which have practical uses, such as a bag in which to store spices or powdered medications, the masu box for containing small gifts, and uniquely shaped notes with elaborate closures. The more playful side of origami is represented as well: the stylized sumo wrestler with realistic moves has entertained Japanese children for centuries, and the paper Samurai hat is a favorite of kids.


 

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami: The Art of Polyhedral Paper Folding: Use Origami Math to fold Complex, Innovative Geometric Origami Models

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These three-dimensional models are created from many small pieces of paper that are easily folded and then cleverly fit together to form a spectacular shape. They range from paper polyhedra to bristling buckyballs that are reminiscent of sea urchins—to ornate flower-like spheres.

Each piece of paper is held by the tension of the other papers—demonstrating the remarkable hidden properties of paper, which is at the same time flexible but also durable!

Author Byriah Loper has been creating modular origami sculptures for just five years, but in that time, he’s pushed the upper limits of the art form with some of the most significant, most complex geometric paper constructions ever assembled. While many geo-modular origami artists focus on creating dense floral spheres, Byriah has pioneered the open, linear “wire frame” approach, which results in a very complex-looking model that reveals the interior of its form. He regularly exhibits his sculptures annually at the Origami USA convention in New York and was recently a featured artist at the “Surface to Structure” exhibition at the Cooper Union gallery in the East Village.

A great way to learn origami, the easy-to-follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions in this book show you how to fold the paper components and then assemble them to create 22 incredible models. Each model is a new challenge, and the paper sculptures you create look fantastic on your desk or shelf!


 

Beautiful Origami Flowers: 23 Blooms to Fold

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Create 23 sophisticated origami flowers! This beautiful collection marries two popular pastimes: origami and floral crafts. Some of the projects mimic the look of real blooms—including the lotus, cherry blossom, and calla lily—while others venture into the realm of the imagination, inventing new varieties. A basics section covers the fundamentals, and all the flowers appear in stunning color photos. Use them for home, party, or wedding decorations—they’re gorgeous!


 

Dragons and Other Fantastic Creatures in Origami

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Fantasy-loving folders will rejoice in this enchanting collection of 27 original models by origami master John Montroll. Ranging from simple to complex, the figures include 10 types of dragons as well as a wizard, ogre, unicorn, phoenix, and other imaginary creatures. Illustrated instructions accompany each model, along with a brief chapter in an ongoing adventure story.
Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, Montroll offers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow origamists to create better models with fewer steps.


 

Akira Yoshizawa, Japan’s Greatest Origami Master

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Master origami artist Akira Yoshizawa was a true innovator who played a seminal role in the rebirth of origami in the modern world. He served as a bridge between past and present—between the ancient traditional craft and the development of origami as a contemporary practice—inventing new techniques and in preserving the traditional Japanese forms. In fact, the notational system of diagrams widely used today to indicate how models are folded was developed mainly by him. Above all, Yoshizawa was responsible for elevating origami to the status of an art form.

This beautiful origami book is the first comprehensive survey of the extraordinary work of Akira Yoshizawa. In addition to 60 models from his private collection, it features over 1,000 original drawings by the artist, and English translations of his writings in Japanese on origami, all of which are published here for the very first time.


 

Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Folding Techniques and Paper

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From shimmering hummingbirds to magnificent bats, from a stunning panther mask to graceful sea turtles, Michael G. LaFosse’s intricate and beautiful origami projects are well known around the world. Focusing on models from nature, Advanced Origami provides unmatched instruction on how to create master-class level 3D origami paper folding projects. The origami designs are challenging—they require some folding experience—but the results are more origami art than craft. Paper folders will create projects that can be displayed or given as gifts.

Sophisticated origami or paper crafts fans will appreciate the unique origami designs along with complete detailed instructions and easy-to-follow color photos and diagrams. Advanced Origami also features information on paper selection and preparation, advanced techniques such as “wet folding” and papermaking.


 

Amazing Origami Kit: Traditional Japanese Folding Papers and Projects

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Amazing Origami Kit is designed for origami paper folders of all ages and all skill levels—from novices up to more experienced folders. It provides everything you need to create exciting and original origami art. The gorgeous folding papers feature delicate patterns with gold detailing, recalling the one-of-a-kind traditional designs used in the Japanese kimono fabrics from a bygone era.

This origami kit contains:

  • A full-colored 64-page booklet
  • Clear step-by-step instruction and diagrams
  • 17 fun-to-do projects
  • 144 high-quality origami folding sheets
  • 2-sided, full-color folding paper
  • 13 custom paper designs
  • 6 3/4 X 6 3/4 size paper
  • The sturdy box doubles as a display pedestal.

One of the pleasing aspects of origami is its simplicity. The paper folder needs nothing more than something to fold—no glue, no tape, no string or wire—just a piece of paper! Though the materials are simple, origami exemplifies the ability of the human mind to solve problems and create a beautiful harmony. Origami is relaxing and peaceful, but it is also fun and exciting to discover new ways to fold paper. With Amazing Origami’s simple instructions, origami beginners will be able to get started immediately. With the beautiful, Japanese origami paper, experienced paper folders can create unique origami art.


 

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