o·ri·ga·mi /ˌôrəˈgämē n. pl. o·ri·ga·mis
- 1. The art or process, originating in Japan, of folding paper into shapes representing flowers and birds, for example.
- 2. A decorative object made by folding paper.
Like all aspects of crafting, origami is addictive … be warned. I only discovered it recently and now seem to be folding bits of paper all the time. I started with the bow you can see on my blog here and I am aspiring to make some of the beautiful and complicated projects available to learn from internet tutorials. Of course it’s best to ‘start simple’ so, my introduction for you to origami are these cute little Santas which are multiplying around here!
Of the hundreds of origami websites I like Origami Maniacs the best and I can’t make a better tutorial than this one. You can use any thin paper but I have found that purpose-made origami paper is easiest for accurate folding. To make the Santas you need paper that is coloured on one side and white on the other. I bought my paper in Hobbycraft then found it A LOT cheaper in The Works.
We have a family tradition of keeping everyone entertained with games and activities between courses during Christmas lunch – this year I am going to give everyone a sheet of origami paper to make their own Santas. The children will love drawing on the faces even if they are too young to manage the folding.
You could string a line of the Santas to make Christmas bunting, or use them to decorate your Christmas table, or you could help children to make cards with them.