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Easter colors, folded paper
(Head to the end of the post for step-by-step origami box instructions!) January 2004, six months before the wedding, budget the size of a postage stamp, I had this crazy notion. Why spend money on flowers when they’ll just wilt the next day? We’ll go origami! So, I horded paper, starting with all the leftover postChristmas sale paper I could get my hands on. (Everything silver, that is; snowflake patterns when folded aren’t that different from random festive swirls, right?) And, under the guidance of our dear friend R.C. (origami expert and karaoke D.J. extraordinaire), I added roses and lilies and decorative boxes to my feeble repertoire of cranes, balloons, and silly hats. I set up a TV tray table in the living room and folded during our favorite shows; folded during breaks from designing and constructing our invitations; folded during
One evening. was I wrong. I’d always thought origami was all about square paper. no bunnies.C. Boy. I figured out how to make templates on the computer so I could print out my own ready-to-cut. but pentagon templates. showed up with a box containing not only the prettiest origami paper I’d ever seen. It’s the day before Easter. but for Easter morning. it’s all about simple elegance. I mean completely out. We traced and cut and folded. I hatch my own simple Easter plan: No candied eggs. a few pieces of origami paper and my handy pentagon print-out. was the moment I first played with pentagons. coming soon to a blog near you!). and without chocolate bunnies. I borrowed the templates and went crazy and when it came time for me to return them. There’s not a chocolate bunny to be had in all of Friday Harbor. Sure I’ve got big egg decorating plans for later (craft project #2. I never quite achieved the colossal riot of origami blooms I’d initially imagined.the much-needed breaks from designing and building our Regency era wedding attire. but still we had a lovely display. Fast forward. R. and Chopper outdid himself by folding a collection of miniature lilies that graced our wedding cake with perfection. what’s the point of a big honkin’ Easter basket? So. and all the town is scurrying about like headless chickens trying to find those last minute bunnies and baskets. We’re out. by far my favorite origami revelation (next to marveling at Chopper’s tiny. In all of this. . each cut from quarter inch Lucite. Just a two dollar bag of Jordan almonds. Even with the Folding Draft in full force for visiting friends and family. five sided origami paper whenever I wanted. and soon I was a master of five-sided boxes and fivepetaled lilies. precise flowers). no basket.
png andfive_sided_box_2. Again. so long as they’re as within a millimeter or two. just stare long and hard at the helpful photos and if you’re lucky it’ll all make sense by Mother’s Day. you’ll be fine. Before I began folding. so if this gets too absurdly confusing. Close enough to look pretty is what I say. I printed and cut out my pentagon.That and avoiding the traditional Easter candy tummy ache from hell. They’re the same size. I’ve never written out origami steps before. the best way to cut out these puppies is to use a ruler and draw lines across each side to the edge of the paper so that you’ve got a guide for your paper cutter or scissors. on to the folding… . I have two templates: Five_sided_box_1. I picked two pieces of paper — one square. don’t worry about absolute perfection. just two different color schemes.png. Now. and the other cut from my template — so I could demonstrate both boxes at once and show the small folding differences between the two. I measured. but I didn’t get so uptight as to spend hours nailing each side down to the exact millimeter. So. and I’ll be the first to admit they aren’t absolutely precise. Now.
. work your way around the folds so that they alternate in and out. it doesn’t matter which way you fold. For a square sheet of paper. For both four-sided and five-sided boxes. you’ll want the center-side folds to go in and the corner folds to go out. matching the center crease. but for a five sided sheet. then take one of the outer edges and fold it up toward the center. you’ll want to fold the corners with right sides together and the centers the opposite way. The result should be something that resembles a little star-shaped pyramid. Three: Lay your pyramid flat.One: First. fold and unfold your paper so that every corner is creased and every side’s center is creased. Two: Now. with the right side of the paper down. as each half of each fold will end up going the opposite direction.
Five: Next. then fold it down onto itself. You’ll notice with the five-sided paper. the fold doesn’t reach the bottom edge as it does with the four-sided paper. you’ll want to open the fold you just made into a pocket and then press the pocket flat against the paper so that your pyramid now has a squared-off edge. . This isn’t something to worry about — just follow matching the creases as directed. matching the angled fold from the previous step.Four: Take the top of this new fold.
fold the bottom tip up. exposing the right side of the paper below. Note: As you do this. move to the next corner of your pyramid and repeat the last three steps. Again. the fold won’t reach the top of the triangle as it will for the four-sided box. . Repeat on every corner. Seven: Next. It doesn’t matter which side has which as the following steps will even out all the folds around your four (or five) corners. you’ll notice you’ve got squared-off edges that have pocket folds on one side and are blank on the other side. you’ll notice that for the five-sided box.Six: Now. so that you now have something that looks like a house. for each pocket fold.
You should end up creating a diamond shape with the bottom half made up entirely of right-side out paper. You should now be able to carefully open up the decorative box tips by soft-folding them toward the outside. fold the remaining outside lower edge of each pocket fold over to its blank opposite side. This will assist in creating your box bottom during the next steps. Nine: Give the top half of your diamond a soft fold.Eight: Now. Ten: Now. turn your diamond so that the inside-out half is toward your folding surface. .
Twelve: For your finishing touch.Eleven: You’ll then want to open your box by using the surface or your fingers to widen and flatten the bottom while being careful not to let the box sides unfold too much. The bottom of the box will probably be a little messy. Voila! Your candy boxes are ready for goodies! . but it’s the bottom — nobody will notice. rounded petal shape. take a thin stick — a craft paint brush or a chopstick works well — and mold each box tip around it to create a nice.
folded paper” 1. And simply too beautiful to look at. 2006 at 2:52 pm says: . mrs D on April 17th. 2006 at 4:08 pm says: This is too hard to read. It’s the kind of thing you should do in a barn with friends so you can all learn from each other: An origami bee. 2 0 0 6 a t 9 : 5 7 p m a n d i s f i l e d u n de r cr a ft y . T h is e n t r y wa s p o st e d on S u n d a y. 24 Responses to “Easter colors. B ot h co m me n t s a n d p in g s a r e c u r r e n t l y c l ose d . Hmmm… maybe if I changed all the folds to measurements of sugar. cookiecrumb on April 17th. 0 fe e d . don’t you think? :-P Ah well. 2. Y ou ca n fo l l o w a n y r e sp on se s t o t h i s e n t r y t h r ou g h t h e RS S 2 . cookiecrumb on April 18th. eggs. A p r i l 1 6 t h . I’d thought that written out instructions with photos would be easier to follow than messy little drawings with dotted lines and arrows. and flour… :-) (Don’t mind me. 2006 at 4:25 pm says: Kinda hard to hold a bee over the internet. it’s tax day. Can I steal Cranky’s name for the day? It fits me too well!) 3.
(BTW I was probly being cranky too. Droopy? No. I’ve got a Snow White pin on the lapel. if I persisted I’m sure I could understand the directions. We will visit your fair city. (Yes. 2006 at 5:52 pm says: It was probably Cranky! xx . 6. and he’ll bring the fish. That was the family dog. It says “Frisco Floggers MC”. I mailed them a day late. wait. But don’t you see? What I really want is a noninternet bee! We all gather in meatspace. Post office closed early due to ferry schedule. I’ll bring the paper. but we didn’t owe anything so I think we’ll be fine. We are so frickin’ isolated here. We’ll make fancy origami versions of salmon en papillote. cookiecrumb on April 18th. you’re a gang. cookiecrumb on April 18th.) 4. I have major icky green envy of the big happy Bay Area gang. Snow White on Black Leather. 5. though. mrs D on April 18th. It was given to me by one of the dwarfs. Fun.Be Cranky! Hope you got it all done. I get it eventually — with numerous mistakes along the way! I am all about the meatspace thing. 2006 at 5:51 pm says: Why am I not the least bit surprised. but if I have a piece of paper with me and follow along. 7. mrs D on April 18th. 2006 at 2:58 pm says: I think it’s all about discovering it makes sense as you try it. 2006 at 4:59 pm says: I HAVE a biker jacket. I look at origami directions and my eyes glaze over. Mine’s just plain black. Taxes got done. I’m expecting to see matching biker jackets any day now…) Chopper and I plan to travel this fall. I forget which one.
10. Fun round-up! (Kidz. ya know. we should definitely plan a visit! 11. Stephanie. go all the fun hard boiled EoMEoTE entries!) Hey Kitchenmage: Our next trip south is super-short so we don’t have any time for anything other than already-scheduled meetings. so don’t forget about us! 12. so yes. but later in the summer and in the Fall we’ll be traveling that way at a more lesiurely pace. kitchenmage on April 21st. and I’ve got a sister in Kentucky. Heh. Heh. Thanks. so. if we’re really feeling ambitious. Or. mrs D on April 23rd. Tennessee’s just a short hop away. Stephanie on April 19th. some day we hope to hop in the Bellymobile and drive around the country. 2006 at 4:40 pm says: Just wanted to let you know…the EoMEoTE round-up is now up! 9. 2006 at 12:21 pm says: Hey Stephanie! We won’t be going that far south — not yet! Here’s how broad our current travel-brains think: South = Oregon.8. Stephanie on April 23rd. Yup. . That said. mrs D on April 21st. 2006 at 7:00 am says: You’ll be in the South? I’m in Eastern Tenneseee. 2006 at 11:57 pm says: CC. for those of us who are the only bloggers in the county. South = Northern California. 2006 at 10:24 pm says: You are planning on stopping by the river when you head south right? I so want to put together a food blogger weekend out here. hey.
:) 15.13. simple but beautiful 18. I am putting the wishing stars in them. Heather on January 25th. thank you :) It looks magnificent! 17. I am using them for decorations on my tables for my wedding. ash on April 11th. 2008 at 8:48 pm says: Really great! this is the best kind of origami. mandy on February 25th. 2007 at 12:37 pm says: hmmm no me salio =’( 14. . and this little project was surprisingly quick and simple with such a cute result. 2008 at 9:50 pm says: I love this box. 16. geobeid on March 15th. sarah on December 27th. 2008 at 12:52 pm says: Thank you for your beautiful pictures and detailed instructions! I now have a happy tiny box holding paper clips on my desk. I understood it perfectly. and have spend a blissful 10 minutes folding. thanks for sharing. thanks. Rachel on June 25th. 2007 at 5:01 am says: i’m so behind the curve. but i just found this post yesterday while searching for fun box patterns. 2008 at 7:45 pm says: I had a wonderful time folding this box.
21. 22. 2008 at 9:57 am says: Hi Pat. Pat on July 29th. 2008 at 3:16 pm says: Rachel. gronkal on August 14th. it was simple and clear! This origami was wonderful! Hugs. 2008 at 3:15 pm says: Rachel. Pat on July 29th. but I’ll answer your question! Wishing Stars — also called “Dream Stars” are origami stars that have wishes (or hopes or dreams) written inside them. You can read more and follow the directions for making them at The Legacy Project. Enjoy! 23. I am also thinking of using these at a wedding reception. What are “wishing stars”? We just put mints or candy covered almonds in our favors…. MizD on August 3rd. Cristina Murayama on July 27th. 2008 at 6:59 am says: . What is a wishing star? I guess we have not heard of doing that in Connecticut. I’m not Rachel.19. and live here (Brasil) I loved so much you explanation. 2008 at 12:37 pm says: Hello! I’m brasilian. Cristina 20.
o Anne: This is amazingly beautifully wonderful! I’m inspired :] o Kalyn: Hey. Sometimes. 2009 at 1:49 am says: i found this easy. it was agony. The cats sought their revenge by clawing our rugs and peeing in our shoes. we went days without cooking and our kitchen appeared frighteningly clean. Yes. Aisling:) on March 20th. and im a kid o Amy: Yahoo! You’re back. Shameful. find mizd o fresh conversation o Aisling:): i found this easy. find chopper best of the belly Around the World in 30 Cats: An Epic Adventure of Airships and Sausages! . I cannot wait to read about what you two are up to in that kitchen of yours. you are back! Hope things are going well for you guys. but Belly Timber took a year-long hiatus.well i think it was a nice modell and it was not to hard to fold i do prefer this way rather than some hand written diagrams by someone who cant draw at all. 24. so thanks im gonna put some candy in it immidieatly. and im a kid We're baaaaack! about We're not quite sure how it happened.. Tricia: All our isopods / roly-polies / pillbugs / sowbugs were hidden under snow and frozen piles of leaves... shameful indeed.
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