Friday, 29 June 2012

diy friday: magical mushrooms

Q.  What did one mushroom say to the other mushroom?

A.  You're a fun guy!  (Get it?  Fun-guy?  Fungi?)  Hahahaha!

Ok, I admit I learned that joke way back in elementary school, but I still think its cute. 

And so are these origami mushrooms!

You can make your own "fun guy" with any paper you like. 

Some origami papers work really well, but I also love the unpredictability and uniqueness of magazine ads. 

Makes the origami 'shrooms look a little... well... magical!

What you need:

Mushroomy looking paper.

What to do:

Follow one of these diagrams on origami club. Or these on  Or look around, there are so many out there to forage for! 

Warning:  Do not eat - wild mushrooms can be toxic! ;-)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

diy friday: heart shaped paper plates

Today on diy friday we're folding sweet heart shaped paper plates for picnics, parties and snacks. 

What you need:

12" square paper for a dinner plate, 6" for a side plate or smaller for tiny treats.

What to do:

Follow this video by Leyla Torres for the heart dish by Ildoko Vass from Hungary on

That's it!  Once you get the hang of it, you can fold each plate in less than a minute!

Friday, 8 June 2012

diy friday - lucky star wishing wand

There's a legend in Japan that if you fold one thousand origami cranes your wish will be granted.  That noble endeavor can take the average folder more than 60 hours!

Here's a short cut:  Fold a "fairy" tiny lucky star wishing wand and say the magic words! 

What you need:

- A strip of paper 1/2 inch x 11 inches.
- A cocktail stick or toothpick.
- An embroidery needle.
- Nail polish or paint.
- Ribbon and glue (optional).

What to do:

2) Paint the stick.  Let it dry.
3) Carefully poke a hole between two arms of the star.
4) Tie ribbons around the stick.
5) Optional - Put glue on the sharp end.
6) Insert the stick into the hole up to the upper arm of the star (don't poke it all the way through).

Make a wish!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

origami for beginners wordsearch puzzle

oneloveorigami is proud to present our first ever origami wordsearch puzzle on Armored Penguin! 

You can click here to print or share.

Good luck and have fun!

Friday, 25 May 2012

diy "fry" day: french fries

Plate of Fries by Joost Langeveld on YouTube

Today we're folding three kinds of Origami French Fries! 

Totally frivolous but so much fun!

What you need:
- 3" yellow origami papers for the fries.

- 6" origami papers for the packets.

French Fries by Daily Origami on YouTube
What to do: 

1) Select which fries you would like to fold.

2) Follow the links below the photos of the fries I folded to get to the corresponding video tutorials on YouTube.

Easy French Fries in a Packet by Vinagurl on YouTube

These origami french fries could be used to present a gift card to a fast food restaurant, or a lunch or birthday invitation, or even a "Merci Beaucoup" to your "golden" French teacher!

Bon Appetit!

Friday, 18 May 2012


diy friday: upcycled pocket books

Today we're folding little booklets that can be used as cards, notebooks, journals and more!

What you need:

- Copy paper for the inner pages.
- Thicker paper for the cover. (I recycled a Tommy Hilfiger ad.)
- Scissors and a paper cutter.
- Double sided tape or glue.

What to do:

1. Cut your copy paper to size.  Cut the cover a few millimeters larger than the copy paper.

2. Follow the instructions for the second booklet in this video on to create the inner pages.

3. Use glue or tape to attach the pages inside the cover. 

Voila!  Your own one-of-a-kind upcycled notebook or scrapbook!

Experiement with junk mail, magazines, brown paper bags, thin cardboard packaging and other papers in your recycling box for unique, free and eco-friendly booklets!

Friday, 11 May 2012

diy friday - origami love notes

Want to let someone know you care? 

Don't be shy, spell it out!

Fold a message for your sweetheart, your mom, your kids, your self... 

After all, who doesn't love a love note?

What you need:

Origami or scrapbooking paper.  Select solid colors rather than patterns for clear contrast.

What to do:

1. Choose your message.

2. Fold each letter using these diagrams at Origami Club.

3. Leave them where your loved one will be sure to find them!

Friday, 27 April 2012

diy friday - peace crane treat toppers

Origami Paper Crane and Coconut Lemon Squares
Today on diy friday we're folding pretty, peaceful decorations for your favorite cupcakes and treats! 

The crane is a traditional Japanese symbol of good luck, long life, health, happiness and world peace. 

If you would like to read more about the significance of the origami crane, click here.

You will need:
  • Paper squares approx. 3" x 3".  You can use any thin, strong paper to make these.  Try origami paper for a traditional look.  Or even more peaceful - go green!  Recycle paper from colorful ads in magazines.  Scrapbooking paper tends to be thick, so save it for larger cranes.
  • Toothpicks or wooden/bamboo cocktail picks.
  • Treats, sweet or savory!  This is a nice decoration for fruit, little cakes and other sweet things but equally pretty holding the edges of your sandwich wrap in place or to fancy up your appetizers.

Follow these simple steps:

1)  Make a crane out of a square of paper 2"-3" per side depending on how small you would like your crane to be (and how nimble your fingers are!).  You can follow this diagram on Origami Club or this animated diagram
Recycled Magazine Paper Crane

2)  Insert your toothpick into the hole that is naturally formed on the underside of the crane's belly.  If you use the blunt, square ended cocktail picks you will not even need to use any glue as they will hold firmly and will not need any force to be inserted.

3)  Make as many as you like and stick them into your treats!

Friday, 20 April 2012

diy friday - origami lotus candle holder

Origami Lotus Candle Holder
Welcome to the first project in one love origami's diy friday series!

Today we're making an Origami Lotus Candle Holder using paper napkins and an LED battery operated candle. 

We're using paper napkins because their soft texture makes this model easier to fold and less likely to tear.

Origami Lotus with  Flower Hair Clip
The Lotus is a traditional Japanese origami model, with a recess in the middle that I always dreamed of turning into a candle holder. 

Knowing how fire likes paper though, I opted to use these pretty lotuses to hold round soaps and other items instead.

Now, thanks to the availability of LED battery operated tea-lights, my wish is granted!


Pink and Yellow Origami Lotuses
I like to make Lotus Candle Holders as gifts and table decorations. 

Now you can make them too!

They're easy to fold, inexpensive to make and share, beautifully realistic, and utterly charming!

If you would like to know more about the spiritual significance of the Lotus visit Kali's Kitchen.

Photo borrowed from Wikipedia

You will need:
  • One green square paper napkin, regular dinner size.
  • One pink, yellow or white square paper napkin, cocktail size (smaller than the dinner napkin).
  • One LED battery operated tea-light candle, preferably the "flickering flame" style.

Supplies:  Napkins and Battery Operated Tea-light Candle
Follow these four steps:

    1. Use your large green napkin to fold a lotus.  Be sure to unfold the napkin to its full size before you begin.

You can follow this diagram or this animated diagram from Origami Club

Or you can follow along with this video on YouTube.

    2. Next, use your smaller colored cocktail napkin to make the same model.
    3. Insert the smaller lotus inside the larger one.
    4. Place the lit LED battery operated tea-light candle inside.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Come back next week for our second diy friday project! 

Let me know what you think.  Click the reactions below or leave me a comment! 

Thanks and Happy Folding,  Tara

Thursday, 19 April 2012

tonight at strathcona county library

Friends of Folding Meeting: Thursday April 19th

Bring your paper and your ideas, your current project, your questions or just your enthusiasm.

Please note that folders of all ages are welcome, but we request that young guests are accompanied by an adult.

This is not a workshop or class, there is no cost to attend.  For more information click here.

Friday, 13 April 2012

diy friday

Coming soon!
Get ready for a new series of do-it-yourself projects from one love origami:
  • Decor
  • Gifts
  • Fashion
  • And More!

Monday, 12 March 2012

my cup of tea



green with elegance

a little birdie

nest egg


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