Fold, fold, tuck!

I’ve found a great way to re-use the product catalogues walkers regularly jam into our mailbox and it’s enjoyable too! Check out the photo of my beginner foldings of 2 octagonal boxes, a lazy susan, 2 square boxes, a triangular box, a heart coaster and a swan napkin. Yup, I’ve started doing some origami while watching TV and listening to Gj practice his guitar-playing skills.

Aside from some basic paper foldings I did when I was a wee kid, I haven’t done any paper folding until about a week ago. After realising that creating wooden boxes on my own would require serious skill in doing accurate measurements, cutting and handling possibly dangerous machinery, I picked up a book from the library about making memory boxes for scrapbook enthusiasts. This book features several interesting projects but I thought it might be a good idea to start with something even simpler, something that would get my unartistic hands used to doing something craft-y with a minimal outlay of cash. And what better material than the ubiquitous paper?

Curious if there’s such a thing as an “origami box”, I entered it as a search criteria in Amazon. To my surprise, the search yielded quite a long list with Tomoko Fuse’s Fabulous Origami Boxes topping the list. Borrowing the book from the public library and trying out the first few projects, I found them challenging but enjoyable (even when I had to enlist hubby’s help in figuring out the more advanced folds). By the fifth project, I know I was hooked and I absolutely had to get a copy of this book (not as easy as I originally thought as I had to visit 3 Borders, a Dymocks store in the CBD and two Angus Robertson branches before finally finding it at Borders Highpoint).

I also bought Tomoko Fuse’s Quick & Easy Origami Boxes and Andrew Stoker’s Fantastic Folds. I browsed the online catalogues of the two public libraries I frequent as well and borrowed every book they have in practical origami. So far, I’m only interested in projects that have practical uses like table napkins, chopsticks rests, a multitude of containers, but most specially boxes. Maybe part of the attraction of this kind of paper folding is that I could use the finished projects around the house. In fact, I’ve already used several of my earlier paper boxes as containers for vegetable peelings and food scraps, making clean ups around the kitchen easier.

So if you have an abundance of paper around the house, you might want to try your hand at this hobby. If you’re interested in boxes, Tomoko Fuse is the undisputed expert (as I’ve learned from some origami sites around the web). The other books shown in the photo are also quite good although not all of them focus on origami.

Published in: on March 15, 2006 at 10:50 pm  Comments (2)