Crafts made by children are invaluable. This year my son and I decided to put our new found passion for origami to work and create a card for Dad ourselves, rather than buy one in a store. Not that we have anything against the store made one but, a home-made one, with its little imperfections make it all the more valuable.
Here are the tips on making this origami decorated card, along with its envelope – which is also a great fun indoors activity for rainy days.
Cat face or batman mask.
You will need a square of paper (either coloured on white side and white on the other or coloured on both sides) and a felt-tip pen to draw the Batman eyes or the cat face or any other animal, if you wish to do so.
Turn one square around to look like a diamond, with the white side on top. Fold and unfold it in half from bottom to top.
Fold and unfold it in half from side to side.
Fold the bottom corner up to meet the middle.
Fold the top down along the middle fold-line.
Fold the top side points down to meet the bottom point.
Fold the points back up into the position as shown in the picture.
Fold the middle point down a little (you can either fold it now, or leave this step for towards the end.
Fold the side points in at an angle.
Fold the bottom point up as far as possible.
This should be your finished result:
Turn the paper over. Fold the middle point down, tucking it in between the front and back layers of paper.
Carefully glue the front and back layers together, so making the basic animal face. You can now leave your imagination flow freely and draw something. We drew a little anime fennec fox face!
You can create your own stationary and personalised card. For this you need an A4 paper, either coloured on one side or on the other or on both sides and some glue. The card is extremely simple to make!
Place the rectangle sideways on with the white side on top. Fold it in half from top to bottom.
Fold it in half from side to side.
Press the paper flat.
Decorate the front of the card by gluing your cat (or fox) face or other pieces of origami. You can make some miniature ones if you prefer.
Here is a quick and easy way to make an envelope that matches the card. For this you will need another rectangle of A4 paper, about A4 in size, as above and the origami card.
Place the rectangle length ways on with the white side on top. Fold in half from side to side. Press the paper flat and unfold it.
Fold the top corners down to meed the middle fold line, so making a shape that looks either like the roof of a house or an airplane.
Lay the origami card centrally on the paper underneath the roof. Fold the sides in and over the card.
Fold the bottom up and over the card.
Fold the top point down and over the card.
If you want to send the envelope through the post, glue the top point down.
You can watch a short video on how to make this card here:
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