Father’s Day Homemade Origami Card

anime fennec fox

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.

origami_cat_face_diamond_shape

Fold and unfold it in half from side to side.

Fold the bottom corner up to meet the middle.

folding_origami_cat_shape

Fold the top down along the middle fold-line.

fold the shape in the middle

Fold the top side points down to meet the bottom point.

fold the shape down

Fold the points back up into the position as shown in the picture.

fold the points up

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.

folding the side points

Fold the bottom point up as far as possible.

This should be your finished result:

folding the bottom

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!

anime fennec fox

Origami card

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.

folding the card in half

Fold it in half from side to side.

folding the card further

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.

Envelope

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.

roof shape enveloppe

Lay the origami card centrally on the paper underneath the roof. Fold the sides in and over the card.

folding the enveloppes sides

Fold the bottom up and over the card.

fold the bottom up

Fold the top point down and over the card.

If you want to send the envelope through the post, glue the top point down.

finished enveloppe

You can watch a short video on how to make this card here:

Let us know what other crafts you made for dad this year by commenting on our blog or on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Make a Cute Origami Crab in Quick Easy Steps

Easy origami crab for children

We’re developing quite a passion for Japan in our house – the culture, the films, the anime, the food…. Japan is on our list of destinations to travel to and we often daydream about seeing Mount Fuji or riding the bullet train one day!

So we thought we’d introduce our young son to some Japanese culture with the help of easy to make origami for children that we’d like to share with you.

Origami is a fun, non-messy indoors activity to practice with little ones and great for developing imagination and creativity. It originated in Japan in the 17th century and the word “origami” is formed of the Japanese word “ori” meaning “fold” and “kami” – meaning “paper”. The traditional origami making technique requires no glue, but for making easy origami for children, glue is totally permitted! Origami is also a great mindfulness technique for adults as you focus on folding the paper. It is fascinating how many wonderful items you can create with just a few pieces of paper.

Origami Crab (Toshio Chino)

This figure is a perfect example of how, with just a few folds, you can create a complex looking piece.

You will need two squares of coloured paper the same size. If you do not have squares, you can make them from a rectangle of paper (A4 size) by placing the rectangle sideways on, folding the left-hand side up to meet the top, so as to make a triangle and cutting along the side of the triangle.

Turn both squares around to look like a diamond (if the paper is coloured only on one side, turn it with the white side on top). Fold it and unfold it in half from side to side.

Origami Crab - Step 1

From the top point, fold the sloping sides in to meet the middle fold-line so as to make a shape (in origami this is called the kite base)

Crab origami - Kite base

From the bottom point, fold the short sloping sides in to meet the middle fold line, so making a shape (this is called the diamond base).

Origami crab - diamond baseOrigami crab - diamond

Fold the diamond base in half from side to side.

Fold the diamond base in half

To make the legs, place one diamond base sideways on. Fold and unfold it in half from point to point.

Fold the points in to meet the middle.

Fold the points into the middle

Fold it in half from top to bottom

Fold it in half from top to bottom

Pull the points out from the inside, press them flat and complete the crab’s legs.

Origami crab legs

To make the body, turn the remaining diamond base over and place it sideways on. Fold the right-hand point over one-third of the way.

Fold the second diamond 1/3rd of the way

Repeat with the left-hand point.

Fold the left-hand point

Turn the paper over. Fold it in half from top to bottom.

Fold the shape in half

Pull the topmost point upwards and press it flat into the position.

Making the crab's arms

Repeat step 10 with the remaining point so completing the crab’s body.

Making the second arm

To complete, tuck the legs inside the body and glue both shapes together. You can try adding a few details such as googly eyes on two small strings of papers. Or, you can make this miniature origami and draw the eyes with a felt-tip pen.

And now it looks like a crab!

Let us know if you have more origami making tips in the comments!