We all experimented with cootie catchers and paper planes when we were little, and Jeremy Shafer takes us from those simple folds to completely unique designs that will entertain people of all ages and abilities. ORIGAMI TO ASTONISH AND AMUSE is divided into four sections: Origami Action, Symbols and Signs and Stunning Designs, Models from the Heart, and Origami for the Almost Deranged. Each section begins with models anyone can fold, and progresses to more complex projects. Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward…There’s no need to imagine-this is for real! Try your hand that our BABY BIRD ORIGAMI free project from Origami to Astonish and Amuse.
In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Over 400 Original Models, including such “Classics” as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisible Duck, and Many More! Filled with entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative.
Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!
Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.
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I’m the kind of reader that hates dog-earing a page on a book or highlighting a quote, or any kind writing of in a book that’s not the original text, period. I am always collecting bookmarks every time I visit a new book store or anywhere I go. So when we were thinking of something quick and easy to make for one of our How-To’s, we thought of making a fun bookmark!
We came across this quick and easy tutorial on Origami Tutorials, and knew we’d hit the jackpot!
A bookmark that marks your place AND saves your corners from curling?
It was too good to be true. However, look at how well they turned out.
(For the complete steps and instructions visit Origami Tutorials.)
Best part about it is that you can make as many as you’d like over and over again.
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They must really like me over here because Team SMP Craft asked me – the intern – to come up with a how-to post for this month. (Or maybe that means they don’t like me? It could go either way…) Unfortunately, I am rather limited in my crafting abilities but I did master the art of folding paper back in kindergarten and go through an Origami phase in middle school so I decided to play to my strengths and return to my favorite form of ancient Japanese art.
First things first: don’t think you have to spend money on fancy Origami paper to make this small box. For this project I used a simple CD/DVD envelope. I’ve even made miniature boxes out of Post-Its. The material just has to be a square and able to hold creases. If you’re using an envelope like I did make sure to either fold the flap into the case or tape it down.
Fold each corner into the middle so you have four triangles.
Fold a triangle so the straight edge meets the middle.
Release and repeat for remaining triangles.
Open two triangles on opposite sides.
For me, this next step is always the trickiest.
Fold in the sides of the triangle to make the corners of the box.
Once you have your corners creased, fold the triangle over the corners
so it aligns back with the triangles in the center.
Repeat on other side.
Voila – a small box made from an inexpensive, common item!
(Feel free to make some more and find yourself a hillside…)
After you have mastered the box and wish to go
onto more challenging Origami projects,
check out Origami to Astonish and Amuse for ideas.
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We’ve started making videos! SMPCraft Moments. They’ll be short bursts of crafty inspiration, tips, and tricks.
For our very first SMPCraft Moment, we decided that with all of the holiday parties and inevitable wine bottle transporting we’ll be doing, we’d show you a cool, clever, super-easy, sustainably-minded way to wrap and transport two bottles of wine. Wrapping the wine takes less than a minute from start to finish and all you need is a square piece of fabric and two bottles of wine.
Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport food, books, clothes, gifts, and other goods. It’s environmentally friendly, reusable, and has multiple special occasion and daily uses. Consider Furoshiki as an alternative to wrapping paper and plastic bags that also easily transforms into a chic hobo bag, tote, or sling!
Find the 2-bottle wrap and 24 other invaluable time-saving furoshiki techniques in Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Playford. It’s become our go-to last-minute savior, especially during this busy holiday season.
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Happy Wrapping and Happy Thanksgiving!