What is it?
Origami is the technique of folding paper to create a sculpture without the use of glue. There are several types of origami, such as Action Origami which has parts than can move, Modular Origami which is made from smaller, identical pieces which fit together to make a larger structure and Wet-Folding which is made from damped paper so it can be moulded with gentle curves and when dried keeps its shape.
What do I need?
You can use any paper which will hold a crease or you can buy special origami/washi paper, which are lighter sheets than ordinary paper. Tools aren’t usually required, but you may find that paper clips, tweezers and a bone folder can help with the more complex folds.
What can I use it for?
Origami is a great way to make beautiful envelopes, bags and gift boxes as well as novelty items like fortune tellers, hats and animals. Origami-Fun has a fantastic selection of projects with easy step-by-step diagrams that you can follow.
Why do you like it?
My first attempt origami was when I was little and I made a fortune teller, I was so pleased with how it turned out that I was fascinated with the art ever since. My favourite things to make are bookmarks and envelopes, they’re so quick to make and come in very handy!
Do you have a preferred kind of paper or technique? What’s your favourite thing to make? I’d love to see your creations!