Monday, July 2, 2012

A Perfect Craft for Summer: Origami Books

Have you thought about trying something new this summer? Origami may be just your thing. Or, if you’ve done it before, some of these books will challenge you to perfect your skills.

The word origami means paper folding. Most projects are folded from a single piece of paper. Most need no scissors. A glue stick is sometimes needed.

 Easy Origami by Mary Meinking
There are 10 origami projects in this book (paper cup, house, butterfly…). All seem quite do-able. Other books in this series:
Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami
Sort-of-Difficult Origami
Difficult Origami

 Origami Magic Kit: Amazing Paper Folding Tricks, Puzzles and Illusions by Steve and Megumi Biddle
The title tells it all. Included are the Magic Box, Pyramids and String, the Mobius Strip and others.

Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step by Michael G. LaFosse
I’ve never thought of combining origami and science experiments. This book suggests some questions for you to try out with your creations. There are 8 projects/experiments to try (Table Kite, Dish Soap Racing Boat, Masu Box…). Other books in this series:
Making Origami Birds Step by Step
Making Cards Step by Step
Making Origami Masks Step by Step
Making Origami Paper Airplanes Step by Step
Making Origami Puzzles Step by Step

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My First Origami Book by Cico Kidz
This is a bigger book than the other books. It has 35 projects and not all are typical origami. There are animals, flying craft, toys, decorations, gifts and cards. There’s something for just about everyone.

Girls Wanna Have Fun: Friendship Origami by Jill Smolinski
This book has 13 projects that are geared mostly for girls. Projects include jewelry, a purse, a box and others.

 Super Quick Origami Animals by Nick Robinson, illustrated by Ruth Ungert
As the title says, this book is all about origami animals. The projects include a cow, a bloodhound, a bat, a monkey and others. The “Seven Steps to Folding Heaven” are included.

 Make Your Own Art: Origami by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook
This book starts with clear picture demonstrations of all the folds you need for the 12 projects. The projects include a jumping frog, a dinosaur, a flapping crane and others. The other 11 books in the series cover different types of art, including collage, masks and puppets. 

 The Ultimate Guide to Paper Airplanes by Christopher L. Harbo
Do you like paper airplanes? Are you like me and always do the same design? Well, this book has 35 different designs. Try some out and teach your friends!

There are many origami books out there. These will get you started. Fold away!

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