Star of Bethlehem

Origami Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem was the first origami that I tried from the book ‘Christmas Origami‘. The book is authored by John Montroll and has quite a collection of origami for Christmas, all of them made from a single sheet of paper.

The Star of Bethlehem was not very difficult to make, though I am not sure of how to make the arms stand right, without glueing the corners. I am making the 8-pointed star next and hope that it will come out better than this one did.

Origami Details:

Model: Star of Bethlehem

Creator: John Montroll

Book: Christmas Origami

Author: John Montroll

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 6 inches square

Little Roses Kusudama

Origami Little Roses Kusudama

The little roses kusudama is a modular origami from 30 units, designed by Maria Sinayskaya.  I have been trying to complete this for quite some time now and finally did complete it.

There are quite a few variations of this kusudama. What I have done is the first of these kusudamas. The modules are quite simple to make. Assembly is like a 30-unit sonobe.

Origami Details:

Model: Little Roses Kusudama

Creator: Maria Sinayskaya

Website: Go Origami!

Instructions Link: Go Origami!

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of modules: 30

Paper Ratio: 1:2

Paper Size: 1.5 inches by 3 inches

Septima Star

Origami Septima Star - 6 modules

The Septima Star is designed by Lukasheva Ekaterina. The star can be made from 5, 6, 7 or 8 units. Depending on the number of units, the star either lies flat or has a 3D structure.

The star looks best when made from 6 units, if the idea is to hang it from a tree. But I think the flaps will have to be glued down, as they tend to pop out. The 8 module one lies flat and should look great if taped to a wall. Foil paper or gold/silver paper would add a lot more cheer to the star!

Origami Details:

Model: Septima Star

Creator: Lukasheva Ekaterina

Website: Kusudama Me!

Instructions Link: Kusudama Me!

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of modules: 5 to 8

Paper Size: 3 inch squares

Origami Septima Star - 8 modules

Ring 25

Origami Ring 25

A great addition for a Christmas tree is an origami wreath, so I dug out Tomoko Fuse’s book ‘Origami Rings and Wreaths’ and tried out yet another of her wreaths.

The picture of the Ring 25, made from tracing paper, in the first few pages of the book was great and I wanted to try it out myself. This is the first time I am working with tracing paper and since the paper is quite delicate, I had to take extra care not to tear it off.. But the ring turned out quite fine.

Unfortunately my main failure was in taking the picture of the completed ring. As you can see, this is one of my very bad photographs 😦 I wanted the light in the back and a clear picture showing the variation in the colour, but haven’t even got close to that! Hopefully I will soon learn how to take such pictures.

In the meanwhile, here are the details of the ring and a picture of the ring without the light variation.

Model: Ring 25

Creator: Tomoko Fuse

Book: Origami Rings and Wreaths

Author: Tomoko Fuse

Difficulty Level: Simple

Number of modules: 16

Paper size: 3 inch squares

Origami Ring 25

Pendant Ornament

Origami Pendant

The origami pendant is a traditional design, which starts from a windmill base. It is quite simple to make and looks best in duo-coloured paper.

A variation to the pendant is to glue the corners of 6 pendants to form a hanging ornament. And since Christmas is fast approaching, I have started my Christmas decorations, starting with this one 🙂

Origami Details:

Model: Pendant

Origin: Traditional

Book: Essential Origami

Authors: Steve and Megumi Biddle

Difficulty Level: Simple

Paper Size: 2 inch square

No of units: 6

Origami Pendant Ornament

Week 12 (Day 06): Panda Card

Origami Panda Card

The panda card, designed by Hans Birkeland is yet another from his table card origami. The table cards are folded from a card base.

The panda card requires a lot more tweaking, to get the panda shape, but I wasn’t able to get that right. In spite of that, I quite like this one!

Origami Details:

Model: Panda Card

Creator: Hans Birkeland

Creator’s Website: Origami – The Fascination of Folding

Instructions Link (Panda Card): Panda Card

Instructions Link (Card Base): Card Base

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 8 inch square

Week 12 (Day 05): Baby Panda

Origami Baby Panda

After all those pandas from my previous posts, here is a very cute baby panda, complete with head, body and even a little tail! I got bored of using black/brown and white paper, so for a change, here is a red and white panda 🙂

The design is by Jacky Chan and  in addition to providing instructions, he has also created a youtube tutorial. I found the tutorial very useful, especially when finally shaping the panda and converting it into a 3D model.

Origami Details:

Model: Baby Panda

Creator: Jacky Chan

Creator’s Blog: Jackychan.org

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Instructions Link: Jackychan.org

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Paper Size: 8 inches

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