10 interesting craft ideas to try at home

The wonderful thing about origami is that it’s inexpensive, can be done anywhere, and allows you to use and develop a number of different skills such as hand-eye coordination, sequencing, maths reasoning – and of course, patience. Plus, all you need to get started is some paper and your hands.

The word “origami” is Japanese and simply means oru (to fold) kami (paper). Paper first came into use in Japan in the sixth century – when monks and rich people began using it for religious or ceremonial purposes (paper was expensive at this time, so wasn’t widely available). Then, in the 1600s, when paper became more affordable, it was used more widely as a medium for art.

Today origami remains extremely popular in Japan and is taught to children in elementary school. It has also been adopted by adults and children across the world – some do it for fun, others for relaxation or to develop specific skills, and some also sell their creations.

Popular origami shapes include animals and flowers. But people are increasingly pushing the boundaries of what they can create; making paper towns or hanging displays of intricate paper patterns and shapes. The craft didn’t originally allow cutting or glueing of paper, but many modern books and tutorials do sometimes use these techniques – often to add stability to the final design of a model.

The good news is that getting started with origami is pretty straightforward, and to begin with, all you’ll need is some origami paper. This can measure anywhere between 3” and 14” square, so it’s up to you to choose a size, depending on how big you’d like your models to be.

You can either turn some plain or coloured paper into origami paper by cutting it to size, or, you could consider buying some ready-made origami paper. Amazon has a huge selection, which you can find here. You could also consider using old magazine pages, music sheets, wrapping paper, or baking paper. Take a look at this article from The Spruce Crafts for more ideas on what you could use that you might already have at home.

To help you get started on your origami journey, why not take a look at our comprehensive beginner’s guide here? It’ll explain everything you need to know; from what paper to buy and the basic folds, to tips on choosing your first project.

We also have a number of origami courses at varying prices available through our website – such as Udemy’s Origami – Easy But Cool Animals for Beginners and Easy Origami with Eleni: Master the Basics of Paper Folding – which will also help you to get started.

Another bonus of origami is that even when you master basic shapes, there is always a more complex model that you could go on to learn. If you want to see some of the best origami creations out there, check out the YouTube video below, which features a dragon, a bicycle, and a spider!

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