Thirty Days of Origami – Day #27: Traditional Origami Vase

69396_10151259709499086_1947961843_n16079_10151259709639086_1480138678_nTraditional Origami Vase

I’m catching up! Which is a good thing, considering that tomorrow is the end of the challenge. Man, this has been one hell of a month – and I’m so glad that I did it. Can’t wait to keep going with making new origami. It’s really been great for me – it’s a wonderful way to relax, to keep my creative juices flowing, and to hone my attention to detail.

This pattern was one of the first ones that I ran across at the beginning of the month and really wanted to do, but just couldn’t get over how many steps it took. All in all I think there are 42 individual creases, and 23 steps to making this cute little vessel out of just one sheet of 6″ square paper. This is one that I’ll keep working at getting perfect, because it’s not quite as pretty as I’d like. I’m picturing using a scrap from a brown paper bag to make this one – it would look more earthy, like a real Japanese vase.

If you’d like to make this one yourself, there are great photos for every step on Origami Instructions.

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #4 (Origami Vase)

Today’s project was fun and pretty simple, despite having to cobble together instructions to get a more concise idea of just what I was supposed to do. For this easy vase, I first found FishGoth’s page and very detailed drawings here. Then I realized that that diagram actually started out from a place where you’d already folded a number of times, but I didn’t know what those folds should be, so I found more instructions here. From there my vase turned into the second set of instructions instead of FishGoth’s version, so I think I’ll try recreating his style of vase tomorrow.

It turns out that today’s vase starts with the same folds that yesterday’s water bomb started with. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure it out on my own, so I went back to yesterday’s instructions and started refolding a water bomb base. After that, it was pretty easy. It looks a little weird in the photo, but it actually came out pretty nicely – it’s just hard to get an iPhone photo that shows the volume of the piece.

My insight today was that I most enjoy making things that have a purpose. I think yesterday’s project ticked me off a bit because, well, I couldn’t get it to expand when everyone on earth apparently thinks it’s the easiest thing ever, but also because what am I going to do with a little paper water balloon? Today’s project marks the third container that I’ve made, and with all three I’ve been pretty psyched to be making something useful – even when they turn out just a little odd.