Thirty Days of Origami – Day #25: Origami Standing Tray


This project also came from Tomoko Fuse’s book “Joyful Origami Boxes.” It’s OK, but not great – I should have made it out of a much sturdier paper. It stands just fine, and is a pretty neat little tray overall, but I don’t like how the legs fold out just a little. It’s just not my favorite creation.

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #24: Origami Diamond Box – It’s Purple!



This is one of my favorite pieces. It was really easy to make, is super sturdy, and of course since it’s purple I can’t help but think it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I’m weird like that…you could cover dog poo in purple sparkles and it would probably take me a minute to start to think it might not be the most gorgeous creation ever. Something about purple just pops my endorphin levels – that’s why I created my Tumblr blog, Amethyst & Indigo, to help “collect” purple things online and cull my obsessive need to buy as many as possible. I realized one day on my way to work, wearing purple Chuck Taylors, carrying a purple laptop bag, sipping on a purple thermos, listening to my iPhone (wrapped in a purple case), that it was definitely time to channel my passion a tad differently before I turned into a walking ad for grape juice. Luckily, origami paper comes in many gorgeous patterns – and colors – and now that I have a whole box full I can branch out into other shades 🙂

Anyway, this one was very easy to make. It came from Tomoko Fuse’s book, “Joyful Origami Boxes,” and is the alternative shape of the easiest little docking box, a modular box that takes two pieces. I used 3″ squares of card stock for this one so that I’d have color on both sides, and the weight of the paper makes this little thing pretty tough.

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #23: Origami 5-Petal Flower

This modular 5-petal flower was designed by Tomoko Fuse, and was pretty easy to put together. Thank goodness for great sites like Origami Instructions, though, or else I probably would have had a hard time with this one. Not sure I like it that much, now that it’s done – it doesn’t lay flat against a surface, but has a weird ripple effect where some of the petals end up sticking up at a little bit of an angle. Most people would probably find that to be a nice touch, a little bit more dynamic, but it just annoys me. Also, I used 6″ squares for this one, and would have been much better off with 3″ squares or maybe even something tinier. If I do them again, I think I’ll try 3″ or less, and try making a bouquet, so that the movement of the piece doesn’t irritate me as much.

Casting My Vote & Thirty Days of Origami – Day #6 (Origami Docking Box)

Having finally received my new book Joyful Origami Boxes yesterday, I brought it along with me this morning to the voting station. I figured it would be good to have just in case I had to wait in long for a long time and felt like doing a spot of origami. As it turned out, since I went out to vote at the ungodly hour of 6:45am, the lines were very short – just four people ahead of me for my ward.

I’ll admit it, this was my first time ever going to vote. I just haven’t believed in any of my choices for government leaders up until now. I came of voting age when the younger Bush was in office, and even before that held a mental notion that politicians in general were out to get as much as they could out of the system before retiring, an opinion which has held true on every occasion in local politics during my 13 years in Louisiana. When we finally could be rid of Bush and Obama ran the first time, I didn’t see hope as much as smooth-talking. I greatly disliked McCain (and obviously hated his lunatic running mate Sarah Palin) but saw no clarity in either campaign, so it just didn’t seem logical to waste my time when neither person was the right pick.

Now it’s four years later, and I have a much clearer concept of what kind of leadership it takes to run our country. I happily cast my vote for Obama. My first vote ever, and I know it went to the right place. The rest of the votes on the ballot today were nowhere near as clear, and as I read through the names and amendments, and thought back to associated news stories, press snippets, and cocktail conversations, I was just as sick as always to have to pick one liar and cheat over another. I dunno, guess you can’t win them all.

Anyway, without turning this into anything too far from lighthearted, I’ll continue with my origami tale. After voting (which took all of 15 minutes!) I decided to go get a nice cup of tea (Irish Breakfast…mmm) and half a bagel at Mojo, a nearby coffee shop. It was still early enough to grab a table, so I sat down and enjoyed my tea while trying to make some things from my new book. The first project, a plate surrounded by heart shapes, was a complete bust because I couldn’t understand the illustration of one step, so I’ll go online tonight to see if I can find another diagram or video. Instead, frustrated, I ended up going back and starting from the very beginning of the book with a docking box made by folding two pieces of paper and then interlocking the pieces. It’s simple, fun to fold, and also very sturdy. My folds were a little off, so the inside bottom of the box is buckling a little bit, but I know how to fix that next time. Here’s a video of the exact box pattern that I followed if you’re interested in making your own.

Overall I’m very pleased with today’s project, and also happy that I did it at the coffee shop. It’s been an interesting morning, considering that I’m writing this at 8:15am, almost an hour before my normal wake up call! It was nice to be a morning person for once (though don’t expect repeats).