Archive for the Origami Models Category


Posted in Origami, Origami Friends, Origami Models on December 13, 2011 by origamimommy

This is my origami friend, Troy.

He is always smiling especially when showing you an amazing origami fold.  Troy is an exceptional folder from Phoenix and a member of the Arizona Origami Society. He has a remarkable ability to create realistic flower arrangements which he displays annually at the February Matsuri Festival.  Below is a picture of a folded orchid arrangement.  You can almost smell its aroma.

Recently I received a box in the mail from Troy, his latest and greatest accomplishment;   an origami fir tree designed by Francesco Guarnieri.  The tree was made from tant paper.  I was delighted to receive such a precious model and it has a place of honor in my origami Christmas decorations in my entry way.


Teacher Appreciation

Posted in Origami Models on June 6, 2011 by origamimommy

I am so fortunate to be working with many wonderful general education teachers in my job.  This year I found a cute origami apple that could have a hidden message inside.  It was created by Eiji Tsuchido and published in the Nippon Origami Magazine (NOA), October 2008.  Thanks to all the teachers that so generously helped the students that I support.  Have a great summer!!


Posted in Origami, Origami Models on May 18, 2011 by origamimommy

This is my neice, Nadia.  She learned about origami as a toddler when she would come to my house often and I was making 1,000 cranes for her parents. She would “baby” talk to “her” cranes.  As she grew older she loved to fold paper and experiment with folding her own “inventions.”  She is 8 years old, incredibly brilliant, sweet, and still loves to fold. She folded a lotus for her sweet mom for Mother’s Day.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Origami

Posted in Origami, Origami Models on May 8, 2011 by origamimommy

Every mother loves the cute handmade art projects made for them by their children.  My own children are all grown up and I don’t get the handmade treasures anymore.  So I have to live vicariously through other kids.  🙂   This year I taught an origami arrangement to many of the classes that I work with in my job-over 150 students!….so over 150 moms got this lovely arrangement today!  The models in this arrangement were created by the following origami artists:  Tulip (creator:  Chiyo Araki.  Published:  Origami for Christmas by Chiyo Araki), Stem (creator:  Gay Merrill Gross.  Published:  Mini Origami by Gay Merrill Gross), and Stand (creator:  Gay Merrill Gross.  Published:  Mini Origami by Gay Merrill Gross). Thanks to those creators for sharing their incredible talents for us to enjoy!

Fold something and have a Happy Mother’s Day!


Posted in Origami, Origami Friends, Origami Models on April 30, 2011 by origamimommy

I have another incredible origami friend, Mari Michaelis (aka, marigami).

Mari is exceptionally skilled with computer diagramming and has diagrammed many origami models including many of Yami Yamaguchi’s wonderful models. She also has a line of cute origami related products through Cafe Press.  Check out her website, marigami.

Recently, Mari asked me if I would like to test some diagrams for a tissue box by Francis Ow.  The folding sequence was elegant and the diagrams were perfect, but the box did not hold  tissues found in my area.   She sent me another tissue box container (based on Francis Ow’s box) by Paul Ee that perfectly holds the pocketbook size tissues. ingenious!

In my recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona, I got together with some of the Arizona Origami Society folders and taught this model.  It is a tricky fold but everyone accomplished it.  Thanks to Francis Ow and Paul Ee for sharing their wonderful models. Many thanks to Mari for very clear diagrams!

Peter Rabbit

Posted in Origami, Origami Models on April 9, 2011 by origamimommy

This is the Year of the Rabbit…and there are many cute rabbits to fold.  Peter Rabbit is a classic children’s character that we all know and love. When I found the diagram to Peter Rabbit, I knew I had to try it for my friend, Bunny, and also a friend with a pet rabbit.   The origami version of Peter was created by Eiji Tsuchito and was published in the Tanteidan Convention #4, pg. 32. It is a wonderful model that I folded from handmade duo tissue foil so that he has the classic blue jacket. The cute carrot is a design by another one of my favorite origami creators, Makoto Yamaguchi.

Snapology Easter Egg

Posted in Origami, Origami Conventions, Origami Friends, Origami Models on April 7, 2011 by origamimommy

I love to decorate for special occasions with origami.  With Easter approaching I want to share an arrangement I made for family and friends last year.  After attending the Pacific Coast Origami Convention in San Francisco in the fall, I came home with “snapology” fever that I caught from Faye Goldman.  She was teaching this strip folding technique developed by Heinz Strobl. It was a contageous type of folding because it is possible to make hundreds of polyhedron.  Each egg takes several hours to complete, but worth the effort.  Check out the many wonderful models possible on his website.

I put the snapology egg in a colorful basket with a chocolate rabbit and eggs.  Next to the basket is a carrot created by Ms. Mieko Seta (published in the NOA, October, 2000).