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WORLD ORIGAMI DAY SUN 11 NOVEMBER
Yes, I know that the headline is a dreadful pun, but I hope it’s at least got you reading and maybe into the gentle world of Origami again – because at some stages in our lives we have all done it. However it seems perhaps to be a dying art with the advent of smartphones and games consoles clogging up our lives and that of our children, but now may be the time to claw it back and have some ‘quiet creative time’ before Stupid Zombies, Temple Run, Call of Duty and Angry Birds re-emerge from the hell that they came from.
I remember sitting with my dad and brother trying to make things out of paper, as we entered the world of Origami. The name comes from the two Japanese words ‘ori’ and ‘kami’ which mean “folding” and “paper” respectively and does exactly what it says on the tin, although now the Chinese are laying claim to being the first to do it. Let’s leave them to fight it out though, and concentrate on creating the best that we can do, and let’s make…A CAR.
If you look at the instructions on the image produced here, you’ll see that it looks really simple. (I say “looks” because personally I could never master the skill involved in origami and admittedly used to wander off for a bit and play with Action Man whilst my brother and dad did all the folding – but I’m sure you’ll find it easier than I did. Practical skills aren’t my forte.) And it is something you could do with the kids on one of those wet and windy weekends when it is too cold to go out, there’s nothing on telly and the fuse has mysteriously disappeared out of the Xbox.
And it’s cheap as well because all you need is paper. And then think of the hours of fun that can be had with your paper car afterwards!
And what about origami in the car? I would be pretty sure in telling you that doing it on the move is illegal, and not a very good excuse in front of a judge, but pulled over and when waiting for people (Dance classes, football, shopping etc.) it would be a useful pastime. Imagine the joy of your passenger as you welcome them into the car with a paper giraffe. I wouldn’t advise origami during a traffic jam though – probably pushing the law a little too much.
There are a host of origami websites that you can find on the internet (Google ‘origami’) and you can make almost anything – or perhaps just watch Mr Maker on Cbeebies, although he tends to use more glue and stuff.
But here are some instructions that I found to make a car that’s slightly different from the one above.
All you need is paper (the brighter the better to show off your car), a ruler, scissors, a brain and patience.
- First, cut a piece of paper into a 10-inch square. Bring the top edge of the paper down to the bottom edge and fold in half. Leave the fold at the top.
- Fold in the top corners to create a point at the top of the rectangle and make it look a bit like a house. Crease these folds and unfold.
- Refold the top corners so that the corners are pointing down into the rectangle that will be the body of the car.
- Bring up the bottom edge and line it up with the top edge. Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side. This will reveal the triangle "wheels" at the bottom of the car.
- Fold the top flap of paper down to meet the bottom edge so that the right side of the paper is now facing out. Repeat on the other side to finish.
If you struggled a bit with that, click here.
There are thousands of cars to make on the internet with Origami, or if you fancy a real test, try Kirigami; same as Origami but using scissors and glue.
If my dad could read this now, he’d be amazed that an ‘origamiphile’ like me could do such a thing, but we all like to live and learn. Now I’ve got past the third fold, I may well be an expert.