Origami Fails

I’m not new to origami.  I’ve dabbled over the years, and there are two bits that I do fairly regularly.  I tend to subconsciously make little boxes like this one…

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…out of bits of paper I might be fiddling with.  Sometimes with pound notes or dollar bills, which amuses me because they’re money boxes.  And I also have a very long strand of Starburst wrapper links.

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I have a collection of origami papers and a couple of simple books that I’ve not gotten around to using, so when I was researching for my origami crane, I had a bit of a go.

I started by making this gift box, from a link that I’d emailed myself months ago with the intention of attempting.  It came out quite well, and I’ll definitely be making more of those.

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So then I moved on to an origami Santa I’d saved in my Christmas crafts folder.  I didn’t have any single-sided red paper, so I had a practice with some neon green.  The first several steps were easy, but then I got lost.  Miserably.

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A bit disheartened, I opened one of the simple books I own and attempted a very basic looking swan.

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I was getting very very disheartened by this point, so I moved to the internet.  I found a website called Origami Club that has all kinds of things at all kinds of levels.  I managed to semi-successfully make a little cupcake…

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… and buoyed by that little success I tried to make a seasonal little bat.

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This was not a good experience.  I had more failures than successes by this point.  So I went very very simple and made a snake from the Origami Club website.

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It’s cute, but this is not what I wanted to be making.  I want to make beautiful bouquets of flowers and magnificently intricate pieces.






I knew that I’d have a lot of work to do, but at the rate I was going it would take a hundred years.

So I did what I did when I had trouble learning to crochet.  I went to YouTube.  All of a sudden, everything that was very very hard was only slightly very hard.  I managed to successfully create that lovely crane…

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…and two little stars…

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…a hopping frog…

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…and a hard-to-see-because-I-used-patterned-paper Pikachu.

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I also identified a few very good origami channels that I want to work from as I practice and improve at origami.  So expect a few more posts about origami in the future.



About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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  1. Pingback: The Origami Continues | Random Ramblings of Celeena Cree

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