Wednesday, 17 April 2013

O is for origami

Origami is the art of folding paper and making sculptures without cutting or gluing, although in recent years standards have loosened a bit. It originated in Japan and became popular outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. The name comes from the Japanese words oru(fold) and kami(paper).

Origami crane (source)

There are countless websites about origami and countless tutorials on how to make them. I find origami really interesting and fun to make. I mean just take a look at some of the things people make, it's amazing!

1000 paper cranes


There is a Japanese legend which says that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you get one wish. Since folding 1000 cranes is a huge challenge, people often work in groups to fold them all. This is known as Senbazuru.

Here are some websites with tutorials:


  1. origami equates to patience

    nice for a to Z

  2. Does it count if you work in groups? I wouldn't think that would count.

  3. I think origami is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Origami IS patience in evidence! I've watched this process of making the cranes, and I don't think I'd last very long. Great photo!

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing