I was so excited when Sara from KittyBabyLove offered to do a guest post here on Hurried Homemaker! If you haven’t already fallen in love with her adorable kitty egg crayons, you will now. Anyway, as I was saying …
Sara was kind enough to do a step-by-step picture and word origami tutorial. School is about to be out and I know that my oldest and I will be spending some time together doing this fun activity. Enjoy!
Need some fun? Try out this tutorial for an origami waterball garland. Not
only is it simple enough to do with the little ones, but a fun way to pass
some time. All you need is some paper cut into squares, some string
(embroidery floss used in the image), and a needle. Get creative with your
color choices, types of paper you use, and additions you decide to make to
1. Start with a square paper. In the example shown I used a 3″x3″ square,
which yielded a ball slightly under 1″. Larger squares will be easier for
little hands to work with.
2. Fold in half, corner to corner.
3. Fold in half again, matching the corners of the triangle together.
5. Fold in half, this time straight edge to straight edge.
6. Fold in half again- straight edge to straight edge
7. Unfold. You will use these prefolded lines as a guide for the next step.
Arrange the paper so that a flat edge is facing you. Notice where my thumbs
are in the picture. You will be bringing in these edges toward the bottom
8. Notice the triangle it makes on the bottom.
9. Place your finger in the center and notice how the prefolds create a
triangle on the top side. Flatten this shape.
11. On one side of the triangle, fold the bottom corner up to the top corner
12. Repeat on the other leg of the triangle. Flip over to the backside.
13. Repeat steps 11 & 12 on this side. This will give you a diamond
14. Make sure the top of your diamond looks like this. Keep this side up
when working on the next step
15. Fold a side corner on one side of your diamond in toward the center
16. Repeat on the other side
17. Flip your diamond over and repeat steps 15 & 16 on the other side
18. Fold the top part of one “leg” downwards as shown
19. Repeat on all sides
20. Tuck the leg you just folded downward into the pocket you made in steps
15 & 16
21. It will look like this
22. Repeat this on all sides
23. Fold the bottom of the entire origami piece back and forth a little. You
don’t want to actually make any creases; the idea is to loosen the paper so
that it will blow into a ball more easily…
24. Do this also on the top part of the entire origami piece
25. Now time to inflate the ball! Grab opposite sides of the ball and try to
gently stretch it open as much as you can…
26. Find this side of the ball. See that hole? Blow into it to get the ball
to inflate the rest of the way..
27. Viola! One puffed up origami waterball. Make as many as you want.
28. When you are ready, grab your needle and thread and get ready to thread
your garland together. A sharp point needle is recommended to pierce through
paper. Thread going in from this side (where you blew into the ball); poking
through the other side first may make your ball crinkle and deflate.
29. You can use the intersection of the fold lines as a guide for center
when poking your needle through the other side.
30. Thread as many together as you like. I used embroidery floss so the
balls dont slide around as much. You can get creative and add other things,
like beads or knots, into your garland strand. The knots, beads, etc will
act as spacers to hold the balls in their place on the garland.
31. And before you know it, viola! You are done!! You are done!