Easy Halloween Origami

Halloween Origami pumpkin

Here’s some simple Halloween origami that beginners can easily make. Not only are there diagrams to make a Jack O’ Lantern, a Bat, a Ghost, a Witch, Dracula, and a Church, there are animations showing you how to put them together.

Try not to get too spooked by it!

[Via Make:Blog]

Incredible Papercraft Transformer – Bumblebee

Papercraft Bumblebee Transformer

Here’s some incredible papercraft work – A chinese guy was so inspired by the new Transformers movie that he designed and built his own model of Bumblebee based on the movie robot!

This is amazingly detailed, and overwhelmingly complex – not only has he made what looks like hundreds of parts, but the model is articulated and poseable too!

As the man himself says:

“Cool”, the first word appears in my mind.

Papercraft Bumblebee Transformer - Finished

[via Paper Forest]

More paper games – Super Mario Papercraft

Super Mario Papercraft model

We’ve already covered Sonic the Hedgehog papercraft, so to even the Sega / Nintendo balance, how about this neat paper Mario stage? I like how the pixellated look hasn’t been lost, but it still has hints at natural curves. Great work from the creator!

Sci-Fi Spaceship Papercraft Models

Macross Valkyrie Papercraft

Who doesn’t like really cool sci-fi spaceships? I certainly do, and these wonderful papercraft models look really detailed and fun to make. There’s a big selection from Star Wars, such as a TIE-Fighter and Star Destroyer, Y-wings, the Millennium Falcon, and a Sand crawler.

Star Destroyer Papercraft

If Star Trek is more your thing, you get the ENTERPRISE 1701-A, a Borg Cube, the U.S.S. RELIANT and a Vulcan Shuttle

What, you want more? How about a Valkyrie from Macross (in two configurations), and the Delorean from Back to the Future?

See all the models at SF PaperCraft Gallery
[Via Paper Forest via Craftzine]

Modular origami basics

Recently I’ve been playing around with Squidoo to create a beginner’s introduction to modular origami. Their pages are called ‘lenses’, and here’s the one I’ve been working on:

Modular Origami – So what is modular origami then?

Let me know if you find it interesting or useful, or if there’s more information you’d like to see!

Furoshiki – Wrap your gifts in the Japanese way

Furoshiki

> The Japanese wrapping cloth known as the furoshiki is said to have been first used in the Muromachi Period(1392-1573), when people spread it out in place of a bath mat or wrapped one’s clothes with it. [1](http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/060403.html)

Here’s a great idea for giving gifts this Christmas (or at any other time!) – wrap them in a traditional Japanese cloth. As a rough guess at the size, I’d say the one in the pictures is about 2 1/2 feet or 70cm square, you can buy them at various places on the web, but you could also buy some nicely patterned cloth and make your own.

If you want to see the Japanese style cloths, even though it’s not in English, [this page has some really nice pictures](http://furoshiki.homepage.jp/index.html).

[Furoshiki Patterns](http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html)

The Japanese governernment has reintroduced use of this interesting item as part of an environmental drive – they even recommend [several folding patterns](http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html) [PDF](http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.pdf).

More information:

* [Furoshiki Folding Patterns (PDF)](http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.pdf)
* [Furoshiki on Wikipedia](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki) – it’s a bit short on information unfortunately.

[Via Make:Blog](http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/how_to_use_furo.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890)

Great books about mechanical paper toys

Paper Forest - Paper Mechanics Resources

Just posted over at the always-great [Paper Forest](http://paperforest.blogspot.com/), here’s a list of [Paper Mechanics Resources](http://paperforest.blogspot.com/2006/11/paper-mechanics-resources.html).

I have been asked for some good resources on making your own paper automata, so I thought I’d post the books I know of that are out on the market. These are resources for strictly mechanical toys, and not pop-up books, origami books, or origami Architecture. There are plenty of pop-up instructional books out, many of which are very good, but it becomes harder to find books on automata.

Of the books listed, the only one I’ve seen before is Up-pops: Paper Engineering with Elastic Bands – I haven’t bought it yet, but having had a browse in the shops, it’s definitely worth reading. Looks like I’ll have to check out the rest too.

Papercraft Sonic The Hedgehog? Go On Then!

Sonic the Hedgehog Papercraft

Here’s a cool recreation of the first stage from Sonic The Hedgehog for the Megadrive/Genesis. It’s hardly the most challenging papercraft around, but it is very very cute.

It’s been released by Sega Japan to celebrate Sonic’s 15th anniversary, however even though all the instructions are in Japanese, you should have no problems with this model. [Via Kotaku](http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/sonic/sega-of-japan-celebrates-sonics-anniversary-the-right-way-183171.php),

[Download the Sonic Papercraft Model](http://sonic.sega.jp/enjoy/papercraft/index.html)

**EDIT :** Updated the link

How to Make Square Paper for Origami

So you want to give origami a go, but you can’t get hold of any origami paper? No problem! Just follow this simple guide and you’ll be able to make your own square origami paper from any regular sheets you have lying about.

How to make a square 06

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Don’t Just Fold Paper, Fold Your Shirts Too

Eric over at [Origami Tessellations](http://www.origamitessellations.com/2006/02/02/links-for-2006-02-03/) pointed me towards this cool [shirt folding machine](http://www.all-tribes.info/hotstuffs/index.php?2006/01/20/1-first-post), made from a few pieces of cardboard

Cardboard Shirt Folding Machine

It’s deceptively simple, even though it looks very flashy – much like the classic Japanese method [How to Fold a Shirt](http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4776825453418327083&q=shirt+fold).

The first few times I watched that, I kept feeling like I’d missed part of the video out – it starts with a flat shirt, and then all of a sudden, it’s folded. Watch it a couple of times and you get the hang of it though.

If there’s any point to all this, it’s that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just using paper for origami and papercraft. Embrace all the different materials out there – paper, foil, cellophane, textiles and more can all be used, and give very different results.