How to Make an Origami Bracelet

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Origami derives from the Japanese word paper folding. The art of folding paper in geometric shapes can be an enjoyable craft for both children and adults alike, especially if used to create unique bracelet pieces. Making your own origami bracelet is relatively simple. First you must determine the color and pattern of your bracelet design. Make each bracelet fun and unique by using paper scraps found around the house or art box.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 to 14 pieces of 1/2 x 2 1/2 scrap paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Cyanoacrylate compound glue
  • Gather at least eight to 12 pieces of scrap paper needed for assembly (the more scrap paper you use, the wider and roomier the origami bracelet will be). Use gum wrappers, coupons, old magazine clippings or scrap computer paper. Cut the scraps to 1/2 wide by 2 1/2 inches long to form a thin rectangle.

  • Crease a valley fold; fold the top of the scrap paper strip length-wise so that it meets the opposite end. Fold it in half again, this time width-wise, so that both ends meet. Open the second fold.

  • Fold both width or short ends again to meet the middle. Run your fingers over the end edge crease to make it crisp and tight. Fold the paper in half again by the width ends.

  • Repeat the folding process on each scrap.

  • Begin your chain. Locate the bottom end of the scrap where it has four paper edges instead of eight paper edges. Insert the four-edge side into a new scrap, or base scrap, where it will interlace with the base's folded edges. Slide the scrap all the way through the base scrap so that it fits snugly and forms a "V" shape when turned right-side up.

  • Slide the next folded scrap right along side the previous scrap into the base scrap --- making sure that you are inserting it into the side end with the four-across edges --- so that it goes through the base. Continue this interlacing step with each scrap, interlocking each scrap into its base in a downward fashion, so that it resembles a staircase.

  • Link both ends of the origami bracelet once you have interlaced all scraps. Apply a dab of cyanoacrylate compound, or permanent glue, inside both ends. Compress the ends with your fingers for a few seconds so that the glue will set. Allow glue to dry for five minutes before you slip the origami bracelet on your wrist.

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