The art of paper-folding known as "Origami" goes back many centuries. Although it was started by the Chinese, the Japanese embraced the art sometime during the sixth century. To practice the art yourself, you can fold a plain sheet of paper into a variety of shapes, from simple cranes to complicated sculptures and anything in between. If you have small children, fold different colored sheets of paper into different shapes and sizes, such as birds, butterflies, flowers and Disney figures, and hang them from the ceiling to keep the little ones entertained for hours.
Things You'll Need
- Origami figures
- White thread
- White pushpins
- Scissors or nail clippers
Thread a long piece of ceiling-colored thread through the eye of a thin needle. Tie a knot at the end of the thread and push the needle through the top edge of the origami figure at its center of gravity. Draw the thread all the way through until the knot catches, and then remove the needle.
Tie a loop with a slipknot on the end of the thread. Insert the tip of a ceiling-colored pushpin through the loop and draw the slipknot tight. Snip off the end of the protruding thread with a pair of scissors or nail clippers.
Stand on a stepladder and press the pushpin into the ceiling. Climb down, open a window and watch the figure spin and dance in the slightest breeze.
Tips & Warnings
- Hang different colored origami shapes and sizes on varying lengths of thread before suspending them to impart a 3-D ambiance to your child's room.
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