New Year’s Fireworks

Celebrate the New Year with this Origami Fireworks!

The hardest part of this design is linking the final modular pieces together.

It was great when the twelve folded pieces of paper were attached to each other and could be turned inside-out to reveal another design.

I opted for only red and yellow colored papers, as in the YouTube video, for greater contrast.

Best wishes to all for the New Year!

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Cute Origami Mouse

Here is a simple, cute Origami Mouse design.

It is a very easy model to fold following the YouTube video here.

Pink Origami Mouse 12.29.2017

Pink Origami Mouse 12.29.2017

I like how the mouse’s ears puff out towards the back of the head.

The nose points upward as if to sniff some cheese or a tasty crumbs.

If you squint, the shape of the mouse really seems quite alive.

Kids would love to fold this design!

Snowman ⛄ for the First Snowfall

Jo Nakashima, an Origami artist, posted a new design of a Snowman on YouTube.

Origami Snowman 12.10.2017

Origami Snowman 12.10.2017

The design uses three pieces of paper; one for the body, another for the scarf and one for the hat.

It was quite a lot of work folding the snowman – almost as much as making one in the snow!

I chose this model because five inches of snow fell last night.

This is the first snowfall this Winter in Cambridge.

The fluffy white stuff covers tree branches, roof tops and the ground.  It looks so pretty.

Plows worked all through the night to clear the roads and sidewalks.

I could hear the scraping sound of the vehicles removing snow from the street as I dosed off to sleep.

Snow Outside My Window 12.10.2017

Snow Outside My Window 12.10.2017

 

 

NASA Space Shuttle for under $1?

Yes, you too can build a NASA Space Shuttle for under $1!

OK, so you can build it with paper: print the design, fold it into shape then release the paper Space Shuttle with your hand to keep the cost affordable.

Print the Space Shuttle pattern here then follow the YouTube instructions.

I searched the Internet for this design of the Space Shuttle after an eye-opening trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL a couple of months ago.

A colleague from Alabama had invited a group of us to see the Center after our business trip.

Never before had I seen a rocket up close and was awed by the immense size of the NASA Space rockets and history of the Space program.

How brave astronauts are to fly into the vastness of space millions of miles from our tiny planet Earth.

 

MIT’s Scratch – A Fun Online Project!

MIT’s Scratch is great fun!   It is a free online project designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Log into this URL and create an account:    https://scratch.mit.edu

The Red Crane - MIT Scratch Project 11.25.2017

The Red Crane – MIT Scratch Project 11.25.2017

 

The Scratch program helps young people “learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”

One can create stories, animation, games and share these with the Scratch online community.

After practicing with an initial test program “Getting Started,” I created my own 30 second animation called “The Red Crane” which was set to a free downloaded ringtone.

In this project, I folded an Origami Crane and took a photo with my cellphone at each fold then created an animation using the photos and the ringtone.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/188694924/

Check out my project and “Like” it please!

 

Fallen Leaves

Looking up, one sees a few trees with thinning colorful leaves against a blue sky.

 

While underfoot, fallen leaves are dry and crunch with each step.

Crimson, orange, and yellow leaves and all the spectrum in between cover the ground.  More flutter downwards with the strong gusts of the chilly November wind.

Another sign of change in the seasons and the coming of winter.  One last pumpkin

 

remains lit on the porch that evening.   At home, I folded a Sonobe Cube with six pieces of paper printed with leaves.

Sonobe refers to the unit of modular Origami.  This cube is one of the simplest Sonobe shapes.  How appropriate for the season.

A Penguin for a Friend

Giant icicles hung from the Brewer bronze fountain in the Boston Public Garden.

The fountain’s seated Greek mythological figures were encased in ice while water continued to flow from it’s center.

A friend recently sent a photo of her origami penguin.  I was delighted to see it and promised to fold one too.

Origami Penguin 11.17.2017

Origami Penguin 11.17.2017

Yes, it is cold enough now to make an origami Penguin  – I present here my effort at folding this flightless avian.

The funny, side-to-side, waddling black-and-white bird always brings a smile to my face.

Burr…winter in New England will soon be here.