The very first banknotes were used by the Chinese in the 7th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Before it was used as a true currency, paper money was used as part of a deposit system in which merchants would leave large amounts of coins with a trusted associate and receive a paper receipt for the transaction. The reason was simple—the copper coins used as currency at the time were heavy.
Valentine's Day is a day for love, but it also just happens to be the time when every flower shop in town hikes up their prices. Chocolates are still relatively cheap, but I never understood why you have to give the gift of bigger love handles when something more creative gets the job done at a much cheaper price.
We've all attempted to fold a paper airplane before, right? One we hoped would sail majestically through the air for a good while but just ended up nose-diving into the grass. Paper planes, an invention likely as old as paper, are models of engineering; and they must account for the same dynamics as real planes, from drag force to stability to weight. So what is the perfect design?
This video demonstrates how to fold the origami model "Cigarette Packet" that David Brill designed. Dave kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you.
Step-by-step instructions for creating Mantler's Bat, one of the coolest origami bat models available.
Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami money tutorial to learn how to fold a dollar bill giraffe.
This clip shows you how to make a bear cub. If origami animals are your passion, you can make a bear cub using 2 pieces of paper after watching this video.
In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to Origami a paper envelope without glue or tape. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half hamburger style. Fold the open edge of the top sheet of paper back on itself so it reaches the closed edge. Repeat this step again. Give it a good crease, open it up and fold the open edge back to the middle crease and fold it back along the middle crease. This becomes the bar of the bar envelope. Now fold the other open edge of the paper so that ...
Origami is an art form, but origami using dollar bills? It takes this art form to a whole new level! In this three-part video tutorial, learn how to fold an F-18 Hornet fighter jet plane out of a dollar bill, origami-style.
All you need is a small piece of foldable paper to make this origami jumping spider. Fold a bunch to send out as part of a goody bag for a Halloween party, or scatter them on a table for a spooky effect.
Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami money tutorial to learn how to fold a box with a dollar bill.
Much easier and cleaner than carving a jack-o-lantern from a real pumpkin, this video shows how to create an origami pumpkin and decorate it as a jack-o-lantern. Each step is clearly showing as it is orally articulated. The pace of the instructions is slow so views will have the ability to watch and do at the same time. When all the folds are completed, an origami pumpkin is the final result. Some ideas are given about how to decorate it so the origami pumpkin can be used as a jack-o-lantern ...
This video tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful Revealing Flower. The awesome thing about the Revealing Flower is that you will be able to open and close the petals. It will take 90 pieces of paper. Do not use printer paper. (you might as well use Post-Its) You will also need glue. Here's the video tutorial:
What better way to express to your sweetheart what love is all about than by giving her an origami rose? Origami roses, unlike the real flowers, last forever (as long as you don't sit on them accidentally) and look beautiful when attached to stems and turned into a bouquet.
These instructional animated slides teach you how to easily fold a paper skull or ghoul Japanese style. Learn how to use the Japanese art of origami to make your own paper skull. Use the start, stop, forward and back buttons to easily follow along. You can also speed up the instructional origami video if it is going too slow. Very cool Japanese origami how-to video! Origami a paper skull Japanese style.
Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami dollar bill tutorial to learn how to fold a shirt and pants.
Learn how to make Modular Origami Icosahedron from 30 sonobe units. What do you need: 30 square pieces of paper with size 9cm x 9cm.
Learn how to make an origami bird out of a Post-it note. Use just one square sheet from the pad to make your origami bird.
First of all, we're not going to lie: This butterfly ball origami project is not a simple one to fold. In fact, you should only attempt it if you're an intermediate or advanced origami student. Second, we have no idea why this star-like object is called a butterfly ball (perhaps because it looks like a cacoon?), but either way it's a very cool modern shape.
What to you announces spring's arrival? For us, it has to be how all the flowerbuds in our garden seem to awaken at the same time, calling forth a beautiful opening ceremony of bright lilacs, hot pinks, and blues.
this tutorial explains how to make a traditional origami lily from one sheet of paper. No cuts, no glue needed. You'll Need
In this video, Jewellia describes how to create a 3 dimensional origami teddy bear. First, she lists the materials needed and the quantities necessary. She then begins the actual process of building the teddy bear, which is broken into steps. Step 1 is "creating the base". You will create 18 "pairs" out of origami paper which you then put small blue origami triangles on top. It looks circular. She then demonstrates how to repeat this circular pattern of triangles upward until you have a cylin...
Love dinosaurs, or have kids who think they're just about the coolest things ever? Then revel in your dino fever on a lazy afternoon when you're snowed in by folding this origami pteranodon, which was an ancient flying dinosaur.
Is folding all the little triangles together for your 3-D origami projects really slowing down your project? Here is a quick and easy tutorial that teaches you how to rapidly (and accurately!) fold all the triangles you need for your 3-D origami projects.
Given that geishas are known the world over for wearing elaborate silk kimono costumes, even more elaborate headpieces and hairdos, and even more elaborate face and body makeup, it may not make a whole lot of sense that making an origami version can be easy.
Take a trip back in time with Origami master, Michael LaFosse, as he folds an ultra cool dinosaur. Fold along with the instructions in this how-to video and you'll have your own Jurassic pal in no time! Watch this video origami tutorial and learn how to fold a dinosaur. Origami a dinosaur.
Looking to add a rare and exotic specimen to your paper garden? Perhaps something in the orcidacae family? You're in luck. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own decorative orchids from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper flowers yourself, take a look!
This origami tutorial will show you how to fold a six pointed star out of a regular piece of 8 1/2" X 11" paper. There are verbal instructions in Japanese for those who will find it useful, but the step by step visuals are quite clear. To fold an origami six pointed star, one only needs a single piece of rectangular paper and a little patience.
This makes a great gift box for your father or brother. You don't have to spend extra money on expensive wrapping paper - a few sheets of construction paper are all you need to craft this creative yellow car box.
This animation will show you how you can make a jack-o-lantern out of paper. An origami jack-o-lantern is the perfect trick or treat present for all the kids.
Fun modular origami butterfly ball model made from 12 units. After assembled, toss it in the air and give it a whack. The model will burst apart and butterflies will fall to the floor.
Make a heart for your love for the Valentine's Day! Difficulty: easy. WHAT YOU NEED:
If you like folding paper stars and think they're a cinch, this omega star should give you quite a challenge. This omega star is an intricate fold that looks beautiful when complete. Perfect atop that pine tree in your living room (during holidays hopefully). This step=by=step video takes you through each fold of the paper origami 3D omega star, so pay attention.
Easy how-to video showing step by step how to fold a dollar bill into a space ship. All you need is a dollar! Pay attention and learn how to fold your own origami spaceship.
Want to create a neat looking decorative item using just paper? Origami is the answer. The Origami Cherry Blossom paper ball created in this video by Tomoko Fuse requires papers, dexterity and a toothpick if the presenter is to be believed. The first steps consist of creating precreases on the paper. This step makes the subsequent folds easier to make as the fold lines also double up as markers. The second step consists of creating a complex shape. The same design is then repeated 30 times. F...
This video will show you how to origami an elephant from a towel. This has long been a standing tradition of cruise ships, and today, you can learn it too. Just be careful, some people might think it's a real origami elephant.
This flat hexagonal drink coaster is a cheap way to protect your tables from drink stains.
Remember that uber romantic scene from Nicolas Sparks' tearjerker, "The Notebook," where Noah takes long lost and then found love Allie out on his boat and then find themselves in a small enclosure full of swans? You can recreate that magically romantic moment (sort of) by folding this swan origami project!
New to origami? Looking for an easy project? You're in luck. Make a classic-style crane using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own crane from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making cranes yourself, take a look!
Got a little bit of spare time and a sheet of paper? Make a jumping paper frog with origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents a complete instructions on how to make your own leaping paper amphibians from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper frogs yourself, take a look!