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.
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:
This seashell origami craft is amongst the easiest you will ever fold. Yet just because it's quick and simple to make doesn't mean it's not pretty.
This video demonstrates how to fold the origami model "Blütenkreisel" that Carmen Sprung designed. Carmen kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you. Note that you have to start with an octagon, rather than a square piece of paper.
Birds of paradise flowers are strong and architectural in appearance, making them the perfect models for origami projects.
It's about time you got some revenge against creepers. Watch this video to learn how to use this template to make your own Miencraft creeper and then blow it up. Using a firecracker you can have Minecraft fun in the real world.
Despite being bombarded with so many things to do each day, we still somehow find ourselves in a mid-afternoon lull where there's nothing better to do than stare at the adventures of a piece of lint darting across our computer screen.
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.
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 into a peacock.
Before you can thank your lucky stars, you'll need to make a few. With this guide, you'll learn how to fold a lucky paper star from strips of paper using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own lucky stars, watch this free origami lesson.
Grab some paper, pennies, and paper clips, and create this stealth weapon in the comfort of your own bedroom. Scaled to actual size, this craftable katana can be used to fend off paper-based attacks, or displayed for decoration. Add as many, or as few, foldable components to customize your sword size.
It doesn't take much time to fold this pretty pink origami flower. Have fun!
Are you interested in Origami? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to origami fold an ordinary sheet of paper into a Chinese star.
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?
Learn how to make an easy origami dragon A4 instructions. Design, video tutorial and diagram by Ventsislav Vasilev (Origamite) http://goo.gl/LQAXuD
This tutorial video will show you how to make a dollar bill origami fighter jet. Very easy steps! Learn how to fold this simple origami model. All you need is a dollar and some origami skills.
Sounds like an anomaly, right? When I was a kid folding frogs, my mother gave me origami paper that was most certainly dry. But the works below by Vietnamese-American artist Giang Dinh were folded with one *wet* piece of paper. It's a technique called "Wet-Folding", invented by the great Japanese origami master Akira Yushizawa (pictured right).
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 ...
Nerd out with Won Park's Star Wars/Star Trek dollar-gami. More images on DVice. Fold your own moneygami on WonderHowTo, or better yet, scroll all the way down to learn how to make your own origami Star Wars X-Wing Fighter from Fold Something.
Just as night follows day, the summer and fall baby season follows wedding season in the spring. Lots of cute young ones seem to get popped out by the dozen during the summer, often prompting baby showers and other baby-themed events.
In this how to video you will learn how to origami a vagina. What better way to honor your lady than to make her a paper replica of her vagina.
If you won't be near any real fireworks for the 4th of July holiday, do the next best thing and origami yourself some! For this origami fireworks project, you'll need square sheets of paper of different colors.
Video: . Learn how to make a paper modular origami magic rose cube instructions.
Some watch Prison Break for the nail-biting drama, others tune in for the origami cranes. This video tutorial presents a complete, step-by-step overview of how to make a paper crane à la Prison Break protagonist Michael Scofield using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, and to get started making your own tough-guy paper birds, watch this arts-and-crafts guide.
With a few variations, you can turn this rabbit into a fox or a cat as well. This tutorial shows you how to take a dollar bill and use a few simple origami techniques to turn the bill into a rabbit. This is a simple technique you can use to make a gift for a small child, or include as part of a gift. You can add eyes as well if you want, though traditional origami does not use eyes.
In this tutorial, I'm gonna show you how to make another amazing paper plane that can fly really far. GUARANTEED.
This plump goldfish requires even less maintenance than the real things, and will look adorable as a conversation piece on your desk or a countertop. Composed of orange origami tissue paper, this fish stands up all on its own despite its rotund belly.
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 Rhinoceros out of Dollar Bill.
FK describes how to make a Yoshimoto cube. First, print out the template. Then, trim the paper with scissors along the perimeter and glue the edges into a 3D pyramid. Repeat these steps until you have 48 cubes. Fix 3 pyramids together 16 times. Arrange pyramids in groups. Repeat 2 times and color 8 of the pyramids. Place adhesive on the joints of the cubes. Arrange the pyramid groups into a cube. Now, you can perform neat tricks with the cube, like changing the cube from white to colored with...
If you've mastered a basic origami heart and rose then it's time to move on to a more difficult and lifelike origami project: This origami iris. Made of intricate and complex petals that jut up and out, this flower is gorgeous.
The origami magic ball is a very popular but few tutorials show you how to make one in greater detail than this four part series. This complicated paper design takes a little while to create but is worth it in the end when you have a totally unique, fluffy new toy to play with. This origami ball was designed by Kade Chan and is one of the best.
At its core, Valentine's Day is about love, the act of loving, and harmony. So it only makes sense to give your amor a heart-shaped token of your affection this Valentine's Day.
Japanese samurai warriors weren't all ferocious. In fact, many warriors prepared for battle by taking long, luxurious baths in concoctions of steamed rose petals so that in combat, their enemies would be taken off guard by the delightful scent just long enough for the samurai to plunge a well-placed katana into his loins.
Ngai Chun Cheung demonstrates classic origami models. How to fold an origami bunny.
Flickr user fdecomite showcases his beautiful portfolio of geometry-inspired papercraft. His dedication to the craft is astounding. Get ready to take a journey down the rabbit hole cuz this work gets trippy.
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 heart with pocket.
Detailed explanation for making an origami Hyacinth. Folded and designed by Joost Langeveld
These instructional animated slides teach you how to easily fold a tall paper garbage bin. Learn how to use the Japanese art of origami to make your paper garbage bin. 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 Japanese paper tall garbage bin.
Wowee, origami artist Mui-Ling Teh has the skills of a DaVinci Robot. To view more of her work, check out her artist profile on Red Bubble. Inspired? Scroll all the way down for a demonstration on the folding of a teeny, tiny origami crane.