Over the course of a year, I wonder how many handmade cards are created in our house? Not as many as I’d like, ideally, but still there are dozens and dozens. Giving someone a handmade card shows that you really do care, whether it’s for a birthday, a congratulations, Christmas, New Year’s, or as a thank you card. This year we’re all set with Origami Gift Cards!
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Many thanks to Tuttle Publishing for sending us the Origami Gift Cards Kit; we’ve been making full use of it and having lots of fun! The children opened this kit up right away and started folding.
Origami Gift Cards Contents
- 36 double-sided sheets of origami paper in 12 beautiful patterns that will take you through the seasons.
- 12 folding projects in a step-by-step full-colour instruction book
The Gift Card Projects
There are some very simple projects for novices, and there are also some very unique projects that are also surprisingly easy to make. As soon as the kit was opened, the three of us each chose a project to start with.
Tristan was in the process of writing a letter to a penpal in Japan and thought it would be fun to enclose it within the Ship Mate Notes project. Then Tristan folded the Pillow Frame to along with it for some extra pizzaz. I know Takuya will appreciate that!
Kallista does quite well using hashi (chopsticks) and will use them at every opportunity. After my story last week about how I used to practice with them in Japan while eating spaghetti in my apartment to strengthen my hand muscles, Kallista wanted to do the same! So it wasn’t surprising that the first project she wanted to fold was the Traditional Chopsticks Wrapper. A few years back I shared how to make a hashi wrapper, but the Tuttle version is much easier!
Of course, I had to make some Origami Gift Card projects, too! The first one that put some wind in my sails the Sailboat Envelope. I was expecting it to be somewhat challenging, as it looks a little complicated…but it’s not! There was one new ‘move’ for me, but it came together very easily and looks wonderful.
The next one that put me in a flap was the Flapping Wings Envelope, and this one was a bit more of a challenge. It didn’t work out quite right on my first attempt. But that’s okay, a challenge is good for the mind and fingers. So I will try again!
These little notes are going to be so fun to make all year to share with others! I write letters to friends around the world and it’s always fun to include little pieces of interest. My children also make handmade thank you letters for any gifts they receive for their birthdays, Christmas, or otherwise during the year. When someone receives a thank you note in such beautiful style, they will know that their thought and effort has been recognised and appreciated.