How do you show your love to family and friends? There are lots of ways to do this; hugs, calls, texts, love notes in a lunchbox. I’m not always very creative in this department, but thanks to Tuttle Publishing, this year messages of love will abound in the form of Origami Love Notes: Romantic Hand-Folded Notes & Envelopes.
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On Friday we received a wonderful box filled with surprises from Tuttle Publishing, and we’ll be sharing these with you over the coming weeks. The first item we opened up and started working on immediately was the Origami Love Notes kit. I’ve had my eye on this kit for months and it’s so cute!
I’m hoping that Phil doesn’t see this post until later in the week as we pulled this kit aside and are keeping it out of his sight for a few days so that we can all surprise him with handwritten notes of affection on Valentine’s Day morning. Of course, I’m not a big fan of being ‘forced’ to show love on one day of the year; I think it’s much better to show your love and appreciation all year around so this kit will not fall out of use come Wednesday.
Who knows just who will receive these cute little love hearts, or when?! Some of them can actually be sent through the post. Imagine receiving a special note from that special someone in such a personal and romantic fashion. Open it up and perhaps you’ll find a love poem or a special message.
Origami Love Notes Contents
- 36 sheets of double-sided origami papers in 12 designs
- Full-color instruction book that includes 12 folding projects
How We’ve Used This Kit
As I’ve said, we opened this Love Notes origami kit up immediately and set to work (not work, it was fun) folding some of the projects before we had to secret the kit away before Phil came home from work. I didn’t even photograph it until today. Phil was away to a rugby game on Saturday (Ireland won over Italy) so the kids made a few more projects.
The projects included can be used in many ways. They notes can be written on the back side of a sheet of origami paper and then folded into shape and given to the recipient as is, tucked into a pocket or lunch bag. ‘Sealed with a kiss,’ Sweet and simple envelope,’ and the ‘Stand- up or send it’ projects are for this.
If you want to be a little more formal, you can use double-sided tape or glue to stick the projects to the front (or inside) of a card. The ‘love birds’ are perfect for this, and the ‘heart’ and ‘rosette’ cards are created just for adorning the fronts of cards.
Kallista had fun creating a picture using the heart flower. Instead of cutting her papers down to 1/4 size, she used the full-size papers and put them on a sheet of card stock. She has plans to add a centre to the flower while practicing how to quill. She has also cut a fringe of card stock and curled it to make some grass. Beautiful!
These little origami love notes would certainly make your child stand out in their class! Most of the projects are quick and simple makes so wouldn’t take too long to put together in large quantities. Or make a bundle of them up ahead of time to tuck into school or work lunches at random. I remember one of my friends in high school used to find little notes in her lunch every week or so and we all wanted to see what had been written. Some of them she shared with us, but some were more personal and she kept those to herself.
Doing things like this is a little more difficult when you eat lunch at home; but when the weather warms up a bit we’ll be going for walks and taking picnic lunches with us to eat by the sea or out in the country – and then I will sneak in a little something – or perhaps on the days when I go to the library to write and the kids are home with Phil I could tape one to the milk jug for some fun!
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