Kawaii Origami Tutorials

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Today I’d like to share some cute origami projects, that you can also use to decorate your Christmas gifts with. I’ve used squares of 15 x 15cm and 10 x 10cm made from wrapping paper, since I had no origami paper at hand. This paper worked just as well, except for the white folding creases on the bow Cry .

Origami Bows

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This bow takes a little time to make, but it’s so pretty! I think this project actually qualifies as ‘kirigami’, since some cutting is involved. Below you’ll find the instructions that I received with a pack of folding paper and at Tweety Atelier you can also find photos of each step.

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(click on the picture to enlarge)

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At the Sanrio website you can find printable Hello Kitty origami paper with instructions to make a more simple bow. If you don’t have a printer, you could also make this bow from paper of about 8,5 x 10cm or 10,5 x 15cm.

Origami Bunny, Heart and Icecream

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I’ve made the bunny by following this Miffy origami tutorial. It’s up to you to create a face and I think a sleeping bunny would also be cute.

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The instructions for the winged heart come from Origami Club, a website where you can find tons of instructions in various languages. I’m sure it will keep you entertained for hours.

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Ice cream during winter, why not? This origami is very simple to complete with the folding tutorial from Origami Club, just click on the diagram or animation button.

Christmas Origami

Have a look at Origami Club or these printable small christmas origami boxes, if you’d like to make more Christmas specific origami. Happy folding (^_^).

Mooncakes from China

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In October I received a surprise care package from my friend Irene. In fact it was such a surprise that it took me a while to figure out who had sent it ;), until I found the card.

I first met Irene years ago at a Pullip meet, which is a doll that we both collect. She really knows how to customize and photograph dolls, so if you also like Pullips and BJD’s please have a look at her blog or Flickr.

Irene currently lives in China and we often exchange cards and gifts, she always sends the cutest items (^_^). This surprise package contained a super cute box shaped like a house. I had no clue of what would be inside and upon opening it I noticed a bunch of tiny cakes. They are called mooncakes and each has got it’s own imprint at the top. Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie), a harvest festival held on the night of the full moon between early September to early October. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family and mooncakes are exchanged to express love and best wishes ♥

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So you might wonder what mooncakes taste like. The filling in my cake was red bean paste and to be honest I don’t know what to compare the taste with. It wasn’t very sweet (as you would expect from Western pastries), but it also didn’t taste especially salty or spicy. The filling is quite dense and I suspect that it is high in calories, since I couldn’t even finish one. So I can’t say that I love the taste but I do really like their shape and the back story and hope that it will bring me some good luck! ~thank you Irene Heart

Have you ever tried mooncakes?

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