Monthly Archives: September 2008

Sonobe Units by Mitsunobu Sonobe

Do you know how to make sonobe units? They are a little like origami building blocks, and if you know how to make these you will be able to put them together in many different ways.

Once you have mastered the basic version there are also a lot of variations, each of which will give you a slightly different end product. Sonobe units are a great way to start in unit origami. Watch out! It can get a little addicitive!

Thanks to Anna for the great directions! These units have an extra crease at the end so they will make a 12 unit sonobe ball.

If you are feeling ambitious, here are the directions for the 12 unit ball….

Thanks to Anna for explaining this so beautifully. I am hoping to persuade her to post some more “tricky” projects for those of you that would like them. Have fun!



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Tarumpty Tum Tum by: Siero Takekawa

Trick your friend with a fun and easy origami project!

(Thanks to Mae for being the guest demonstrator in this video!)


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Triangle Box by Tomoke Fuse

Here is the origami triangle box that we made for our first upper grade meeting. It was a little tricky, and I would not recommend this for beginners! You need to have had some experience before trying this one.


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Paper Pouch

Here is the paper pouch, by Gay Merrill Gross that the 2nd and 3rd graders made on September 18th 2008. Some people got carried away and made five, or even TEN of these!

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Picture Frame (or Pencil Pot!)

Here is the picture frame that Mrs. Yoon taught to the 1st graders on September 18th.


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Video Instructions!

Today I am excited that I am posting the first origami video instructions to our blog! I hope this will be a good way for you to have another look at the project that was taught at lunchtime, and to practice again at home.

I will try to add another video each week.

Remember to pause the video as often as you like if you would like a little extra time on any of the steps.

Happy folding!

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Springer’s first blog!

Wow! It was great to have such a great turnout for origami in the library today, but I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to help everyone finish their project. I thought perhaps it might help to have some instructions online to help those of you that weren’t able to get the help you needed. Perhaps you have a friend who is interested in learning a project but can’t always make it to origami at lunchtime. If so, then send them here!


I am just learning about how blogs work, so you might notice a few things changing as the weeks go by as I get the hang of it, but I’m hoping this will end up being a good place to go to find out what we have been doing in origami, and to practice on your own, at your own speed.

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