This how-to-guide — complete with clearly illustrated folding diagrams and simple directions — makes it easy to add a personal touch to your holidays with handmade ornaments and other decorations. In no time at all you'll be trimming a Christmas tree with bright origami stars, candy canes... read more
Christmas Cheer! Stained Glass Coloring Book by Noelle Dahlen Sixteen lovely black-and-white illustrations to color include candy canes, reindeer, poinsettias, and other festive symbols of Christmas. Each central motif is surrounded by elaborate borders of evergreens, holly, lights, and other holiday ornaments.
Origami Fortune Tellers by Diane Heiman, Elizabeth Suneby, Christine Archer Fifteen colorful origami fortune tellers offer kids loads of fun as they predict their futures at playdates, sleepovers, birthday parties, camp, or even by themselves. Pre-printed, perforated, and easy to fold.
Dollar Bill Origami Kit by Dover Includes Dollar Bill Origami and Easy Dollar Bill Origami plus 24 sheets of Dover Dollar origami paper. The 69 total projects include a boat, butterfly, windmill, peacock, rhinoceros, ladybug, penguin, and George Washington.
Easy-to-Make Nativity Scene by Tom Tierney Unique re-creation of First Christmas features stand-up figures of angels, shepherds, the Three Wise Men, and the Holy Family, plus stable, animals, and more. All 20 images are printed on both sides, and perforated for easy removal.
Storytime Origami by John Montroll Beginning to advanced folders can bring four classic tales to life with 37 models of characters and scenes from "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," "Humpty-Dumpty," and "Cinderella."
Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes by Peggy Edwards Create a flurry of easy-to-make, fun-to-do paper snowflakes. This self-contained kit includes 32 lovely, reusable patterns that are grouped according to skill levels. 106 illustrations.
Easy Origami by John Montroll Charming collection of 32 projects (hat, cup, pelican, piano, swan, many more) designed for the novice origami hobbyist. Clearly illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions ensure that even beginning papercrafters will achieve successful results.
This how-to-guide — complete with clearly illustrated folding diagrams and simple directions — makes it easy to add a personal touch to your holidays with handmade ornaments and other decorations. In no time at all you'll be trimming a Christmas tree with bright origami stars, candy canes, and other traditional ornaments, and decorating rooms with paper stockings, colorful Santas, and little gift boxes. Ideal for children but equally appropriate for beginning paperfolders of all ages, this excellent introduction to origami takes you step-by-step through twenty-eight festive projects.
5 Questions with John Montroll: An Exclusive Dover Interview
We sat down with Mr. Montroll to discuss his influences, the impact of math on origami, and what he sees for the future of the artform.
How did you first get interested in origami and what were your influences? I was four when a Japanese neighbor taught me origami. At six, I had some books, showing the Japanese style.
Where do you find the inspiration for your original models? The models in the books were made by folding, cutting, using multiple sheets, and sometimes from non-square paper. I wanted to make origami where each model could be folded from a single uncut square so I had to make them up. Since I started as a child, "creating" was natural. Whatever I wanted to fold, I would make up. There was nothing great about my models, but I enjoyed exploring and found there was no end. In time, my work evolved as I discovered more techniques, and also philosophies, in the quality of origami. Now I can say that developing new, theme-related ideas and writing books gives me inspiration.
Do you think that there is a strong relationship between origami and mathematics? Yes. There is much math — geometry, algebra, trigonometry, etc. — in the structure of folding which can be used to develop and control the folding methods and designs. Math is especially used in my Dover books Origami and Math and Classic Polyhedra Origami. Still, math is not essential and there are many aspects of origami that do not use math. Even if math was used in the design of a model, the folder need not understand it.
As a teacher, do you integrate origami into your lesson plans? As a math teacher, I can say students love doing origami! Sometimes, if my students finish their class work early, I let them fold from my books. Or we have some days, such as before vacations, where we do origami. But I will admit that I do not use origami as part of the math lesson!
What new directions do you think the art of origami will be taking in the future? In the past few decades, origami has made huge developments in many directions. More people are involved, more ideas have been explored, all with more styles and techniques. The future will reveal newer directions for more people to explore and find their particular interest.
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