Every once in a while I get the urge to make a little origami goodness. I love the brightly colored paper, the crisp folds, and the whimsical creatures that result. This year, I whipped up this simple holiday decoration and hung it across the entryway in my apartment. I used some white curling ribbon and some red and green origami paper, folded up a few birds and cicadas, and taped each creature to the ribbon. Couldn’t be simpler! I’m pretty happy with how it came out, and I love the little touch of handmade holiday goodness welcoming me home each day. : )
Here’s the whole she-bang hanging in the entryway:
So simple, but it adds a whimsical touch to the apartment. (By the way, you can see how tiny my apartment really is in these photos. Notice how I have things stacked up to the ceiling – a necessary strategy in a 300-sf space! Also, notice how my clothes dresser is right next to the microwave… not exactly ideal, haha!) And here’s the view from the back (now you’ve seen almost my entire apartment – yes, it’s that small!):
There is definitely a front and back to this decoration, so I faced the front toward the bedroom/living room so I can enjoy it while I’m relaxing on the couch.
A made some doves using an online tutorial (that of course I can’t find now that I’m looking for it again, sorry!), and a red and green pair face each other at the center:
I also made some classic origami cranes (one of which you can see in the photo at the top of this post) and some cicadas; both patterns were included with my pack of origami paper. Easy peasy!
That’s about it! I’ve always been a fan of hanging up little things like this, especially when they’re handmade. It’s difficult to explain how much joy these little holiday-colored creatures give me each time I glance up at them. Too cute! : ) One day my entire apartment will be covered with this kind of cuteness… I just need to drop out of school and work on my little projects full-time. Hahaha. I’ll just keep dreaming about that… : )
In the meantime, I’m officially on vacation and have been soaking up every minute of it! I finally decided on a mitten pattern (the Forest Mushroom Mittens) and may have accidentally dropped my credit card into the swipey machine and brought home some yarn this afternoon. Ahem. It happens.
Less than a week till Christmas!
(P.S. – Happy Birthday Arnold!)