Origami: Try these three spring-themed folding ideas for fun and relaxation

by Joe Ham, Reporter

You may be wondering, why do we fold origami? To start with, it’s really relaxing to do and the end product is always satisfying. They can also be used as small gifts for friends, family, or co-workers. Folding origami is also a great, low-tech way to pass the time and some projects are great for decorations.

The history of origami originated about 1,000 years ago in Japan. Because paper wasn’t invented until later, the process of folding was applied to other materials such as leather or cloth. This process slowly became popular and then spread across globally.

For more origami tutorials, you can check these people out on YouTube: JermeyShaferOrigami, Origami Tsunami, PPO, or Origami Princess.

Do you remember making origami cranes or fortune tellers at school when you were a kid? I’m sure you had a lot of fun folding the pieces of paper while following instructions in order to create a beautiful art piece. In the light of Spring, I have gathered some easy but fantastic looking origami tutorials. 

Origami Jumping Frog

Frogs are wonderful creatures that start showing up when Spring arrives. Although many people may find them loud and annoying, I find them calming and peaceful. This origami creation will not only be fun to fold, but you may find yourself messing with it from time to time.


Origami Lotus

Flowers blooming could just as well be the definition of Spring. When this time of the year comes, beautiful flowers such as roses, cherry blossoms, and sunflowers show their heads. This tutorial shows you how to fold a simple but pretty lotus flower.


Origami Crane

Finally, I will teach you how to fold a paper crane. The paper crane symbolizes peace, love, hope, and healing during challenging times which we really need in the world right now. It is also said that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, it will grant you any wish.