Something that every paper crafter has after a completed project is a pile of scraps. I’m no different and let me tell you my pile of scraps can get quite out of hand! To put it to good use, this solution is really simple, uses up a lot of scraps and can be made leisurely over a long period of time.
I don’t remember exactly how the idea for this piece came about but I can tell you that I made it many months ago and as I walked by it the other day it occurred to me that it was high time that I share it with you. I have the step-by-step photos of the process because it was going to be part of a book that never came to fruition (I would’ve loved a close up of this project for the cover).
Since we’ve had it on our wall for weeks and weeks I can also tell you that it holds up really well and yes I did actually use my scraps—no new sheets of paper were harmed for this project. 😉
Since the busiest gift giving season will soon be upon us (whether we want to believe it or not) I decided to create a set that shows you how to combine different tools to make gift embellishments and a card idea. Keep in mind that the flower idea can be made with many colors and even be a useful way to use small scraps (you know I enjoy those projects).
Here are the final results of the class auction project that the fifth graders made. I bought Ikea box frames (30″ square) and we used solid colored origami paper. I thought the patterned paper would look too busy for this.
I went to school one day last week and taught the kids how to make a simple origami box (so fun!). One class worked on the boxes for the blue piece and the other class worked on the green ones. It’s quite interesting to see the differences in manual dexterity. Nevertheless, they all did great.
Meet the man who built Moscow… from paper. Sergei Tarasov recently completed this remarkably detailed modular origami models of Saint Basil’s cathedral using folded bits of paper.
The school teacher spent the past year meticulously building the incredibly accurate replicas of the historic landmark in the Russian capital with tens of thousands of pieces of paper.
The 42-year-old, from the village of Tigritskoye in southern Russia, has plenty to show for all his hard work, as he unveiled the awe-inspiring work he built at home, which stands at 1.5 metres tall.
Tarasov said he didn’t even take a sketch of the impressive building, but was still able to produce his glorious interpretations of the cathedral for a Russian arts and crafts festival.
The art teacher has been fascinated by the Japanese art form origami for some time, and says that most of his free time is spent cobbling together the modular pieces which make up the parts of his models.
He has begun teaching origami to the children at the schools he works at, some 300 miles from the nearest major city, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
The talented modeller has somehow found the time to build animals like rabbits and roosters, as well as dragons, trains and other buildings.
A perfectionist, Tarasov is often forced to disassemble his works midway through building them to make crucial refinements, improving their accuracy and authenticity.
So detailed are his creations, that they even adhere to a similar colour scheme as their giant, real-life counterparts. The orange-red brick of Saint Basil’s is reflected by red pieces of paper in Tarasov’s model.
St Basil’s is not the only cathedral Tarasov has built from paper. He also unveiled his take on the awe-inspiring Svyato-Spassky Cathedral in the southern Siberian town of Minusinsk.
Modular origami is a demanding practice and makes use of multiple pieces of paper to create more detailed and sophisticates models than would be possible using a single sheet.
Tarasov folds each individual piece of paper into a module and attaches those together to assemble parts before adding the larger shapes together to create his spectacular models.
But Tarasov is by no means finished building his models. The talented modeller is aiming to construct his own complete versions of the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow to add to his astounding collection.
The real-life version of Saint Basil’s, a Russian Orthodox church also known as the Cathedral of Saint Vasily the Blessed, was constructed under the orders of Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561.
This is a spectacular magical art for you to put together and is made with paper entirely (except two little wood sticks). This “V-Twin Engine” has semi-realistic exterior and interior detail. The size is about 70% of real engine. It is powered by hand. All patterns of parts are printed on the high quality neutral pH and acid-freeheavy paper, which can last for many years and will not turn brittle and yellow or fades with age. All parts are to be cut out and folded. No paint applied. It looks pure and elegant. Various shadows created by different light sources make the appearance more 3D. Moveable parts include a crankshaft, 2 rods, and 2 pistons. It is handcrafted with ruler, white glue and X-acto knife. The origami-reinforced structure is applied in the body of engine (they will not be seen). The origami-reinforced structures make the model very rigid and keep the pieces in the accurate positions.
Taras Lesko went and built himself a 7-ft tall Gundam model out of paper. Paper, man! It still boggles my mind we can cut trees so thin. I guess they use like a giant version of one of those meat slicers from the deli. One time a friend tried to tell me paper’s actually made from wood pulp that’s been pressed together, but then I challenged him to make some paper out of my oatmeal and he couldn’t do it. Mostly because I’d already added just the right amount of butter and brown sugar and wouldn’t let him try, but I think he got the point. What he didn’t get, was a bite. Oh hell no bro, this is Quaker Oats DINOSAUR EGG oatmeal — I will f***ing murder you.