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Origami is a fun and easy craft for both kids and adults. Unlike some crafts, origami doesn’t require a lot of expensive supplies or a lot of experience. There are origami patterns that are very simple and geared toward beginners and patterns that are very intricate that are better suited for those with a lot of experience. I’m somewhere in the middle. I’ve done origami for a few years but I don’t have the patience to do anything too complicated.
Patriotic Origami Books & DIY
The best place to start is by finding a few patriotic origami books with folding patterns geared toward your skill level. Since the 4th of July will be here soon, I decided to focus on patriotic origami books and supplies although you can find origami patterns in almost any theme.
Here are a few patriotic origami books to get you started:
- Origami USA – Duy Nguyen, who has created origami fantasy worlds, animals, and holiday projects, now brings American icons to three-dimensional life. All it takes is just a few basic folds and some paper. Craft a magnificent American Eagle, symbol of the nation; a Buffalo; an old-fashioned Farm Girl (with a fence for her to sit on); and a swaggering Gunslinger wearing a Western hat. Or make historical figures, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Betsy Ross holding the Stars and Stripes. It’s creative, patriotic, and fun to do.
- Independence Day Origami – Independence Day, often called America’s birthday, has many iconic symbols that can be created out of a simple piece of paper. Readers will learn to make exciting origami shapes that can be displayed around the house, on parade floats, or at family barbeques. The origami hamburger might even have the whole family craving the real thing.
- Fold Your Own Origami Army – The ancient Japanese art of folding paper can be used to create tiny representations of innumerable objects, but here’s something new: an instruction folding guide to recreate trappings of a military encampment, with a special focus on the oldest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Don’t forget to stock up on some origami paper so you can try a few of these new patterns. If you want to get started right now, you can make this origami star. I used one red, white, blue and yellow pieces of paper. How many papers you need will depend on the number of stars you want to make.
- To keep it patriotic, use red, white and blue paper or paper with a patriotic pattern on it. You need two pieces of 6″x6″ size origami paper.
- Glue stick or double sided sticky tape
- String to hang the stars
- Fold the paper in half diagonally with the blank side together.
- Unfold and fold the paper in half diagonally in the other direction.
- Unfold and fold in half patterned sides together.
- Unfold and fold in half patterned sides together in the other direction.
- Cut one inch cuts in each of the half folds (not diagonal folds).
- Overlap the flaps slightly and glue together so there is a slight “puffiness” to the star. You can also use double sided sticky tape if that’s easier for you.
- Then glue the two pieces together – folded sides in. I found it easiest to use Glue Dots but you can try hot glue or tacky glue if you’d rather.
- Cut a small piece of thread or ribbon and glue to the top of one star to hang.
For more fun summer entertainment ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Ultimate Summer Reading List for Middle Graders by Pretty Opinionated
- Road Trip Inspired Movies on Netflix by Mom on the Side
- A Boy and His Dog: Feel-Good Movies for Canine-Loving Kids by Dogvills
- Summer Beach Reads by Upstate Ramblings
- 10 Summer Movies for Teens to Watch in 2015 by Day by Day in Our World
- Check out these patriotic board games
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