Hello and welcome to the fourth issue of The Folded Corner! My name is Chrissy, I’m the person behind Paper Kawaii.


The folded corner is a monthly online article featuring origami reviews, tutorials, giveaways, community photos, free printable origami paper, coupons/special offers and more! – For more info on how The Folded Corner started, refer back to the first issue.


December isn’t just Christmas, it’s also the run up to New Years.  Hanukkah is at the beginning of December too.

The period of October through to April is my favourite with lots of event and holidays – more excuses to fold origami and make things! 🙂 

This year, I decided to try and post one video tutorial per day up until the 25th (or longer). So far so good! I didn’t tell anyone I was going to, as I don’t like to make promises I might not be able to keep! Subscribe to my youtube channel here if you want to be notified when I post a video (click the bell icon too).

? I have a small announcement at the end of this post, so please enjoy reading through, I hope to see you in the comments!

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december Freebie!

This month’s free printable is some festive Christmas snowflake origami paper that you can print out at home.  There is also coloured lines on white.

Table Of Contents

book Reviews

In each issue of The Folded Corner, there will be up to 5 book reviews, any book recommendations are welcome, please see the bottom of the page to leave a comment or send a message. All books are either sent by companies or authors for free or these books are part of my collection.

1. Akira Yoshizawa – Japan’s greatest origami master

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where to buy

Akira Yoshizawa – Japan’s Greatest Origami Master is available in many book shops, or buy online – also available as a kindle ebook.

Akira Yoshizawa – Japan’s Greatest Origami Master is a wonderful and must have addition to your origami book collection.

This book was sent to me by Tuttle last year, however I’ve only just found it after packing it away when I moved house! I decided to fold a Christmas themed ‘Santa hat’, which the ape on the cover is wearing festively. 

There are some amazing origami models included in this book, the diagrams are admittedly sometimes challenging to understand in some cases. But with diagrams such as these, you are tempted to try alternative methods, which is only a good thing in my opinion.

Master origami artist Akira Yoshizawa was a true innovator who played a seminal role in the rebirth of origami in the modern world. He served as a bridge between past and present—between the ancient traditional craft and the development of origami as a modern practice—in terms of inventing new techniques and in preserving the traditional Japanese forms.

In fact, the notational system of diagrams widely used today to indicate how models are folded was largely invented by him. Above all, Yoshizawa was responsible for elevating origami to the status of an art form.” – Tuttle/Amazon

2. Origami butterflies Kit by Michael G. LaFosse

Origami Butterflies Kit by Michael G. LaFosse includes 41 different origami butterfly models. This origami booklet and paper kit is perfect for youngsters or those just starting out with origami. Having some nice glossy paper with bright colors and patterns makes it easy to just start folding right away.

I decided to fold the ‘Origamido Butterfly’, it was easy and fun to fold. The diagrams are clear and easy to understand, although some steps have more than one task, so you have to study them a bit more than usual but that’s fine.

The lightweight and small booklets are also perfect for making origami ‘on the road’ or while traveling, as they take up no space in a bag. 

Each of the papers has a high sheen, and is coloured differently on both sides.

This kit includes:

• 41 origami butterfly projects 
• Two 32-page illustrated booklets with easy-to-follow instructions
• 98 sheets of 6 x 6 inch folding paper

Michael G. LaFosse has been an origami artist for decades, and is internationally regarded as a leading authority and master of the art.

    where to buy

    Origami Butterflies Kit by Michael G. LaFosse is available to buy online.


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    The Folded Corner Issue No.4 - December 2018 via @paper_kawaii were kind enough to send me some items from their shop to review! (Not sponsored) 

    Included are: a cute pikachu coin purse, a pack of unicorn highlighters, a week planner sticky notes, a pom pom pen, a Japanese rabbit card and DIY sakura garland. 

    My favourite item is probably the bunny rabbit card. I ended up framing it with an origami frame (tutorial here). It looks like a hand painted card, I’m not sure if it is or not. 

    The highlighters are very cute, they look like pencils, but they open up like a lipstick almost. My daughter has now stollen these.

    The pikachu purse is very soft and nice quality. I was going to use it to keep camera cards in, but yes.. that has also been swiped.

    I also really like the weekly planner sticky notes, they have unicorns on them and a whimsical note that says ‘If you were a unicorn you must be lucky!‘. I’m writing plans for blog posts and videos on these. They will be especially useful when I can find a good 2019 diary/planner.

    The pen is also really cute, it writes nicely but I’m not sure how long it would last if you write a lot! 

    Everything from Blippo is very affordable. They make really nice gifts for kids, teen and adult kawaii fans! 


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      This month we have 2 giveaways! You can enter both, there are multiple ways to earn points for more chances to win.

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      Tomoko Fuse presents 20 original designs for origami boxes — some simple, others more complex, all made from a single sheet of paper.
      Includes full-color photographs that accompany step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a splendid variety of completely functional boxes. They range from conventional square and rectangular shapes to those in the form of a bird, a basket, a cat’s head, a flower, and other shapes.” Amazon

      A lucky winner will be sent a copy. This giveaway is open internationally, to where Amazon ships to, including Australia & NZ. View on Amazon Books

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      blippo surprise kawaii stationery bag

      The bags are packed with random items and sold for a substantial discount! Blippo Surprise Kawaii Stationery Bag is packed with a random assortment of cute and practical stationery items! Each bag includes a mix of at least 15 stationery items chosen randomly from our kawaii warehouse. The retail value of the included products is approximately 35 USD! The bag is also a perfect gift for anyone who loves mystery surprises!” Blippo

      A lucky winner will be sent a surprise bag. This giveaway is open internationally.


      Some new origami paper I picked up this month!

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      This month I’m reviewing just one origami paper pack from Tuttle.
      I didn’t come across any new origami paper in my local shops.

      Tuttle ‘Origami Paper in a Box – JAPANESE WASHI PATTERNS’

      This is a lot of origami paper! 200 sheets in total. 15 x 15 cm / 6 x 6 inches. Also includes a little booklet with 10 simple origami models.

      The photo on the left (or above on mobile) has my favourite patterns from the pack. I believe there are 12 patterns in total.

      The patterns are quite vibrant, the paper is soft textured and quite thin. The paper is not shiny, it’s matte. The reverse side of the paper is a solid color in a harmonious shade. The colors on the back are mostly muted colors. 

      You can see the pattern slightly through the coloured side, which is not noticeable for most origami models. The box that the paper comes in is really nice and high quality, I’m planning to cover mine in some wrapping paper at some point!

      (The photos are not color corrected or saturated at all.)

      Monthly Origami Challenge

      Each month, 3 new origami CHALLENGES will be presented, fold 1 or more of these origami models & submit Your photos!

      You can post your photo(s) in a comment on this page or on facebook/instagram with the hashtag #thefoldedcorner – or join the Discord community chat and post them there.  Each month, depending on how many photos are submitted, a selection will be featured in the new issue of The Folded Corner.

      december 2018 challenges:

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      1️⃣ An Origami Star – That you love!
      This origami star can be a model you enjoy folding or one you’ve recently come across. 
      There are lot’s of stars here.

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      2️⃣ Origami Reindeer (Paper Kawaii)
      Difficulty: Intermediate

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      3️⃣ Origami Squirrel (Oriol Esteve)
      Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced

      If you have a specific origami model you’d like to see as part of The Folded Corner’s Monthly Origami Challenge, please feel free to suggest it in the comments of this post, suggest on Facbeook/Discord or send us an email.❗️NOTE: The origami models MUST list the designer of the model, the instructions/diagram/video MUST have been created by or with the original creator’s permission. 

      shop / diagrams

      Origami Hinged Prism Box Diagram

      The origami hinged prism gift box is easy to make, made with 2 sheets of rectangular paper, no glue required.

      Origami Secret Stepper Box Diagram

      The origami secret stepper box is easy to make, made with 4-5 sheets of paper.

      LEARNIGAMI Modular origami boxes

      More than 25 diagrams showing you how to make a selection of origami boxes. 

      recent tutorials

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      2 Sided Origami Pinwheel Tutorial

      Learn how to make a special origami pinwheel with a pinwheel on both sides. It will spin in both directions! Made from 1 sheet of square paper, no glue or cutting required.

      read more
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      Origami Stacking Spice Boxes Tutorial

      Learn how to make a set of stackable origami boxes. These square origami boxes are made from 1 sheet of paper, no glue is required. Makes a great gift box or useful organisation for stationery or jewellery.

      read more
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      Origami Honeycomb Box Tutorial

      Learn how to make an origami honeycomb box. This 7 to 9 section, round origami organiser box is great to display items such as jewellery, stationery or makeup.

      read more
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      Octagonal Origami Box Tutorial

      This tutorial will teach you how to make an 8 sided octagonal origami gift box. Both the lid and box are made with 1 sheet of paper, no glue required.

      read more
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      Origami Hexagonal Gift Box Tutorial

      This tutorial will teach you how to make a six sided hexagonal origami gift box. Using one sheet of paper for each the box and lid. You can customise the top of the lid in many ways too.

      read more

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      coupons & offers

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      Get 20% off Tuttle origami paper at New South Books. Valid within Australia & New Zealand only. 

      Use Code KAWAII20

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      info & announcement!

      Book Announcement!

      Over the last year, I’ve been working on a new book called ‘Kawaii Origami’ with Quarto, a publishing company based in NY. It’s finally complete and will be available in April 2019. I am super excited to have an actual book published! In the next few months I’ll be sharing photos of what’s included in the book 🙂

      The book is available to pre-order online in various shops, for more info and where to pre-order, click here.

      Written by Chrissy Pushkin

      We hope you enjoyed the fourth instalment of The Folded Corner! We are always very happy to receive any feedback, suggestions or corrections. Please leave a comment below, or use the email form next to this text to send a message to us. We are looking for occasional guest posters for The Folded Corner, so if you are interested we would love to hear from you as well.

      If you would like your origami, paper craft or related product presented or reviewed, please contact us.

      Disclaimer: This article was not sponsored. Some of the links included on this page are affiliate links.

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      How many cute goodies!!! šŸ˜€


      The folded corner is fantastic. For so many of us, origami is one way. We read, watch, or find diagrams. Being able to discuss and share will be great.


      I love how simple and beautiful your models are. Thanks for all you do


      I love your tutorials and usually try them whenever I have free time. Love the cactus the most, as well as every very small things you can make!


      The book has some cool and cute origami boxes! Even if I don’t win, I would still want to check out the book myself. In terms of the what could be better for this website I can’t really say since this is my first time here! However, I’m a subscriber of the YouTube channel. I found it from looking for how to make lucky paper stars. The tutorial was easy to follow! I’m going to see more of your content from past videos and I’m looking forward to new ones!


      Love the tutorials! Really helpfull to satisy and impress my friends šŸ™‚


      I have only minimally dabbled in origami, but I love the stuff on this site. I think it would be cute to send to my penpal.


      I LOve the secret drawer box the most, it was very interesting


      Iā€™m new to this website I only found it a couple of weeks ago but since then I’ve had so much fun making different things thank you for making this website and I wait every week to get an email from you xx ??


      i absolutely love PaperKawaii’s origami tutorials. I wait every week for that email to show up, to see the next model to make. Keep up the good work!!


      I absolutely love the secret drawer boxes! šŸ™‚


      I always love Tomoko Fuse’s boxes! šŸ™‚


      Wow, what a gift.


      Love u crissy ur origami is my fav


      I have been looking for a pattern to hold salt, pepper, etc. for homeless people. I have heard that they are much desired. Small reusable packets would be great as they would be able to refill them. I have not found anything that is secure enough. Maybe you could design one?


      Thanks for the great idea, I’ll keep it in mind šŸ™‚


      I don’t know what I love more: all the beautiful origami papers or the things you can made of it. Thanks for the tutorials Chrissy!


      Love Origami, especially those designs that can be adapted to fabric.


      Love Origami, especially those that can be adapted to fabric.

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