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Written by sidlook. Posted in Handmade

Biscuit Packet ClosureYou deserve a bit of a break, having folded lots of designs. So brew up a nice cup of tea, grab a packet of biscuits, and eat a few. As any confirmed biscuit fan knows, you want your treasures in prime condition. What generally happens is that you put the packet away and the contents go soft. Here’s an exciting design by Edwin Corrie to keep your biccies fresh!

1. Carefully open a packet of biscuits and eat at least half the contents. Press two opposite sides together.

2. Fold the flap over to one side.

3. Fold the sides in to meet in the centre.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Sonobe Varitions

60-DEGREE STARDavid Petty is a highly creative folder who specialises in rings, wreaths, and modular designs. He loves to explore variations that produce subtly different patterns. This star has many variations – play around with the design and see if you can discover your own variations! Being creative is fun and you might just create something new The essential geometry of this design is based around a 60-degree angle, which in most cases, produces six-pointed stars. However, if you make five units and bend the paper slightly, you can often create a 3D star of some kind with five points. Similarly, by making a mountain fold along the axis of each unit, you can try joining more than six units.

1. Start with a square, white side up. Book-fold in half and unfold.

2. Starting the crease at the top left corner, fold the lower corner so it lies on the horizontal crease.

3. The model looks like this so far. Unfold again.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Handmade

DRAGON Eric Joisel is world-renowned for his expressive and artistic paper sculptures, but he’s also a master of the classic bases. He uses the slightly obscure blintzed fish base in this model.

A blintz base reduces the working area by half, so use a larger square.

This model has a number of subtle techniques, such as the crimp in step 19 and the formation of the nose in step 20 – persevere with these to feel more in control of them. You can practise techniques like these by using a separate sheet and only folding the relevant area of the model; for example, you could practise step 15 on a kite base.

Try folding a blintzed kite base and see if you can design anything new – many wonderful new creations are discovered by adapting existing designs. (Remember to credit your inspiration if you produce diagrams.)

1. Start with a square, white side up. Book-fold in half both ways.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Sonobe Varitions


Anita Barbour is a creator with a true style of her own. She creates simple to intermediate designs that have real charm and she seems to find subjects to fold that others don’t think of. Several origami dragonflies are out there, but this is far and away my favourite.

Forming the eyes may cause you a little difficulty to start with, so I suggest you fold from a larger sheet of paper than usual, until the moves make sense. Even without the eyes, the model is still a fine representation of a dragonfly.

1. Fold a waterbomb base with the colour outside.

2. Rotate 180 degrees. Fold the left edge (all layers together) to the vertical centre, crease, and unfold.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Sonobe Varitions

hYou might think a spinning top to be a trivial achievement in origami, but this is not the case. Making a device that’s rigid enough to be rapidly spun and has the appropriate weight distribution is a real challenge. Makoto Yamaguchi is one of the most experienced origami creators in Japan. He formed the Japanese Origami Academic Society (JOAS), a group responsible for much of the complex origami that has emerged from Japan in recent years. In this design you use three simple elements to combine into the top.


1. Start with a square, white side upwards, and crease both diagonals.

2. Turn the paper over and book-fold in half twice.

3. Turn back over and fold all four corners to the centre.

4. This is the starting point for all the sections of the top.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Sonobe Varitions

LAZY WINSTONThis design of mine is an Adaptation of a traditional design called the ‘Lazy Susan’ and I wondered how it would look folded from a hexagon rather than a square. Unexpectedly, the folding turned out to be simpler than from a square! Relatively few designs starting from a hexagon are simple – it’s an inconvenient shape to create accurately. One of the simplest methods for creating the required 60-degree angle is to create a simple template, as shown in this sequence. My model is named after an old college friend, who went by the glorious name of Winston N’Gobola.

1. Start with a square, creased on both diagonals and folded on one of them. Next fold the Elephant Head model (described earlier in this chapter) up to step4. This is the template for getting an angle of 30 degrees. Overlap the two as shown.


Written by sidlook. Posted in Handmade

  • 2 (12 × 35-inch) wooden shelves (GORM series, IKEA)
  •  2 (20-inch) lengths 1×4 lumber
  •  1 (12 × 19-inch) cookie sheet
  •  2 (12 × 12-inch) cork tiles
  •  3 (4½-inch) square wooden boxes
  •  3 metal label holders
  •  1 (11½-inch) galvanized ledge
  •  1 (22-inch) towel bar
  •  1 decorative hook
  •  4 spring-type clothespins
  •  Hooks, pushpins, magnets


Written by sidlook. Posted in Handmade

MATERIALS For the pink model:
  •  Glass lamp fixture; mine is 10 inches in diameter × 3 inches deep, with 3 mounting holes
  • 14 gauge galvanized wire
  •  3 (24-inch-long) strong wire double-ended hooks
  •  Hanging hook (must be able to fit over branch)
  •  Tumbled white glass
  •  Glass lamp fixture; mine is 12 inches in diameter × 4 inches deep, with 1 hole at bottom center
  •  2 (6-foot) lengths lightweight black chain
  •  Small black hook
  •  Hanging hook (must be able to fit over branch)
  •  Tumbled glass, mixed greens and blue
  •  Chandelier crystals


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  • Planting container with drainage holes; mine is 16 × 16 inches
  •  Scrap paper
  •  Pencil
  •  1 bag (16 quarts) potting mix
  •  Small pebbles or dry sand (optional)
  •  30 to 35 rooted boxwood cuttings (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’); exact amount depends on design and maturity of the cuttings
  • Gravel or grit topdressing
  • Hand trowel
  • Scissors


Written by sidlook. Posted in Handmade

  • Concrete paver, mine is 12 × 12 inches; or a bucket of gravel
  •  Frost-safe, water-tight, glazed container; mine is 28 × 24 inches with an 18-inch diameter
  •  Metal plant stand; mine is 22 inches tall
  •  Glazed saucer, roughly 1-inch smaller than the opening of your container
  •  Submersible, re-circulating pump, 115 volt
  •  3½ feet vinyl tubing, 5/16-inch inside diameter
  •  Weighty decorative rock or chunks of glass
  •  Outdoor grade extension cord