Recycling Origami

If you enjoy origami, why not try these models which recycle newspaper and magazine pages into interesting and useful origami bits and pieces.

(Remember, of course, that you can reuse gift wrap, packaging paper, brown paper and scrap craft paper in most of the other origami projects at Activity Village as long as you can make a square).

Origami Booklet

Origami Booklet

Watch our video of Tilly making this easy origami booklet or download the printable instructions below.

Origami Business Card Holder

Origami Business Card Holder

This makes a great little present for someone who has their own business cards - or get the kids to make some! Perfect for Father's Day, Mother's Day or any day. This clever origami business card holder has 4 pockets and is folded out of A4 or letter-sized paper.

Origami Cone

Origami Cone

This origami cone is really quick to make and very useful, especially when there are children who need feeding! Make little cones out of origami paper and pop in a few treats, or use magazine paper or newspaper cut into squares to make popcorn containers.

Origami Garbage Bin

Origami Garbage Bin

This useful origami box is made from a double sheet of newspaper. Keep one on your desk or kitchen worktop, and when it is nearly full just scrumple it up with your garbage inside it and throw it into the dustbin.

Origami Magazine Box

Origami Magazine Box

This origami box is very satisfying to make, useful, and easily made with a rectangular page taken from an old glossy magazine (or other scrap paper).

Origami Newspaper Hat

Origami Newspaper Hat

This is a well-known and simple origami model, fun to make with kids because they can enjoy wearing the finished object! And there is nothing to stop you sticking down the flaps, painting the hat and adding all sorts of embellishments, so you can use this model for dressing up projects too.

Origami Samurai Helmet

Origami Samurai Helmet

The Samurai helmet is a traditional Japanese origami model which has been folded for many hundreds of years. As a symbol of strength and honour, it is often made for little boy's to wear on Children's Day (Boy's Day) in Japan on 5th May.

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