Thursday, May 27, 2010

Graduation gifts!

K's friend V is graduating this year and heading to high school. I wanted to make her something unique and crafty, cause she is unique and crafty too. I've already made her an adipose plushie, so, I though origami.

I love making my own gift boxes. They're an easy fold, and very cute. Top it off with a stork or a dragon or a squirrel or a flower, and it's just too cute.

You can print the pattern with the bunnies on the canon chiyogami page. I love this pattern, did you know bunnies live on the moon? Neither did I. The top of the box is a regular 1/4 fold box made from an 8.5" square of printed card stock. The bottom is a piece of 12" x 12"construction paper folded in the 1/3 fold box. (Actually 2 pieces cleverly glued together at the bottom center seam. A sheet of 12" x 12" scrapbook card stock would work perfectly, but I just didn't have any.) The crane is regular origami paper. Just glue it on with white glue or hot glue.

After a bit of a search I found a diagram for an origami mortar board made from a dollar bill.

Believe it or not, the mortarboard is the simplest fold. I added a diploma, just cause it was fun. K said V really liked it and wants to come over and learn some fancy folding this summer.

And poking a hole in the bill to tie on the tassel is not technically a federal offense. I looked it up.


Allison said...

I am desparately trying to get instructions to fold the money mortarboard... help please!

pj said...

Hello Allison,

Just click on the link above, where it says

"origami mortar board made from a dollar bill."

and you will be taken to a flickr page with hand drawn instructions. They were pretty easy to follow if you have folded before.

Best of luck!


licibird said...

I realise this is probably much too late to assist Alison, but I've made a video showing how to fold Jon's design at Hoping it will help others who wish to make an origami mortarboard / graduation cap.

pj said...