Category: Origami

Origami Bird Book by Akiko just published!

By , March 17, 2010 8:59 pm

I am happy to announce that Akiko has published her first origami book.

It’s called the TinyShiny Origami Bird Book and features Twenty (20) hand-drawn, full-colour origami bird projects, with simple instructions that anyone can follow.

The book shows how to create elegant paper birds in hundreds of colours and patterns, using widely available origami paper. It is available at and Amazon.

About the author
Akiko has been making origami since she was a girl living in Tokyo. She has published many origami projects and articles about Japanese arts and crafts on She is an accomplished jewelry designer, illustrator and origami artist. Her original tiny Origami Earrings designs have inspired many imitations and been sold worldwide. She continues to share the simple pleasure of folding paper into beautiful objects.

Origami Peacock Earrings

By , February 26, 2009 1:39 pm

Origami Peacock Earrings at



Origami Peacock Earrings at

Origami Peacock Earrings at

Here is a new design for Origami Peacock Earrings I just put up on

They are a little bit bigger than other my other Origami Earrings because of the large tail.

The front and back of the tail have different colors.

These Tiny Origami Peacocks are 25mm tall.




Origami Cube Earrings at

Origami Cube Earrings at

Origami Cube Earrings

I just created some new origami cube earrings.

I used to make multicolored Origami cubes (little boxes) as ornaments.

They are made of 6 different pieces of paper.

Because my cube earrings are so tiny, it takes little bit longer to make each one.
These Tiny Cubes are only 8mm square.



Shop for Origami Fish, Crane and Cube Earrings at

Read about The Thousand Origami Cranes (Senbazuru)

You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.

Origami Candy Earrings

By , February 4, 2009 1:26 pm
Origami Candy Earrings at

Origami Candy Earrings at

Here is a new design for Origami Candy Earrings I just put up on

I call them candy because they remind me of Japanese candy.
I wanted to make a new Origami design and I remembered this object.

When I was kid, I used to make these candy shaped objects a lot with my mother, just for fun. I hadn’t made them so long time but somehow I still remembered how to fold them.

I decided the size would 12mm long, they are similar in size to my other origami earring designs.
All my origami earrings are tiny. So they don’t bother you, when you’re wearing them.


Origami Earrings Background

I created my first origami earrings in 1995. I wanted to make something special for my friends. I thought something Japanese would be suitable.

Origami Crane Earrings at

Origami Crane Earrings at

I had Origami paper and beads. So I decided to try making jewelry with the materials I had. I experimented with many different forms.

Finally, I came up the Crane and Fish Earrings. I like small things so I tried to make them as small as possible. This is how I came to create my Origami Crane and Fish Earrings.

At first, I didn’t think I could sell them because they were made of paper. But my friends told me they loved my earrings and they wanted me to make more.

Some of my friends are still wearing them today. That why I am still making Tiny Origami Earrings.

You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.

The History of Origami

By , January 31, 2009 3:12 pm

The first paper making technique came to Japan from China in 7th century.

The Japanese developed another processing method using different materials. They created “Washi” which is a high quality Japanese paper. This paper is resilient and soft, and does not tear when handled.

Around the 10th century, paper was used for wrapping items or letters. It became fashionable to decorate letters and gifts with artfully folded paper.

A well-regulated lifestyle came with the advent of the samurai society, which gave rise to the art of paper folding for practical and formal purposes. It was also used in religious ceremonies.

Today, a vestige of its former use can still be seen in the “noshi”, a decoration of folded red and white paper attached to a gift.

Origami Fish

Origami Fish Earrings at

Origami was made to assume concrete shapes like cranes or boats. This is regarded as origami for pure enjoyment and called “play origami”.

In the Edo period (1600-1868), mass-produced, low-priced paper first became available. It quickly grew in popularity among all the people, not just the elite class. People enjoyed “play origami ” as decorative elements or toys.

In 1797, the oldest Origami book in the world “Senbazuruorikata” was published by Tamehachi Yoshinoya, and introduced the way to fold 49 kinds of continued Origami without cutting a sheet of paper. In 1845, the book “Kayarasou” was published. This era produced many Origami creators.

During the Genroku era (1688-1704), it became fashionable to use origami cranes and several varieties of boats as designs on clothing. Boat and crane origami were also reproduced with great frequency in Ukiyoe prints. Origami rapidly came to have a wide following during this period.

During the Meiji period (1868-1912), origami was used as a teaching tool in the kindergarten and elementary school levels. Not only are there now many imaginative and novel origami creations, but its educational worth and immense potential have been reconsidered and recognized.


Shop for Origami Fish, Crane and Cube Earrings at

Go to Free Origami Projects at

Read about The Thousand Origami Cranes (Senbazuru)

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