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Origami & Paper Folding

Whatever your age, the ancient Japanese art of origami never fails to lose its magic: With a few folds, a piece of paper can become a butterfly, a flower, or a piece of jewelry. Discover origami and paper-folding projects for all kinds of occasions, including making place cards and ornaments.

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Who's that caped stranger? It's the world's most famous vampire come to life! Reprinted with permission from "Paper Monsters & Curious Creatures" © 2014 by Hiroshi Hayakawa, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Illustrations by Hiroshi Hayakawa. Photography by Lark Books.

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A piece of paper is folded and cut into a boo-tiful design. Reprinted with permission from "Paper Monsters & Curious Creatures," © 2014 by Hiroshi Hayakawa, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Illustrations by Hiroshi Hayakawa. Photography by Lark Books.

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This colorful graphic valentine idea comes from Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting. "When it comes to creating paper goods, I love bright colors and working with unusual formats and folds," Jang says. Using an old-fashioned allusion device known as a rebus, the sweet message is spelled out with images and words. 

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The ancient art of Japanese paper folding was used to make this romantic design, complete with a pocket for a place card. Choose 6-inch square origami papers with a pretty pattern or different color on each side; both will be visible in the heart.