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You’re probably familiar with the classic origami crane, but the book Trash Origami takes the art of paper folding to a new level. The front cover says it best: Don’t throw it out- fold it up! You’ll learn that everyday materials have some serious folding potential.
Paper folding crafts presented in Trash Origami include designs made from candy wrappers, envelopes, old calendars, newspaper, postcards, and even plain old paper grocery bags. Other projects involved other paper that would be destined for a recycling bin, such as soup can labels or old greeting cards. A little secret from the authors: It’s even possible to use thick and heavier card stock paper by misting it lightly with water.
Projects are designed for people at any level, so even if you have no paper folding experience it will be a good time. There’s an accompanying bonus DVD to help you as you’re folding, flipping, and rotating your paper.
How about folding some cute paper hearts for Valentine’s Day? It’s easy to make them using pretty much any rectangular piece of paper. Add some interlocking flower petals made from candy wrappers and you have yourself a fine, lovingly handcrafted gift for your sweetie.
For the holidays, there are projects for ingenious little wreaths made from old calendar pages. This is a perfect way to recycle calendars as you make way for the New Year.
In addition to decor, there’s also some practical ideas like making paper boxes, wallets, and paneled photo cubes.
Paper folding crafts featured in Trash Origami are great for schools, especially if there is not much of a budget for art supplies. They also provide a great lesson on looking at trash differently and creative reuse. The book is also a great gift idea for any enthusiastic recycler (hint hint).
Put that urge to reduce reuse recycle to good use: Legend has it that if someone makes one thousand origami cranes, their wish will be granted, so get folding!
We hope this will inspire you to make your own trash origami an display it proudly.