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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review- Party Origami

Party Origami by Jessica Okui

If you've been following my blog for long, you'll find out that I'm a big fan of Japanese crafts. I spend a fair amount of time on Japanese craft boards looking at all the fantastic eraser stamps, scrunchies (chou chou!) and amigurumi. For English sites, I like the Zakkalife blog, which is written by the author of this book.

Party Origami is one of the sweetest gift book sets I've seen. The envelope like folder holds a small origami book, and a tablet of patterned paper to use to make the projects.

So first, the paper- it's not quite square. I'm okay with that because I've had problems in the past accidentally ripping or creasing paper pulling it from a tablet. It will need to be squared to make the projects. The patterns are brightly colored and trendy. There are geometric prints, chevrons, little candy prints and floral prints. All in very pretty colors with solid color backs. The solid colors coordinate with the prints on front. Two sided paper is a lovely touch on origami. The paper is a thin kami type, which means it's very smooth and thin and creases very well.

The instructions in the booklet are for 14 projects that are mostly based on classic models. They are written in standard origami format. The introduction of the book includes full instructions for following the symbols used in standard origami diagrams. They are some of the best instructions I've seen.

I wanted to see what someone who didn't fold would think of the instructions. I let my son pick a model, he's been interested in learning origami. He's never done origami before, this is a new interest for him. He was able to fold the model he chose, then he picked a few others to fold.

I love the choices of models and how they are used. There are place card holders, napkin rings, buntings and coasters. Some great decorative models that are easy to fold and add a great touch. The place card with a favor pouch is one of my favorite projects, and I also really like the lantern bunting.

This set would make a nice gift for people who enjoy origami or want to learn more about it, teenagers, and crafters who entertain. Because of the use of traditional models, it's a great way to get started in origami, but more advanced folders may not find enough new in the set to enjoy it. I did enjoy it very much because the models are used in ways that are cute and stylish and the instructions are so clear. The trendy colors and patterns of the paper are a nice bonus.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review, I received no other compensation, and my review is my honest opinion of the book. You can read more about my review policy here.

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