Paper arts and crafts you must try

Arts and crafts are probably some of the best activities to keep both adults and children entertained. Join us in celebrating Origami day on the 11th November by crafting with one of these oriental techniques: Origami, Kirigami and Pepakura. 

Origami, the most popular one of the three, was born in Japan and is considered part of the culture. It is connected to the Shinto sphere religion due paper’s sacred value. For over a century it is tradition to give a crane-shaped origami to a loved one as a wish of health, happiness, well being and prosperity. The art of Origami is simple and easy to make with your children. All you need is paper, any kind or colour to make some fun animals, flowers and more. 

You can follow instructions here:

Kirigami is a similar technique to Origami. The Japanese word “Kiru” means cut and “Kami” means paper. This craft involves making small cuts on a single sheet, which is then folded creating a three-dimensional image. This technique is can be used for greeting cards which have a pop-up effect. If you would like to attempt it yourself you can follow some instructions here:

Pepakura, or papercraft, is a more complex technique. More than folding, it is the art of assembling paper into ornaments. You use standard models that already have predefined cuts along with scissors and glue to build your ornament. For pepakura, the choice of paper is essential. It is recommended to use A4 cards (approximately 90 - 160 grams), suitable for modern printers to ease the printing of the models.

These techniques have spread widely being integrated into Vietnamese and Hawaiian culture. As well as in many cinematographic references including the Harry Potter’s Howler, the red talking letter that, with its mouth and sharp teeth, reads the message with the sender's voice. The paper unicorns built by Gaff (Edward James Olmos) in Blade Runner are iconic, and they have given rise to several discussions about their meaning.