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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Sunday, 5 July 2009
This Saturday we decided to take a virtual trip to Japan in honour of my sister's upcoming Rotary exchange.
It was sort of spur-of-the-moment-we-actually-have-an-afternoon-free but thank goodness for Google!

We planned a meal of sushi (I'll blog about that part tomorrow) and wanted to add some other elements to it that would appeal to a preschooler...

So we went through mommy's (admittedly vast *blush*) craft supplies and came up with enough pretty paper to make some of the wonderfully simple origami patterns as found at the Origami Instructions website, in the kids' section. At almost-4 Rowan was able to follow the pictoral directions for orienting her paper and with help getting the folds in place, could crease them suitably for the activity. We used 12" scrapbook paper cut into 6 x 6" square pieces for each creation and decorated with crayons (we love our 'Close to My Heart' Watercolor Crayons, they rock for blending and coloring!).

While we worked we listened to some traditional Japanese music (google, again!) and talked about some of the traditions and geography of the country~ as well as, Rowan being Daddy's girl, Godzilla!

I was going to tell Rowan the story about Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes, but that was met with a 'no thanks, Mommy'. Well.

Once we had completed our origami projects we moved on to making paper fans to fan our sushi rice and for decoration on our table. These are pretty rough, but they have lots of potential for prettying up!
  • Cardstock, cut into 'rainbows' roughly 7" wide and 4" tall.
  • Popsicle/ craft sticks
  • white glue (we used 'Tacky Glue' for extra hold)
  • tissue paper (we used patterned decoupage paper I had stashed away, any tissue would do)
  • scissors to cut out and trim the fans.
  1. Cut out your 'rainbows', one for each fan.
  2. Tear or cut your tissue paper into small pieces (smaller for a longer craft/ attention span) and cover the front side of the fan with a collage of tissue paper, this creates a rice paper effect and is very easy even for toddlers. Be sure to help younger ones secure down all corners of their paper, don't worry about overhanging paper.
  3. Trim the overhanging paper edges of the fan.
  4. On the back, glue down 3-4 craft sticks like spokes on the fan~ spread along the edge of the fan and stacked together at the base of the handle.
  5. Embellish with ribbon or tassels, or keep it simple (like we did because our rice was ready for making sushi!) Older children may enjoy finding and copying/ tracing Japanese symbols or letters on their fans.
Together, both of these crafts took about 1.5 hours and could have taken much more (Rowan wanted to do more origami)~ great for a rainy afternoon!

Check back tomorrow for the sushi making (oh my.).


Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Such a cute idea! Well done!

Little Dickens Designs said...

That's a great tutorial. Thanks!

Love 2 B Inspired said...

Great Idea and perfect for summer fun.

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