Engage your children in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding - origami!

Engage your children in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding - origami! The only things you need are paper, imagination and some handy instructions to get started. Kids enjoy building 2-D and 3-D objects from paper, and origami helps build motor skills and experience with following directions.

For this project, you'll write a letter and create a decorative envelope from the very same piece of paper!

WHAT YOU NEED

Square piece of decorative paper - lightweight paper works best, no cardstock or heavy paper, and it should be at least 4-inches-by-4-inches (scrapbook paper cut into quarters works great!)

HOW YOU DO IT

1. Write a letter to your recipient on the paper and lay it text side up. Fold in half vertically, edge to edge, and press the fold. Unfold. Now you have a crease.

2. Fold the bottom left corner up toward the center, so the corner touches the center point. Repeat with the top right corner. Now you have a top triangle and a bottom triangle.

3. Fold the straight bottom edge toward the center to meet the bottom edge of your top right triangle.

4. Repeat with the top edge.

5. Notice the pockets you have created.

6. Fold the top and bottom corners to tuck them into their respective pockets. Flip over and address your envelope!

WHO THOUGHT THIS UP
Lexie Stoia is an artist living in Columbus. She enjoys working with a variety of materials and exhibits her artwork nationally.You can find her handmade textiles for sale at Wholly Craft and other shops. Visit her website, lexiestoia.com, for more information.
Olivera Bratich owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home decor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesdays. For information, go to whollycraft.net or call 614-447-3445.