Origami You Can Use: Simple Tray | Jennifer Fountain | Skillshare

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Origami You Can Use: Simple Tray

teacher avatar Jennifer Fountain, Learners Gotta Learn!

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome & Intro


    • 2.

      Housekeeping Tips


    • 3.

      Folding a Simple Origami Tray


    • 4.

      Wrap Up


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About This Class

In this class you will learn basic origami folding skills so that you can transform a piece of paper into something more.

If you’ve been curious about origami, always wanted to try it but didn’t know where to start, or just want to learn a simple but useful model you can fold quickly, then you’re in the right place.

You will learn to make this simple but useful paper tray to hold the little things that matter to you.

Let’s get started!

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Jennifer Fountain

Learners Gotta Learn!

Level: Beginner

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1. Welcome & Intro: Howdy. Welcome to my first skill share class. I'm Jennifer and I've been folding origami for over 20 years. I find the process of folding paper to be an exercise in mindfulness. So when I have finished folding an origami model, I have the benefit of mental clarity and something lovely to share. If you have ever wondered about origami and how you might use it, let me introduce you to the practical side of origami. In this class, I will teach step by step how to fold this simple origami try. You will learn this is fun to fold and handy to hold small items, that is, and all you need are a square sheet of paper and your hands, so let's get started. 2. Housekeeping Tips: as we're beginning. Just wanted. Cover a couple of housekeeping tips. First, origami paper is usually square, and it's colored on one side and white on the other. When I'm describing the paper as we go through the steps today, when I say the top, I will mean the edge that's furthest away from you. And when I say bottom, I'll be speaking of the edge that's closest to you. When I described changing the orientation of the paper, I'll say, flip horizontally and you'll do just that like you're turning the page of a book. And I'll also describe rotate like a propeller, which means that we're going to rotate the paper around like a propeller, and that's halfway around. I prefer to fold away from me, so that means that I'll be taking a bottom edge and folding away from me towards the top edge. You are certainly welcome to fold from left to right. If that's easier for you to see where Teoh tow line things up or to fold towards you, that's fine, because I will show you at the end of each step what the model should look like a that point and feel free to pause, rewind, replay as often as you like. This is your class 3. Folding a Simple Origami Tray: okay for the first step could have fooled the paper in half by taking the bottom edge, holding it up to the top. I'll make sure it's lined up there. Hold it in place that I use my fingers marks that hand here to bring down the creased in the middle and go out to the right and then to the left step to rotate the model like a propeller and noticed that we have the open edges Here, take the bottom of just this top layer only and folded up to the top Hold it increased to the right and to the left Once the creases formed Unfold the paper Step three Flip the model horizontally. We're going to do the same thing that we did on the previous side. So we'll take this this bottom edge of just the top layer only and folded way So it meets up with the top, hold it in place and inform the crease when the creases formed Unfold Step four gonna take this lower right hand corner and just the top layer only and fold it to the right edge lines that there in the center on that line formed by the crease we made in the previous step. So it's there. Just form a little triangle. I will repeat this step on the left. We'll take this lower left corner and fold it So the left edge of the paper aligns with this. Fine. Here, hold it in for a second triangle for step five. We're gonna flip the model horizontally and repeat the steps we just did before and step for. Are you starting to see some symmetry here? I will take this lower right hand corner, fold it to the center. That repetition and balance are part of what make origami such a mindful activity for me. The lower left corner will fold it so that meets that line. We have the little triangles here. Step six going to rotate the model like a propeller. And again we will fold up the lower right hand corner this time. You notice, though, that this was the folded edge. So there two layers were folding them both as one. So the right edge comes to the center and look with that little triangle again, meeting up there in the center, and will repeat this step over here on the lower left corner full. This toward the center will rotate the model like a propeller. Take this bottom edge just the top layer only and folded up along this exist increase to the top. Flip the model horizontally and will repeat that step will take this bottom edge. Fold it to the top. If you rotate the model here, you can see it looks like a little boat. So for step nine, it's gonna open up the top of a boat By pulling these edges away from each other. You could see that the model starts to fold up into three dimensional shape here, and it's practically showing us where it wants to be folded. So we begin with this edge here. This flap if I fold, it just kind of push on it towards the center. That corner on the outside just shows me right how to fold it. So I lined this up. This line here with the line in here. I'll just hold it in place while I crease it. Make sure I don't get it too crinkly here and then over here. Here's what it looks like right now. Now we'll rotate it. I'm gonna fold this other flap in. And so that pocket down in there, that's the point that's on the outside here will fold that same same thing. We make sure we have lines lining up with lines and form the crease. Step 10 flip the model horizontally and noticed this the line here across the hexagon. I'm going to turn my model just a little because I like to fold away from myself and gonna lift up this this end here and form a little tab. This is not a measured tab here. I'm just kind of eyeballing it. I just wanna create something that's not all the way to the corner, but it's not too shallow either. And you'll see in a moment how it serves the model. Okay, so that's just about right. So I'm gonna take the model, and I'll do that again on the other side. Gonna lift up this little tab and eyeball it. Is that about the same size? Is the other one? Yep. Looks good. So hold that in place, and I'll just pinch that little fold back in place. Here we go. So here's what it looks like. Now. Step 11. Gonna flip the model horizontally and we're gonna open up Arlo flaps. So you see what our little are? Our tab fold that we did on the backside, did hear it, created a nice spot for corners inside the tray. And just put my thumbs here inside those corners. And I can't like a gentle curve here instead of, ah, hard fold. So I just kind of massage that into shape, and then I come around to the other side. Just come put my thumbs and diesel pockets, pull them away from each other, and it forms kind of a little gentle bend in the paper. And there we have it. Folks are completed. Origami, Trey. 4. Wrap Up: I really enjoy folding this simple Trey. I make a lot of these. Sometimes I might just be binging on my favorite programs on Netflix. And before I know it, I have to three 12 little models folded with a little practice. I think you, too, may find yourself holding them by the dozens. You can use the choice for lots of different things. Office supplies, medications, Bobby pins, I Kia parts, retainers, jewelry, beads, you name it. It's your tray. Please snap a picture of your paper tray and posted to the project section of the class. I love to see what you're working on, and I'd love to hear your comments. Was this a fun project for you? Do you want to see more like it? Thanks so much for joining me today. In Origami. You can use simple Trey