EASY BUTTERFLY ORIGAMI

Actual folded samples from Easy Butterfly Origami by Tammy Yee.

Did you know that the Mountain Alcon Blue butterfly tricks ants into feeding and protecting its caterpillars? Or that Moth Butterfly caterpillars are carnivorous and feed on ant larvae and pupae?

"Easy Butterfly Origami" features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Fun facts about behavior and distribution accompany each butterfly model.

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Video step-by-step directions for Easy Butterfly Origami.

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

OCTOBER 31: Halloween Crafts, Origami and Fun Facts

What is it about this spooky holiday that inspires us to dress up as witches, ghouls and zombies? Americans love Halloween so much, we spend 2 billion dollars a year on costumes, candy and decorations, making it the second highest grossing holiday (after Christmas, of course).

And what about those crazy giant pumpkins, like the 1,500 pound monster grown by Jake van Kooten of British Columbia, who won $9,000 at California's Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Harvest and Festival? Did he really ship his pumpkin all the way from Canada to California?

If Mr. Kooten's prize money doesn't cover shipping his gourd back to British Columbia, then perhaps he can paddle his pumpkin home, like the good folks at the world's largest pumpkin boat race at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany. Every year enthusiasts don their pumpkin hats and paddle across the moat of a 17th Century castle in 200lb hollowed-out gourds. Between races, visitors can check out the 450 varieties of pumpkins, admire the pumpkin sculptures, and partake in pumpkin pies, stews and curries. Yum. A boat you can eat.


History of Halloween
Unnaturally large squashes aside, Halloween dates back some 2,000 years and in its current form is a mishmash of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals, and of course, modern commercialism. Long before Walmart, October 31 marked the Celtic holiday of Samhain, a harvest festival observing the end of summer, when ancient Celts disguised themselves in costumes and masks and lit bonfires to ward off evil spirits. The harvest holiday was especially important because it marked the seasonal transition between the warm "lighter half" of the year, or the growing season, and the cold, dreary "darker half". This transition from a time of bounty to impending austerity extended into the spiritual world; it was believed that the boundaries between the living and the "otherworld" became especially thin, allowing the dead to pass over into this world.

Samhain and its pagan rituals, and some elements of the Roman festival of Feralia, which honored the dead, became integrated into All Saint's Day and all Soul's Day. In medieval Ireland and Britain, the poor would go from door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the dead, giving rise to "guising", a tradition in which Scottish and Irish children disguised themselves in costumes and went door to door requesting food and coins.


Save on Halloween decorations with these fun, printable Halloween origami and crafts.
Vampire Bat Origami

Bat Origami
Black Cat Origami

Haunted House Origami
Halloween Monster Origami
Monster Mask
Owl Mask
Owl Paper Bag Puppet
Pinwheel Spider
Pumpkin Mask

Pumpkin Box
Skeleton
Skull Mask
Vampire (Dracula) Origami

©2015 Tammy Yee

SWARMING DADDY LONGLEGS! The explanation behind the creepy phenomenon

So, fellow nerds, what's with this video circulating on Facebook and Youtube?



First of all, these are not spiders. They are harvestmen or daddy-longlegs. For those of you who remember the ol' mnemonic device for taxonomy, King Philip Can Order Fresh Green Salad (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species), these critters, like spiders, scorpions and ticks, are in the class Arachnida. However, harvestmen belong to their own order, Opiliones.

So what's the difference?
  1. Harvestmen have a single cephalothorax and a single pair of eyes. True spiders have a narrow "waist" that creates two segments, the cephalothorax and abdomen.
  2. Harvestmen have a single pair of eyes. True spiders most commonly have eight eyes, however they can have no eyes, or as many as 12 eyes.
  3. Harvestmen are nonvenomous.
  4. Harvestmen have no spinnerets, so they do not spin webs.
  5. Harvestmen are older than spiders--the oldest fossil, from Scotland, is at least 400 million years old. True spiders are about 300 million years old.
  6. Harvestmen are omnivores--they eat dead stuff, bird droppings, fungus and small arthropods and slugs.
Finally, the question every one is asking. WHY DO THEY DO THIS? They mass for defensive purposes, and to keep themselves warm. Harvestmen possess a pair of stinky glands called ozopores; when they mass, the combined smell can be quite disturbing. Swarming also makes them appear larger. When disturbed, the entire throng will sometimes bob and sway--a truly unsettling effect.

Learn more about harvestmen/daddy long legs:

http://spiders.ucr.edu/daddylonglegs.html

http://www.newsweek.com/video-science-explains-why-thousands-daddy-longlegs-swarmed-house-312362

http://mentalfloss.com/article/59455/15-fascinating-facts-about-daddy-longlegs

Holiday Book Signing!

Saturday, December 20, 2014
11am-1pm
at
Native Books in Ward Warehouse
1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
 
 

Christmas: Origami Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Print and fold Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for Christmas.



Difficulty: Easy


Directions:


Print and cut out reindeer origami along outer solid line.



1. Fold origami in half along red horizontal line, as shown. Unfold.




2. Fold origami back along diagonal line as shown. Unfold. Repeat on other side. Unfold.

 



3. Your origami should be creased as illustrated by red lines. Carefully fold origami along these creases to form an upside-down "tent."






4. Turn your origami over, with Rudolph's face facing down. Fold each corner down, along diagonal lines, as shown.




 5. Fold corner toward center, along vertical line, as shown. Repeat on other side.

 



6. Note diagonal lines marked in red. Fan fold antlers and ears in on both sides, as shown.






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Winter Star Snowflake Ornament

Print and assemble a snowflake star for Christmas...hang in your window or use as a treetop ornament. Assembled size: app. 14 inches


DIRECTIONS:

1. Print 5 copies of Star Snowflake Ornament Section on cardstock paper:

2. Cut out pattern.

3. Fold along solid lines and tab lines. Here I used a ruler and a butter knife to score the lines, to create crisp folds.


4. Each snowflake section be creased as shown. Note how all the folds are toward the blank surface of the pattern.

5. Tape or glue each section along the tab as shown. Double stick tape works best, since there's no mess and no waiting for it to dry.


6. Once the star sections have been assembled, flatten each section as shown.

7. Align 2 sections and secure the tabs as shown.

8. Repeat with all five sections. 

9. Carefully open your star like a fan, and secure the final two tabs.

Merry Christmas!

©2013 Tammy Yee. 







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