Recently I got the eBook Kawaii Origami: Super Cute Origami Projects for Easy Folding Fun. It’s made by Chrissy Pushkin from Paper Kawaii, a website packed with cute origami and papercraft tutorials. The book itself contains 25 kawaii-style origami projects with step-by-step instructions.
The cover of the book immediately drew my attention, the ice cream origami on it was something I really wanted to try. I completed many origami projects when I was younger, but my memory got a bit rusty. The projects are arranged easy to difficult, rated with one star to five stars. I decided to start with the first project of the book.
Kawaii Origami Masu Boxes
The traditional origami masu boxes are fun to fold and they can be used to hold small items. The instructions were very clear and it took me only about 5 minutes to make these boxes. I use them to store stickers and other small stationery.
Cute Origami Cat Hearts
Next up I tried a project rated with 3 stars called cat & dog hearts. If you want to draw a face on the cat or dog, you’d best use origami paper with a plain backside. Something I overlooked the first time around ;).
The written instructions helped me finish the 47 steps with ease. The dog version only requires one extra step, where the ears are folded down. These cat & dog hearts make a cute gift and you could also use them as a bookmark (at the corner of a page).
Origami Ice Cream
The ice cream is one of the more challenging projects, but it was something I wanted to try.
I could not figure out how to fold the main cone into the proper end shape. I tried it a couple of times, but to no avail. So I turned to Google. Turns out that Chrissy has made video tutorials to accompany some of the projects, including the ice cream cone!
The video helped me to complete the last steps. Somehow I didn’t fold the upper part of the cone correctly, so the ice cream itself is not properly attached. For me this project was a bit challenging to complete. However I want to practise it some more, so I’ll be able to make a double flavored origami ice cream.
Fun Original Projects
I’m used to old fashioned instruction-books, because the internet wasn’t a thing when I grew up. That’s why I really appreciate the clear step-by-step instructions in this book. However, the addition of video instructions for some of the projects is very helpful.
I think this book is suited for both beginners and experienced paper folders. The projects are not all uniquely created by Chrissy, as some have been around for a long time but I do think that her own origami projects are very clever and kawaii, such as the ice cream cone and the sushi boxes. I’m looking forward to trying more projects.
Where To Buy & Giveaway!
You can get the Kawaii Origami eBook on Apple Books or Kindle (USA/UK). BUT I would recommend getting the hard copy as it comes with 50 colorful origami papers to get you started. Also I think that the paperback has a nicer layout. The Kawaii Origami book is available from online shops such as Amazon (USA / UK) and Bol.com (NL).
Chrissy is so kind to do a giveaway here on SCK! So please come back tomorrow for a chance to win a copy of the Kawaii Origami Book.
This is not a gifted review but Paper Kawaii have provided a giveaway prize.
Natasja‘s love for kawaii things was sparked by Sanrio characters and Candy Candy in her youth. Natasja lives in the Netherlands with her husband and works as a freelance web designer. She likes to spend her free time browsing for cute stuff, blogging and reading.