I really want to do more crafts this year so one of my goals is to make something in origami every month. I have yet to complete one though as there’s so much choice I don’t know where to start. I’ve started saving lots of kawaii origami projects I’d like to try so here’s 6 of my favourite YouTube channels and a fun project from each one.
I mainly do origami when I need something cute and handmade to add to a card or gift. Hello Origami is a channel I often turn to as Alice has so many projects where you can add a little message inside, and I find the instructions are always very clear and easy to follow. There’s also loads of interactive projects that I really want to try, like storage and gift boxes, jumping toys and even a perpetual block calendar.
I love all the projects by Kyoko Tsujimoto (工房KOKKO) and enjoyed making a shark for Nicolette’s birthday card last year. I really want to have a go at some of her adorable human figures in all kinds of cute fruit and flower hats, but the animals are also super cute. I’m sure the many cat owners I send mail to would love one of these.
Paper Kawaii was one of the first channels I came across doing kawaii origami and while Chrissy isn’t very active any more, there’s still a huge archive of projects to browse. There really is everything from basic boxes to storage solutions and all kinds of seasonal and holiday ideas. I think these tiny flower pots are too cute and would make a lovely springtime decoration.
We’ve featured kamikey a few times on SCK as they always have new seasonal and holiday projects that are very kawaii and very Japanese! I always like a project that can show off the fun patterned paper I own and these birds would be perfect for making a batch of handmade cards.
I’m always delighted by how popular Sumikko Gurashi are in Japan and Vilgets has come up with so many cute and inventive projects featuring the characters. This candy box looks like such a useful project to learn, whether you choose to fill with tiny tapiocas or other small gifts.
I’ve mainly been saving Halloween & Christmas projects from OrigamiAko for later in the year, but I wouldn’t dare post them in February! Ako does also have plenty of cute animals to make and how can anyone resist a sea otter with a baby otter?
If you’d like to join me, I’ve made my A Year of Origami playlist public and will keep adding to it. I’ll also share what I’ve made every few months, on my own Instagram @marcelinesmith.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.