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Waribashi and online diagrams


As I have previously mentioned, I collaborate with Waribashi – a free portuguese online magazine featuring japanese culture and events – on the origami section. Recently, or not so recently, I have added the responsibility of the facebook page of Waribashi, on management and creation of content, and even though I’m quite silent in the blog I still fold! Rest assured! :)
So, since I have yet to finish a print version of the models I’ve been folding and diagraming for Waribashi, not mentioning other folded models, here’s a short assembly of the models with a photo and link to the magazine featuring it (since 2012). All models are quite simple!
No knowledge of portuguese is required. Use thinner and strong paper for small models, sturdier paper for bigger models!
A safe choice/ recommendation:
. rice paper for tiny models
. kraft paper and wrapping paper for small models
. origami paper, wrapping paper and/ or copy paper for bigger models
. exception: tanzaku, use sturdier paper or light cardboard for the base and origami/ wrapping paper for the model

Happy folding!

links open in new tabs/ windows and are a direct link to the magazine online pdf

Waribashi 39, kirigami sakura
April 2012, Waribashi 39
Kirigami Cherry Blossom : 切り紙の桜

Waribashi 40, tsuru
June 2012, Waribashi 40
Crane, twin cranes and mother and child cranes : 鶴、双子鶴、親子鶴

Waribashi 41, butterflies
August 2012, Waribashi 41
(simple) Butterfly : 簡単な蝶

Waribashi 42, traditional kusudama
October 2012, Waribashi 42
Kusudama, traditional : 薬玉、伝統的

Waribashi 43, hebi
February 2013, Waribashi 43
Snake and Year of the Snake : 蛇と巳年

Waribashi 44, unit sakura
April 2013, Waribashi 44
(yet another modular) Cherry Blossom : (ほかのユニット) 桜

Waribashi 45, semi
June 2013, Waribashi 45
Cicada :

Waribashi 46, shiori, tanzaku
August 2013, Waribashi 46
Book marker and Tanzaku : 栞、短冊

Waribashi 47, akino ha
October 2013, Waribashi 47
(simple) Autumn Leaves : (簡単な) 秋の葉

December 2013, coming soon!


bookmarks: simple & lotus flower


An item that any book lover, or book user, never has too many: a bookmark! The japanese word for bookmark is しおり・栞. These are just one type of origami bookmarks, more will be featured here in the future.
I learned both of these bookmarks as traditional, if you know otherwise, please let me know! (:

simple and lotus bookmarks

This is one of the simplest origami bookmarks there is! You can use paper with different colours/ prints on both sides and it results as well as simple paper and prints… The diagram is here! Hope you enjoy it. Scroll down for the other diagram and info on the other bookmark.
A square of 7x7cm/ 2,75″ will end up in a bookmark with 3,5×3,5cm/ 1,37″. Papers of 10×10 or 9x9cm (3,94″ or 3,54″) turn into nice sized bookmarks!

simple bookmarks

simple bookmarks

I prefer the lotus one… My love for (almost) anything flowery on action, perhaps. But I use this one mostly at home, the lotus petals became a bit jaggy when used on books I carry with me… Click here for the diagram, another waribashi one, too.
This bookmark is best made with paper that has the same colour or print on both paper faces. If not the other colour print will show on the outer petals. A square of 9x9cm/ 3,54″ results in a bookmark with 5,5cm/ 2,16″ wide and 4,5cm/ 1,77″ tall.

lotus bookmarks

lotus bookmark

lotus bookmarks

A pack of 3~5 bookmarks is a nice extra in Christmas and birthday presents… If you offer a book, why not offering some bookmarks, too? And even if you don’t offer a book, you can still offer bookmarks! (;

simple and lotus bookmarks