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Art of Paper Folding

Scissorcraft has a variety of paper folding crafts with step by step instructions. Learn how to create birds, flowers, butterflies, animals, snowflakes and more. Whether you choose to cut, fold, spindle or mutilate, printed, paper crafts are easy and fun to make.

Paper was invented in China during the Eastern Han Dynasty era around 105 A.D. Ever since, people have practiced the popular art of creating "zhezhi" objects by folding sheets of paper for ceremonial purposes. Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan in the 6th century. Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. The earliest known object created by folding paper is a small paper boat. Chinese funerals traditionally include folded paper items to be burned during the ceremony. Japanese custom for Shinto weddings is to provide origami butterflies to represent the bride and groom.

The differences between the two cultures concerning folding paper is traditional Chinese zhezhi concentrates on objects like boats or hats and Japanese origami tradition prefer animals and flowers. It is said if one folds a thousand paper cranes you will be granted one special wish.

Get back to the basics in education of paper folding with these easy and fun patterns specially made for children. Celebrate May Day, Easter, Christmas or any holiday with elementary folding.

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

The difference between Origami and Kirigami.

  • Kirigami: Japanese; Kiru means "to cut" and gami means "paper"
  • Origami: Japanese; oru means "to fold", and gami means "paper"

Make your gift memorable. Create a few designs to combine with flower arrangements. Children can learn basic math principles to create their very own pyramids, baskets, envelopes. Create 3-D animal farms and zoo menageries and more!

Ordinary sheets of paper can be folded and cut into ships, animals, and flowers. Great, educational fun for children. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a piece of paper, a Scissor Craft pattern, a few quick folds, and voila  you've got an envelope, a basket or a wild african elephant.