Monday, February 26, 2018

Origami Friendship Math Quilt Craft

Brr, it's cold outside!  Lately I've been enamored with quilt designs and origami crafts Their bold colors and gorgeous geometric patterns really make me swoon!  Today's post combines my love for both crafts.  These origami paper quilts are really quite beautiful to look at.  Folding them can be a bit of challenge, because there are so many units to fold.  But, make them with some friends and you're sure to have some indoor fun during these cold winter nights.

Origami Friendship Quilts


How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

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Full disclosure:  We've been going on various origami book-hunting sprees at the library.  This design is not my own.  We found it in an older origami book.   However, since we found this particular craft awhile ago, I've completely blanked on the title of the book.  I'm so sorry! I will put it in here once I find it again.


Let's Make 20 Unit Pieces

Ok.  As you can probably guess, this origami quilt is made up of several different unit pieces. (20 to be exact.)   Here's how to make these units:

You'll need 20 sheets of origami paper.  (I wanted to make a smaller quilt, so I cut up 5 sheets of paper to create 20 smaller origami sheets.  Each origami sheet created 4 smaller sheets.)


How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends


Take a piece of origami paper and fold it along the diagonal like this.

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Then, fold the triangle in half and then unfold it.  (This crease will help you line up all of your units.)

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Then, fold down the tip of the triangle.  Use a glue stick to hold the tip down. 
How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Make 20 units in total.

(Ah! An origami army!)
How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends



Let's Make 5 Origami Windmills

Now we're going to take our 20 units and use them to make 5 windmill pieces.  Here's how we do that!

Using a glue stick, attach two units together like this. (Note that the yellow triangle slides into the pink triangle.)

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends


Now, attach another triangle in a similar manner.  (This time the orange triangle slides into the yellow triangle.)  Use a glue stick to attach them together.

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Repeat this process with another triangle to complete a windmill.  (This time the green triangle slides into the orange triangle and the pink triangle slides into the green triangle.)

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Great! Now make 5 or these windmills.

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends


Finally!  Let's Make a Paper Origami Quilt!

Are you still reading this post?  Awesome. This means that you're serious.  Fortunately, we're almost done.  Now we're going to piece the windmills together to create a lovely paper origami quilt.

Ok, align two windmills together like this...
How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

And then slide them together!  (Use a glue stick to attach them.)  Then, grab another windmill and position it like so.

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Slide it in, and glue it together.  Then, align another windmill like so:

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends

Slide it in and glue it together.  Now, align another windmill over here like so...

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends


Slide the final triangles together and glue everything in to create this lovely design!

Yes! You did it!  Shake a mighty fist in the air and shout, "I am an origami genius!" Go ahead I won't judge.

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends


Done?  Ok!  You can keep your design like this.  Or, you can make it look more like a quilt.  To do this, fold back the pieces that stick out. Use clear tape to secure them.

And you're all set!

Hope you have fun trying out this combined math and art activity!  And of course, if you're looking for more activities that combine math and art, check out the links below!

More Fun Activities that Combine Math and Art


Happy making, friends!

How to make origami paper quilts- such a fun kids' math art and craft idea to do with friends



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