Fold ‘Em to the Wall

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I’m redecorating my office at work so it less resembles a prison cell and more resembles a place where I spend the majority of my non-traveling time. I’ll show you the big before-and-after when I’m completely done but until then I’ll keep you updated on the cheap and easy things I’ve done in order to make the room a little bit more ME.

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Here’s the first one. For this you need some origami paper, some tape (I used double-sided tape), some foam board (or poster board), a bone folder (optional), a pencil, and a ruler. I used some large scale origami with plain colours, but this would easily work on a smaller scale with the tiny pieces of patterned paper on a smaller board.

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I started by matching up two sides of the sheet of origami and gently pinching the outside edge of the fold, just so I could see where the centre was.

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Then I did that in the other direction.

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Using those markers as guidelines, I folded each corner of the paper into the centre of the page. It doesn’t have to be perfect; I think it looks a little better when it’s all irregular.

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I did that with every colour I had, one each, for 20 squares total. You can obviously do as many as you like.

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Then I did some figuring to sort out how I wanted them to look and where I wanted them to be.

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I had to do some math to figure out how they were going to fit on the foam board I had.

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In actual fact they were going to fit across two boards. So the pieces that fit across this divide between the two I was going to leave off until I’d mounted the boards on the wall. That seemed easiest.

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I decided it looked best if I had them in touching columns with a bit of space in between. I measured carefully to make sure they were evenly spaced and made pencil marks to show me where to stick things.

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Then it was just a matter of applying some tape. And some dog hair. But that goes without saying.

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Here it is, on my ugly green office wall (not to be confused with my ugly white office wall and my two ugly red office walls).

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It’s already become a conversation piece. My team leader calls them “Grumpy Envelopes” and enjoys putting her tiny elf-like fists in the folds.

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

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