Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Origami Slinky

As you might have guessed, I like making things with Origami. When you are an international student, you'll find many ways to share your culture... for example, at cultural night. For me, Origami was one of the ways to share Japanese culture.

Now Origami isn't related to only Japanese, many people enjoy origami folding. In order to teach others how to make origami creations, I had to learn to give instructions in English, so I'm always looking for instruction given in English. I see more and more ideas on English site given by non-Japanese people.

I found this Origami Slinky idea while searching YouTube for something fun to make for someone's birthday. (Yes, it's you! if you are reading this :)  I didn't have the time to make it that day, but I found another opportunity to make it. It was my nephew's birthday, and I got my kids involved in the process. 

K-kun, T-kun, and even L-chan (well, she is the youngest of the 3, but she is the neatest when it comes to holding origami papers!) divided the process in 3 sections, and I supervised, and assembled finished pieces into a slinky!

K-kun testing Origami Slinky.

L-chan and T-kun testing slinky.

I used 72 papers to make this following the instruction on YouTube video.

We made this for our nephew.

I'm planning to make another one (with warm colors... orange, red, pink, yellow, and light yellow...) next time. 

Below is the Origami Slinky instructions I found on YouTube. It took me about 2 hours with kids. I think I can do much faster next time!

I like make things with tiny papers, or something playable like this slinky. What should I make next?


  1. WOW, this is amazing!!! I will have to try it someday.

    1. Isn't it awesome? I didn't want to give it away! I found it works the best on both hands alternating heights.

  2. This looks amazing. I'm going to have to try it with my kids!

    1. That will be fun! (I think your kids like Origami making, right?) A little tip: I assembled first 2 pieces together first to see how tight it was, and then instructed the boys who was folding the last section to leave the tiny space in between so that it won't be so tight. It's hard to explain, but I think you will know what I mean when you start assembling... Have fun, and thank you for the comment!