Origami was one of my first crafty loves as a child.  My family hosted some Japanese students who were on a summer cultural exchange program, and one of the girls gave me a big package of pretty papers and showed me how to fold them into various simple shapes.  Ever since then, folded paper has occupied a very special place in my crafty heart.  Heidi from Hand Occupied enjoys origami too, as she demonstrates with this patriotic star tutorial.  Make a single star to hang on your front door to welcome guests, or make a whole bunch and string them into a festive garland!  [how to make patriotic origami stars]

Project estimate:

  • Paper, on hand or $1
  • Scotch tape, on hand
  • Needle and thread, on hand

Total:  Free and up