April 3rd, 2012
Baby showers are traditionally held for an expectant mother. In earlier eras it was a surprise event, but in this new age of involvement, many couples are hosting their own co-ed baby showers, planning their own female only showers, or are involved completely in the planning with the person hosting the party. They are involved in the theme, colours, food, guest list and invitations. Every expectant mother or host of a baby shower seeks that baby shower invitation that is original and unique. If you have the time and patience, then considering baby shower invitations with origami creativity might be a welcomed choice.
Basics on Origami
Origami is a Japanese art of paper folding. Creating objects and designs by folding the righty type of paper in just the right way was already an art form in Japan in the seventeenth century. In the mid-nineteenth century, it started spreading to other countries and was recognised as a unique art form.
Origami designs are made from squares of paper that are usually printed or coloured on one side and white on the other. The idea is to create all of your creases and folds first before actually putting the object together. It is all one piece with the colour or design showing on the outside and the white side not visible at all if possible. The most popular origami design was the crane, but since origami has risen in popularity over the years, many other designs have been created.
There are several types of origami techniques including the original modular folding, wet folding where the paper is slightly dampened to allow softer curves and edges that will stay in form once the paper dries, and ‘pureland’ folding in which the object is constructed one fold at a time with no reverse folds.
Here Are Some Suggestions on How to Use Origami for Your Baby Invites
This is where you let your imagination take the lead. Learning simple origami is not hard. Simple origami instructions can be found in books in arts and craft supply stores or over the Internet. Simple designs that will easily be attached to an invitation could include hearts, hats, birds, butterflies, flowers, puppies, kitties and other small animals. There are also patterns available for bells, cubes, windmills, people and octagons.
Simply order your blank DIY cards in the colours and text that you want. Go to your local art supply shop and pick up a package of origami paper already cut to size. If you want to do it all yourself, you can cut any paper that will hold a crease into the size you need. By mixing and matching different prints and colours, you can create a different origami object for each invitation. If you do not have the time to create origami art for your invitations, think about creating diaper origami envelopes for each guest.
It is loads of fun to learn and with help from a few friends, you can create those unique baby invitations with origami creativity.