Teen Summer Craft Kit 1: Origami Zoo

Bored? Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come grab a craft kit from the library, while supplies last! We've got seven weeks worth of projects to keep you creative the whole summer long! Just stop in and ask your librarian to hook you up! And don't forget to share your awesome creations with us on social media @mcflteens #marinteensummer

Week 1: Origami Zoo
Week 2: Mondrian-Inspired Painting
Week 3: Beginner Embroidery
Week 4: Cut-Out Poetry
Week 5: Book Folding
Week 6: Hydraulic Fortune Teller
Week 7: DIY Journal


Origami Zoo

Transform square pieces of paper into beautifully intricate 3D works of art! With a few tucks and folds, you can create animals, shapes, and more with this ancient artform. Having roots in China and Japan, origami has evolved throughout the world and is practiced by people of all backgrounds and ages. So pull up a pattern, start folding, and create some paper masterpieces of your very own!

Kit includes:

  • 8 sheets origami paper
  • 1 instruction sheet (horse, crane, or snapper)
  • 1 project inspiration sheet
  • 1 wellness flyer

Materials not included but may be nice to have:

  • Scissors
  • Tape

Get inspired:

Instructions/ How to get started:

Use the included instructions, links on the project inspiration sheet, or your favorite YouTube origami tutorials to determine which 8 animals you'd like to create. 

Horse: https://www.origami-fun.com/support-files/origami-horse-print.pdf
Crane: https://www.origami-fun.com/support-files/origami-crane-print.pdf, opens a new window
Snapper: https://www.origami-fun.com/support-files/origami-snapper-print.pdf

Video tutorial:

Coming soon!

Tips for making:

  • Go slow. Some designs can be really complicated, but you can do this!
  • Mistakes are OK. Paper is a forgivable medium, don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can always unfold and begin again.
  • Review folding instructions before you start. Sometimes the beginning steps look super easy but the later instructions seem confusing. Make sure you find and use instructions that are clear to you.
  • When you get frustrated, it’s OK to take a break. You can always come back and finish the project later.

Share your awesome work:

Once you are done with your origami we would love for you to share your final creation with us! Please tag us on social media and use the hashtag below too!

#marinteensummer @mcflteens

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