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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Erin McBride!!!

Erin McBride (#3762) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner & Intermediate Level Origami Merit Badge!

“This was a fairly easy Merit Badge for me. I’ve been doing origami since I was pretty young. I was glad that I chose this category though, because I’ve never actually looked up the history of origami.

There is some debate about where it originated. It is likely that since paper originated in China (this is also under debate), the first origami was also practiced there. Since it is an art form made of paper, and paper degrades quickly, there is no evidence to support this. The paper invention made its way to Korea, and then to Japan. In Japan, origami developed into the art form we know today. The word “origami” comes from the Japanese word “ori,” meaning folding, and “kami,” meaning paper. This particular Japanese word changes “kami” to “gami” because of the way it is compounded.


For the beginner task, I made a crane. It was pretty easy. I hadn’t done any origami in maybe a year, so I just needed a little reminder here and there. I was glad to pick it up again because I have a lot of beautiful origami paper that a friend brought back for me from Japan. It was just sitting there, so I was very happy to make use of it.

For the intermediate tasks, I made the following:

Shapes: heart, star, interlocking star

Animals: whale, bird, swan

Flowers: morning glory, lily, tulip

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Erin , these flowers are so delicate and pretty! Origami is harder than it seems, I think. I was once helping with a civic project to make 1000 cranes to decorate the downtown outdoors and it took me a long time to not have my cranes come out all crooked. You did a great job!

    • Erin McBride says:

      Thank you so much! I would love to take on the 1000 crane project at some point. I love that story. It’s awesome that you helped out with that!

  2. Hi Erin, I adore origami! When I was a child I was given a huge assortment of genuine Japanese origami papers and I went to town.I taught myself every one in the book . It is my ” friend maker” when I travel to foreign lands. I take a sheet of paper and just start folding and pretty soon everyone in the village, train car, or whatever is watching. When you get to the part at the end where the crane flaps its wings, people break out in spontaneous applause or laughter. Works every time at being my good will ambassador!

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