The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 6,691 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—9,460 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ
Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …
For this week’s Stitching and Crafting/Origami Intermediate Level Merit Badge, I began to see paper in a whole new light.
Little bits of trash that rustled through the alleyway? Origami would be-s.
Gum wrappers that mysteriously find their way into the bottom of my car? Paper cranes waiting to happen. Spearmint scented cranes, no less.
Wadded-up manuscripts and doodled-on sheets of lined notebook paper? Origami babies.
I collected and smoothed out used tissue paper, I hoarded paper grocery sacks, I bought stacks of scrapbook squares at yard sales, and I even began eyeing my trees with a gleam in my peepers (was there a paper-making badge?).
I was hooked. I loved having something to do with my hands when I misplaced my knitting needles or was stumped on my Great American Novel or couldn’t find the remote control. It gave me something to do when I was waiting in the coffee drive-thru lane for my Organic Almond Latte with Whip. Plus, it was fun making something out of nearly nothing, and I gotta say, my neighbor kids thought I was a genius. Forget balloon animals: origami brings a grin to everybody’s faces. (And they don’t pop or fly away. Score!)
To earn my Intermediate Level Origami Badge I needed to make:
- Three different kinds of animals
- Three different kinds of shapes
- Three different kinds of flowers
Only nine in all? Pshaw! Why, I could do that, no problem. I turned to Pinterest for some how-tos and inspiration, and naturally, I tumbled right down a bunny trail of distractions.
Pinterest can be detrimental to an easily distracted gal like Yours Truly. I tell myself to look for origami pandas and I end up baking an Oatmeal Cake with Pecan Glaze. I sternly get back to looking up origami swan nests and I find myself entertained for hours by mustache designing. I go back for origami stars and I binge watch gifs of kittens.
It’s a problem. These badges seem to take forever … maybe it’s me.
Me and my addiction to wine-cork art notions.
Anyway, after finding some totes adorbs origami puppies (and also learning how to French braid a poodle, but that is neither here nor there), I finally folded my last crease. I had done it:
- An origami Dalmatian, a duck, and a dinosaur
- An origami heart, a star, and a box
- An origami tulip, a lily, and a pansy
It’s not every day you can add all that to your arts and crafts resume, chickadees.
(And learn to build a fairy house out of wine corks. Not to mention, the DIY plastic surgery. Though I may rethink that one).
I have made lots of origami cranes for a local project one year, but never tried anything like the beautiful flowers shown. They are quite impressive!
Origami was my ultimate ” friend maker ” while travelling abroad. I would usually do the crane as when you are done and pull its tail it flaps it wings. Magic! I could wow them in any country. Long train trips were especially good for this exercise. The watchers young and old would break in to broad grins and sometimes I would have time enough to teach them to do it themselves ( long train trips is the operative phrase here). I taught my students in Kashmir, India the first week I was there . Pretty soon the entire town was covered in cranes, strung across shop doorways, tied to their clothes, hung on bicycle handlebars,… you get the picture. I had to try to do a few other animals from memory but the flying crane was always the favorite. Thanks MaryJane for bringing back the happy memories.
Oh just remembered- stateside I used to get extra spending money by betting people they couldn’t make a bird that flew out of a $5 bill ( altho the larger the bill , the more money earned). They would say it was impossible and voila I’d promptly make a crane , pull that tail,and flap those wings ! Invariably the person would say they wanted to keep it and just hand me another $ 5, $10 or whatever so they could keep it for good luck. Worked like magic every time. ( although I must warn you it is hard because the paper is so thick and you have to start by folding the bill first into a square , but it can be done – I can’t tell you how many I have made over the years – even doing a $ 100 bill once! )
Thanks for the morning chuckle, MBA Jane!
That’s the idea. Putting a smile on your face puts one on mine.
Lisa, I knew a guy who could fold one dollar bills into origami cowboy boots. But they didn’t walk!
Oooh Karlyne! I need to learn that one !
ooh look what I found, here’s the youtube tutorial to make the boot! :
Well, we’ll be expecting pictures of your boots next!
HI karlyne, well actually this guy has a way to turn dollar bills into origami houses, most impressive .That is what I want to try to do next.
And speaking of pics, how’s about some photos of your creations MaryJane ?? We are all waiting with baited breath to see them ( for me esp. the Dalmation dog)
This is a super cute story. I feel that I can relate to the Pinterest issue! This really inspires me to explore origami. I would love to try my hand at paper folding. I do recall making the paper cranes in elementary but that was so long ago I wouldn’t even remember where to start. Looks like I will need to make a visit to Pinterest to see what origami animals I can find and try out. Maybe I can work on earning another merit badge!