I have a confession to make: I still get a little thrill when I receive honest-to-goodness mail. I'm not talking about bills (I've happily gone paperless on those) or credit card offers or political junk. I mean the sometimes unexpected, pretty, makes-your-day kind of mail. I got just that very thing this week. I knew this was going to be fun from the moment I pulled it out of the shipping box.
The Origami Love Notes box included the instruction book and 36 sheets of paper. There are 12 different designs included and, surprisingly, I liked every one of them. There's something here for everyone, whether you'd like to make a cute note for your preteen or grandmother. It's perfect origami weight in that it's light enough to easy fold but thick enough it doesn't easily tear. Each paper also has a solid color on the back for good contrast when you're folding.
The book is more of a booklet, but it's packed with information. It starts out with a list of the projects available, but before diving into those the author, Florence Temko, covers some origami basics. Explaining what the symbols mean, emphasizing the importance of neat and crisp folds and describing different types of appropriate paper are all covered here. Being an origami beginner I appreciated that.
Each project is well described with written instructions and colorful diagrams. Some require only a piece of paper from the kit, while others also call for a blank card to attach the project to. I started with this one because it looked easy.
It took me no time at all, and turned out pretty cute!
I also tried this Sealed with a Kiss Envelope from page 20. I liked the fact that it ends up with a little tab to tuck the envelope flap into.
I'll be honest, when I came to this Folded Money Heart I thought it was really cute, but it looked WAY too complicated for me to actually make.
Well, I figured I had nothing to lose, since I'd still have my dollar if I screwed it up, and gave it a try. Check out what I ended up with, and I didn't even use the toothpick! Pretty excited about it for my first try!
This kit was so much fun to play with (and I'm not done yet!) and such a pleasure to receive in my mailbox. This would, of course, be great for Valentine's Day (it's not too late through Amazon), but it would also be a fun Mother's Day or birthday gift or even tucked into an Easter basket. Love notes are timeless!