Readathon mini-challenge: Book origami!

Welcome, Readathon-ers!

From the moment I first encountered it, I’ve always been drawn to, fascinated by, all the fabulous art made from books or pages of books. It’s all so beautiful and bookish, don’t you agree?

But … I’m also scared to attempt it. I can’t hardly stand the thought of ripping into a book — any book — even an old review copy that I hated! Maybe you feel like me, or maybe destroying a book for the sake of art doesn’t bother you even a little bit. Either way, I think I’ve found a painless way to try my hand at book art.

Instead of cutting, we’re going to be folding today. Origami seems timely, given the recent devastating earthquakes in Japan, where the art originated.

Take the plunge with me now!

  1. Find an old book (if you’re still skittish, maybe start with an old phone book — who needs those in the internet age?) and
  2. rip into it.
  3. Do some paper folding, and
  4. share your creation.

To get you started, here are some sites with origami, paper-folding, tutorials. (Or maybe you have a book of ideas to hand already?)

OK, I think that’s plenty to go on for now.

I think I’m going to make a lily. Seems appropriate, somehow. 😀

Once you’ve posted photo(s) of your bookish creation on your blog, come back and leave me the direct link to your post in the comments below. I’ll be picking a winner (at random) once three hours have passed.


54 responses to “Readathon mini-challenge: Book origami!

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  2. OOH – I am like you…. scared to rip into a book… I will have to see what I can come up with…. hmm….. I wonder if I have one of those phone book thingies…..LOL 🙂

    Happy reading Hannah!

  3. I definitely cannot rip up a book. I will look around for a phone book.

  4. Oh, goodness. Reading that sent a shiver straight through me. Like you, I can’t even bear the thought of folding a page from an old old, even one I hated. But, maybe I should try and get over it. LOL

    Hmmm, maybe I’ll attempt this challenge (with a phone book page…gosh I hope it’s still in my recycle bin) like you suggested. Could be heaps of fun…and I’ve always wanted to try origami.

  5. Gah…”old old” should be “old book”. My eyes are starting to cross.

  6. What a cool challenge! I know just what I’m going to try.

  7. Oh my goodness! If I had any spare books lying around, I COMPLETELY would be all over this! Alas, though, we just moved into a new apartment — the only books I currently have here are my four or five absolute favorites, and a stack of ones from the library.

    Which, you know… they probably don’t want me to be beautifying. 😉 😉 😉

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  9. Here you go!

    Thanks for the fun challenge and happy read-a-thoning!

  10. I loved this challenge! SO FUN!
    I’m terrible with origameis! It took me 20 min!! It’s a fortune teller!
    Read what it told me!

  11. Oh goodness… as much as I would love to I don’t think I can make myself do it! Even with a phone book! The thought of those poor books being folded over and over… *sudder* 🙂

  12. Totally cool challenge! Unfortunately, between work and resurrected Internet, I’ve blown off most of my reading and just didn’t have the time to put into it. I even have a phone book!

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  14. Very cool challenge. Love it!


    Scroll down to Hour 7 and ta-da! An origami box!

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  18. This was fun! I couldn’t rip into one of my books. I only buy ones I really love. So I did a phone book. The library page.

  19. Done! It pained me to deface my awesome book, but it was done in earnest! Thanks for the challenge!!!

  20. I loved this challenge idea!

    I have quite a few old, yellowed, thin papered books that I am not interested in reading (and no one is interested in buying), but I just can’t throw them away. So maybe book origami is the way too go.

    So, which bird is assoziated with reading? Right, an owl!

  21. Ok. Done. All my posts are on 1 page, with the most recent on top. I love book art and, in fact, did a Squidoo lens about it (I think I put a link in my post but can’t remember offhand.) Thanks for the challenge. Good use for all my defunct computer software books…

  22. I ripped up a magazine…so I cheated slightly lol. Really interesting challenge!

  23. I’m waiting for my pictures to finish downloading, then my post will be up! this was fun!

  24. Sorry if this is a double post…. while I was posting my comment I went to another page, came back and did not see it here so here is my post link to the picture…. I failed this one big time…. but decided to post it anyway….LOL

    It was fun to try 🙂

  25. This was so much fun! I got my kids to make one too! We are book murderers and used actual book pages! Glad we did, it was so much fun and the kids feel like they got away with something they know not to ever do! Fold Mommys Book pages!

  26. Hmmm, Can not find my comment… Don’t know what happened, sorry if this is a double.
    This was a lot of fun! I got the kids to help me too!

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