Sunday 30 April 2017

DIY #5 - Numbers and shapes wall

A simple numbers and shapes wall, with some basic geometrical shapes and number chart till 100. The geometrical shapes were drawn on MS word, printed out in A4 sheets and simply crayon colored, and pasted on a Mahjong white paper (later pasted the white paper to wall), The numbers were printed out in A4 size papers, a 5x5 table on every A4 paper in landscape orientation. We drew a further margin to the table in the printouts, cut accordingly and pasted. The chart is pasted around the kid's eye level in the wall, for easy reading.

Materials used for number chart :
1. A4 size papers - 4, to printout numbers, orientation - landscape, each table : 5x5 , numbers font size : 72
2. Mahjong paper - ~58cm X 58cm, white paper, popularly available in Singapore. Much thinner than chart paper.
3. Crayons - for colouring the shapes

Numbers and shapes wall - April'17

Saturday 15 April 2017

DIY #4 - Origami Wall

 Our only daring ventures into paper craft in the past were restricted to Samurai hat, which Anouk was very fond of, around July'16 and some paper Xmas stars(which include paper cutting). Fast forward to present, having made a friend at university who happened to be an origami expert, the idea of trying out some origami models slowly returned to parents' conversations. Purchased the origami paper two months back and we were slowly warming up to the idea :)

So one late evening, we made our first design together (was difficult for us to attempt individually 😄 ) - the angel fish, and needless to say, were hugely motivated by how it turned out. And since then, it became a hobby for the parents and the kid simply adored each of the models, be the innumerable simple ones - animal faces, aeroplanes or moving to intermediate levels - baby, sitting penguin, owl etc. Having done a decent range of background reading, we made use of different books for different models, depending on our comfort level and the ease of instructions. Traditional Origami does not involve any paper cutting, and we have followed the same in our attempts.

After so many models simply lying around, we just thought of pasting them (at least those remaining and in decent shape) to a chart in the wall.. Was easy that way, logistic wise. Also updating the wall and snaps with some intermediate models and the references, as and when we finish the models.

Materials used 
  1. Origami paper - purchased set of 180 (15cm) sheets from Daiso store, IMM, Jurong East
  2. Double side tape - to paste it on the wall-chart.
Snaps - The snaps are updated from time to time, with a rough time frame in the caption, to create a single repository for our beginner origami creations. The five-legged star as shown below was the first one we tried with multiple sheets. Rest all the designs were done in a single 15cm (or less) Origami sheet,

Intermediate level models - Mar '17

Update : August'17
Just adding a snap of the updated Origami wall; however, could not paste most 3-D models on the wall.
Origami wall (Timeline: Aug'17)

  1. Robert J. Lang and Stephen Weiss, "Origami zoo : an amazing collection of folded paper animals".
  2. John Montroll, "Origami for the enthusiast : step-by-step instructions in over 700 diagrams : 25 original projects".