Saturday, September 5, 2009

Danish Origami


Okay maybe the Danes are famous for their Viking Ships and Shakespeare's story of the Danish Prince, Hamlet, and not their Origami. But, the truth is, the Danes do a lot of paper art, which is kind of strange since they don't have that many trees in their country. Sweden is the Scandinavian country with acre after acre of timber resources.

But, no matter, because we have spent many nights and holiday weekends enjoying the arts: the paper arts.

These are CHRISTMAS STARS.

After we've finished them, we sew a string on one tip and hang them from the tree. Sometimes we also complete only one side of the star, and then use them on gifts, to top packages, and even as homemade presents (okay, we're cheap) - but only if they turn out fancy enough for us to pass them off as homemade Christmas ornaments.

We usually use red and white paper - the colors of the Danish flag. But, I bought this pretty ribbon to try. You can see my family wasn't too happy with my innovative idea.

And you can see what a hot date my boys can be. Invite a girl over for dinner and teach her how to fold - the Kasch family way. I guess it's better than folding clothes.

Call them wild and crazy. video
But you'd better be careful because this paper-folding can quickly seem very therapeutic. It can even get addicting. It's hard to put down a project once you start it--okay, maybe not.



My husband taught us all how to make these Danish Christmas Stars long ago. Now, he's working on the youngin's who come to visit.

My daughter does these projects with us - but she was too busy with basketball to break away and spend an evening bending paper with us.

So you've been forewarned. If you come for a visit, you never know what thrilling activities we might have in store.

Well, we have to make sure we pass on these old family traditions. Talk about an exciting family.

9 comments:

Christina Farley said...

Okay so it's a good thing I'm not in your family. I'd fail at projects like these miserably. I'm very impressed.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I love family traditions and adding new ones. The Christmas star is beautiful and I love the beads joined to it too for the string. Thanks for sharing, and I 'd find your family project very fun. SHows just what a partier I am, eh?

Stephanie Faris said...

I've never tried origami...but actually that looks like fun!

The Things We Carried said...

Kim,
I love traditions with family and culture. How fabulous you do this! They are very pretty stars!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Hee,heee...What a Unique "Date"...
It actually looks good when Finished.

Danette Haworth said...

Your boys (men!) are such good sports! And your husband seems to have the girls captivated.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've attempted origami and have failed every time. Perhaps I need Danish blood;)

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