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The generous folks at Vertical have sent me two copies of the wonderful new book Practical Origami to give away to our readers! To be entered to win simply leave me a comment here on this post telling me if you’ve ever attempted origami before.  Click here for my original book review.

Contest runs from today through June 17th. Open to US residence only please. One comment per person.

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Here’s some projects I made from the book:


By Heather Holbrook

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106 Comments so far

  1. Rachael on June 13, 2012 6:54 am

    I’ve attempted and failed at trying origami – but I blame the book, wasn’t clear at all.

  2. Chrissie Stewartc on June 13, 2012 6:55 am

    I have attempted origami…big emphasis on “attempt”! Wee swans with crooky beaks, a beetle-bug, a frog, and various sundry others-but a practical use? I like that idea!

  3. S on June 13, 2012 6:55 am

    I’ve never tried it but my DD has dabbled. She would LOVE to receive this book (an early birthday present)!! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Anna on June 13, 2012 6:56 am

    I love origami and often use it to try to be practical— but i could use some fresh ideas, and this book looks perfect for that!

  5. Lisa M on June 13, 2012 7:00 am

    I have done origami before but mostly for decorative purposes. I would love to win this book as I much prefer practical stuff! Thanks so much for the chance!

  6. Teresa from Florence, Alabama on June 13, 2012 7:10 am

    I think these origami packages are so cute. I would love to know how to make them.

  7. Sara Shalom on June 13, 2012 7:17 am

    I’m entering this contest on behalf of my 9 year old daughter, who is *obsessed* with oragami. She does it on a daily basis and is always lookign for new ideas. She doesn’t have anything like this book; most of her resources are for animals or decorative items. Thanks for hosting the swap!

  8. Danielle on June 13, 2012 7:23 am

    I used to do origami in day camps many, many years ago. I’d love to try it again!

  9. danielle on June 13, 2012 7:29 am

    Ive attempted some small kids origami crafts. I would love to win this.

  10. Joanna D on June 13, 2012 7:43 am

    I have done Origami before. I made boats with a group of 6-7 yr. old kids. We made them out of wax paper and then let them float in a big tub of water. We also made paper balloons and with the teen age group we made one of those sphere’s that you need a zillion parts for. It was a lot of fun! I love origami because it takes something utterly flat and makes it 3 dimensional. I’d love to have your book so that when my brand new baby girl is old enough we can fold up a party :)

  11. Laura on June 13, 2012 7:44 am

    I LOVE ORIGAMI!!! One year, my Christmas tree was covered in origami cranes! I keep origami paper in my office, for when I’m stressed out and need a break (I also like to color when stressed). But it’s amazing fun. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thank you!

  12. Shelley on June 13, 2012 7:49 am

    I have done some origami, mainly little boxes with lids.

  13. Natasha J on June 13, 2012 8:07 am

    i love origami. my fav are lucky stars!! i have like a million of them

  14. Annelise on June 13, 2012 8:07 am

    I love origami! I use some models for cards e.g. fish, tulip, heart, Santa. Practical origami – not that much. Would like to learn more though. The book looks amazing!

  15. sandyh50 on June 13, 2012 8:08 am

    Yes, I have done some origami with my 4th graders. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. geri actor on June 13, 2012 8:13 am

    what a neat book – I’d love to read it!

  17. Megan A on June 13, 2012 8:27 am

    I have only done a really simple project. I would love a book like this though because I love working with paper!

  18. Kathrynn on June 13, 2012 9:12 am

    I have attempted origami but it never turns out like it should. I would love to win this book to practice with and get better.

  19. Gina Sandoval on June 13, 2012 9:21 am

    I hv attempted and usually not too successful lol

  20. Rac on June 13, 2012 10:04 am

    Love oragami! The book looks very informative! Made 500 oragami cranes for a friends wedding.

  21. Rosemary R. on June 13, 2012 10:49 am

    I’ve attempted origami. The one project I was successfully able to copy was and origami Christmas tree. I would love to win this to get ideas for my card and for my 12 year old who loves origami.

  22. Carmen on June 13, 2012 11:04 am

    I think I tried a long time ago (high school) but didn’t stick with it. I love paper crafts, so this is right up my alley!

  23. Brian Shea on June 13, 2012 11:42 am

    I am really good at making origami elephants.

  24. laura on June 13, 2012 12:34 pm

    I have done origami when I was really little but would love to do some really fun stuff featured in the book!

  25. Krissie on June 13, 2012 2:09 pm

    I’ve done some origami, which was all related to cardmaking… I did a men’s shirt card and some other fun folds. Would love to learn more!

  26. Teresa Israels on June 13, 2012 2:21 pm

    My ten year old daughter loves making origami boxes, this book would be greatly appreciated when we’re stuck indoors in steamy South Florida!

  27. Shelly on June 13, 2012 2:46 pm

    I’ve tried a few dinky things that were totally non-practical – like a hexagon-looking thing and a crane, but I love the idea of learning to make something useful instead!

  28. Cher on June 13, 2012 3:54 pm

    This looks like so much fun ! The kids love oragami, and they’re finally old enough for more complicated things !

  29. Tahlia on June 13, 2012 3:56 pm

    For my grandma’s funeral we made a few hundred peace cranes so each guest could take one. It was meant to be something small to remember her by because she loved birds; they were quite a hit!

  30. Deborah on June 13, 2012 4:09 pm

    I have tried some origami in the past. My favorite was a jumping frog made from an index card.

  31. Faith on June 13, 2012 4:50 pm

    I have troed it but have not been to successful YET! This book may be just what I need :)

  32. LadyVivace on June 13, 2012 5:07 pm

    I have incorporated origami boxes on wreaths. Very festive and fun to do!

  33. Nancy Akerly on June 13, 2012 6:35 pm

    Origami is one of the most zen of activities!

  34. SmilynStef on June 13, 2012 7:24 pm

    How fun … I love playing with paper … thanks for the chance to win. SmilynStef at aol dot com

  35. wendyvee on June 13, 2012 9:37 pm

    Yes, I love origami … always looking for new projects :)

  36. Lisa on June 14, 2012 12:15 am

    I dabbled in origami once a long time ago and even bought a whole bunch of cool paper but then promptly got distracted by other stuff. I found my paper stash a few weeks ago and was thinking of trying t again.

  37. NW Homesteader on June 14, 2012 12:24 am

    I used to do origami when I was a kid, I would love to do more!!!

  38. Karen Crosby on June 14, 2012 12:43 am

    Yes, I have done simple designs, and a paper cup. I have a book of dollar bill origami and made a few rings. Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  39. lu on June 14, 2012 12:57 am

    sure, i’ve enjoyed origami since junior high — flowers, boxes…and, the most practical, paper drinking cups…especially when the paper cups with the bottled water run out.

  40. Dawn Davis on June 14, 2012 3:42 am

    I love folding paper in different ways for our 5 years old Sunday school class. I incorporate Bible stories while folding. I have not seen this book and would love to be able to fold useful items for the kids.

  41. Gil Crews on June 14, 2012 3:55 am

    I do use origami in a few genres…nothing as cute as some of the things I have seen in the review though. Mostly napkins, towels, paper and cardboard boxes for presents.
    This book looks really cool…I am going to buy even if I don’t win.

  42. Margie on June 14, 2012 4:28 am

    I love that this book offers practical uses for origami!

  43. Donna R on June 14, 2012 4:29 am

    I have “attempted” origami before but I am still a total beginner. Practical is my middle name. I often won;t try a craft unless I can use it for something so I am really intrigued by this book. I’d love to win! Thanks!

  44. Betty on June 14, 2012 5:48 am

    I’ve been experimenting with origami using felted wool. I think this book would give some great ideas.

  45. marie on June 14, 2012 5:50 am

    I made a sailboat once…it was fairly easy.

  46. Bronwyn on June 14, 2012 6:10 am

    I have a yellow belt on origami! Thomas with martial arts knowledge know that’s the beginner’s level. I’d love to learn more.

  47. Michele on June 14, 2012 6:12 am

    I have always been fascinated by, but have never tried origami. Winning this book would give me the perfect opportunity to learn.

  48. linnet on June 14, 2012 6:17 am

    A family friend made amazing things for me when I was a kid, which left me intimidated to try anything too complicated myself! But I love the idea of practical origami – things to use and give, not just collect dust!

  49. Candy on June 14, 2012 6:30 am

    I have done Origami. We had a Japanese student for a year and he did thousands of cranes.

  50. Shelley on June 14, 2012 7:00 am

    I would love to learn Origami. The only origami I know how to do is to fold a dollar bill into a bow tie. Learned this from an EX husband, lol. I would enjoy making other things with this craft. The book looks interesting and I’d love to have it. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  51. emma o on June 14, 2012 7:24 am

    I have attempted origami before and not been successful – paper cranes :)

  52. Kath U on June 14, 2012 7:42 am

    I love origami and my twin girls are getting into the art of paper folding as well. Thanks for hosting this giveaway for such a unique book!

  53. Aprile M. on June 14, 2012 7:43 am

    I love origami. I am a huge fan of the polyhedron origami style. I don’t get into the animals and stuff much. But this book would be right up my alley!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  54. Karey on June 14, 2012 7:58 am

    Yes, I have done origami before but it was way back when I was a kid!

  55. Colleen McCaffrey on June 14, 2012 8:07 am

    My daughter and I would both love the opportunity to learn origami. Thanks.

  56. Mary Lou on June 14, 2012 8:15 am

    Yes I have tried it and made a very useful paper cup, it didn’t even leak, but would like to try more.

  57. Melissa Thomson on June 14, 2012 8:33 am

    I hoped this book would be a giveaway!

  58. Josanne on June 14, 2012 8:40 am

    I have attempted origami before, once, and a very simple project too! Gift boxes, they turned out really cute if I say so myself :) I would love to learn to make more stuff, I’m always saving paper to do stuff with, however, they just usually end up in a pile. So this book would be awesome!

  59. Charlene Anderson on June 14, 2012 8:46 am

    My origami experience is making some of the thousand cranes for friends weddings. Would love to learn more!

  60. Callie Callender on June 14, 2012 8:49 am

    I love origami.. and this book has things I’ve never tried… it looks fun!

  61. Brenda on June 14, 2012 9:00 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I work with children in an afterschool program and origami is one of the favorite activities (crafts) for the older children. They (me too) love the challange of origami. Would love to win!

  62. Liz on June 14, 2012 9:19 am

    My son & his friends love origami. I would love to join the fun and make some cool stuff.

  63. Megan B on June 14, 2012 9:43 am

    I did a lot of basic origami when I was younger and again when my daughter was younger. The most adventurous thing I made was a suit out of money! I would love this book because all of things I made just sit around. It would be great to actually make something of use.

  64. Stephanie S on June 14, 2012 11:01 am

    I did some in elementary school, but not since. Now that I have kids of my own I now it would be a fun project for all of us!

  65. Holly Young on June 14, 2012 11:56 am

    I would SO love to win this book! I have loved origami since I was introduced to it and I use it often in my crafts, but more recently I’ve been teaching it to my boss’s son. He loves it too and it’s such fun to see his pride in making something. I know he and I would both get lots of enjoyment from this! Thanks for the chance!

  66. OHSue on June 14, 2012 12:06 pm

    I would love to win this book. I have done some basic origami, taught it as a den mother to cub scouts. But would love to try some new ideas.

  67. Mary Mac on June 14, 2012 12:23 pm

    I like to play with origami and would love to have this book

  68. Taerie on June 14, 2012 12:30 pm

    I love origami!!! I have several books and taught some kids at the library. They had fun.

  69. Marseille on June 14, 2012 12:31 pm

    I *love* origami! Ever since Mom sent me to a class at the public library when I was 9 or 10…..

  70. Cindy on June 14, 2012 1:46 pm

    When my kids were little (ages 2,3,6) I took them to a kids origami day at a local park. I was so busy trying to help the two and three year olds make their ‘cranes’ that I kept missing the next instruction and the poor instructor had to keep repeating. Finally she just moved her chair over and sat with us — with two sets of adult hands we did fine…note to seld: origami is for older kids! But I fell in love with it :-)

  71. Sara Huynh on June 14, 2012 1:59 pm

    I have started making origamis ever since I was 6 years old. I would LOVE to learn and do more!

  72. HawaiianLibrarian on June 14, 2012 2:35 pm

    I can make a cup, a box, and a crane. That’s all, folks!

  73. Lori on June 14, 2012 4:31 pm

    My son is always bringing me his latest oragami creation, what a great surprise it would be if I brought him a useful origami work! Unfortunately, I have never had the time or opportunity to learn and this book would such an awesome learning tool!

  74. Emily C on June 14, 2012 9:35 pm

    Awesome idea. I love oragami, but rarely make things because they are wasted. There is no real use for paper animals and you easily and quickly end up with a miniture zoo. I would enjoy having useful things to make of paper.

  75. CathyM on June 14, 2012 10:09 pm

    Yes, I’ve done some origami. One year my son and I decorated our Christmas tree with all origami ornaments that we had made. Most memorable pieces were from a gift pack with instructions in Japanese. After much pondering I managed to make a lovely set of animals from animal print paper. I love the idea of “practical” origami.

  76. Shannon A on June 15, 2012 6:50 am

    I did origami when I was little but not recently. Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

  77. jenlyjen on June 15, 2012 7:22 am

    yes! I’ve done some cute owls, boxes and…cootie catchers! just couldn’t get the hang of those little shirts you can do from dollar bills.

  78. Bonnie Ricciardo on June 15, 2012 7:24 am

    No, I have never attempted origami. It looks very interesting and I would love to try with the help of this book offer.

  79. Bonnie Ricciardo on June 15, 2012 7:26 am

    Thanks for sharing this offer.

  80. Dami on June 15, 2012 9:34 am

    I love Origami and tried a lot of things, as well as other folding techniques. It is wonderful !!!
    Practical Origami is the bestm honestly, coz it is not only for the eye, but also useful.
    I’d be too happy to win the book!

    Tanks for the chance to get one :-)

  81. Elena T on June 15, 2012 10:27 am

    We love origami. My daughter has a strand of cranes in rainbow colors :)

  82. bridget on June 15, 2012 10:28 am

    Cranes, foxes and water balloons. My daughter will make the cranes from cough drop wrappers during our church service. What’s that saying “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” lol

  83. Lauren on June 15, 2012 12:59 pm

    Love origami, and would be interested in growing my knowledge and learning some of the techniques and designs referenced in your review- thanks for the opportunity!

  84. Michelle on June 15, 2012 3:04 pm

    I have never tried origami, but would love to!

  85. Judianne on June 15, 2012 5:12 pm

    I’ve made many origami creations–for myself, my students, and the most fun of al, with my daughter. Now that she has a little girl who love to do crafts, this would be a wonderful surprise for them.

  86. Danielle F on June 15, 2012 10:44 pm

    I love origami! This book looks like great fun!

  87. Lindy on June 16, 2012 3:21 am

    I have been a volunteer teacher at our local libraries. I would love to teach these models to a class. thank you for putting this book up for a give away!

  88. jenn on June 16, 2012 5:58 am

    I helped make what I recall being thousands (though it was surely only hundreds) of oragami cranes for a bookstore display years and years ago… i can still make a crane with my eyes closed, but would love to learn more practical items :)

  89. Samantha on June 16, 2012 6:23 am

    I am an inspiring handcraft maker and have tried a little bit of easy origami, I would be really enthusiastic to be creative with some more as I enjoy making items for my little girls.

  90. Danielle Raichel on June 16, 2012 7:24 am

    I attempted Origami in a high school art class-love it- for some things it takes a lot of patients!

  91. Gina on June 16, 2012 9:16 am

    Yes! Myself, along with my daughters’ entire girl scout troop (I was the leader) worked with origami some years ago.

    I love the theme of this book and would love to have this for myself and my daughters. :)

  92. Jen on June 16, 2012 12:42 pm

    Would love a chance to be able to try some of the projects. I have a friend who is great at it. I would love to sit down with her and give some of the designs a try.

  93. carmen on June 16, 2012 1:01 pm

    i’ve just been getting back into origami, this books looks awesome!

  94. Dell M on June 16, 2012 1:34 pm

    Looks fun, thanks for the giveaway.

  95. Gaelle on June 16, 2012 4:16 pm

    Yes i have attempted making an origami but, i failed many times. One day i will get it right!

  96. Inna on June 16, 2012 4:31 pm

    I have always tried to do origami before. But unfortunately I always failed. With this book, I can now be able to succeed in doing origami. I can now have something to rely on. Hope to win this spectacular book!!

  97. Lee on June 16, 2012 4:39 pm

    I have made little oragami rabbits in high school (thats been awhile!) and would love to give some of the projects a try! thanks!

  98. Carolynn T. on June 16, 2012 6:22 pm

    Origami freak here. This book looks awesome!

  99. Patricia H on June 16, 2012 6:45 pm

    I have made origami cranes, but nothing really useful.

  100. Jennifer Houle on June 16, 2012 10:51 pm

    Really want to win! It’ll actually be a gift for someone else if o do.

  101. Kimberly R. on June 17, 2012 5:54 am

    i tried origami before but it never worked out. this book looks like it has simple designs that would be nice to try!

  102. Desta on June 17, 2012 9:22 am

    I made an awesome octagon box with a lid before that took me forever!

  103. June Simpson on June 17, 2012 11:35 am

    I love trying Origami.

    I’ve made origami boxes with my Guide Troop to hold chocolates we made for Mothers Day.

    I have held a ‘Duck Day’ in school making origami Ducks to help teach Business Studies.

    Any new designs will be well used.

  104. Ann Wa on June 17, 2012 2:53 pm

    I made some simple origami projects with Japanese exchange students we hosted one summer, but it’s not something I do on an everyday basis. It was a lot of fun and I’d be interested in learning how to make origami items that are useful and attractive rather than simply decorative.

  105. Ginger B on June 23, 2012 12:45 am

    My son is in an origami class right now and every design I attempt to show him he already knows. I’d love to finally be able to teach my child something he is clearly passionate about.

  106. jen on June 27, 2012 5:59 pm

    I used to love it as a kid

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