After some rain, temperature drops, and color changes of foliage, it really feels like we have entered into the fall season here in Portland. I personally prefer summer over fall, but with Halloween being my favorite holiday of all, I am excited to be in October. I love Halloween not because I am big on dressing up in costumes or trick-or-treating (too old for that, of course). I love Halloween because I love doing Halloween themed crafting projects with kids, giving away candies to trick-or-treaters at my door, and all the spookiness that come with the holiday.
A few years ago just before the Halloween season, I received a donation of a big orange butcher paper roll from a parent at my school. I decided to cut the paper into a square and make an origami jack-o-lantern out of it. It turned out to be about actual size of a pumpkin, PERFECT. Pretty soon, I started making a bunch with the kids at school. A year after, I proposed a new library program about it, which turned out to be a huge hit. I never would have come up with this idea if I didn't receive the donation of the orange butcher paper, so I am very grateful for it.
So here they are... the life-size jack-o-lanterns in origami! ...And the little ones to go on the Christmas lights too.
I am offering the Fall Decorations in Origami program at just one Multnomah County Library location this fall. The program includes how to make a 3-D, life-size pumpkin in origami, using orange butcher paper. You will also learn to make bats, ghosts, and other fall-themed characters in origami as well as kirigami (folding and cutting paper art).
Saturday, October 22 2-4pm at Gresham Library. It's a drop-in class, this program has always been very popular and often full. Arrive early to reserve yourself a spot!