DIY: Putting Kirigami to Use - Part 1

Yesterday, we looked a little at the arts of kirigami and monkiri - Japanese paper cutting.  Today, we'd like to share our own adventures in kirigami in hopes of inspiring you to try it out yourself. It really is doable - so long as you have a sharp(ish) pair of scissors!

While there are a myriad of tutorials on exactly how to cut a kirigami flower, or templates for cutting monkiri, (go ahead and google if you must!) we think half the fun is in the experience.  In folding a piece of colourful paper into 4, 6, or 8.  Snipping away with great expectations.  Unfolding a beautiful surprise.  We encourage you to find the joy in the surprise!

For our kirigami, we turned to a selection of origami papers carried on . Origami paper is perfect for kirigami since it is so thin.

Of course, now that you've got yourself a pile of beautiful paper flowers - what do you do with them all?

Have one (or several) that you're particularly proud of?  Frame it!  Celebrate your own art. (Something we seem to rarely do!)

String them together into a garland.  These would be lovely for a party, or even wrapped around your Christmas tree!

Combine different sizes, shapes and colours into glorious paper flowers.  Wouldn't these flowers look wonderful used as gift bows?

Or how about decorating plain gift bags with a variety of kirigami?

We'll be back with some more ideas for putting your kirigami creations to use.  In the meantime, why don't you get started?  Have a great idea for using kirigami flowers?  Let us know in the comments.

Don't forget to check out our selection of origami paper on (if you're favourite is out of stock, not to worry - we're expecting new stock in the next couple of weeks).  And remember, our Washi Tape offer ends at the end of September!