The days are longer, the light is brighter and trees around the country are bursting with life, showing white, pink and ruby blossoms.
Helen Muxlow, Library Manager of Te Awa o Tupu, Karori West Normal School, created this fantastic Tree full of Origami blossoms using pages of culled books. She kindly gave me permission to put it on this website. Thanks a million Helen, I love the display and it fully resonates with my philosophy that you don't need a large budget to create the most beautiful displays……
You've done an outstanding job using discarded materials, a lot of labour and a great vision to come up with this idea.
Here is Helen's description of how she did it:
'I used library books which had been retired from circulation (no usable books were injured in the creation of these flowers).
The pages where then trimmed into various sized square sheets and folded into the petal shapes.
I found using a hot glue gun was the most successful means of connecting the petals.
Attaching a partially undone paper clip with a hot glue gun gave me a firm means of positioning and attaching them to the wall with a wall stapler.
The flowers are called Origami Kusudama Flowers
Here is a Youtube video which shows you how to make them
And here is a series of images showing you how to make them:-