Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Picture: Flickr.com

Paper cuts aside, you should jump on the origami train before it leaves without you. By Marchelle Abrahams

Origami-inspired kids’ themed parties are going big this year. From origami jelly to origami invites, the trend is taking the world by storm and seems to be taking on a life of its own.

Moms are taking their cue from the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and the results are out of this world!
Here, we take a look at some of the best pieces to come out of the origami fad.

Invitations

Paper Kawaii is a one-stop shop for great tutorials and instructional videos on how to make origami boxes, envelopes, flowers and invites. 

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Decor

No party would be complete without decorations, and an origami party is no different. Think  colourful paper cranes hanging from the ceiling, or add a stylish element by incorporating metallic or floral patterned paper into your hanging shapes.

Add a stylish element by incorporating metallic or floral patterned paper into your hanging shapes. Picture: Pixabay

Party games

Learning origami can be fun and rewarding, no matter your age. For kids, it gives them a chance to use their creativity, as well as sitting still for more than 5 minutes. Take into account that their attention span is short, so teach them the basics of folding paper, but give them a model that won’t take more than 20 minutes to make.

Don’t know how to origami? No worries - YouTube offers a wealth of how-to videos.

Origami bowls are quick and easy to make. Picture: flickr.com

Eat from it

Origami bowls are quick and easy to make, and the best part is, when the party is done, you just throw them in the bin! Paper folded boats filled with chocolate gold coins are great party favours. Or, turn them into centerpieces with a pirate-themed bash!

Teach kids the basics of folding paper, but don’t give them a model that takes longer than 20 minutes to make. Picture: Pixabay