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Ideas for Origami Greeting Cards
In the age of email and text messaging, giving someone a handmade card is a thoughtful gesture that is sure to be appreciated. Card making projects are also a great way to brush up on your origami skills.
This slideshow features several card making projects appropriate for beginning paper folders.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Origami Birthday Cards
When you have some free time, make a stack of general purpose birthday cards so you'll never be caught without a greeting. Since purchased birthday cards can cost as much as $5 per card, a small investment of your time can result in big savings.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Origami Medallion Card
An origami medallion folded from colored notepaper squares looks impressive but is actually easy enough for a beginner to make. By changing the colors in the medallion and personalizing the center embellishment, you can make a card for any occasion. If you don't already have card making embellishments on hand, check out your local dollar store for cheap stickers, felt shapes, buttons, and chipboard accents.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Origami Thank You Card
Repurposing designs is a common card making technique that is illustrated by this thank you card. The folded frame in the middle is actually made using the instructions in Origami's Christmas decoration tutorial. By changing the paper and rotating the design, you get an entirely different look without having to master a new project.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Origami Heart Note Cards
Origami hearts are great for making general purpose note cards. A batch of these cards using various patterned papers would be a lovely homemade gift for your child's teacher, a coworker, or an elderly relative who finds it difficult to make it to a stationery store to purchase greeting cards.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Heart Shaped Origami Cards
This easy heart-shaped card is excellent for Valentine's Day but would be a sweet card for an anniversary or wedding as well.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Origami Leaf Embellished Card
The pretty leaf embellishment on this card is well suited for Thanksgiving, but the basic folding pattern can be adapted to make a card for almost any occasion. It's a simple, understated design with a strong style statement.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Origami Christmas Cards
If you're the type of person who forgets to mail their Christmas cards until the day before Christmas, choose a more general winter-themed design such as this origami snowflake design for your holiday greeting. The individual units that make up the snowflake are easy enough for a child to fold, making this a great family project.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Origami Exploding Box Card
If you want to make something that's a bit different than the typical homemade greeting card, you can't go wrong with an exploding box card. This fun paper folding project is a greeting card and gift box in one. It requires two sheets of patterned scrapbook paper and makes a box that is big enough for jewelry, votive candles, purse size bottles of perfume, or other tiny treats.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Stylish Cards Don't Have to Be Hard to Make
As you can see from the projects featured in this slideshow, you don't need to spend a lot of time making cards for them to have a great impact. With a few simple folds, you can whip up an impressive-looking card in 15 to 20 minutes.