My daughters definitely inherited my love to craft and create; my youngest could go through a full ream of paper in a week if I let her. My oldest wants to do craft reviews when she grows up, which I find absolutely adorable. They’re always asking if they can help me with my reviews (really, it’s a daily question around here), so needless to say they were ecstatic when I told them about Kid’s Crafting week here at Craft Test Dummies and showed them the Kirigami red and pink flower kit.What exactly is it?Â Kirigami is a mix of origami and cutting.Â It’s described on the website:
KirigamiÂ is a variation ofÂ origamiÂ where the artist is allowed to make small cuts in the paper (fromÂ JapaneseÂ “kiru” = to cut, “gami” = paper). This enables the artist to enhance the visual presentation of the artwork, at the expense of simplicity. In origami,Â papercuttingÂ is frowned upon by the majority of modern folders, as techniques have advanced enough to make cutting unnecessary for a skilled folder.
Remember those snow flakes you would fold and cut out of white paper in grade school?Â Yes, that is considered kirigami.Â Each set includes includes five different flower patterns on quality double-sided paper in three different sizes (3×3, 4×4, 5×5).Â There is enough to make well over a dozen flowers. The kit also includes 20 brightly colored pipe cleaners, 100 differently shaped beads and three cardboard wreaths.
The age suggestion on this is ages eight and up.Â If your kiddo’s are already seasoned crafters, I think you could go a bit younger.Â My daughters are six and seven, and though my youngests’ cutting wasn’t perfect, she still had a great deal of fun with this and no problems whatsoever.Â The paper folding is easy in itself; just fold the square paper in half twice.Â Cutting out the “petals” was fairly manageable for the kids the kids too, just follow the outline of the petal on the paper.
I was surprised they actually wanted to cut out every flower! I thought that they would have gotten bored, but nope.Â Pretty soon my table was covered in brightly colored flowers.
They both loved the idea of making wreaths to hang on the door and got to work on layering their flowers using the included pipe cleaners and beads.Â Everything again came together pretty easy and the girls had no problems. We even had some extra flowers and made a flower leis for an American Girl doll.
My daughters were thoroughly entertained by this project and I could see many other kids having fun with it, too.Â The directions are easy and simple to follow and the options of what you do with the flowers are only limited to your imagination!Â You could use them for cards or even a little cluster of them in a frame for display.Â Keep an eye on www.brainogami.com for when these fun little kits will become available for purchase.
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