Origami mice

It’s a mouse. An origami mouse. Folded from paper made out of the bark of the Lokta bush. This paper is so durable. I’m told that it will survive even a full cycle in the washing machine. I’ve not tested this out yet, but I’m sure it will happen eventually. Hiding out in someone’s pocket.

These little mice are amazing. They multiply at an unbelievable rate. Even faster than real mice.

I am so enjoying making these tiny critters. They are addictive. The starting sheet is just under 10cm square. Resulting mice are tiny. I counted five sitting comfortably in my six year old’s hand, at one point.

I must have made about twenty mice this weekend. Maybe thirty. I made them in the car and they kept the children entertained for the hour and a quarter journey. This is a record.

Like most objects that I make, they have disappeared almost as quickly as I can make them. This time I am left with just one origami mouse. The one in the first photo.

I have a solution. Oh, yes. I’m on to them. I’ve bought more paper today. While the children were at school. I’m going to make more mice and I’m going to hide them in my pockets. Ha! Let’s see them disappear from there!

We had a lovely weekend. A flying start to spring. Lots of firsts. Lots of good company. Lots of fresh air. Lots of fun.



14 thoughts on “Origami mice

    • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Hmm. When you put it like that….. I’ll try and put something together soon. Thanks maureen.

  • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Oh these are darling I am going to show them to my guys first thing in the morning!!!

    • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      So much fun to make. The hard part is stopping. I was entertaining a few more children, by making them, today, while waiting for my girls. Not sure what it is about origami, but for something simple and low tech, it draws a crowd! Even my attempts!

  • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love your mice, too… And the foxglove knitting pattern (foxgloves are one of my favorites!)

    So glad you likes my bluebirds!

    • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      They are rather sweet. So easy to make. Some have found their way up to our picture frames. I see more and more being made.

  • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    These so remind me of the little origami frogs my son would make when he was a teen. He made them out of dollar bills. 😆 And I would often find them in the washing machine, still intact.

    • Tuesday 22 March, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Origami is very addictive. Love the idea of your washing machine filling up with paper frogs. I’m awful about checking pocket, so all sorts of things survive/perish in my machine!

  • Wednesday 23 March, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    love these mice! My son has been making so much origami lately, I can’t wait to show these to him!

    • Thursday 24 March, 2011 at 12:00 am

      They are rather sweet. I’ve many them tiny, which seems to give them an extra “ahh” factor.

  • Wednesday 23 March, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Hi, forgot to say that I would love, love, love the tutorial:)

    • Thursday 24 March, 2011 at 12:08 am

      I’m glad you like them. I’m putting together a tutorial at the moment, which should be up soonish. 🙂

  • Thursday 24 March, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Oh yes please – can’t wait to see your tutorial – I think another mouse to live in my house would be perfect! 😀

    • Thursday 24 March, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Ha! Mousy Brown. I’m glad you can make room for another mouse in the house. I’ve just posted up the tutorial. Let me know if it makes sense. 🙂

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