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Learning Origami with Origami-Est at Southwood Stores

Paper. As a stationary addict, it’s one of my favourite things. Learning a new craft. Also one of my favourite things, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for a while. So combine the two in an origami workshop and you have Becky-Heaven.

A few weeks ago, I went along to Southwood Stores, near Milton Keynes, to learn origami with the lovely Esther from Origami-Est. It was a birthday treat to myself, and my sister Debbie, and one of my best friends (also called Becky) came too. There were two lovely ladies on our table, and another five origami fans on the other table.

Learning origami at Origami Est's workshop at Southwood Stores

Here I am getting my fold on. I’d just started and was really concentrating!

Learning Origami, Step by Step

Esther provides everything you need to fold 20 origami pyramids, and we could choose from a selection of gorgeous papers. I chose this confetti paper but you can do any kind you like.

Learning Origami with a Very Patient Teacher

Although I didn’t find the origami difficult, it does take a while to get into it and remember which bit to fold, when. Luckily, Esther is a very patient teacher!

The workshop lasted three hours, and we made our 20 origami pyramids, but didn’t manage to glue them all in that. This *may* have been because we were chatting too much. The ladies on the other table finished theirs in the allotted time. So OK yeah we were having too much fun.

Esther showed us all how to fold our paper squares into shapes that look a bit link tiny kites. Next, we inflated them into mini pyramids – we all had to wipe off our lipgloss and lipstick at this point!

Busy folding at Origami-Est's origami workshop

Debbie is inflating her origami here, not playing a tiny recorder!

My Finished Origami Lights

We finished off our lights at home and were all so pleased with how they turned out.

Origami Fairy Lights with Origami Est.

So happy with my #origami #fairylights 💗 Thanks @origami_est for teaching me! #lights #origamiest #handmade

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What do you think? I love them and want to buy Esther’s book “Paper Home” so I can learn all her other amazing projects! Learning origami with Origami-Est's Paper Home book

Learning Origami is So Much Fun

If you want to learn origami from Esther, she has several workshops coming up, including some more at Southwood Stores near Milton Keynes. There are also origami workshops in Kent, London, Leicester and Brighton.

Our workshop was £30 each and included all materials, tea and biscuits and lots of chat. I am eyeing up a lampshade workshop next… watch this space to see if I can fit it in!

As a side note, I highly recommend a visit to Southwood Stores, either in person, or online. It’s jam-packed with gorgeous Scandi influenced homewares and clothing, and the owner Hayley is so lovely. It is a great place to go Christmas shopping. Or just shopping for goodies for yourself!

Have you had a go at origami? I highly recommend it! Why not Pin this post to Pinterest for later, so you can find the details easily?I've been learning origami at an Origami-Est workshop at Southwood Stores near Milton Keynes. Esther's origami workshop was such fun, I can't wait to go to another one.

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  1. Vickie

    18th December 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Oh this looks like Vickie Heaven too! The lights look amazing and Est is just so lovely I cannot wait to take a workshop! Also it is so hard to go to Southwood Stores because I want everything!!

  2. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    13th December 2016 at 11:44 am

    OHMYGOD!!!!!! I’VE GOT THAT BOOK!!!!!! Can’t believe that it’s by the person you went on a workshop with!!! I’ve made the party diamonds so far and plan to do the star garland next — I think I need to set a bit of time aside for that one though — it looks complicated!! 😉 Wishing you a very merry Christmas — look forward to seeing you for more #HomeEtc next year!! xx

    1. Becky Pink

      13th December 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Ha ha I’m hoping for the book for Christmas, it looks lush! Maybe you’ll get time to make the garland over Christmas… yeah maybe not! Have a lovely Christmas xx

  3. Sarah HP

    12th December 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Your lights turned out beautifully! I’ve tried to do a bit of origami by following YouTube tutorials, I’m definitely not a natural!

  4. Karen Clough

    9th December 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Oh this is SUCH a fabulous idea. Could be a great way to use up old wallpaper which I never know what to do with!


    1. Becky Pink

      10th December 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Ooh what a great idea Karen, that would be great as you’d have coordinating lights and walls! xx

  5. Stephanie

    7th December 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hubby works in printing and is so good with paper objects, when he met me, he told me he was a professional origamist! haha!! Honest answer was he folds paper for a job….on a machine! This looks like a great craft skill and very fun

    1. Becky Pink

      10th December 2016 at 8:43 pm

      He he what a great chat up line, love it! xx

  6. Fionnnuala Three Sons Later

    7th December 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Wow Becky these are fab. I have a pad or origami paper my sister gave me but I haven’t tried it out yet. One the the girls taking part in my #AdventCraftSwap over on Instagram got sent some origami decorations by her swap partner. I love the fairy light idea too.

    1. Becky Pink

      10th December 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much, I love the sound of an Advent Craft Swap! I’ll definitely be checking that out! xx

  7. Julie Davies

    6th December 2016 at 3:11 pm

    It looks like you had a great day – I’ve added Esther’s book to my Christmas wishlist x

    1. Becky Pink

      7th December 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Ah I think you’ll love it! xx

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