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Paper Punk

When I was in high school (x amount of years ago), one of the biggest crazes was origami. Origami is the art of folding pieces of paper to make it look like a 3D structure. The most popular ones are either the crane, stars or boats but there are various others and you’d be surprised with what a sheet of paper can create.

This fad, like any other, has since died out but it isn’t completely gone. You may still receive a glass bottle of a thousand cranes on Valentine’s Day or be involved in a project where you fold them for a cause.

Grace Hawthorne is ready to bring it back to life with her Paper Punk building toys. It’s paper-based and the only thing you need is a little imagination.

When you receive the kits, everything is flat but with some folding, you can create robots, cakes or even a decked-out car. There are three kits to choose from – Pup, Bot and Ride – and all of them come with punch-out shapes, stickers, adhesives, instructions and a folder to put everything in so you can build it all over again. A kit retails for $19 on average.

One of the reasons Hawthorne came up with Paper Punk was because she felt that we rely too much on technology to discover and share information. I would have to agree wholeheartedly on this because everything is given to us.

Doing something yourself makes it all the worthwhile and you feel a higher sense of accomplishment. Not only that, but it makes the project very hands-on and because you’re the creative genius, you decide the outcome of it.

To me, it’s very much like cooking something yourself versus eating out at a restaurant. You understand what it took to create this dish and also know how much time and effort went into it.

Some people don’t enjoy DIY projects but I find that they are a great way to really put your mind to use. Plus, with it being tangible, you’ll want to get the most out of it. Unlike a computer game where you can just delete it after or sell it off.

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    Origami seems to be so interesting.. a sheet of paper can create many items…this is so amazing…the picture of the 3d figures created is looking superb!

  • http://twitter.com/manleyh Manley H

    It really is; you can leave anything to the imagination :) .

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    Wow this is very creative..i liked it! would try this out!

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    WOW! Its a great idea and thought!Doing something yourself makes it all the worthwhile and you feel a higher sense of accomplishment.