The Foldin’ Days

Nick Robinson Traditional Japanese Origami

What It Is: A fun and beautiful origami kit that includes 70 pieces of paper and instructions for creating 10 different shapes, including several variations of the infamous paper crane. Created by origami specialists Nick Robinson, this cute craft kit is straightforward enough for young ‘uns to learn the Japanese art of folding paper, and engaging enough for adults looking for a crafty time out from their days to feel occupied. I got a kit myself to try out and not only was it gift-ready in a lovely elasticized package, it truly is simple to learn. Those four shapes you see on the right? All this blogger’s handiwork!

Who It’s For: Your artsy niece or nephew, to give them a new craft to master. Your stressed out colleague, to give them something to zen out with mid-day. Your parents, who just came back from a trip to Japan and love all things Japanese.

What It Costs: List price is $17.99.

Where It’s At: I found it online at both and Indigo.

Ultra cool contest alert! I’m giving away one of these fun origami sets to a lucky reader, so you can try your hand at making some beautiful paper art. Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:

1) First off: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then, tell me in the comments below by September 2, 2015 – what do you know about origami already? Why would you like this gift set?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 3, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow @QuartoKnows on Twitter, tag them and me (@cdngiftguide) in a Tweet about why you want to try your hand at origami with this awesome kit! Post a link to your Tweet below in a separate comment to earn yourself an extra entry into the draw.

46 Responses to “The Foldin’ Days”
  1. janicour says:

    I can make a few things with origami, I think my grandaughter would have a lot of fun with this.

  2. janicour says:

  3. I’m intrigued by origami, but I’m a bit of a “Pinterest Fail” kinda girl when it comes to this type of craft. But I’m game! And if I win a kit I’ll be in a positive, success-driven kinda frame of mind when I try this.

  4. I followed and tweeted:

  5. Aimee says:

    Really cool art form. My daughter would love this.

  6. Joan G. says:

    My origami knowledge is limited to knowing what origami is – my grandkids are both creative and would love this kit.

  7. Debra says:

    I only know what orgami is, but have never tried it. I’d love this kit so I could sit with my granddaughter (who very much likes arts and crafts) and make some of these shapes.

  8. cookie3 says:

    I know of origami but have never tried it.I know someone besides me who would really like this& wold love to be able to gift this to them.

  9. tammy ta says:

    I don’t really know anything about origami, but I think my oldest son would love this. He just followed instructions off of the computer and made an amazing paper project. He has followed lego instructions as well and has made a few other very cool things. This would be right up his creative alley!

  10. Mary warner says:

    I like the delicate nature of origami.

  11. Audrey Skinner says:

    I know nothing about origami but it looks to be a cool craft I could do with my niece.

  12. kiraali says:

    Oh gosh I would adore this! I loved origami as a child but have forgotten how to fold most things other than the basic crane or a water cup. Having some Japanese ancestry means that I was always fascinated by origami and this set would be wonderful as I could make so many things!!

  13. Jessica e says:

    I know very little about origami, but my niece would love this gift set.

  14. Sherry Kinnear says:

    When my daughter was young, she did some origami. This would be a lovely gift for her and she would share with her niece.

  15. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. I know a little about origami, some basic shapes but it’s always intrigued me & that’s why I would like this gift set – to have the opportunity to revisit such a beautiful art form. Thanks

  16. Alison K says:

    @QuartoKnows bonus entry: followed & tweeted

  17. Susan Patterson says:

    All I know about it is that you can create beautiful art doing origami! I would love to learn more about it- thanks!

  18. edmontonjb says:

    I know that origami is a Japanese art


  19. katydidit21 says:

    My son had an origami kits when he was a kid and we used it to make some animals. It was fun. I found it very relaxing so I would love to win this kit and try it again.

  20. Anne Derkat says:

    I know very little about origami but this would be for my grandsons who are very good at this sort of thing.

  21. Rachel C. says:

    I don’t know much about origami, but I love the beautiful papers that are available for it. I would love to receive this gift set! Would be a lot of fun, and perhaps a better hobby than snacking (bad habit!) whilst in front of the TV. =)

  22. Cairine says:

    I’ve done a little bit of origami but would really like this to give to my niece for her birthday.

  23. Susan says:

    I have never done origami, although I have heard of it of course. I think I would love to try this kit, or gift it to my oldest niece.

  24. Burcu says:

    I know how to make simple things. My nephew would like this set

  25. Linda says:

    I used to do origami as a kid, but haven’t tried in years. This kit would be good for me and my niece to play with.

  26. Theresa C. says:

    I’ve been an admirer of origami for years – and I’d love to win this as one of my daughters has just shown an interest in it too.

  27. Melissa N says:

    I used to do origami when I was younger. It’s been a while since I’ve done it but would love to get back into it and teach my kids.

  28. Tabby72 says:

    Hi, I do like origami, and have done just a bit in the past. I’d like this set because it is probably very relaxing to do this, good stress relief!

  29. aarone mawdsley says:

    i would love to win i love origami

  30. Christine Holliday says:

    I’ve someone do it and I know it’s pretty, that’s about all I know. it’s very attractive.

  31. 4seasonsmom says:

    I don’t know to much about Origami but I would love to learn with my daughter

  32. Edith Rennes says:

    All I really know is it seems to be a bit intricate and I would like to learn how to do it.

  33. Margaret Huitema says:

    I think it would be neat to learn the art of Origami….

  34. I used to do unit origami in which you make geometric designs.

  35. Victoria Ess says:

    I used to do origami when I was young.

  36. Jessica Lord says:

    would love to teach my daughter how to make it

  37. ksceviour says:

    I do not know anything about origami,,but I would love this for one of my nephews,I think they would really enjoy it 🙂

  38. Wanda Bergman says:

    I am a subscriber. I’ve done origami on and off through the years. I love the different designs and patterns.

  39. Origami is fun art form. I’d like to win so I can learn to make things other than airplanes.

  40. KELLY E says:

    All I know is the look good when they are done

  41. Lisa says:

    I know absolutely nothing about Origami.. Which is why I should maybe pick up this gift set!

  42. I know a little bit about origami- mostly that it requires attention and patience, but has beautiful results!

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