I recall an outing at a restaurant some time last year. We had an easy-going meal, but the waitress whom was serving us seemed to be having a tough time. She was undeniably friendly, but tired and preoccupied. When the bill arrived at our table, we came to a realization that we had less money than anticipated. While friends were trying to figure out where we were short, I decided to twiddle a bit. I took another dollar from my wallet and folded it into a paper origami heart. Finally, all was settled with the bill and we left-
I decided to leave the heart as an extra courtesy to our waitress. Not two minutes after walking outside the restaurant, the waitress came bolting out the door like a firework. She called out, holding up the money heart and beaming a huge smile. I could tell with just that simple thing, I had made her day a little brighter.
Since smiles are always worth the share, let’s begin our tutorial:
TWIDDLE TEST ~ MONEY HEART
Now, if you are new to money folding, you may want to start with a 6in by 2.5in dollar-shape rectangle.
1. Fold the corner up to meet its opposite edge
2. Do the same on the other corner
3. Paper should have an “X” once creases are made
4. Flip the paper over and fold so the center of the X is creased
5. Flip paper again and you should have something like this
6. Push the center where the lines meet and the paper should start to fold into itself
7. Squish in the sides to form the triangle shape fold
8. Squish the top down to complete the fold
9. You should have this
10. Do steps 1-10 to the other side
11. Steps 1-10 again in process
12. Steps 1-10 again
13. Both sides done
14. Lift one of the triangle “ears” and fold upward
15. Lift the other ear and fold to the top. It should look something like this
16. Repeat steps 14 & 15 to the other side
17. With a pencil, open the middle of the upward fold you made
18. Should now have this
19. Squish the top of the piece to form a square shape
20. Should look something like this
21. Continue on all 3 remaining points
22. Imagine a line at the center of every square and fold on the line
23. Once both sides are folded in, it looks something like a kite shape
24. Do this to all squares
25. Take your pencil again and open the center of each side of the kite
26. Squish just the top piece to form a mini triangle at the top
27. Should look like this
28. Repeat for all the kite shapes
29. Imagine a line on the top of the large triangle and fold down
30. Fold to meet the other side
31. The ‘heart’ should look like this
32. Fold the long side down
32a/33. View from the back. Fold along black line
34. Should look like this
35. Fold edges into the center to hide them
36. Almost there! Fold the pointy sides to the back
37. Should look like this. FLIP and…
Congrats! Now you too may impress your waiter/waitress.
Although, I can’t promise they will not unfold it immediately! Still, isn’t that extra effort worth a smile?
We should all come to the realization that Disney owns the world as we know it. Still, who can say no to a Disney trip? It’s magical, beautiful and needless to say, fun.
Last month, I went with my sister on a special trip to the Anaheim Dental Convention…hooray… *cough cough*(sarcastically raises flag and waves in the air with little enthusiasm). Now, you may ask yourselves why in the bee-licking world would I put myself through such
Obviously, the answer is Disney.
We planned our trip accordingly, until I realized I had no Disney “gear,” most importantly, a hat.
“Why don’t you buy a hat once you get to Disneyland?”
Well my fellow twiddler, I’ll tell you: At $24.00 (low-end price) I figured I would go broke shortly upon arrival. I decided it was time to bust out some low-end craft skills.
TWIDDLE TEST~ DISNEY HATS
Cakeworthy is a great business that sells Disney inspired merchandise. I was going to buy a couple of hats, until I realized the one I wanted was sold out (and also $30.00). Time for a re-creation!
First, I picked the designs I wanted. I decided to go with the Cakeworthy inspired Powerline hat, from A Goofy Movie and Cheshire Cat hat, from Alice and Wonderland (seen above).
You will need:
- Flat brim hat in desired color (I got mine from Ebay, HERE)
- Fabric paint (color will depend on your desired style. I needed black, yellow, light pink, white)
- Printed iron-on fabric transfer sheets
- Painters tape
- Hot glue gun
- *Optional* (I do not recommend this, but if you are willing cover your bleeding fingers, or are an embroidery expert) embroidery floss & either heavy canvas or embroidery backing
I found most everything at Michael’s Crafts, but any craft store should do the trick. Once you have your idea and hat, it’s time for the real work.
- Start by printing out the design you need onto your iron-on fabric transfer sheet.
If you are doing the Cheshire cat hat, you will need to print a smile for the bottom of the hat. If you are doing the powerline hat, you will need to print out the powerline logo, and, if you would like, the optional “world tour ’95” for the back of the hat.Other options include the mermaid hat where you would print out the word “Mermaid” or perhaps a Peter Pan hat where you would print out a feather for the side.
In order to get the dimensions correct for the Cheshire cat smile, and in order to save my iron-on sheets, I cropped an online picture of the cat’s smile, and printed it on regular paper until I had the correct size I needed for the hat. Better safe than sorry.
Once the designs are printed, follow the iron-on guide to iron the logos to the hats and place the logo based on your design idea (front, side, under the brim, back)
*If you are going to use embroidery to write or outline your design like I did, I applaud you. Grab your bandages and go at it. Once completed with your embroidered design, hot glue or sew (I prefer the hot glue, as the hat was too thick for me to thread through) the design onto the hat.
- Use painters tape to block out stripes around the Cheshire cat hat, or to block out the hair for the powerline under brim. Then paint based on the scheme of your design.
- Let the design dry for at least 24 hours before wearing out and THERE YOU HAVE IT! Some pretty cool Disney hats! Easy peasy. Although, my fingers are worse for wear for that embroidery.
Excluding the embroidery, I had a pretty easy time with this project. Getting the dimensions for the iron-on design was a little tough, but the painting was fun and the final result was rewarding.
I had a lot of the materials already such as a hot glue gun, painters tape, iron-on sheets, and fabric paint. All I really needed to buy was the hat and (unfortunately) embroidery backing. Therefore, personal project cost for one hat was around $11 but I assume if you do not have the paint, or iron-on, it may be more toward the $15.00 range.
My sister and I received so many compliments and had a great time at Disney. It’s definitely a project worth trying.
Please share your recreations in the comments if you decide to test this project.