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Learn How to Make Origami at the Dinner Table

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Some dining establishments set the table with a pair of chopsticks for each guest tucked inside of a paper chopstick sheath, called a hashibukuro in Japanese. With that piece of paper, why not try and make some some cool origami art?

Granted, hashibukuro don’t come in the square shape of traditional origami paper. Since their real purpose is to cover your chopsticks, hashibukuro are long and narrow. Still, the unorthodox dimensions don’t eliminate all of your artistic options.

For starters, you can fold a classic crane. If you feel like trying your hand at this, the step-by-step video above will walk you through the process.

Next up is a doggie, the breed of which is identified in this video as a beagle.

Being made of paper, the beagle is extremely obedient at following commands to sit. Unfortunately, it isn’t as functional as the crane-shaped chopstick rest. But this origami “open heart” is.

If you’re an advanced origami practitioner and these all seem too easy for you, this miniature sailboat requires extra nimble fingertips.

While it’s the least likely of the bunch to win you any points with your Japanese cultural studies professor, it’s probably just the thing to get a laugh at a drinking party.

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