If you don't open the book before making the second fold you end up with the handkerchief fold which gives you a small square with four layers of paper one on top of the other. The Cupboard - using a square piece of paper make the book fold then open the paper and take each outside edge and fold it to the center line. Since origami is primarily considered art or crafting, a good place to look for details might be in an arts and crafts store. A store such as this usually sells a selection of any and all crafting activities. A store such as this will likely sell origami materials and instruction booklets. If visiting an arts and crafts store and learning they do not carry origami supplies, it's likely a salesperson can point the individual in the right direction. There are many things an artist can do to express their individuality. Serious origami artists often compete in competitions. Here is a place, a competition, where people showcase origami that expresses individuality. This is an opportunity to compare their work with other artists. It's also a great place to get new ideas that can later be used to create individual pieces. In a world where so much is rushed, sitting quietly and folding paper figures can bring a sense of balance and peace to even young children. When doing origami with young children it is important to remember certain things: 1. Practice folding the figures you plan to teach them yourself so you can pick out the steps that may cause them problems. On the other hand, since there are no known records of Chinese paper folding and the oldest Japanese records only go back to the 18th century some still believe that the invention must have been Japanese. Buddhist monks brought paper with them to Japan in the late 6th century along with the art of paper folding. Table Decorations: Liven up any get together or holiday with table decorations like parasols (larger ones made from doilies, smaller ones made from paper) and coasters made from bright floral designed paper. These light airy touches will make your table a conversation piece. Just for Fun: Give the kids something to kick start their imaginations.