Happy Father’s Day – Pictures of Me and My Dad and an Origami Craft to Make for Your Dad!

For the last three years, my elementary school has held a Father Daughter Dance in February.  In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share with you the pictures that I’ve taken with my dad at each dance.  The rest of this week, I’m going to tell you about the outfits that I wore to each dance.  You know I wouldn’t give up a chance to talk to you about my fashionista style!

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5th Grade – February 2014


4th Grade – February 2013

3rd Grade – February 2012

 Origami Shirt and Tie

The Shirt

  1. Using a rectangular sheet of paper (I used a letter size 8.5″ x 11″)  fold it in half lengthwise and unfold.
  2. Fold the left and right edges of the sheet towards the middle. This gives two flaps.
  3. Fold the right flap out toward the right.
  4. Repeat of the other side: fold the left flap out toward the left at the same angle. Both folds form a “V” shape where the paper is peeled away from the central crease.
  5. Turn the paper and flip over so the “V” is on the bottom and is facing down towards the table. Fold (about one inch) of the top edge down towards you.
  6. Flip the paper again so the “V” is now facing up. Fold the right corner of the paper towards the middle crease.
  7. Repeat with the left side: fold the top left corner towards the center allowing the two corners to meet in the middle.
  8. Bring the bottom of the paper up and slide it under the collar.
  9. Now you can see how steps 3 and 4 formed the sleeves of the shirt.
  10. Press the bottom of the shirt firmly and it’s time to make the tie.


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The Tie

  1. Using a square sheet of paper (colored side down) fold it in half along the diagonal.
  2. Unfold. Fold the outside corners into the center, making sure that the edges line up along the center line.
  3. Flip it over. Fold the top point down.
  4. Fold it immediately back up again, stopping a little way short of the top edge. Now fold once more.
  5. Carefully fold little triangles at the edge of the “knot” of the tie.
  6. Crease well, then open up again and flip the tie over.
  7. Now bring the right corner into the center, matching the edge along the center line.
  8. As you do so, a little triangle will form.  Ease it into position and crease down gently.
  9. Repeat for the left side.
  10. Crease well, and flip over.
  11. The tie is complete.
  12. Tape the tie to the shirt.

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Now put them together.

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