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     $ One-Arm Saguaro Cactus

Mary Ellen Palmeri

Welcome to our monthly "Origami Page". Origami is folding paper and ending up with delightful figures and models, such as flowers, boxes and animals. This feature will showcase a different origami model in each monthly issue, with diagrams and photos to help readers learn how to fold them. Most models use one square of paper, some use a rectangle, and others use more than one piece of paper.

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$ One-Arm Saguaro Cactus Origami By Mary Ellen Palmeri

New Years means an origami Money Fold!

A useful conversation piece at a dinner party, bar or restaurant. This model is also great to leave for a special tip.

This money origami model is designed especially for Southern Arizonans… a saguaro $model to impress your friends!

If you have never folded money before, this is a good one to start with… all you need is a crisp dollar bill and follow the step-by-step instructions.

When you give a $model, you can include a small gift card that says something like: “Prosperity Saguaro" - If you always keep this saguaro you will never go broke!”

Of course, if you’d like to fold this model with regular paper, just cut it into the same size or proportion of a dollar bill, or even a little wider for easier folding. You can fold a few using different sizes and use them to create a unique Southern Arizona greeting card.

And if you use staples to attach a few more cactus arms, I won’t tell the origami police!

Happy Folding!

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Origami originated in ancient Asian cultures and has been adapted by contemporary artists worldwide to reflect their own cultures. Local artist Mary Ellen Palmeri has incorporated paper folding into many of her mixed media art paintings, and teaches origami classes locally and nationally. Some of her work can be seen in a Tucson Happenings feature here: Artist_Profile

All of her Paper Dream Paintings can be seen in her Etsy shop where custom matted art prints of her original work can be purchased.   Go to: www.etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts

Ms. Palmeri's original origami models have been published in books and magazines, she has been featured on broadcast media, and her mixed-media fine art works often include various original origami models. Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) is a Tucson based club founded by Ms. Palmeri to provide a venue for sharing this art. The group meets monthly at a local library; for more details please contact the artist at info@lyric-arts.com

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