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Paper marbling: Ebru and Suminagashi

Paper marbling is not only a fun DIY, but it’s also an ancient art. This artist in Istanbul, Turkey demonstrates ebru, how the floating colors can be shaped and then transferred onto paper.Related watching, some Japan...

Andrew Gatt’s Paper Rollercoasters

Mixing physics, engineering, paper and what looks like some seriously rewarding folding, cutting and taping DIY, Andrew Gatt builds incredibly sturdy paper roller coasters out of heavy paper s...

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions

There’s nothing that twists the mind quite like an optical illusion and this one is pretty great. From Brusspup, who has previously created scanimation toys (among many other optical tricks), check out the video...

How to make a spinning top

I love Origami's Jo Nakashima demonstrates how to make a Spinning Top, designed by Yami Yamauchi. To make one, just print this image, cut it out as an 18cm x 18cm square, and fold! From the ar...

Vi Hart: Hexaflexagon

Grab some strips of paper and join math video storyteller and “mathemusician” Vi Hart as she introduces the Hexaflexagon: This video is based on, and in honor of, Martin Gardner’s first Math...

Impossible motion illusions

Kokichi Sugihara at Meiji University in Kawasaki, Japan, has been using computer software to bring impossible drawings to life. The video above shows some of the objects he has made moving in ways that appear to d...

Sesame Workshop stop motion paper animations by Studio Nos

Created by Matthew Amonson and Jeremy Bronson of Studio Nos for Sesame Workshop, this film about an apple tree uses paper in a subtle and lovely way. They’ve created a few of these stop m...

Østersøen (Ödland, Sankta Lucia)

This beautiful video by Ödland was directed by Vincent Pianina and Lorenzo Papace for music written and recorded by Papace. It’s all made with paper, light and so many beautifully-crafted images. There ...

Portland TEDx: How to use a paper towel

At a Portland TEDx event, Oregonian Joe Smith demonstrates how to use a paper towel, and moreover, demonstrates how easy it is to be mindful. Everyone should see this! via Kottke.

Classic Sesame Street: Old paper, new paper

Not only does this classic Sesame Street short explain paper recycling in a relatable way, but it's always a nice touch to hear a wide variety of music styles for a wide variety of settings....

Origami Stop Motion by Sipho Mabona

Remember those origami examples and how tos? Here’s a simple but illuminating stop motion animation of a car being made out of one sheet of newsprint to help visualize some more complex...

Origami: Tavin15‘s Flapping Bird

Ready to fold some origami?! Tavin15's origami tutorials stand out on YouTube as a good mix of simple, clear and fun after folding. Above, a flapping bird. There’s also the classic (p...

A clip from Between the Folds, a film about Origami

Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career...

How to make a paper Möbius strip

One of the most famous surfaces in mathematics, the Möbius strip can be constructed by cutting a long strip of paper, putting a half twist in it, and gluing the ends of the strip togethe...

Matthew Shlian: cut out flipbook

A flip book video by paper engineer, TEDx speaker, and artist Matt Shlian, who also makes paper sculptures and videos of his intricate flip books and small paper installations. A few favorites are here, here and (don...

How to make your own thaumatrope

Cut out a white cardboard circle. On the front, draw something on the left. On the back, draw something upside down on the right. Punch two holes in the sides of the circle, as shown above, and thread string through e...

Rob Ryan’s intricate paper cutting illustrations

London-based artist Rob Ryan introduces his intricate paper cutting illustrations in this lovely Handmade Portrait video from Etsy TV. Artist Rob Ryan‘s studio is located in a cozy nook ...

How to wrap presents Japanese-style

For you last minute gift-givers out there, try wrapping the presents Japanese style! And if this video is too fast to follow (it is), here’s a whole bunch of video tutorials that are at a...