How to: make a kinetic paper sculpture for Tanabata
Make an awesome kinetic paper sculpture of Orihime and Hikoboshi in time for Tanabata.
Tanabata is a Japanese festival which starts on July 7th. One of Japan's many very interesting unique festivals, it's based around the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi.
These two lovers are, according to legend banished to live on either ends of the milky way and are only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunisolar calendar.
As the calendar varies by region, the festival runs through July and August and involves people writing wishes on streamers and strips of paper which are attached to bamboo branches and trees. It is thought that the lovers are not allowed to meet if it rains on the 7th so often the wishes are for dry weather, but people also write wishes for themselves.
The sculpture was designed and created by Glue2 Chronicles and is available for free download from the Canon Creative Park. It includes detailed instructions and everything you need to make this highly intricate and detailed moving sculpture.
It's such a beautiful design, I can't help but think it would be a fantastic project.
But you don't have to start or even finish with this project, the Canon Creative Park site has many different moving paper sculptures to choose from. It could well be your next craft addiction!