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Book Review: Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead by Duy Nguyen

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One of my crafting loves is anything that lets me play with paper so you would think I’d have tried Halloween origami before but I haven’t. When I first heard about Zombigami, I knew I had to have it. After all, I’m a huge zombie fan and how could I have more fun than by making Zombie origami creatures? Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead includes projects to create thirteen ghoulish origami zombies. That’s not all though. Zombigami also includes 50 sheets of colored and patterned paper made specifically for creating these Zombies.

The book begins with a chapter on the basic folds and the symbols you’ll need to understand to create the projects. There are sixteen different basic origami folds. The list begins with the easier ones (in my opinion) and get harder as you progress. There is also a section with tips on selecting the correct type of paper and glue to use in your origami projects. There are also suggestions on technique so that the folds you make are crisp which will result in a better finished project.

Each Halloween origami craft project features a full color photo of the project with a spooky background and a ghoulish description of the zombie you will be creating. Every fold necessary to create the project is shown you step by step along with a reference back to the type of basic fold involved. That lets you turn back for extra help if you need it. Each step is also color coded so that you can see what type of paper you need to use with it. Most of the projects will have multiple steps that require several different pieces of paper. You will need glue to hold the different pieces together. There are even 13 pull out Zombigami character posters included!

For the most part, the projects in this book are medium in difficulty. I wouldn’t try them without some experience in origami. I’ve been doing origami for several years and found some of the projects to be fairly complicated. They are definitely doable, but you need to work carefully and experience would certainly help. If you’re looking for some fun Halloween origami, Zombigami is definitely what you need. I love the selection of projects to choose from!

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.
  • Mickey Bitsko

    Thanks for the helpful review, Ellen!