Tuesday, May 08, 2007

How to fold your own paper bowls

Before I start, I just want to say that I am NOT anywhere close to being even passable at origami. So the fact that I can fold a decent bowl using this method says a lot about how simple it is to follow.

The Flyer uses a different method to make her bowls and she has tried so many times to teach it to me, but my brains somehow cannot process and remember the steps. They seem to me as complicated as say... trying to fold an intricate spider's web. But this method that I am about to show you, I find very straight-forward.

I'll be using an A4-size sheet from an old magazine, instead of newspaper. Why? Because the thicker sheets from magazines create sturdier bowls. I can use them to hold even water. All you have to do is to line it with an old plastic bag, pour the water in and ta-dah! You've got yourself a mini drinking bowl.

Okay, so here's how I fold my bowls...


All you need is paper and a stapler to do this. Magazine paper, newspaper, even spam mail in your letterbox can be used. The paper doesn't have to be in A4 size. Any size will do.

Step 1:

Take a look at your sheet of paper. Which side of the paper do you want on the outside of the bowl?

This is important for those who are feeding cats in crowded public places. Especially in Singapore where there is quite a large number of people who are turned off by anyone attempting to feed a cat, you will find that you have to hide the bowls in discreet places like tall grass patches or beneath bushes.

It is wise to choose a green or brown or any dark colour to be on the outside of the bowl for a more effective camoflage.

Step 2:

After you have decided which side is to be on the outside, place that side facing down. Then fold the sheet in half.

Step 3:

Fold it in half again so that you end up with a small rectangle.

Step 4:

You'll notice that you now have two open flaps. Take one of them and press it flat down.

Step 5:

You should end up with a shape that looks like the triangular roof of a house.

Step 6:

Do the same to the other open flap. You'll now have a flat trianglular creation in your hands with a small gap at the bottom.

Step 7:

Turn one flap over and press it flat down. Do the same to the opposite flap. You'll now have the same flat triangular shape but with the original flaps exchanged and no gap at the bottom.

Step 8:

Take the corner ends of the new flap, bring them towards the centre line of the triangle and fold them down.

Step 9:

Do likewise to the other flap so that you end up with the shape of a house.

Step 10:

Take the rectangular bottom and fold it half.

Step 11:

Then fold it over once more.

Step 12:

Staple it down in the middle.

Step 13:

Repeat steps 10, 11 and 12 on the opposite side.

Step 14:

Open the box up and ta-dah! You now have a food bowl.

I do recommend that you keep the bowls folded for easy stashing in your bag. Do let me know if any of my instructions are confusing. I'll try and simplify them for you. And if anyone else has an easier method, please please please share it with all of us.

For now... Congratulations! You have graduated from 5-Cat Style's Origami Kindergarten!

After a few bowls, you'll find yourself folding them quite quickly. Pretty soon, you'll be folding them with your eyes practically closed. The Flyer and I often have these bowl-folding sessions while watching TV. How else can you explain all these many many bowls?

~5-Cat Style


CatDonna & Cats said...

Very helpful tips! Thanks. Will try 'em out.

Me, I just use a sheet of newspaper and throw it away after feeding.

Faz the Cat said...

Wow Bombay, this is fantastic, if I had opposable thumbs I would definitely make my own bowl. FAZ

p.s. thank you for your great suggestions on why cats are better than dogs - I didn't know our ears went 180 degrees. that's amazing.

jcfloresinc said...

Thanks Bombay. Now I know how to make those bowls. They will come in handy when we out and see a cat in need. Cats rule. We don't have to be walked either. Have a thinking Tuesday.
Samantha & Tigger

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

I think the Woman can handle that...though I might have to try the Awesome Man first as he's a lot smarter than she is.


Daisy said...

I am going to try to teach my Mommie!

Suzanne said...

very very cool! thank you for posting the instructions with such good photos!


Eric and Flynn said...

Concatyoolayshuns!! Yoo are joint winners of our 100th Post compytishun along wiv Grr (Midnight and Cocoa)Can yoo email us with your address to send your parcel to. Yoo can find our email address on our profile page.

Parker said...

Mommy's gonna try to make bowls tonight! Thanks for the lesson!

Mary said...

Very paiseh leh but i failed. i have problem from step 8 down. BTW, how's Gucci?

=^..^= said...

Hi Eric and Flynn, how EXCITING! Fank you fur holding that contest. I'll get my foster mommy to e-mail you our details right away!



=^..^= said...

Hi Mary, what exactly are you having with?

You have the "flat trianglular creation" WITH or WITHOUT the gap at the bottom?

Let me know and I'll take you from there. :)

~5-Cat Style

=^..^= said...

Oh! And about Gucci... I got in touch with his owner, Melissa, recently. She says that he is doing alright at home. Things aren't exactly smooth sailing yet with the family, but the conflicts are fewer and there no more outbursts (at least none aimed at Gucci, she promises).

Unfortunately, the family has issues that run deep and it will take a long time and great effort for them to be resolved.

Meanwhile, it is good enough that Gucci is alright and I'll keep monitoring his situation.

~5-Cat Style

Rosie & Cheeto said...

Wow, yer lady is so amazingly creative! We'd eat owr fud owt of anything...but if it was in a fancy handmade bowl we'd scarf owr fud down supur fast!

auntie p said...

My friend taught me how to fold these paper bowls, and it was a foreign domestic worker who taught her how to fold it.

Good for throwing peanut shells too. :)

cat_aunty said...

I was laughing and crying while reading this. Laughing coz you really did a step by step series, and crying coz all these bowls will be used for community cats.

You and your mum and your two cats fearing aunties are angels

Bonnie Underfoot said...

Oh, Bombay, your foster Mom is so good and clever! My woman never sees strays, but she'll probably try making the bowls just to see if she can. I'm sorry you missed me... my comment disappeared! Hiss for Blogger.
Purrs and nosekisses,

jcfloresinc said...

Hi Bombay:
I won!!!! Yippy!!! I hid the toys from Tigger!!!
Be blessed,

Females!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!! Hiss!!!
High 5 paw,

Forty Paws said...

Wow! That's awesome! You're very smart!

Luf, Us

Pee Sss. Reno was watching a catnip video, or catsitter video.

Lux said...

That's amazing! They look so pretty!

Jeter and Mickey said...

wow ... i'm gointa tell mi mom to follow doze instruckshunz.
i wanna origami bowl miself!
luv--yer frend--jh

Caesar and Princess said...

Wowie this is amazing.
We are going to tellour mommie to do this!!

calsifer said...

What a gem! You actually took the trouble to do a step-by-step guide.

Just wanted to add: Aside from being non-water-proof, another vital reason for not using newspaper is that the newsprint ink is toxic/carcinogenic - which is why we're supposed to wash our hands after reading 'em. So no newspaper bowls for the kitties!

scoria76 said...

Thank you for sharing. Will start my paperbowl hobby asap.. hehe..