There is something very satisfying about folding only paper into something useful (or beautiful!). These Origami Candy Bowls are super easy and look great! I made these for the upcoming Disney Moana movie, as they would be great for a Moana themed party. I do love a good Disney movie and am very excited about Disney Moana. Living in New Zealand I am looking forward to see how they have used the legends I grew up reading. Maui myths and legends books were a common story favourite when I was at primary school, and I still remember the stories.
If you come her often you probably know I spend most of my time sewing. So no, I am not an Origami wizz but I do love a good look around Pinterest! And I found a great video for these gorgeous wee bowls here. But just in case you have an aversion to videos, or a slow internet connection…I took step by step photos of how I made them.
What you will need to make your own Disney Moana Origami Candy Bowls
- Paper – I used 12 inch square scrap booking paper
- Optional – Tissue Paper to line the bowls
- Optional – Shells to decorate + Glue
- If you are stuck for supplies I have found Mighty Ape NZ (Affiliate Link) to be both reasonably priced and very quick!
Tutorial for Disney Moana Origami Candy Bowls
Note: Accuracy is pretty important for this one. You will need to measure carefully and line everything up nicely when you are folding or your bowls will not come together well at the end.
1. Cut your paper to size
You can make two bowls out of one piece of 12″ square paper. The dimensions for the cut piece need to be 2:3. For the above size that means the short side is 6″ than the long side is 9″. This will make a bowl which is 3″ x 3″ square.
For another example if the short side is 8″ than the long side would be 12″. That would make a bowl that is 4″ x 4″ square.
2. Fold into thirds
With the paper in a landscape position (horizontal), measure one third of the way in and mark lightly with a pencil. also measure two thirds and mark also. Carefully fold the paper to create a crease as the pencil marks. Check out the photos above!
3. Fold in half horizontally
Pretty self explanatory this one! Just fold in half to create a crease and unfold again.
4. Fold sides back on themselves
Fold one side as you did earlier, then fold it back on itself to line the cut edge up with the folded side. Repeat for both sides. Again the photos above show the way.
5. Creating the bowl shape
Look at the first photo carefully and lay your paper in the same way. With the left hand side folded out on top of the right hand side. Fold the top corners down as shown. You will need to be accurate so that they line up nicely. Then fold the left flap back over on to the left side. Take care that the folded piece stay flat on the inside.
Now fold the right flap out on top of the left side. Repeat the same steps as you just did on the left hand side. Again fold the right flap back on to it’s own side.
6. Opening out your bowl
I really think the photos say it all! Open our the bowl and fold it out in the opposite orientation. Then open it the same again and you will have your gorgeous little bowl!
7. Add decorations
Since these are for a Disney Moana themed party I have chosen to hot glue on little sea shells. I think they are just gorgeous and add a little beachy touch. And if you don’t live near the beach don’t worry these came from a necklace!
I lined them with a paper tissue (don’t use eucalyptus!!!) for a whitewash on the waves effect. Fill them with your favourite sea themed candy or lollies as we would call them in New Zealand. And you are all set for your Disney Moana themed party.