About 3 years ago we got a picture book called Lissie's Friends. It's about a girl who has the skill of folding origami and the imagination to see her creations as friends. In the back of the book there are instructions for making a paper crane. For 3 years, every time we read that book, my son would want us to try to make a paper crane.
Those instructions were crap.
(Yes, that means all my attempts at a crane ended up looking like wadded paper.)
So finally I looked up instructions on Youtube. I figured out that crane, and suddenly my kid decided he wanted an origami birthday party, and for his cake to be shaped like a crane!
When it comes to the kids' birthday cakes, I go a little nuts. I am certainly not a professional cake maker, but I really have fun creating what they ask me to make. So I dove in and this is what I made:
He was happy, so I was too. After all that, learning to fold all those origami figures (especially the owl) was much harder than making the cakes. But it's fun to have a new skill.