When I first became a parent, someone once told me with children you find the days are long, but the years are short.  Several days removed from my oldest daughter’s 10th birthday, not only do I find that to adage to be very true, but I find it is true in many other aspects of life.  For example, I cannot believe that Great Wolf Lodge Southern California just celebrated its 1st anniversary when it seems like yesterday announced the first and only indoor waterpark in California.  

One year later, we have welcomed countless families, creating fun-filled memories that will be shared between parents and their children for years and years.   I happened to be at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California on the eve of the anniversary, and took such joy in seeing all the smiling faces and wolf-ear wearing kids bounding across the lobby.

That evening, however, it wasn’t just howling children popping up in the lobby.  There was also a very special first anniversary gift under construction.  To celebrate this milestone we wanted to do something unique for our guests, something worthy of a first anniversary celebration.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.   Paper?  What fun can you have with paper?  

Well, leave it to the imagination of the team here at Great Wolf Lodge and a paper anniversary gift becomes the world’s largest origami birthday cake!   Stretching nearly 10-feet in the air and six feet in diameter, the cake was made entirely of paper and featured hand-folded origami woodland creatures such as brown bears, beavers and a nearly 3-foot tall grey wolf.

It took a team of four origami artists 10 days, nearly 200 square feet of handmade Japanese paper and over 3,200 folds to build this remarkable creation.  

Guests visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California over the past few weeks have had a chance to see this impressive piece of art first-hand, but knowing we have fans all over North America we wanted to share some origami fun with everyone. 

We asked noted origami artist, Linda Mihara, to help us create step-by-step instructions on how she folded some of the creatures adorning this origami cake.   It’s a fun activity you can do at home with your children.  We hope you enjoy!


Origami Wolf Tutorial 

Origami Paw Tutorial