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Most of our blog posts are galleries of amazing models folded by some very talented folders. You’ll also find news, book reviews, tips, new video tutorials and much more.

Origami Gundam

Some Incredible Mobile Suit Gundam Origami

We've made a couple of posts in the past about anime-themed origami. When I saw the origami designs from origami RXMAN however I knew we had to do a Gundam specific post. The Gundam anime series is a science fiction anime series that started back in 1979. It's one of the oldest anime series and...

Crease Pattern

The Mathematics, Laws and Theory Behind Origami Crease Patterns

Did you know that paper folding developed in China, Korea, and Europe (in addition to Japan)? Did you also know that the art of paper folding, most commonly associated with Japan, may have in fact been invented in China? Cai Lun, a Chinese eunich and official of the Han Dynasty created paper. It was...

Wet Folding

How to Wet Fold Origami

The grandmaster of origami, Akira Yoshizawa, first created the technique of wet fold origami. What makes it different from traditional origami? Basically, you dampen the paper until it accepts folds, which can give your origami a more realistic appearance, add a rounded quality, and allow it to...

My Little Pony Origami

This My Little Pony Origami will Blow Your Horseshoes Off!

I'll start off by saying that I don't really know anything about My Little Pony. I thought it was some kind of toy from back in the 1990s. Now I guess it's an animated TV show that's become really popular, especially on the Internet. As with anything that develops a large enough fanbase that means...

Origami Vehicles

I Could Harley Wait to Show You These Origami Vehicles

There are tons of different origami vehicles out there. Pretty much everything from cars to boats and of course paper planes can be folded with paper. In this post we're going to look at some of our favourite vehicle designs. First up is an awesome paper plane and a race car folded using dollar...

Origami Cranes

Origami Army – Fold Paper Cranes in Half the Time!

Jillian reached out to me to spread the word about her Kickstarter for pre-creased origami paper, so I hope you all will take a look and help her spread her love of origami! The Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 paper cranes to grant a wish or have a happy marriage is known all over the world....

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Learn How to Make Origami

If you’ve never tried paper folding before and you want to get started then check our our Beginner’s Guide. This guide will teach you all the basic folds, the basic bases that form the foundation for most models and finally it’ll walk you through folding your first model, the traditional paper crane.

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Looking for origami instructions?

We have probably the largest database of instructions anywhere on the Internet. Whether you're looking for diagrams, crease patterns or even video tutorials you'll be sure to find something to fold in our database.


Step by step diagrams are the most common and popular way to show how to fold origami models.

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Crease Patterns

Crease patterns are the pattern left on the paper when the model has been completely unfolded.

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Video Tutorials

Video tutorials are great because you can see exactly how the paper moves in-between each step.

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Awesome Paper Folding Books

We've put together a collection of some of our all-time favourite books for all skill levels. You’ll find a quick review as well as a list of all the models that are diagrammed in the book. We’ve also included links to where you can purchase the books. Some of them are quite hard to find.

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Origami Paper - Buyer's Guide

There are lots of different kinds of origami paper and figuring out which one to use can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you're new to paper folding. We've put together this guide explaining the different kinds of paper, the pros and cons of each one, when to use them and where to get them.

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Origami Jewelry

Paper isn't the only material that you can fold. Some artists have found a way to fold metal into some absolutely beautiful pieces of origami jewelry. Check out some of our favourite necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more here.

Check out Some Beautiful Jewelry

What is Origami?

Origami is the art of paper folding. Traditionally it involves folding a square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. The name comes from Japanese. “Ori” means folding and “Gami” means paper.

Paper folding is usually associated with Japan but many different cultures also developed the art. In China as far back as 905 A.D. people folded paper representations of gold nuggets that were burned at funerals. Europe also developed their own version of the art in the 17th and 18th centuries as well. They mostly focused on napkin folding instead of paper. Another version developed in the Middle East where they mainly focused on folding shapes and patterns.

Modern origami can be traced back to Japan in the 1860s when Japan opened their culture to the rest of the world and imported the German education system. The German style of paper folding was merged with the Japanese one. The new style prohibited cutting the paper and most models usually started with a square sheet of paper with a different colour on each side.

In the early 1900s people such as Akira Yoshizawa and Kosho Uchiyama began creating and recording models. Akira Yoshizawa developed more advanced techniques such as wet folding. He also developed an official diagramming system called the Yoshizawa–Randlett Diagramming System for recording folding instructions.

In the 1980s artists began exploring the mathematics behind paper folding. This combined with computers led to a sharp increase in the complexity of what could be folded. You’ll certainly see some pretty complex models when you look around this site! These wouldn’t be possible without advanced math and computer software.

Origami doesn’t require any tools and you can use pretty much any kind of paper you can find. Most models do use a square sheet of paper though. Technically you’re not supposed to use any cuts or glue when you fold but don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you do.

There’s another art form called Kirigami which does involve cutting the paper. Kirigami is another Japanese word. “Kiri” means cutting and “Gami” again means paper. Our website doesn’t really focus on kirigami but if you search the Internet you’ll find all kinds of information about it.