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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 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....

Origami Kusudamas

30 Absolutely Beautiful Origami Kusudamas

Kusudamas are modular origami models where multiple units are fit together to form a ball-like shape. The word “kusudama” literally means “Medicine Ball” when translated from Japanese. They were originally used for incense and potpourri which I guess is where the name comes from. If you’re...

Origami Turtles

A Shellebration of 21 Turtley Amazing Origami Turtles and Tortoises

Just as there's a huge variety of different species of turtles and tortoises in real life there's also a very diverse variety of origami ones too. First up is Satoshi Kamiya's awesome loggerhead turtle. The pattern on the back of the shell is fantastic. Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Designed by Satoshi...

Origami Sea Creatures

Dolphinitely Some of the Best Origami Sea Creatures I’ve Seen!

We've covered origami fish as well as crabs before and in this post we're going to be taking a look at all kinds of different sea creatures and animals found in the water. There's a lot of cool stuff here starting with these awesome eels. This is one of the coolest looking designs I've seen. I...

Videogame Origami

23 More Excellent Origami Models from Video Games

I'm a big fan of both video games and origami so naturally I'm always excited when I come across excellent video game themed origami models. In this post we'll look at various video game characters and objects all folded out of paper. First up is one of my all time favourite models, Satoshi Kamiya's...

Origami Pokemon

Origami Pokemon, Gotta Fold ‘Em All

I'm a huge fan of Pokemon origami and we've made several posts in the past about origami Pokemon. This time I've put together a master post of as many Pokemon that I can. I had originally planned to put every single one that I've seen together in this post however there were just too much. I had to...

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Learn How to Fold

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.

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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.