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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 Vending Machine in Uchiko Japan

Adorable Vending Machine Selling Origami Turns up in Rural Japan

Japan is known for having some pretty interesting vending machines that sell almost anything you can imagine. Recently one vending machine that appeared in the rural town of Uchiko and has become very popular on the Internet. This vending machine...

Easter

Rabbits, Chicks, Lambs and Other Egg-Ceptional Easter Origami

Happy Easter everyone! In this post we're going to take a look at a lot of great rabbits, which is expected, but we also have a pretty wide collection of other awesome Easter-themed things folded out of paper. First up is one of the best rabbits...

Traditional Origami Crane

How to Fold a Traditional Origami Crane

The traditional paper crane is probably the most famous of all origami models. It’s designed after the Japanese red-crowned crane. In Japanese mythology this crane is known as the “Honourable Lord Crane” and it wings carried souls up to heaven....

You Bet Giraffe!

Are these Paper Animals Awesome? You Bet Giraffe they Are!

Animals are still probably the most popular thing to fold out of paper. In this post we're going to take a look at a pretty diverse collection of different animals from all over the world. First up is this incredible warthog folded from a single...

Origami Dogs

25 Pawsome Origami Dogs that You Mutt See

We've posted about dogs previously. Since then we've come across a ton of other fantastic paper dogs that also deserve to be highlighted. We'll start out this post with this beautiful looking dog folded from a sheet of mulberry paper. Image source:...

Origami Gundam

Incredible Mobile Suit Gundam Robots Folded Out of Paper

We've made a couple of posts in the past about anime-themed models. When I saw the 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....

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Looking for Origami Instructions?


We have 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.

Beautiful Folded Goldfish

Diagrams

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

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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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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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Our Favourite Books

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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Paper Buyer's Guide

Origami Paper - Buyer's Guide

There are lots of different kinds of paper out there and figuring out which one to use can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you're new to paper folding. We've put together a 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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An Introduction to and the History of Paper Folding


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 paper folding 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.

The art 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.