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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.

A Preview of My Upcoming Origami Book

A Preview of My Upcoming Origami Book, Available Soon!

There hasn't been a ton of activity on the site lately because for the past several months I've been living in a country with really slow Internet. Because of that I've been using my spare time to make an origami book since that's all off-line……

Origami Weapons and Armour

Origami Weapons and Armour You Could Almost Take Into Battle

In this post we're going to take a look at something new, origami weapons and armour. Believe it or not people have folded everything from swords to guns and a lot of these models are very impressive. We'll start off this post with this great paper…

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Welcome to Origami City

Relaxing, beautiful, with endless possibilities — these are just a few ways to describe the ancient art of origami. We’re not sure when or where it was invented, that’s up for debate, but without a doubt, love for this art form has filled the……

Drawing Origami Tome 2

Drawing Origami Tome 2 is Out and it’s Full of Awesome Things to Fold

After 3 years of work Nicolas Terry has finally released his new book Drawing Origami Tome 2. The book features an impressive collection of 33 models to fold ranging from fairly easy to pretty complex. I'd say most of the models in the book are…

Origami Sharks for Shark Awareness Day

Magnificent Origami Sharks to Celebrate Shark Awareness Day

Today, July 14th is Shark Awareness Day. Sharks can definitely be ferocious predators but they do get a bad reputation. Many people are scared of sharks but the truth is that they're way more threatened by people than we are of them. Shark Awareness…

Origami Kusudamas

25 More Incredible Looking Origami Kusudamas

It's time to take another look at origami kusudamas. A kusudama is essentially a modular paper model made up of various units assembled into a ball-like shape. They're often quite beautiful with very interesting shapes and amazing colour schemes.…

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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.

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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.