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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.

Amazing Mythological Origami Creations You Have to See to Believe

Amazing Mythological Origami Creations You Have to See to Believe

In this post we're going to take a look at a ton of different mythological creatures and figures from cultures all over the world. First up is an origami version of Sleipnir, the 8-legged horse from Norse mythology. Sleipnir is the "best of all…

Origami Tessellations

25 Incredible Origami Tessellations that Could Go on Forever

Origami Tessellations are a very interesting and unique use of paper. Especially if you appreciate the mathematics and design behind them. In a previous post we talked about the different kinds of tessellations and a bit of the history behind them.…

Origami Butterflies

Paper Metamorphosis, Beautiful Looking Origami Butterflies

Butterflies are a very popular thing to fold out of paper. Just like in real life you can use all kinds of different colours of paper to make all kinds of different colours of butterflies. In this post we're going to take a look at some of our…

Jumping Frog

How to Fold an Easy Origami Jumping Frog

These easy to follow instructions will show you how to fold a traditional origami jumping frog. This frog can actually jump pretty far if you press down on it’s back! When you fold this model the paper will get pretty thick near the end.…

Origami Butterfly

How to Fold an Easy Origami Butterfly

These instructions will walk you through how to fold a traditional origami butterfly. It’s a pretty simple design and all you need is a square sheet of paper. Are you ready? Let’s get started. Step 1) Start…

Origami Box

How to Fold a Traditional Origami Box – Masu Box

These instructions will show you how to make a traditional origami box also known as a masu box. Masu boxes were originally a square wooden box used to measure portions of rice during the feudal period in Japan. Masu boxes came in all kinds of…

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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.