Angels probably aren’t the first thing you think of when it comes to origami unless it’s maybe Christmas related. Surprisingly enough though, there are a ton of really amazing origami angels out there.

Many of them are incredibly complex as you’ll see and most of them are folded from single sheets of paper!

To start things off we have Raphael Mausolf’s Angel 1.0. This angel is folded from one sheet of paper and the wings are based off of the body design for Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin.

According to Catholic tradition there’s an archangel named Raphael too which is an interesting coincidence.

Papercraft Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/morpheusorigami/6822674165/

Angel 1.0, Designed and Folded by Raphael Mausolf

Crease pattern available from Raphael Mausolf’s Flickr

 

Gabriel is probably the most famous angel and Hojyo Takashi has designed an excellent origami version of him. This is another angel design that is made using one square sheet of paper.

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/14411955744/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here’s one of the most amazing origami designs I’ve ever seen of some kind of evil angel. I would not be surprised to find out the entire model is one sheet of paper but I don’t know that for sure.

It’s a shame that this photo doesn’t have way more favourites and comments.

Evil Angel Folded from Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7351716156/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

The shaping for this next angel is inspired by those terrifying Weeping Angel statue creatures from the TV series Doctor Who.

Weeping Angel folded by Lucas Honor
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/20051404938/

Weeping Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Lucas Honor

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

This is a cute idea giving the white angel a red origami heart. The wings are based on a design for the wings of an origami crane.

Love Angel with a Red Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/6184330562/

Love Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Here are a couple of musical angels. Each one is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Angels in Concert
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/10115863496/

Angels in Concert, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a really cool idea doing a half regular, half fallen angel. Both halves of the body and wings are all folded from one sheet of paper!

Light and Dark Angel by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/4316359628/

Light and Dark, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here’s an origami angel that definitely looks ready to go into battle.

Winged Warrior Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/14645915299/

Winged Warrior, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another fantastic angel that’s also ready to fight. The entire model is apparently one sheet of paper! I have no idea how Kade Chan managed that, especially on that cross it’s holding.

The Disciple by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/14905899280/

The Disciple, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Kade Chan’s Website

 

Here’s another incredible origami angel folded from a single sheet of paper. I love the wing design in this one, it’s very different from a lot of the other origami angels.

Paper Angel Sitting on Cardboard Box
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10732766834/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another mind blowing origami angel and I’m 99% sure it’s folded from one sheet of paper.

Incredible Warrior Angel Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7970087128/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Next is another more evil looking angel of death which again, I’m pretty sure it’s folded from one sheet of paper.

Origami Angel of Death
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/8647784313/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This is another excellent somewhat complex angel design.

Angel by Hans Romano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76470970@N06/30395151235/

Angel, Designed by Hans Romano and Folded by mark origami (2)

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another take on Hojyo Takashi’s Gabriel

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/13240903025/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by paper in dream

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

This is a much simpler origami angel but it’s still a fantastic and elegant design.

Esperanza by Fabian Correa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/8117531110/

Esperanza, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

This angel is definitely folded from multiple sheets of paper but it’s still very impressive looking.

Hawk Eyes by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/16569300277/

Hawk Eyes, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here’s another absolutely mind-blowing evil-looking origami angel that needs a lot more attention than the picture’s received so far.

Evil Paper Angel with Sword and Hood
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6537801057/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here are both of Fumiaki Kawahata’s musical angels again by a different folder which a very different look.

Musical Angels by Fumiaki Kawahata
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4552736108/

Angels, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Eyal

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a more feminine and quite beautiful looking angel. The model is folded from one sheet of paper (not including the stone).

Elegant Female Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/5522936012/

Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

I believe that this next angel is the same design as the weeping angel from earlier in this post however it’s folded very differently to give it a much more evil look.

Evil Angel Folded by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6328442279/

Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

Here’s another fantastic angel design and I especially like how it seems to be wearing feathery sort of clothing.

Paper Angel Folded by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14793004134/

Angel 3.0, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Crease pattern available from Passion Origami

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Here’s another incredible and very complex origami angel. The entire model including that cross is folded from the same single sheet of paper.

Angel by Jordan Langerak
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/8245938693/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

This is a very different angel design with more than two wings. The whole model is folded from one sheet of paper and the colour change used in the design looks fantastic.

Archangel by Paper in Dream
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/7984691990/

Archangel, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a very impressive scene with two figures playing music. There are apparently 11 sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Sounds of Angel by Leo Lai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5179231378/

Sounds of Angel, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Our last image for this post is this incredible origami version of the angel Michael. There are five sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Archangel St. Michael by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8654417901/

Archangel St Michael 2013, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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That’s it for this post, let us know in the comments which one of these origami angels was your favourite. Be sure to visit each of these origami artists on Flickr and let them know you liked their work too. A lof of these models didn’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve.