Christmas Origami

Yule Want to Check Out this Christmas Origami - Plus a Special Gift from Me

First up a quick note about that best origami of 2018 contest I wanted to do. That's still happening and I should be making a post with all the details for that contest soon so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Next up is a special gift from me! I'm going to be giving away a free copy of one of my all time favourite origami books Origami Omnibus by Kunihiko Kasahara to one lucky member of my email list.

If you're not on the email list you can sign up at the bottom of any page on this website. I'll also be sending out an email in a couple of days with some more details on how you can increase you chances of winning the book.

This is a fantastic beginner to intermediate level book that has one of my all time favourite models to fold, a beautiful Chinese dragon. It's not hard to fold and it looks pretty impressive (although not as impressive as a lot of the other origami on this site...).

Chinese Dragon Folded by Me
The Chinese dragon folded by me

There's a huge number of other really great models in the book as well.

So make sure you get on the email list as soon as possible. I'll be sending out those instructions to increase your odds in a few days and picking a winner not long after that.

And now onto the main theme of this post, Christmas origami.

Two years ago I put together a post with a really awesome selection. This year it was a bit more difficult since I featured so many awesome models last year and I didn't want to repeat myself too much but I did manage to put together a pretty fantastic collection of stuff I haven't featured before.

First up is this excellent little Santa Claus model.

Paper Santa Claus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/38384755912/

Santa Claus, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

 

Next up is a beautiful little nativity angel that would fit right in on any Christmas tree or in any nativity scene.

Nativity Angel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielleverbeeten/38169460745/

Nativity Angel, Designed by Max Hulme and Folded by Danielle Verbeeten

Video instructions available from ireneblchua's YouTube channel

 

Here's a beautiful Christmas tree folded out of five sheets of paper that get larger in size as you work your way down the tree.

Paper Christmas Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexori/11533614194/

Christmas Fir, Designed and Folded by Alejandro Pascual Márquez

Video instructions are available here

 

I really like this next model and I was looking for an excuse to throw it in a post. I initially thought of doing a Thanksgiving Day post but there's just not enough Thanksgiving themed origami out there to make into a post.

But people do eat turkey at Christmas so here we are.

Christmas Turkey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/21692795323/

Turkey, Designed by Ryan MacDonell and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention Book

 

I've always thought this Santa Crane model was pretty cool and it's actually folded from a regular old Bird Base like a regular paper crane.

Santa Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/32939306244/

Santa Crane, Designed by Arisawa Yuga and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Joseph Wu designed this fantastic group of the 3 Wisemen. These could also easily fit into any nativity scene.

The Three Wisemen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30503854276/

The Magi, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Since Reindeer are definitely associated with Christmas this is a fantastic opportunity to include an impressive reindeer model like this one which is folded from a single 35 x 35 cm square of paper!

Reindeer From a Single Square of Paper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/17049003281/

Reindeer, Designed by Kawahata Fumiaki and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in the JOAS Special Edition from 2008

 

Here's a fantastic Christmas scene and I love how everything even the snowy ground is made out of paper.

Santa Taking Flight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133610529@N05/27481620289/

Designed by Dem Giang Sinh and Folded by Pham Hoang Hai (Photo by Nguyenngoc Thanh)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a whole forest of beautiful modular Christmas trees. Each one is folded from 3 squares of paper.

Forest of Christmas Trees
https://www.flickr.com/photos/16545592@N04/23182995551/

O Tannenbaum, Designed and Folded by Kalami

Diagrams are available on Kalami's blog

 

This has to be the best origami snowman I've seen. The snowman itself is folded from a single square of paper and the hat and scarf are both separate squares of paper.

Snowman with hat and scarf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/24868061742/

Snowman with Silk Hat and Muffler, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's an entire Santa gang. I like how each one of these has a slightly different beard and face.

Santa Gang
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92285150@N02/11340897156/

Santa Gang, Designed by Rene Lucio+ Jan Spütz and Folded by Rainer Berg

Diagrams available in Das große Origamibuch

 

This year I came across this absolutely magnificent sleigh folded from a single square of paper believe it or not.

Santa's Sleigh
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/25269434758/

Santa's Sleigh, Designed by Taon and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Jun Mitani is famous for designing beautiful and simple looking spiralling shapes. Here he's taken some of this designs and converted them into fantastic little Christmas ornaments that would fit in on any Christmas tree.

Ornaments by Jun Mitani
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jun_mitani/5237532511/

Christmas Ornaments, Designed and Folded by Jun Mitani

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic little Christmas tree and this time it's all folded from one square of paper.

Christmas Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154153368@N03/38763410761/

Christmas Tree, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani, Stars Designed by Janet Yelle and all Folded by Helena Poliarush

Crease pattern for the Christmas tree available here

 

I included this next photo in that previous Christmas post I mentioned earlier but it's one of my all time favourites so I had to include it just one more time.

Christmas Shepherd and Sheep
https://www.flickr.com/photos/orestigami/14970099616/

Shepherd Designed by Max Hulme, Sheep Designed by Hideo Komatsu and all Folded by Oreste Salatino

Sheep diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

Shepherd diagrams available in the 2008 Origami USA Convention Book

 

Here's another really awesome design. Technically this is a roast chicken but it's similar to that turkey from earlier so I'm including it.

Roast Chicken
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/4092897227/

Roast Chicken, Designed by Joseph Wu and Folded by Shuki Kato

Crease pattern available from Joseph Wu's Flickr

 

Here are some more fantastic reindeer this and this time everything is folded from dollar bills. The red rope technically isn't origami but it's a very nice touch.

Money Reindeer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/23818697382/

Reindeer Designed by Neal Elias, Sleigh Designed by Young Wyn and all Folded by Xun

Reindeer diagrams available in the Origami World of Neal Elias

Sleigh diagrams available here: Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3

 

This beautiful little snowflake is folded from a single piece of paper.

Snowflake with Hole
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/23610873633/

Snowflake with Hole, Designed and Folded by Oriholic Jared

Instructions not available

 

Daniel Brown folded this fantastic fireplace and then decorated it for Christmas.

Christmas Fireplace
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/5272332777/

Fireplace Designed by Ichiro Kinoshita, the Decorates are Designed by Daniel Brown and Everything is Folded by Daniel Brown

Diagrams are available in the 1st Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Here are a few more fantastic little tree ornaments.

Christmas Tree Ornaments
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154153368@N03/31319863777/

Ornaments, Designed and Folded by Helena Poliarush

Instructions not available

 

This model was part of the International Origami Internet Olympiad for 2018 and looks really great with red and white paper.

White Deer with Red Scarf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55093505@N08/32404952808/

White Deer with Red Scarf, Designed by Pei Haozheng and Folded by Carla Godoy

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a fantastic Santa themed kusudama sitting on top of a mirror.

Santa Kusudama
https://www.flickr.com/photos/derodeolifant/46322895781/

Kusudama Santa, Designed by Irina Kasatonova and Folded by Marjan Smeijsters

Photo diagrams available from Irina Chisa's Flickr

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely fantastic nativity scene by Sipho Mabona. It's inspired by the artist Giang Dinh and his curved style which is very common among Vietnamese origami artists.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sipmab/3029997662/

Nativity of Jesus, Designed and Folded by Sipho Mabona

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Let us know what you thought about these models in the comments and be sure to get on the mailing list so you can be part of the contest (and future contests too)!


Halloween Origami

2018 Spooky Halloween Origami Extravaganza!

I couldn't miss an opportunity to do a Halloween themed origami post this year and since I haven't posted in a while here's an extra big awesome collection of Halloween origami!

I don't have much else to say so lets get things started with this excellent little collection of slightly cute origami jack-o'-lanterns from Hiroaki Kobayashi.

Jack-o'-Lanterns by Hiroaki Kobayashi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/38025816871/

Jack-o'-Lantern with Hat, Mantle and Lamp, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Ynon Toledano designed this excellent skull witch mask. The whole thing is folded from a single paper with one side painted black so you get a different colour on the hat and the skull.

Witch Skull Mask
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/25500156268/

Witch Skull Mask, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available

 

Miyamoto Chuya designed an amazing Grim Reaper model all folded from a single square of paper so of course I had to include it in the Halloween post.

Grim Reaper by Miyamoto Chuya
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92175616@N05/32836404691/

Grim Reaper, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Slifer Wu

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

I really like this next model and it's quite creepy and perfect for Halloween. It's all one sheet of paper too!

Escape from the Well
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/33913370665/

Escape, Designed by Alessandro Beber and Folded by Никита Васильев

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber's Flickr

 

A while ago Sebastian Limet designed and folded a series of kind of creepy looking skulls with various animal characteristics and I thought they'd fit in great in this post.

Anthropomorphism 7
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/37929360575/

Anthropomorphism 7, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Cerberus is a three-headed dog from Greek mythology that guards the entrance to Hades. I quite like this model and it also fits in with the holiday theme of this post. I really like the individually folded and sharp looking claws on this one.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crease_creator/38539457304/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Crease Creator

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here's a pair of two fantastic looking jack-o'-lanterns. The orange and black paper looks really great here.

2 Jack-o'-Lanterns
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/38025739342/

Jack-O'-Lantern, Designed by Itsuki Minami and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention book

 

This has to be one of the best origami bats I've ever seen. It was photographed at the 7th Korea Origami Convention in 2016 and I really love the look on its face.

Bat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/33158815555/

Bat, Designed and Folded by Yoo Tae Yong (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Diagrams available in Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Here's another one of Sebastien Limet's skull-like designs. This one definitely has a kind of Cthulhu looking vibe to it.

Anthropomorphism 6
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/38815635671/

Anthropomorphism 6, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Next we have the ghost dog Zero from the Nightmare Before Christmas. I guess this is technically more of a Christmas model but I'm still including it here for ghostly reasons.

It almost looks like there's a red water bomb there for the nose which is a smart idea.

Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138326458@N03/26394309569/

Zero, Designed and Folded by lostbaguetteORIGAMI

Crease pattern available from lostbaguetteORIGAMI's Flickr

 

João Charrua designed this kind of cute little monster. It's a really great design and I've tried to fold it before myself but I can't seem to figure it out.

Monstrito
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierreyvesgallard/40838839932/

Monstrito, Designed by João Charrua and Folded by Pierre-Yves Gallard

Diagrams available in Mini Neo Magazine #28

 

Here we have a very realistic and quite sinister looking skull with some very nice individually folded teeth.

Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55093505@N08/41481046522/

Skull, Designed by Yutaka Naito and Folded by Carla Godoy

Instructions not available

 

This bat isn't super complex but it's got a great playful looking personality that I like a lot.

Bat by Saku Saku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122577187@N08/44474232884/

Bat, Designed and Folded by Saku Saku

Crease pattern available from Saku Saku's Flickr

 

Next we have this excellent little Goblin that's more of a traditional Japanese goblin design than a typical Western-style one.

Goblin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35238627364/

Goblin, Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Creative Origami

 

This mouth just looked so bizarre and creepy that I had to include it for Halloween.

Smile by Morisue Kei
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/9150543668/

Smile, Designed and Folded by Morisue Kei (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available (unless that crease pattern in the photo is for this model but it looks too simple to me)

 

Here's an adorable little pair of ghosts. The colour changes for the faces is very nice.

Cute Ghosts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/42129213105/

Teru Teru Bōzu, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

We even have the monster in your bed folded out of paper!

The Monster Under the Bed
https://www.flickr.com/photos/142703900@N05/43006820325/

While You Sleep, Designed and Folded by Daniel Bermejo Sanchez

Instructions not available

 

You can't do Halloween without a witch riding a broomstick and this is one of the best ones I've ever seen.

Witch Riding a Broomstick
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/33158858375/

Witch, Designed and Folded by Jang Young Ik (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Crows are something you'd typically associate with this time of year so I wanted to include at least one. I decided to go with this Yatagarasu design. In Japanese mythology Yatagarasu is a 3-legged crow and a symbol of divine intervention in human affairs.

It's technically not something that you'd consider spooky but I really like the design and this one looks especially great.

Yatagarasu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/39910937545/

Yatagarasu, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #157

 

Here's another excellent little bat that comes with a video tutorial.

Black Bat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/44396089765/

Halloween Bat, Designed by Ángel Morollón and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Next we have another skull and this one is probably the most unique skull design I've seen.

Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/14560142861/

Skull, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

For this next model Terry Nicolas took Oriol Esteve more sort of cute ghost design and made it look a bit more scary. He added a nose because cute ghosts don't have noses, a vampire-like cape, claws and a scarier looking pose. Overall a pretty awesome interpretation on the original design.

Scary Looking Ghost
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/43212137601/

Ghost, Originally Designed by Oriol Esteve and Modified and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams are available in Stop Thinking, Start Folding

 

Here's another one of those skulls by Sebastien Limet this time with a more snake-like look.

Snake Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/38815635141/

Anthropomorphism 2, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Next are two nice and perfectly innocent looking pumpkins to change things up a little bit.

2 Pumpkins
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154153368@N03/44333199945/

Pumpkins, Designed by Jo Nakashima and Folded by Helena Poliarush

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

I'm not sure why this demon is reading a book but I love everything about this photo. It's one of the best folded gargoyles I've seen too.

Demon Reading a Book
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/43743126035/

Gargoyle, Designed by Thành Hoàng Trung and Folded by Никита Васильев

Crease pattern available from Thành Hoàng Trung's Flickr

 

I believe this is an undated and slightly enhanced version of Saku Saku's bat from earlier.

Bat by Saku Saku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122577187@N08/44631555704/

Bat, Designed and Folded by Saku Saku

Crease pattern available from Saku Saku's Flickr

 

This awesome little fish skeleton is folded from a single square of paper.

Fish Skeleton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/41308687120/

Fish Bones, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Fish & Other Sea Creatures Book

 

Here's a slightly friendlier looking version of Yutaka Naito's skull. It's folded by a different artist and has a very different look.

Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/39879263300/

Skull, Designed by Yutaka Naito and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more design from Sebastien Limet's series of skulls. This model is folded from a triangle of paper. Usually people use a square.

Rabbit Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/24943468448/

Anthropomorphism 1, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

A lot of people have folded this "Rest in Peas" model. It was part of the IOIO contest in 2016. For this post I picked the "scariest" version I could find.  If you look closely you'll see that each skull has a different facial expression which is a really nice touch.

Rest in Peas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/30994342366/

Rest In Peas, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Никита Васильев

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2016

 

Someone actually designed an origami version of the famous Scream painting and it's super awesome! It's all folded from a single square of paper too!

Scream Painting
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/43996933322/

Scream, Designed and Folded by Lee Inseop

The crease pattern is in that photo if you can make it out

 

This is a pretty cool design and idea from Neelesh K. I couldn't really think of any other post to include it in and since it's kind of scary looking here it is. It's all one sheet of paper with an excellent little colour change there.

Smoking Kills
https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/31104149244/

Smoking Kills, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Here's an excellent sort of Japanese-style orc to go with that goblin from earlier.

Orc
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35903921441/

Orc, Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Creative Origami

 

This is Miyamoto Chuya's Grim Reaper design again but this time folded by a different artist. I like how those one looks jolly and kind of fat, not the normal look you'd expect for the Grim Reaper.

Grim Reaper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/38405138691/

Grim Reaper, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Mariano

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Tengu are a type of demon from Japanese mythology and since they're demons that gives me an excuse to include this amazing looking one in this post.

Tengu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/44045362281/

Tengu, Designed and Folded by Kazuki Kitanishi (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a simple and great little paper mummy.

Paper Mummy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/44722142625/

Mummy, Designed by Anita Barbour and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available from GiladOrigami.com - Part 1, Part 2

 

This jumping spider was part of the IOIO contest this year and a ton of different people folded it. This was my favourite version though. It's titled "The Floor is Lava" and it's in quite an imaginative pose.

Jumping Spider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/45633104561/

Jumping Spider, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Thanh and Folded by Никита Васильев

Instructions not available

 

Here's another awesome group of ghosts.

3 Ghosts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/45508412752/

Ghosts, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Video instructions available from 一匹柴犬 ORIGAMI's YouTube Channel

 

Our final model for this post isn't something you'd really think is traditionally Halloween-ey but it is a big ferocious and scary monster. Plus it's super complex and really awesome looking.

Hydra
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126754280@N06/34076009840/

Hydra, Designed and Folded by Jaran Darra

Photo diagrams available from Google Drive

 

That's it for this post. Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone and if you fold any awesome Halloween origami share a link in the comments!


Dogs

Chinese New Year 2018 Origami Dog Extravaganza!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! 2018 is the year of the dog so it's a great opportunity to take a look at a bunch of awesome origami dogs.

First up is this incredible doberman. The colour change in the design is fantastic and this looks really great with brown and black paper.

Doberman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/25654991768/

Doberman, Designed by J.W Park and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Here's a fantastic little chihuahua. I love the different colour of the eye and nose.

Chihuahua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/24253909787/

Chihuahua, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Eric Vigier designed this quite excellent dog and folded it specially for 2018. I especially like the little tongue.

Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/39425943981/

Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This Dalmatian makes fantastic use of colour change so you end up with black spots everywhere.

Dalmatian
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/28314386479/

Dalmatian, Designed by Mi Wu and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2018

 

Here's a cute little Welsh Corgi and this design again makes fantastic use of a colour change.

Welsh Corgi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/38570597745/

Welsh Corgi, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Katsuta Kyohei designed this fantastic Pomeranian. It's not a very complex model but it has lots of character and you can definitely tell what it is.

Pomeranian
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/37902198654/

Pomeranian, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya has one of the most famous dog designs. I especially like how soft this one looks with the choice of paper here.

Satoshi Kamiya's Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130282626@N03/38256032402/

Dog, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sunny Tse

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #144

 

This is an absolutely incredible design that looks very life-like.

Boston Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/33932028404/

Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi designed this excellent Shiba Inu again with a really nice colour change. Lost of these dogs have great colour changes incorporated in the design. To get the full effect you need to use two-coloured paper.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26422768109/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This husky isn't too complex but it's quite cute and has a lot of character.

Husky
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/38156183932/

Husky, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Next is this quite excellent looking poodle.

Poodle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/37068096946/

Poodle, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Yoo Tae Yong also designed this fantastic pug and it's probably the best origami pug design I've seen. Beautiful photo here as well.

Pug
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/36597780940/

Pug, Designed by Yoo Tae Yon and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Shiba Inus are pretty awesome so here's another one with a cute little scarf. The face on this one is very well done.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/36488036031/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

This next one isn't technically a dog but it looks so great and it's pretty close so I'm going to include it.

Fennec Fox
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/38225350715/

Fennec Fox, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed this excellent Boston Terrier. This one is folded from 3 square sheets of paper.

Boston Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35708282724/

Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here are two very excellent looking French Bulldogs. Hiroaki Kobayashi has designed a bunch of really great looking origami dogs. These ones are also folded from three squares of paper.

French Bulldogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35733997133/

French Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available fromHiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's Hiroaki Kobayashi's take on a Pug. It's folded from 2 squares of paper and the colour changes here are really great.

Pug
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35708282014/

Pug, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's two more dogs from this series of designs by Hiroaki Kobayashi. These are each folded from 3 squares of paper.

2 Bulldogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36496625706/

Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

I had to include one more picture of all of Hiroaki Kobayashi's dogs together. The title of this image on Flickr is "Ugly Cute Dogs" which I think is very appropriate.

Ugly Cute Dogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35733997353/

Ugly Cute Dogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Links to instructions are above

 

J.W. Park designed this fantastic American Bully. The colour change with the white paper on the underside of the model looks really great.

American Bully
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/36311255702/

American Bully, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Kim Ju Hyun designed this very cute little puppy.

Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/35506332756/

Puppy, Designed and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic dog design from J.W. Park.

Dogo Argentino
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/35300740812/

Dogo Argentino, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This German Shepherd puppy might be the cutest origami puppy I've seen!

German Shepherd Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/35359403135/

German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Seth Friedman designed this really great sheep dog. This kind of looks like a precursor to his famous Finnish Lapphund design.

Sheep Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/25189781505/

Sheep Dog, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rokuya

Video tutorial available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

I love the pose of this next dog.

Perro - Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/7821777198/

Perro, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Diagrams available in Origami School of Masters

 

Here's another really cute Siberian Husky design.

Siberian Husky
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/17038202515/

Siberian Husky, Designed by Lee Jae Gu and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Instructions not available

 

This next image is definitely one of my favourite origami photos. The street light is a really nice touch.

Aberdeen
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/5404259396/

Aberdeen, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in the 10th Origami Tanteidan Book

 

Here's another really cute origami dog. So many of these manage to look really cute even though they're just folded pieces of paper.

Mameshiba
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/31321570315/

Mameshiba, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Instructions not available

 

Next we have another absolutely fantastic German Shepherd. I love the pose and the face here.

German Shepherd
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/11287422325/

German Shepherd, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Diagrams available in Origami Chess, Cats vs. Dogs

 

Here's another really excellent dog design by Eric Vigier. I really like the reclining relaxed pose it's in.

Chien Au Repos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/16370483374/

Chien Au Repos, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This is one happy looking dog walking along.

Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-shop/12102523064/

Dog, Designed by Nishikawa Seiji and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Works of Nishikawa Seiji

 

This dog in a doghouse is one of my favourite looking models. The whole thing is one sheet of paper and there's a really excellent colour change so the dog and the house are different colours with two-sided paper.

Dog in a Doghouse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6958093234/

Dog in a Doghouse, Designed by Stephen Weiss and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals

 

Here's that German Shepherd puppy one more time since it's just so cute.

German Shepherd Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/39330329354/

German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed an excellent Chihuahua that's different from the one earlier in this post.

Chihuahua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26422766879/

Chihuahua, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's another really great Doberman design. This one definitely looks interesting with the red paper.

Doberman Pinscher
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charles-dragon/8353117358/

Doberman Pinscher, Designed by Ares Alanya and Folded by Charles Smith

Diagrams available in the 17th Origami Tanteidan Convention book

 

This is another really excellent model of a Bull Terrier that's full of character.

Bull Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/30583224243/

Bull Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This next dog is a bit different since it's very simple looking with a few simple shapes. Despite that you can tell exactly what it's supposed to be. I always like really simple models that still manage to communicate exactly what they're supposed to be.

Chow Chow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/37003784110/

Chow Chow, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

There's quite an interesting pattern and colours on this next puppy. Again I'm loving the pose here, it's almost like a real puppy barking at something.

Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/31494638255/

Puppy Joy, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not available

 

Lee Boyeon designed this excellent Papillion. This is folded from the same base as his mountain goat.

Papillion
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/39597766911/

Papillion, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful and rather elegant looking sheep dog.

Shetland Sheepdog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/16595048480/

Shetland Sheepdog, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Instructions not available

 

This next model again strictly speaking isn't really a dog but I'm still including it because it looks great.

Grey Wolf
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/27896665419/

Grey Wolf, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

Our final model for this Chinese New Year Origami Extravaganza is another Shiba Inu and it might be the best origami dog that I've ever seen! I love the face, features, body and how soft the paper used here makes it look.

This model was on display at the 23th Origami Tanteidan Convention in Japan.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36224581380/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Takashi Toyomura (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Have a happy Chinese New Year everyone! If you fold any origami dogs to celebrate post the photo somewhere online and link to it in the comments.


Valentines Day Origami

Show Your Love of Paper Folding with some Beautiful Valentines Day Origami

Valentines Day is almost here and I don't think I've ever done a post about Valentines Day themed origami. This is kind of surprising because there's actually a lot of great models out there based around themes of love, marriage and other things perfect for this holiday.

We'll get right into the Valentines Day mood right away with this excellent origami Cupid. This Cupid believe it or not is folded from a single square of paper!

Cupid
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/textori/5497095275/

Cupid, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Textori

Instructions not available

 

This next model was designed as part of a twin-themed origami challenge. The monsters are based off of Joseph Wu's Warai design and both of them together are from one sheet of paper. The heart is a separate piece of paper and I think it's a nice touch.

Monster Love
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/4304549466/

Monster Love, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

 

Of course you can't have a Valentines themed post without at least one rose. Here's an absolutely beautiful looking one and everything is folded from paper.

Rose
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/3533939945/

Rose, Designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki, Lionel Albertino and Sebastian Arellano, Folded by Sebastian Arellano

Photo diagrams available from Sebastian Arellano's blog

 

Melina Hermsen has a very different and unique style of origami, here's her "love letter".

Love Letter
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24776310@N04/32484635834/

Love Letter, Designed and Folded by Melina Hermsen

Instructions not available

 

Tadashi Mori designed this very excellent bride and groom. He's also made video tutorials for each of these models as well so you can fold your own.

Bride and Groom
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/8727770022/

Bride and Groom, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Bride video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

Groom video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

This impressive looking person is folded from a single 50cm x 50cm square of paper. If you use two coloured paper like the red and white paper here you get a different colour on that heart which looks awesome.

Ivan Danny designed this for the International Origami Internet Olympiad and received first place in the original design category.

With Love
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/25378677923/

With Love, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny

Instructions not available

 

A turtle normally wouldn't have much to do with Valentines Day but this one has a twist which I think is pretty cute.

Love Turtle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sin_cynic_666/5919243429/

Western Pond Turtle, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by James Lucas

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets - Second Edition

 

Alexander Kurth dedicated this angel to his fiancée Anita. It's folded from a simple Water Bomb base believe it or not and shaped with wet folding.

Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/27250867361/

Love, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Instructions not available

 

When I first saw this next image I knew I had to include it in a Valentines Day post, even though they're dinosaurs.

Jurassic Love
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/15570342800/

Jurassic Love, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great heart with a Playboy logo all folded from one sheet of paper! One of these days I'm definitely going to do a post all about origami logos.

Bunny Love
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/7386793766/

Bunny Love, Designed by Konstantin Khudyakov and Folded by Nyanko Sensei

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a great little pair of "Dancing Hearts". These are also folded from a Water Bomb Base.

Dancing Hearts
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-origami/6924727252/

Dancing Hearts, Designed and Folded by Vincent Achard

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really excellent heart-shaped model that you can fold yourself.

Angel Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/15909201803/

Angel Heart, Designed by Hoàng Tiến Quyết and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Hoàng Tiến Quyết's YouTube channel

 

Next is another beautiful looking origami rose, a different design from the previous one.

Rose
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/6347468591/

Rose Designed by Evi Binzinger, Leaves Designed by Nick Robinson and all Folded by Rui Roda

Rose diagrams available from Evi Binzinger's Flickr

Leaf diagrams available from Nick Robinson's website

 

Next we have one of the most beautiful looking kusudamas I've seen that looks like it's made out of roses. The paper used here is fantastic and almost looks like real flower petals.

Rose Kusudama
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goorigami/5725458639/

Rose Ball Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Maria Sinayskaya

Instructions not available

 

Here we have an excellent looking Siren (from Greek mythology) holding a rose.

Siren with Rose
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitzkap-s_art/14074941139/

Siren, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Victor J. Quintero

Instructions not available

 

This is another really great bride and groom this time from Jo Nakashima that you can pretty easily fold yourself.

Bride and Groom
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonakashima/5164547100/

Bride and Groom, Designed and Folded by Jo Nakashima

Bride instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

Groom instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Daniel Brown made some really great origami bouquets for his wedding. To make them though he had to fold an absurd number of Kawasaki Roses.

If you think folding 1,000 cranes is difficult, try folding 1,400 Kawasaki Roses! I can't imagine how much work this must have been.

Origami Rose Bouquet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/4886053183/

 

Rose Bouquets
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/4886053075/

Kawasaki Rose, Designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki and Folded by Daniel Brown

Diagrams available in Origami for the Connoisseur

 

Here's something a little bit different but still wedding-themed, a more traditional Japanese bride.

Japanese Bride
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/15074462528/

Bride, Designed by Akira Yoshizawa and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami: Living Nature

 

This model is another really neat idea and has an excellent colour change.

Showing My Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/14982569712/

Showing You My Heart, Designed by Alexander Kurth and Folded by Luc Marnat

Crease pattern available from Alexander Kurth's Flickr

 

Here's another very unique design. This whole heart is folded from a single 21cm x 21cm square of paper!

Stone Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/6872654864/

Stone Heart, Designed by Alexander Poddubny and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Instructions not available

 

This is another pair of animals that are in love folded by a master of aquatic origami.

Fish in Love
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/6076503259/

Tancho Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Winston

Diagrams available in Origami Worldwide

 

This Hearty Cube kind of reminds me of the Companion Cube from Portal. Now why haven't I seen an origami version of one of those?

Hearty Cube
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/24399271003/

Hearty Cube, Designed by Meenakshi Mukerji and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Exquisite Modular Origami II

 

Romeo and Juliet is something people definitely think of when it comes to love, romance and all that kind of stuff so of course there's an origami version of this play.

Romeo and Juliet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76470970@N06/12164187445/

Romeo and Juliet, Designed by Angel Aguilar and Mark Hanke and Folded by Mark Hanke

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful bouquet of roses. These roses are folded from a pentagon shaped piece of paper, not a square.

Rose Bouquets
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/24511223673/

Pentagon Rose, Designed by Naomiki Sato and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's another bride and groom but this time they're folded using paper money. Each person uses three 5 Euro bills.

Money Wedding
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/10325410715/

A Money Wedding, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

This particular emoji seems appropriate for this post and the origami version is pretty great.

Heart Eyes Emoji
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154153368@N03/26034385988/

Heart Eyes Emoji, Designed by Jo Nakashima and Folded by Helena Poliarush

Video instructions are available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible love angel.  The angel is folded from a single 120cm x 120cm square of paper but I believe that heart is extra.

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

Love Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post, have a very happy Valentines Day everyone!


Tarantula

Wicked Awesome, 32 UnBOOlievable Halloween Origami Creations

Halloween is almost here so it's an excellent time to take a look and some more spooky origami.

You can't have a Halloween themed post without a paper bat so we'll start off with this awesome one folded by J.W Park. I love the pose it's in and one of the commenters on Flickr mentions that it's probably folded from "Shadow-fold" paper which is appropriately Halloween-ey.

Bat by Yoo Tae Yong
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/30912631573/

Bat, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by J.W. Park

Diagrams available in Raison d'être 2014

 

Miyamoto Chuya's Grim Reaper is one of my favourite designs so I had to include it in this post. I especially like the details on the face here. This is folded from a single square of paper and it looks best if you use paper that's black on one side and white on the other.

Grim Reaper folded by Mariano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/31470383730/

Grim Reaper, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Mariano

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube Channel

 

Hubert Villeneuve designed a really awesome vampire then went back and made some improvements. This is the second version of his vampire. The colour changes are especially impressive I think.

Vampire by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/14657208827/

Vampire, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

When I saw this next model I knew I had to save it for a Halloween post. Believe it or not this is folded from a single square sheet of paper and the original model is on display at the Jaffa Museum in Jaffa, Israel.

Escape Designed by Alessandro Beber
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30452866@N06/29755754131/

Escape, Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Crease Pattern available from Alessandro Beber's Flickr

 

You have to include some origami spiders in a Halloween post so here's an incredible looking tarantula. This is also from a single square sheet of paper with no cuts!

Tarantula by origami-M-H-G :)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/16639484483/

Tarantula, Designed and Folded by origami-M-H-G :)

Crease pattern available from origami-M-H-G :)'s Flickr

 

There are a few different origami skull designs out there but this has to be one of the most unique ones I've seen. Melina Hermsen has a style that's unlike any other designer out there.

Skull by Melina Hermsen
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24776310@N04/35114254693/

Beauty, Designed and Folded by Melina Hermsen

Instructions not available

 

Next we have Satoshi Kamiya's excellent minotaur. Every artist folds this a bit differently so it's always in a different pose and has a different look. I really like the position it's in here.

Satoshi Kamiya's Minotaur
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133610529@N05/20944833228/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyenngoc Thanh

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here's an excellent little paper Jack o' Lantern. It looks really great with paper that's orange on one side and black on the other because of the colour changes in the design.

Jack O' Lantern Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36556631822/

Jack O' Lantern, Designed by Itsuki Minami and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Here's another incredible design from Hubert Villeneuve of a headless horseman. It was designed as part of a horror themed contest on a French paper folding forum.

Headless Horseman by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5131511397/

Headless Horseman, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's an excellent and kind of cute witch. It's a modular model folded from 5 sheets of paper.

Witch Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35903918541/

Witch, Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Creative Origami

 

Here we have a more peaceful and contemplative zombie, something you don't normally see. The designer of this model, Hubert Villeneuve left a comment on Flickr asking if he's reflecting on life and how does that work if he's dead?

Zombie, Designed by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/36947012440/

Zombie, Designed by Hubert Villeneuve and Folded by Никита Васильев

Instructions not available

 

This year we have a couple of horror movie themed designs like this paper version of the clown from the movie IT. The paper boat is a nice touch too and Mariano Zavala B. recently made an excellent video tutorial showing how to fold it.

The Clown from IT
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/37100075396/

Clown, Designed by Seiji Nishikawa and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube Channel

 

Here's another incredible design from Hubert Villeneuve. Every part of this including the witch, broom and book she's holding is all folded from the same sheet of paper! If you look closely you'll see details like a different colour on the pages and cover of the book!

Witch by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/15024477037/

Witch, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Hojyo Takashi designed this really excellent 3D skull which is expertly folded by Egor Prokhorenko.

Hojyo Takashi's Skull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/149390725@N07/34736168333/

Skull, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Egor Prokhorenko

Diagrams available in the 16th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Next we have this very intimidating looking gargoyle.

Gargoyle by Dang Viet Tan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27751537@N03/6213935057/

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Dang Viet Tan

Instructions not available

 

This is a really fantastic raven design and I especially like how the claws on the toes look here.

Raven by Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/1000cranes/36492991461/

Raven, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Herman Mariano

Diagrams available in Works of Quentin Trollip

 

This is another really excellent bat design by Fernando Castellanos. I especially like the little fangs.

Bat by Fernando Castellanos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/9734473631/

Bat, Designed and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Instructions not available

 

Here's another amazing design from Hubert Villeneuve which again is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Big Demon by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/34715032144/

Big Demon, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here we have Satoshi Kamiya's excellent Cerberus folded by Maxi Purewal. I really like the little claws on the feet and all the details on the faces.

Cerberus by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/19640937831/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Jun Maekawa designed this quite famous origami devil beautifully folded by Kevin Hutson.

Devil by Jun Maekawa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137460274@N07/29919062832/

Devil, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Kevin Hutson

Diagrams available in Genuine Origami

 

I always appreciate a good Anubis design like this one by Hubert Villeneuve. It's an update on his previous Anubis design and folded from a single sheet of paper. There are colour changes in the design but you can't see them here since both sides of the paper are the same colour.

Anubis Folded by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/32714156632/

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

João Charrua's designs usually have a somewhat creepy unsettling vibe to them which makes them perfect for Halloween!

Boo! by João Charrua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/15859382114/

Boo! Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a fantastic goblin flexing it's muscles in an "I'm stronger than you" pose. If you look closely you'll see it has two little fangs and lots of other details. It's all one sheet of paper with some very impressive colour changes for the armour.

Goblin Folded by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/19477620372/

Goblin, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Eric Vigier designed this excellent "Devil Monkey".

Devil Monkey Folded by Eric Vigier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/27231398670/

Devil Monkey, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This next model is a Hitotsume-kozō which is a ghost-like creature from Japanese mythology. Hitotsume-kozō take on the appearance of a bald headed child with one eye in the middle of their forehead. You can also call them One-Eyed Goblins in English.

This model is folded from 3 pieces of paper.

One Eyed Goblin by Makoto Yamaguchi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35227652983/

Hitotsume Kozo, Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Creative Origami

 

I think this next photo is a really cool idea. Gen Hagiwara folded the demon from about the waist up and put it in the middle of the crease pattern which looks just like a summoning circle. The colour changes in the design making the details on the face are awesome too.

This demon is folded from a hexagon shaped piece of paper which makes the crease pattern look much more like a summoning circle.

Summoning an Origami Demon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/31127957580/

Summon, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

I also had to include this image too which shows the whole circle and the process of summoning the origami demon. This is definitely a great way to showcase crease patterns.

Summoning an Origami Demon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/30658009214/

 

Here's one more really fantastic 3D skull design by Ynon Toledano

Paper Skull Folded by Ynon Toledano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/37838867731/

Skull, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available

 

This next creature is a Karakasa or Umbrella Monster, another creature from Japanese mythology. This model is folded from 3 sheets of paper.

Origami Karakasa (Umbrella Monster)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35903917991/

Karakasa (Umbrella Monster), Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Creative Origami

 

Sebastien Limet designed this very unique model which he calls "Rest in Peas". It definitely seems appropriate for a Halloween themed post. Anita R. did a really great job folding here and you can see all the details really well.

Rest in Peas by Sebastien Limet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anita-origami/30397638664/

Rest in Peas, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Anita R.

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2016

 

Here's a really great spider-like creature that's quite spooky looking.

Spider? Folded by Zakir Nasyrov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139880216@N07/25353539561/

Spider? Designed and Folded by Zakir Nasyrov

Instructions not available

 

This next model should be instantly recognizable to any fan of horror movies.

Horror Movie Folded by Hubert Villeneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5132113006/

Film d'horreur, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Our final model is this amazing origami version of what I believe is a Fawn from the movie Pan's Labyrinth. I've never seen it so I'm not 100% sure. It's folded by João Charrua and definitely incorporates his creepy style.

Fauno by Sipho Mabona
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/11332617955/

Fauno, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by João Charrua

Crease pattern available from Sipho Mabona's Flickr

 

Which one of these spooky Halloween models is your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to have a great Halloween everyone!


Canada Flag

Canadian Themed Origami to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday

July 1st is the national day of Canada which celebrates the day when Canada officially became a country on July 1, 1876. This year is Canada's 150th birthday and since I'm Canadian I figured I should definitely put together a post featuring Canadian themed origami.

We'll start off this post with this excellent Canadian flag.

Canadian Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/8504550639/

Maple Leaf, Designed by Ryo Aoki and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in NOA Magazine #414

 

Walruses can be found along the coastlines of Canada and here's an excellent one folded for a fundraising event.

Paper Walrus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29648714@N08/30426629946/

Walrus, Designed and Folded by Robert Salazar

Crease Pattern available from salazarigami.com if you sign a petition against arctic oil drilling

Visit Robert Salazar's website at www.salazarigami.com

 

The Common Loon is Canada's national bird so here's an excellent paper loon folded by Joseph Wu who also happens to be a Canadian origami artist.

Common Loon by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/3930619128/

Common Loon, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Photo diagrams available from Joseph Wu's Flickr

 

Seals can also be found along the coastlines of Canada. Here's one photographed out in the wild.

Fur Seal
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/31399322052/

Fur Seal, Designed by Lee In Seop and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Pro

 

These dogs are technically Siberian huskies but they look awesome so I'm going to include them in this post. Very similar dogs are used to pull dog sleds in northern Canada.

Husky Dogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/26235592371/

Siberian Huskies, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Aoto Morisawa and both Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams for Fumiaki Kawahata's Husky available in Tanteidan Magazine #108

Diagrams for Aoto Morisawa's Husky available in Tanteidan Magazine #156

 

Canada has some really great salmon and here are some beautiful looking ones swimming up a stream. All made out of paper of course.

Bernie Peyton's Salmon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eco-origami/3881617040/

Sockeye Salmon, Designed and Folded by Bernie Peyton

Diagrams available in Eco Origami

 

The beaver is one of the more famous Canadian animals. Here's a more cartoonish looking beaver design by Nicolas Terry. The colour change on the teeth is a nice touch.

Nicolas Terry's Beaver
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/12276895023/

Beaver, Designed by Nicolas Terry and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Instructions not available

 

You can find lots of wild moose all over Canada. Here's a pretty complex and awesome Bull Moose design by Robert J. Lang.

Robert J. Lang's Bull Moose
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/30746878503/

Bull Moose, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets, Second Edition

 

Polar Bears are found all over northern Canada while puffins can be found on the east coast. Here's a great photo with both of them together. The puffins have a few extra squares of orange paper to add some colour to the design.

Polar Bear + Puffins by Nicolas Terry
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/31030770683/

Polar Bear + Puffins, Designed and Folded by Nicolas Terry

Instructions not available

 

Caribou are another quite famous Canadian animal. You can see a caribou on the Canadian $0.25 coin. This whole model is of course folded from a single square of paper. In this case it was 65cm x 65cm Mulberry Paper.

Caribou by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/31122512934/

Caribou, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Damian Malicki

Diagrams available in the JOAS 2011 Special Issue

 

Here's a really excellent maple leaf design.

Maple Leaf by Brian Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/13214342693/

Maple Leaf, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available from Brian Chan's website

 

Buffalo are native to the plains in central Canada. This buffalo design isn't super complex but it definitely has a ton of character.

Hoàng Tién Quyét's Buffalo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/18466269524/

Buffalo, Designed by Hoàng Tién Quyét and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Instructions not available

 

Black bears can be found in forests all over Canada. This one is easily one of the cutest origami bears I've ever seen.

Origami Black Bear
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29648714@N08/12166487335/

Black Bear, Designed and Folded by Robert Salazar

Instructions not available

Visit Robert Salazar's website at www.salazarigami.com

 

Elk are another very common animal across Canada. It always impresses me how people can design animals with antlers like this and fold them from just one sheet of paper.

Roosevelt Elk - Robert Lang
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/15951517117/

Roosevelt Elk, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets, Second Edition

 

Here's another really excellent bear design by Seth Friedman.

Grizzly Bear - Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/25212685066/

Grizzly Bear, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book

 

This is a really great Canadian Lynx design from animal origami expert Quentin Trollip.

Canadian Lynx by Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/7305504668/

Canadian Lynx, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really great wolf design that's not too complex. Wolves of course can be found all over Canada in the wild.

Wolf - Fabian Correa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/5475076728/

Wolf, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

Deer are another animal that can be found all over Canada in the wild and in not so wild places. This one is folded from a single 50cm x 50cm square of paper.

Deer - Tomasz Krawczyk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120745382@N02/25469768743/

Deer, Designed and Folded by Tomasz Krawczyk

Instructions not available

 

Here we have the winter version of the Arctic Fox which can be found in northern Canada. In the winter its fur is a white colour so it can hide in the snow but in the summer it's fur changes to a grey colour which is pretty cool.

Arctic Fox - Oriol Esteve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/35333699281/

Arctic Fox, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Bighorn sheep can be found in the Rocky Mountains in western Canada. I've always been a fan of Satoshi Kamiya's excellent design, especially the head and horns.

Sheep - Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20947360848/

Sheep, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic polar bear design by József Zsebe. It's not super complex but it really has the spirit of a polar bear and it's kind of cute too.

Polar Bear - József Zsebe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/12409107134/

Polar Bear, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper & Form, Origami for Experienced Folders

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's Caribou design again and from this angle you can really see all the fantastic details in the face.

Caribou - Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris1155665/16413460468/

Caribou, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Chris Hui

Diagrams available in the JOAS 2011 Special Issue

 

Here's another beautiful maple leaf. This one is technically a Japanese maple leaf but it's an excellent design and it's pretty similar to a Canadian one so I'll allow it.

Japanese Maple Leaf - Hidehisa Inayoshi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/25009330010/

Japanese Maple Leaf, Designed by Inayoshi Hidehisa and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

 

Joseph Wu designed this really excellent beaver for a Canadian origami convention.

Beaver - Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/8097442910/

Beaver, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here are some more excellent loons. You'll find this animal on the $1 coin in Canada. There are some really neat colour changes in this design and it looks especially awesome awesome when you fold it using black and white paper.

Common Loons - Artur Biernacki
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pere-olivella/5004068223/

Common Loon, Designed by Artur Biernacki and Folded by Pere Olivella

Diagrams available in Bogota Origami Convention 2015

 

Bison are also native to Canada so here's another really excellent design from József Zsebe. I really like the 3D shapes in this design, especially the head.

Bison - József Zsebe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/11314403655/

Bison, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper & Form, Origami for Experienced Folders

 

I really like Won Park's koi design. Even though technically koi aren't really Canadian this one is folded from a $10 Canadian bill and the water is folded with a $20 bill. The koi design is meant to be folded from an American bill and the size is a bit different from a Canadian one but Stefan managed to pull it off here anyways.

The new Canadian money is made out of plastic so you probably wouldn't be able to fold this now.

Swimming in Money
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/28338947093/

Koi, Designed by Won Park and Folded by Stefan

Diagrams available from the Origami Resource Centre

 

I really like this design from Quentin Trollip of a bear eating a salmon. The whole thing is one square of paper and I really like how the bear has little eyes.

Grizzly and Salmon - Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/4355092619/

Grizzly and Salmon, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more really awesome polar bear also designed by Quentin Trollip. The whole thing is folded from a single square of paper and if you use black and white paper like he did here you end up with black eyes, a nose and feet.

Polar Bear - Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/4244412533/

Polar Bear, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Quentin Trollip

 

This final image I've had saved for awhile now. I've been waiting for a relevant post to include it in. These adorable mother and baby deers are designed by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva. The designs are really great and the whole composition of the photo is even better.

These models were designed for Mother's Day but deer are still Canadian.

Deer Mom and Baby - Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/34647839215/

Designed and Folded by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Happy Canada Day to all the Canadians out there and if you fold any Canadian themed origami feel free to share a photo in the comments!


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 I've seen. I especially love how soft the paper here looks. The colours are really great too.

Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/20810525290/

Rabbit, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the 21st Origami Tanteidan Convention book

 

This next image is one of the nicest looking origami flowers I've ever seen. Since lilies are usually associated with Easter I had to include this one in this post.

Easter Lily
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/8732389991/

Calla Lily, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a really great little lamb. If you use black and white coloured paper you end up with really great colouring in the design.

Lamb
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/15619239454/

Sheep, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

Next up is another excellent Easter bunny.

Easter Bunny
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5280409893/

Rabbit, Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #103

 

Here's a neat little chicken egg cup you can fold to hold all your Easter eggs.

Chicken Egg Cup
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrviolinpeter/13916819964/

Chicken Egg Cup, Designed and Folded by Mr. Violin Peter

Video instructions available from Mr. Violin Peter's YouTube Channel

 

This is a very impressive paper version of the crucifixion of Jesus. The photo is very well done too. The entire model is folded from a single sheet of 35cm x 35cm paper.

Crucifixion of Jesus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/16420520903/

Crucifix, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

Here's another take on the origami rabbit from the beginning of this post by a different folder. I really love how the eyes are a different colour with this design.

Paper Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/32455985515/

Rabbit, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in the 21st Origami Tanteidan Convention book

 

Won Seon Seo has folded several excellent scenes from the Bible. Here he's folded Jesus's entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He definitely has a very unique and impressive style throughout all these scenes.

Palm Sunday Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/5753385748/

Jesus - Entry, Designed and Folded by Red & Whitepaper

Instructions not available

 

Next we have Seth Friedman's excellent dutch rabbit.

Rabbit by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_tucker/4745016940/

Dutch Rabbit, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman (Photo by Jon Tucker)

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Here we have a pair of cute little paper chicks.

Paper Chicks
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/14561804776/

Chicks, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful bunny rabbit folded specifically for Easter.

Bunny Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/33921063946/

Rabbit, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a pair of absolutely fantastic origami sheep folded using Hoàng Tiến Quyết's signature curvy style.

Pair of Origami Sheep
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/16170031939/

Sheep, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

This might be my new favourite rabbit design. I love how expressive the face looks and how it looks like it's up to some kind of mischief.

Mischief Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/33631746320/

Mischief, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Here's another one of Won Seon Seo's amazing paper versions of scenes from the Bible.

Jesus - Cross
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/5752841373/

Jesus - Cross, Designed and Folded by Red and Whitepaper

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a cute little Easter scene with a few different paper rabbits.

Easter Rabbits
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anita-origami/25475284284/

Rabbits, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Anita R.

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

This is definitely one of the most impressive Easter-themed models I've ever seen. Ivan Danny wanted to design this model ever since he first started with origami. The entire model is folded from one 40cm x 40cm square of paper with no cuts. The paper is painted which is why the final model has so much colour in it. The individual fingers and toes look amazing!

Carry the Cross
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/17017017091/

Carry the Cross, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny

Crease pattern available from Ivan Danny's Flickr

 

Next is Seth Friedman's dutch rabbit again but folded by a different artist with a bit of a different look and feel.

Dutch Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/17002362541/

Dutch Rabbit, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Here's a cute little origami chick.

Paper Chick
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/30294140773/

Chick, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

This is a somewhat simpler looking design but it still makes a really great looking origami rabbit.

Origami Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/8602409831/

Rabbit, Designed by Akira Yoshizawa and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in Akira Yoshizawa, Japan's Greatest Origami Master

 

Here are two more fantastic sheep that are somewhat in the same style as the previous ones in this post with the white bodies and black heads.

Black Headed Sheep
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/6719593523/

Black Headed Sheep, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Instructions not available

 

There really are a lot of different origami rabbits out there. I could have easily made this post nothing but rabbits.

Rabbit By Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/13566624545/

Rabbit, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's a whole family of little chickens. I like how the hen is essentially a simple geometric shape.

Hen with Chicks
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/8594896531/

Hen Designed by Roman Diaz, Chicks Designed by Kunihiko Kasahara, all Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Hen Instructions not available

Chick diagrams available in Cute, Cool and Beautiful Origami Animals

 

Here's a whole bunch of Easter rabbits. Each one is folded from a simple bird base.

Easter Rabbits
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/8604845385/

Rabbits, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Next we have an egg folded using a tessellation pattern. It's technically a "dragon egg" but I'm still going to allow it into this Easter post because it's really the only origami egg I could find. I guess it's not easy designing or folding round shaped models like this.

This model is pretty neat because it can be stretched or squished into a variety of different shapes.

Dragon Egg
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charles-dragon/8089197154/

Dragon Egg, Designed by Yuri Shumakov and Folded by Charles Smith

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Here we have our last rabbit for this post. It's another simpler design but it still looks really great.

Rabbit Folded out of Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/16977204266/

Rabbit, Designed by Eduardo Clemente and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Papiroflexia

 

Our final model this Easter is this absolutely fantastic origami version of Jesus's crucifixion. The entire thing, the cross, all the details in the body and even the nails are folded from a single sheet of 50cm x 50cm tracing paper!

Believe it or not the hardest part Neelesh K. had designing this model was the knees.

Jesus Crucifixion
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/30876116623/

Jesus Crucifixion, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Crease pattern available from Neelesh K.'s Flickr

 

That's it for this post. Have a great Easter everyone!


Chicken

2017 Chinese New Year Origami Rooster Extravaganza!

2016 was the year of the monkey and last year I kind of struggled to find origami monkeys for a Chinese New Year themed post. This year however is a completely different story.

I'd been amassing quite a collection of origami roosters for a while now. I save photos I see and sort them into categories for future posts. The birds category had a huge number of roosters.

I try to mix things up when I make posts to get a variety of different birds for example in a post about birds. However there were too many roosters and after I planned out several bird-themed posts there were tons left over.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this year is the year of the rooster so it looks like everything will work out wonderfully. So to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 here's our "Rooster Extravaganza" featuring over 50 origami roosters!

 

We'll start things off with this incredible game cock designed by Kei Watanabe. Check out all those individually folded feathers!

Game Cock
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/31895409581/

Game Cock, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Next we have this cute little rooster designed by Tetsuya Gotani. You'll see that a lot of these designs have an excellent colour change and use white and red paper. The baby chick here is a nice touch.

Origami Chicken and Chick
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tgotani/30768390452/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Tetsuya Gotani

Crease pattern available from Tetsuya Gotani's Flickr

 

This excellent rooster design is by 212moving and the diagrams are available in a free eBook from Origami-Shop.com!

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/31964237996/

Rooster, Designed by 212moving and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2017

 

Mi Wu's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiwind/32459651315/

Rooster, Designed by 212moving and Folded by 潘杭

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2017

 

Mi Wu's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/32314068781/

Rooster, Designed by 212moving and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2017

 

This simple little rooster design is by József Zsebe and looks great with the white and red paper.

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/31962604736/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Instructions not available

 

This next one is a very unique design and I especially like how great the claws on the feet look here.

Fighting Cock
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/6471311345/

Fighting Cock, Designed by Nguyen Nguyen Thong and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Here's a great pair of little roosters, one sitting and one standing.

Pair of Roosters
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/16538539471/

Roosters, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya has designed a very popular origami rooster. Here's his designed folded by several different artists.

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/15710231282/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/31372661861/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20391327284/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/10922393315/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/28262742785/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/9632080968/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/22603888967/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Ta Trung Dong designed this fantastic paper rooster. The whole thing is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/31052593236/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredibly complex rooster design that's also folded from a single sheet of paper. Even all those individual feathers! There's a fantastic colour change in the design here as well. You can see a few more pictures from different angles on Shotaro Mineo's Flickr as well.

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128688156@N05/28857595980/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Shotaro Mineo

Instructions not available

 

Here's the model again this time photographed at the 22nd Origami Tanteidan Convention.

Tanteidan Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/28974082132/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Shotaro Mineo (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

Gen Hagiwara designed a great little rooster that's not too complex but still looks very great. This design also has a great colour change and looks great with the white and red paper.

Rooster by Gen Hagiwara
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/31100994863/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

He also folded this great gold Chinese New Year version.

New Year Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/31630379100/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

Here's another absolutely mind blowing rooster. Kei Watanabe is an amazing designer. I would not be surprised to find out that it's all one sheet of paper but I don't know that for sure.

Shamo Game Cock
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/29815699590/

Shamo Game Cock, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Eric Joisel was an absolutely fantastic designer and one of the models he designed was this great rooster.

Eric Joisel Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/8432658699/

Rooster, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #112

 

Eric Joisel Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/11650322036/

Rooster, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #112

 

Rooster by Eric Joisel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/1000cranes/3440860177/

Rooster, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Herman Mariano

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #112

 

Eric Joisel's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/15428738544/

Rooster, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Eric Vigier

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #112

 

Here's another kind of mind blowing paper rooster. This one is folded from a single rectangle of paper. It's also got a really great colour change in the design and still looks great with white and blue paper.

Yoshimasa Tsuruta Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/28438845394/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

This next one is one of my favourites. It's not super complex but the design is perfect. It's folded from multiple sheets of paper with different colours and the colours are absolutely fantastic.

Colourful Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/28544841244/

Rooster, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This is another absolutely fantastic and super complex design. The whole thing is folded from a 50cm x 50cm square of paper. Nguyen Nam Son even made the paper used here himself. If you're interested this model is for sale so if you're interested get it before it's sold.

Nguyen Nam Son Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/31242309623/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Kyohei Katsuta has designed another really popular model again with a great colour change in the design. Here it is folded by a few different artists.

Kyohei Katsuta Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/31286093044/

Rooster, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Instructions not available

 

Kyohei Katsuta Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/31587426253/

Rooster, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Kyohei Katsuta Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/32008234046/

Rooster, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great design by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn.

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/32080118562/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a very unique sort of design. Here Daniel Chang took the logo design from a YouTube show called "Good Mythical Morning" and turned it into some Chinese New Year themed rooster origami. The whole thing is folded from a single sheet of tissue paper sized 93cm x 15cm.

Good Mythical Year
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/31519169533/

Good Mythical Year, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really simple rooster design that looks great.

Origami Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69035340@N02/31557705674/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Mindaugas Cesnavicius

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredible design by Yoshimasa Tsuruta. I love the black and red paper used here. It looks very realistic.

Rooster Yoshimasa Tsuruta
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/25456723833/

Rooster 1.1, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Crease pattern available in Orca Works

 

Here's a white and red version of this amazing rooster.

Rooster Yoshimasa Tsuruta
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15739614322/

Rooster 1.1, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Crease pattern available in Orca Works

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết has one of the most unique folding styles I've ever seen with a lot of curves in his models. Here's his amazing rooster design. It's folded from a simple fish base!

Origami Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/17088892102/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Here's something kind of different, a running rooster running as fast as it can into 2017.

Running Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/31075798644/

Run Rooster, Run! Designed and Folded by Neelesh K

Instructions not available

 

This excellent rooster is folded out of a simple frog base.

Frog Base Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/26077235055/

Cockerel, Designed and Folded by Edgar

Instructions not available

 

I saw this image a long time ago and it's still one of my all-time favourite origami photos.

Origami Chickens
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/23594256201/

Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Lee Bo-Yeon designed this excellent little rooster. it's folded from a Bird Base.

Origami Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/23544672285/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Crease pattern available from Lee Bo-Yeon's Flickr

 

This beautiful looking rooster is designed by  Nathan Zimet. It's folded by Adriano Davanzo who always has some of the best photography.

Rooster by Nathan Zimet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/23162970029/

Rooster, Designed by Nathan Zimet and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2015

 

Here's a pair of fighting roosters by Won Seon Seo. I love how they're posed for this photo.

Fighting Cocks
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/4950302094/

Fighting Cocks, Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic design this time by Nicolás Gajardo Henríquez.

Origami Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/novalecortar/7933049362/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Nicolás Gajardo Henríquez

Instructions not available

 

This is another very simple design but it's also really cute!

Cute Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/8209241520/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Nguyen Ngoc Vu also has a very unique style which you can see reflected here in this rooster design.

2 Roosters
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/15781524995/

Rooster and Hen, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Making this post I was actually quite surprised to see that there were so many different rooster designs. This design is by Yoo Tae Yong and it also makes excellent use of a colour change, especially for the head part.

Rooster folded by Eyal
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/15783944012/

Rooster, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in the 5th Korean Origami Convention book

 

Roman Diaz is an animal origami master so he of course designed his own rooster for Chinese New Year.

Roman Diaz's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/32178047540/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not available

 

This is probably the funniest image for this post. In Vietnam boiled chicken is a traditional meal that's eaten for the lunar new year. Keeping with this tradition Hoàng Tiến Quyết designed this awesome origami version of a boiled rooster.

Boiled Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/31743753713/

"Boiled" Rooster, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Here are two simple but quite elegant looking black roosters. There's another excellent colour change in this design too.

Black Roosters
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/29720149674/

Roosters, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really great design photographed at a convention.

Origami Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/leung_wwy/29411022231/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Winnie Leung

Instructions not available

 

Our final rooster for this post is this absolutely incredible design by Kei Watanabe. I can't even begin to imagine how much work went into folding this thing!

Kei Watanabe's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30110536495/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Here it is again from a different angle.

Kei Watanabe's Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30110534845/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Hopefully these incredible origami roosters have inspired you to fold your own. If you're looking for a place to start here are 4 excellent video tutorials for 4 different origami roosters at various skill levels.

You should also definitely check out the free 2017 Chinese New Year eBook put out by Origami-Shop.com. There's a great intermediate-level rooster in there as well as several other fantastic models to fold.

 

 

If you fold any roosters this year please post a link to a photo in the comments. We'd love to see what you make!


Shepherd

24 Holiday Themed Origami Models to Fill You with Christmas Spirit

Christmas is almost here so Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for all your support this year!

Here's a collection of some fantastic holiday themed origami starting with this Christmas with Love model from Origami bluedandelion.

Christmas with Love
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/6559544029/

Christmas with Love, Designed and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very complex and impressive looking paper Santa Claus.

Santa Claus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/16203370095/

Santa, Designed by Naoki Takeda and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease pattern available in the 2011 Special JOAS Issue

 

Here's an entire nativity scene with models from 9 different designers.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/orestigami/15990028077

Nativity Scene, Designed by Diaz, Kawahata, Brill, Hulme, Hagiwara, Quyet, Montroll, Komatsu and Gilgado and Folded by Oreste Salatino

 

You can't have a nativity scene without a shepherd.

Shepherd
https://www.flickr.com/photos/orestigami/14970099616

Sheep Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Shepherd Designed by Max Hulme, Both Folded by Oreste Salatino

Sheep diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

Shepherd diagrams available in the 2008 Origami USA Convention Book

 

Here's an awesome paper Santa with a reindeer that's actually a caribou.

Santa and Reindeer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/11265706083

Santa Designed by Naoki Takeda and Caribou designed by Satoshi Kamiya, both Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Crease patterns for both models available in the 2011 Special JOAS Issue

 

Here's another excellent nativity scene.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/8297574441/

Nativity Scene, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

These are technically regular socks but they could totally also be Christmas stockings. Especially if they're hung by the chimney with care.

Socks
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/15972429454

Socks, Designed by WhitePaper and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Instructions not available

 

Jo Nakashima has one of the best Christmas tree designs and this one looks really great with the paper used.

Christmas Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/15451453154

Christmas Tree, Designed by Jo Nakashima and Folded by Rui Roda

Video tutorial available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Here's an awesome and slightly unsettling looking origami reindeer.

Rudolph
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/23925397390

Rudolf (The Reindeer Man), Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

This started out as a regular cake but was decorated for Christmas.

Christmas Cake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/10936186626

Christmas Cake, Designed by Whitepaper and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic origami nativity scene.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/5753384794

Nativity Scene, Designed by Red and Whitepaper and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Here are more excellent Christmas trees.

Christmas Trees
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbco/30779609962

Christmas Trees, Designed and Folded by Hsi-Min Tai

Instructions not available

 

 

This is another awesome nativity scene. Folding the people with white paper and then folding individual gold gifts for the wise men looks really great. The detail in the faces is fantastic too.

Adoration of the Magi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30368015320

The Adoration of the Magi, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's another different styled nativity scene.

Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene, Designed by Luigi Leonardi and Folded by Andrés

Instructions not available

 

I love this little scene of the reindeer taking off.

Santa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/14617000343

Christmas? Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

This is a really simple paper Santa but it's still a really great looking design.

Simple Santa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/16082821085

Santa, Designed by Giang Dinh and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available from Giang Dinh's website

 

Here's Leyla Torre's nativity scene. If you're looking for one to fold yourself there are video instructions on her YouTube channel.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/16155800175/

Nativity Scene, Designed by Leyla Torres and Folded by Andrés

Joseph video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

Mary video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

Baby Jesus video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

 

This is Leyla Torres' nativity scene again but folded by a different artist for a bit of a different look.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/16087336711

Nativity Scene, Designed by Leyla Torres and Folded by Rui Roda

Joseph video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

Mary video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

Baby Jesus video instructions available from Leyla Torres' YouTube channel

 

Here's another fold of a paper Santa Claus we saw earlier in this post.

Santa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/9553224869

Santa Claus, Designed by Naoki Takeda and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease pattern available in the 2011 Special JOAS Issue

 

This is a great little scene with different elements by different designers.

Christmas Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8352077175

Santa Claus Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet, Tree Designed by Francesco Guarnieri and Star Designed by Francesco Guarnieri, All Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Santa Claus crease pattern available from Photobucket

Tree video instructions available from Happy Folding on YouTube

Star crease pattern available from Francesco Guarnieri's Flickr

 

Here's another excellent nativity scene.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/11077109243/

Nativity Scene, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

Riccardo Foschi designed this awesome Christmas tree for a commission. I really like the curves in this design.

Christmas Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/30017033012

Christmas Tree, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Instructions not available

 

Here's one last nativity scene for this post.

Nativity Scene
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/6412599603

Nativity Scene, Designed by Luigi Leonardi and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Finally here's one last Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/11478813696/

Christmas Tree Designed by Francesco Guarnieri, Gifts Designed by Yara Yagi and Star Designed by Jo Nakashima All Folded by Andrés

Tree video instructions available from Happy Folding on YouTube

Omega star video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

Gift instructions not available

 

Have a Merry Christmas everyone and if you fold any Christmas origami please share a photo with us so we can take a look!


Scary Bat

30 Frighteningly Fantastic Halloween Origami Models

Happy Halloween everyone! To celebrate here are some awesome Halloween themed models that I saw during the past year and saved up for now (even though some of theme technically weren't uploaded this year).

Our first model this Halloween is this great origami witch.

Witch by Anibal Voyer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7346232490/

Witch, Designed by Anibal Voyer and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami

 

This next model is one of the most impressive origami Grim Reaper designs I've seen. I'm pretty sure this entire model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Grim Reaper on Horse Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6172447558/

Grim Reaper, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

During October 2016 Joseph Wu designed several excellent "snail skull" models that combined different styles of snail shells with skulls.

Snail Skull by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30069008520/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Snail Skull 2 by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30197679102/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Snail Skull 3 by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30137165311/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pretty creepy looking origami black widow.

Black Widow by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/11348808893/

Black Widow, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Sebastien Limet designed a pretty clever model that he calls "Rest in Peas" which is an origami pea pod with skulls for the peas.

Rest in Peas by Sebastien Limet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/30194489576/

Rest in Peas, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

Origami werewolves are another type of model that's perfect for Halloween.

Werewolf by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/26286203321/

Werewolf, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Miyamoto Chuya probably has the most famous grim reaper design.

Origami Grim Reaper by Miyamoto Chuya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/6988071852/

Grim Reaper, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Video instructions available from MarianoZavalaOrigami on YouTube

 

I'm not entirely sure what this but it's certainly creepy looking. Finward designed this model based on a casual drawing.

Arrogance by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/9697368608/

Arrogance, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent creepy looking origami spider.

Tarantula by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/14587855454/

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Dao Cuong Quyet is definitely one of the most impressive origami bat designs I've ever seen.

Vampire Bat Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-shop/10647810245/

Vampire, Designed and Folded by Dao Cuong Quyet

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's another creepy looking origami critter made by Finward.

Paper Critter by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/5765682552/

Critter, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is another fantastic werewolf design.

Werewolf by Le Tuan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/6425558415/

 

Werewolf, Designed by Le Tuan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Here's another excellent origami skull designed by Joseph Wu back in 2003.

Skull by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/29801072241/

Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's another quite creepy spider design.

Black Widow by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/23639649369/

Black Widow, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Instructions not available

 

This is definitely the cutest origami grim reaper that I've ever seen. This model is made out of two sheets of paper, one for the reaper itself and one for the scythe.

Grim Reaper by Hiroaki Kobayashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26755226501/

Grim Reaper, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's Le Tuan's great origami werewolf again folded by a different artist.

Werewolf by Le Tuan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemattchh/11885077455/

Werewolf, Designed by Le Tuan and Folded by Matthieu Georger

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

Follow Matthieu Georger on Flickr

 

This is a very cool and creepy "box of horror".

Box of Horror Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/7598553042/

Box of Horror, Designed by Eugeny Fridrikh and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Instructions not available

 

Bart Davids designed a pretty fantastic scary looking paper demon.

Demon by Bart Davids
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133041586@N06/25183215026/

Demon, Designed and Folded by Bart Davids

Crease pattern available from Bart Davids' Flickr

 

Here's another great origami werewolf with some excellent colour changes in the design.

Werewolf by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/4482365534/

Werewolf, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is another spooky Halloween bat with an excellent face.

Bat by Yoo Tae Yong
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63433412@N05/17072025117/

Bat, Designed by Yoo Tea Yong and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Crease pattern available from Yoo Tea Yong's Flickr

 

Here's another great creepy looking origami spider.

Spider Designed and Folded by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/8683500355/

Spider, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here are more awesome looking papercraft skulls from Joseph Wu.

Mottled Copper Skulls by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/29991079865/

Mottled Copper Skulls, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

This is a fantastic and very realistic looking origami spider designed by Robert J. Lang.

Brown Widow by Robert J. Lang
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66591224@N08/16475920621/

Brown Widow, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Matthew LaBoone

Crease pattern available from Robert J. Lang's website

 

This is a jumping spider and for some reason it looks a little bit cute to me.

Jumping Spider Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/18550810409/

Jumping Spider, Designed by Takeda Naoki and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Instructions not available

 

Here's another different and quite awesome origami werewolf.

Werewolf by Tuan Pham
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/9514062898/

Werewolf, Designed by Tuấn Phạm and Folded by NGUYỄN QUANG ANH

Instructions not available

 

Miyamoto Chuya has also designed quite a fantastic origami succubus.

Succubus by Miyamoto Chuya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/13947989216/

Succubus, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr (in the comments)

 

Here's a very awesome paper Balrog. I love how the two coloured paper is used to make the flames.

Balrog Designed and Folded by Edgar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/29266297183/

Balrog, Designed and Folded by Edgar

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this Halloween is this absolutely incredible origami Grim Reaper by Neelesh K.

Little Reaper Designed and Folded by Neelesh Kumar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/28157452421/

Little Reaper, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Did you fold anything spooky this Halloween? If so share a photo in the comments!


2016 Monkeys

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 with these Origami Monkeys

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  This year is the year of the monkey and what better way to celebrate than by making origami monkeys!

A lot of origami artists have folded different origami monkeys and here are some of the best ones I've seen starting with this monkey photographed in the wild by Folded Wilderness.

Monkey and Banana
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/14237680085/

Monkey, Designed by Lionel Albertino and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams available in Safari Origami

 

Fabian Correa folded this incredible gorilla.  It's got a really simple design yet it's still incredibly expressive.

Gorilla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/19858953072/

Gorilla, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

Tetsuya Götani designed this cute little flying monkey for the new year.

Flying Monkey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tgotani/23458521013/

Flying Monkey, Designed and Folded by Tetsuya Götani

Instructions not available

 

Magali folded these great little Japanese Macaques.  Gen Hagiwara's Japanese Macaque design might be my favourite origami monkey design.

Japanese Macaque
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/24037075494/

Japanese Macaque, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

Ta Trung Dong folded this great monkey complete with an awesome origami banana for the new year.

Monkey with Banana
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/24491722800/

Monkey, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

 

Artur Biernacki folded this very detailed and aggressive looking origami gorilla.

Gorilla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/6826886526/

Gorilla, Designed by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available from NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's Flickr

 

Here's the same gorilla design this time folded by its creator.

Gorilla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackscorpion/8696387416/

Gorilla, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Crease pattern available from NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's Flickr

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết designed this gorilla with his signature curvy style.

Gorilla
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/7824715660/

Gorilla, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Mariano Zavala B. folded this great and very expressive chimpanzee.

Chimpanzee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/15374312401/

Chimpanzee, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

Eyal folded this adorable family of Japanese macaques.

Japanese Macaque Family
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/19018166111/

Japanese Macaques, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

Shuki Kato folded this fantastic origami orangutan.

Orangutan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/5385673154/

Orangutan, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Shuki Kato

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

Sebastien Limet designed this great little origami tarsier.

Tarsier
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/5481643192/

Tarsier, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi folded these great little Japanese Macaques with a 2016 sign for the new year.

Japanese Macaques for 2016
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/24059921956/

Japanese Macaques, Designs and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Finally we have one of my all-time favourite images also by Hiroaki Kobayashi, a group of Japanese Macaques at the spa.

Japanese Macaques at the Spa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/20436441288/

Japanese Macaques, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post.  Have a happy Chinese New Year everyone and be sure to check out and send some love and comments to all these awesome artists.


Wizard

21 More Spooky Origami Models to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Here's one more big collection of awesome Halloween themed origami models from zombies to ghosts to skeletons and monsters in the closet.

Tong Liu has designed an incredible and quite scary looking zombie climbing out of the grave.

Zombie
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/13779297905/

Zombie, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here's the zombie again from a different angle.

Zombie
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/13779303965/

Zombie, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Folded Wilderness folded this black cat and took this awesome photo of it outside in the fall.

Black Cat Outside
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/10403194424/

Halloween Cat, Designed and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great Halloween cat folded by Gonzalo.

Black Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/15211154565/

Cat, Designed by Miyajima Noboru and Folded by Gonzalo

Crease pattern available via Origami Creator's Fantasia

 

Here is a fantastic looking origami skull, that's folded from one single sheet of paper!

Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/8012018355/

Skull, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Paul

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

Here's a great Halloween pumpkin from Sebastien Limet.

Pumpkin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/15473486289/

Grin, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pretty simple but quite cute and awesome looking origami ghost folded by Rui Roda.

Origami Ghost
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/7226244240/

Ghost, Designed by Riki Saito and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available via Axen's Workshops of Wonders Origami Channel on YouTube

 

Here's a beautiful design by João Charrua.

Mr. Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/18623904430/

Mr. Skull, Designed by João Charrua and Folded by Rui Roda

Crease pattern available via João Charrua's Flickr

 

Here's Mr. Skull again, this time folded by João Charrua along with some of his awesome and creepy looking friends.

Mr. Skull and Friends
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/18027355224/

Mr. Skull and Friends, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Crease pattern for Mr. Skull available via João Charrua's Flickr

 

Here's a fantastic and expressive werewolf design from Kade Chan

Werewolf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/11719408253/

Werewolf, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by João Charrua

Video instructions available via Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Here's a genius idea from Joseph Wu, an zombie cocktail.

Cocktail
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/7983485965/

Zombie Cocktail, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's an amazing sort of evil looking wizard designed by Tran Trung Hieu.

Wizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/15053278253/

Wizard, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Facebook or Flickr

 

Satoshi Kamiya also designed an amazing looking origami wizard.  Here it is folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Wizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6328442827/

Wizard, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya, 1995 - 2003

 

Here it is again, this time expertly folded by Adriano Davanzo.

Wizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/20302084359/

Wizard, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya, 1995 - 2003

 

Here's another awesome Halloween model also folded by Adriano Davanzo.

Crow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/8559275053/

Crow, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2012

 

Here's another great origami skull design, this time by Neelesh Kumar.

Skull
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/13956249244/

Skull, Designed and Folded by Neelesh Kumar

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic Halloween design by Joseph Wu, the third version of his Lich Lord.

Lich Lord
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/8748727937/

Lich Lord 3, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great origami raven that's perfect for Halloween.

Crow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/14532928607/

Raven, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Eyal R

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve is an awesome designer who has made several really great and spooky origami models that are perfect for Halloween.

Firstly is this complete origami skeleton made from one sheet of paper.

Skeleton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026303457/

Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great origami ghost that's like an empty cloak.

Phantom
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026918432/

Phantom, Design and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Crease pattern available via Sunburst2000's Flickr

 

Here's a really cool idea, a monster under the bed.  The whole thing is folded with one sheet of paper and the monster can be modified to pop out in different places or you can not have it there at all.

Monster Under the Bed
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/6980294407/

Monster Under the Bed, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

This is probably my favourite Halloween model by Hubert Villeneuve, a monster in the closet.  This is all folded from one sheet of paper.

Monster in the Closet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/6373938571/

Monster in the Closet, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

I hope you enjoyed all this spooky Halloween origami.  Be sure to check out and follow all these designers and artists on Flickr and I hope you all have a great and safe Halloween!