Jumping Frog

How to Fold an Easy Origami Jumping Frog

These easy to follow instructions will show you how to fold a traditional origami jumping frog. This frog can actually jump pretty far if you press down on it’s back!

When you fold this model the paper will get pretty thick near the end. Don’t worry if your folds aren’t completely perfect. The frog will still look good in the end and it’ll still jump.

Step 1) Start with a square sheet of paper with the white side up. Fold it in half horizontally and un then unfold.

Step 2) Fold the paper in half vertically.

Step 3) Fold the paper in half vertically again and then unfold it. You’ll use this crease as a guide in later steps.

Step 4) Fold the paper down along the dotted line.

Step 5) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 6) Fold the paper down along the dotted line.

Step 7) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 8) Turn the paper over.

Step 9) Fold the paper down along the horizontal dotted line.

Step 10) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 11) Turn the paper back over to the way it was before.

Step 12) Fold the paper down along the existing creases just like you’re making a Water Bomb Base.

Step 13) Push everything down flat.

Step 14) Fold the bottom part of the paper up along the dotted line.

Step 15) Fold the left side of the paper towards the centre along the dotted line. Don’t fold that top triangle. The paper will tuck in behind it.

Step 16) Fold the right side of the paper towards the centre along the dotted line. Again, don’t fold the top triangle but tuck the paper in behind it.

Step 17) Fold the bottom part of the paper up along the dotted line.

Step 18) Fold the paper down along the dotted line.

Step 19) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 20) Fold the paper down along the dotted line.

Step 21) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 22) Pull the two flaps of paper on the inside of either side out. Just like you’re making a Boat Base.

Step 23) Fold the two flaps of paper on each side down along the dotted lines.

Step 24) Fold the top right part of the paper up along the dotted line. This will make one of the frog’s front legs. Don’t worry about the angle of the crease. As long as you get a shape like what you see in the next step it’s fine.

Step 25) Fold the left part of the paper up along the dotted line to make the other front leg. It should match the other leg from the previous step.

Step 26) Fold the bottom right part of the paper up along the dotted line. This will form one of the back legs. This crease also doesn’t have to perfectly match the diagrams as long as you end up close to the shape in the next step.

Step 27) Fold the bottom left part of the paper up along the dotted line to form the other back leg.

Step 28) Fold the entire model up along the dotted line.

Step 29) Fold the top part of the model down along the dotted line.

Step 30) Turn the whole model over.

The Completed Traditional Origami Jumping Frog.

If you push down on the folds on it’s back you can make it jump!

How did you do? Post a picture of your frog in the comments and see how far you can make it jump!


Origami Butterfly

How to Fold an Easy Origami Butterfly

These instructions will walk you through how to fold a traditional origami butterfly. It’s a pretty simple design and all you need is a square sheet of paper.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.

Step 1) Start with a square sheet of paper with the white side up. Fold it in half horizontally, crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 2) Fold the paper in half vertically, crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 3) Fold the top quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Step 4) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 5) Fold the bottom quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Step 6) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 7) Fold the right quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Step 8) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 9) Fold the left quarter of the paper along the dotted line to the centre line.

Step 10) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 11) Fold the paper in half diagonally. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 12) Fold the paper in half diagonally the other way. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 13) Turn the paper over so the coloured side is facing up.

Step 14) Fold the corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 15) Fold the next corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 16) Fold the next corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 17) Fold the final corner of the paper to the centre along the dotted line. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 18) Turn the paper over so the white side is facing up again.

Step 19) Fold the two sides of the paper towards the centre along the dotted line. You already have a crease here. Only fold the middle half of the paper where the dotted lines are. Don’t fold the top or bottom parts of the existing crease.

Step 20) You should have a shape that resembles what you see here. Fold both the top and bottom of the model along the dotted lines to the centre.

Step 21) This is a completed Boat Base. Fold the bottom two flaps of paper down along the dotted lines.

Step 22) Flip the model over.

Step 23) Fold the top part of the paper down along the dotted line.

Step 24) Flip the model over again.

Step 25) Fold the top flap of paper on the right along the dotted line towards the centre. The dotted line goes from the top corner to halfway down the diagonal line at the bottom as you can see in the diagram.

Step 26) Fold the top flap of paper on the left along the dotted line towards the centre. The dotted line goes from the top corner to halfway down the diagonal line at the bottom as you can see in the diagram

Step 27) Flip the model over.

Step 28) Valley Fold along the dotted line in the direction of the arrow in the diagram. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 29) Valley Fold along the dotted line on the other side in the direction of the arrow in the diagram. Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 30) Pinch the middle of the model along the two folds you just made and form a Mountain Fold along the vertical line in the middle. This gives the butterfly it’s final shape.

The Completed Traditional Origami Butterfly.

How did it go? Post a photo of your butterfly in the comments. If there’s any part of the instructions that you’re stuck on let us know as well so we can help out.


Origami Box

How to Fold a Traditional Origami Box - Masu Box

These instructions will show you how to make a traditional origami box also known as a masu box.

Masu boxes were originally a square wooden box used to measure portions of rice during the feudal period in Japan. Masu boxes came in all kinds of different sizes ranging from about 0.18 L all the way to as big as 18 L.

This paper version is quite easy to fold and makes a perfect little box to hold small items like paper clips, candy or whatever you want.

The paper should lock together and hold its shape pretty good when you’re finished. If you find that you have a flip or two that keep sticking out at the bottom of the inside of the box it’s completely fine to use a bit of tape or glue to hold them down.

If you fill the boxes with something that’ll hold everything down nicely as well.

Are you ready? Lets get started.

Step 1) Start with a square sheet of paper with the white side facing up. Fold the paper in half horizontally. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 2) Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 3) Fold the corner of the paper to the centre. You’ll do this on each of the 4 corners.

Step 4) Fold the next corner to the centre of the model.

Step 5) Fold the next corner to the centre of the model.

Step 6) Fold the final corner to the centre of the model.

Step 7) Rotate the model 45 degrees so it’s square again.

Step 8) Fold the top part of the model along the dotted line to the centre.

Step 9) Fold the bottom part of the model along the dotted line to the centre.

Step 10) Crease both these folds very well and then unfold them.

Step 11) These next 2 steps technically aren’t necessary but they make 2 later steps slightly easier. Fold the left part of the model along the dotted line to the centre.

Step 12) Fold the right part of the model along the dotted line to the centre.

Step 13) Crease both these folds very well and then unfold them.

Step 14) Unfold the top and bottom triangles of paper.

Step 15) Fold the right side of the model to the centre along the dotted line. Part of this crease is already here which will make it a bit easier.

Step 16) Fold the left side of the model to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 17) Slowly pull the model open at the top following the dotted lines. The creases here are already made.

Step 18) When you pull the model open it should take a shape that looks like this. The creases are all already made so everything should fall into place.

Step 19) Fold the flap of paper down along the dotted line that intersects the two triangles. This will form the edge of the box. Fold the top triangle of paper up a little bit to fit into place at the bottom of the box.

Step 20) Fold the other side of the box now along the existing creases like you did in steps 17 and 18. The paper should fall into place and give you a shape just like in step 18.

Step 21) Fold the top flap of paper down along the dotted line to form the edge of the box. Fold the top triangle of paper up a little bit to also fit into the bottom of the box, just like in step 19.

The competed traditional origami box or masu box.

If you want to fold a lid for your box you have a couple of options. First you can simply use slightly larger paper and fold the lid exactly the same way you did the box itself.

This can be a bit difficult, especially if you’re using standard origami paper like kami where each piece you have is exactly the same size.

The other option you have is to fold the box again but in steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 where you fold the corners of the paper don’t fold them all the way to the centre.

This will result in a shape that looks like the image below at the end of step 6.

Then continue to fold the model following the steps above just like you did before. Fold the paper to the centre when it asks you for the following steps.

This will give you a slightly larger box that makes a perfect lid. The triangle flaps in the bottom of the box don’t stay in place as well as they do for the bottom so feel free to just use a tiny piece of tape or some glue to hold them there.

If you close the box though putting the lid over the bottom it’ll hold it’s shape very nicely even without tape or glue.


How did you do? Post a photo of your box in the comments because we’d love to see it!

If you need help or clarification with any of these steps feel free to ask in the comments as well.


Traditional Paper Crane

How to Fold a Traditional Origami Crane

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

The Japanese name for this model is “Orizuru” which simply means “Folded crane.” “Ori” is the same “Ori” that you find in the word origami.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that if anyone folds a thousand paper cranes they will be granted a wish by the gods. In same cases you are granted happiness or good luck.

In Japan the crane is said to live for 1,000 years which is why one must fold 1,000 of them. You have to keep all the cranes to get the wish though. If you fold one and give it away that one doesn’t count.

The origami crane’s popularity is largely due to a children’s book written by author Eleanor Coerr called “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”

The story follows a Japanese girl name Sadako who was 2 years old when the United States bombed Japan at the end of World War II. Due to the fall-out from the bombs Sadako developed leukaemia.

In the hospital she spent her time folding origami cranes hoping to make 1,000 of them.

According to Sadako’s family she managed to fold approximately 1,400 paper cranes. Many of these cranes have been donated to places such as the 9-11 memorial in New York City, Pearl Harbour, the Museum of Tolerance and more places as a symbol of peace.

Origami Cranes

Folding a crane is actually not too difficult. All you need is a single square sheet of paper. We’ve put together the following instructions to walk you through exactly how to fold one yourself.

If you’ve never tried origami before then we recommend you check out our beginner’s guide first. Once you know the basic folds then this will be much easier.

Are you ready to fold? Then lets get started!

Step 1) Start with the white side of the paper facing up and fold in half diagonally.

Step 2) Fold in half again along the dotted line.

Step 3) Fold that flap back and…

Step 4) Squash fold this flap down.

Step 5) Turn the model over, we’re going to repeat the last few steps on the other side.

Step 6) Fold the flap over to the left along the dotted line.

Step 7) Squash fold this flap down.

Step 8) You now have a completed square or preliminary base. With a few more folds we’ll turn it into a bird base. Fold the side flap to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 9) Crease this fold well and then unfold it.

Step 10) Fold the flap on the other side to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 11) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 12) Fold the top down along the dotted line.

Step 13) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 14) Lift the top flap of paper up along the crease you just made. We’re going to make a petal fold.

Step 15) Continue lifting up and push in the sides along the creases you made in the previous couple of steps.

Step 16) Flatten everything along the creases you already made.

Step 17) The completed petal fold. Turn the model over, we’re going to make a petal fold on the other side too.

Step 18) Fold the side to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 19) Crease this well and then unfold.

Step 20) Fold the other side to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 21) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 22) Fold the top down along the dotted line.

Step 23) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 24) Lift the top flap of paper up along the crease you just made. We’re going to make another petal fold.

Step 25) Continue lifting up and push in the sides along the creases you made in the previous couple of steps.

Step 26) Flatten everything along the creases you already made.

Step 27) The completed petal fold. At this point you also have a completed bird base. Next we’re going to fold the neck and the tail. Fold the top flap on the right to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 28) Fold the top flap on the left to the centre along the dotted line as well.

Step 29) Turn the model over, we’re going to repeat the last to steps on the other side.

Step 30) Fold the top flap on the left to the centre along the dotted line.

Step 31) Fold the top flap on the right to the centre along the dotted line as well.

Step 32) Fold the long thin section of paper on the right up along the dotted line.

Step 33) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 34) Fold the long thin section of paper on the left up just like you did on the other side.

Step 35) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 36) Turn the model over, we’re going to repeat the last couple of steps on the other side.

Step 37) Fold the long thin section of paper on the right up along the dotted line. There’s already a crease here but now you’re going to fold it the other way.

Step 38) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 39) Fold the long thin section of paper on the left up just like you did on the other side. There’s also a crease here already and you’re also going to fold it the other way.

Step 40) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 41) Now we’re going to make an inside reverse fold along the creases you just made on the right side of the model.

Step 42) Lift the paper up inside the model along the creases you already made and flatten everything.

Step 43) Make another inside reverse fold along the creases you already made along the left side of the model.

Step 44) Lift the paper up inside the model along the creases you already made and flatten everything.

Step 45) Now we’re going to fold the head. Fold the long thin section of paper on the left down along the dotted line.

Step 46) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 47) Turn the model over so we can repeat this on the other side.

Step 48) Fold the long thin section of paper on the left side now down along the dotted line. This is folded the opposite way along the crease you already folded on the other side.

Step 49) Crease this well and unfold.

Step 50) Turn the model over again so it’s facing the way it was before.

Step 51) Fold the head by making an inside reverse fold along the creases you made in the previous couple of steps. The head is then folded inside the neck.

Step 52) Fold down the wings on both sides along the dotted line.

The completed origami crane, good job!

How did you do? Tell us in the comments and feel free to share a photo of your paper crane with us. We’d love to see it.


Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Witch Hat

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami witch hat, a perfect model to fold for Halloween. If you’re new to paper folding we recommend you take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

Witch Hat Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Witch Hat Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Witch Hat Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper out to the right.

Witch Hat Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Witch Hat Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Witch Hat Step 6

Step 6) Open the paper up to the left and Squash Fold it flat into a Square Base.

Witch Hat Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines. Repeat on the other side.

Witch Hat Step 8

Step 8) Open up the paper from underneath and fold it up along the dotted line.

Witch Hat Step 9

Step 9) Turn the paper over.

Witch Hat Step 10

Step 10) Fold the flap down a bit so it’s pointing up.

Witch Hat Step 11

Step 11) Fold in the sides making everything 3D.

Witch Hat Step 12

Step 12) Fold the corners underneath along the dotted lines.

Witch Hat Step 13

Step 13) Rotate the model so the hat is sitting upright.

Witch Hat Step 14

The complete witch hat

What did you think about this origami witch hat? Let us know in the comments and have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!


Folding Origami

How to Make an Origami Heart with Wings

These instructions will show you how to fold an easy origami heart with wings, a perfect model to fold for Valentines Day. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend that you take a look at our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic folds and techniques.

Heart with Wings Step 1

Step 1) Fold and unfold the paper in half both ways.

Heart with Wings Step 2

Step 2) Fold the top and bottom in to the centre.

Heart with Wings Step 3

Step 3) Turn the paper over.

Heart with Wings Step 4

Step 4) Fold both sides up along the dotted lines.

Heart with Wings Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Heart with Wings Step 6

Step 6) Fold the top down and make Squash Folds on the flaps that open up. See the zoomed in part in the circle. Also take a look at the next step to see the final position of the folds.

Heart with Wings Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Heart with Wings Step 8

Step 8) Turn the paper over.

Heart with Wings Step 9

Step 9) Fold the tops in behind along the dotted lines to finish shaping the heart.

Heart with Wings Step 10

The complete heart with wings

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Folding Origami

How to Make a Very Easy Origami Whale

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami whale. If you’re new to paper folding we recommend that you take a look at our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic folds and techniques.

Whale Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half and then unfold it.

Whale Step 2

Step 2) Fold the bottom of the paper up along the dotted line.

Whale Step 3

Step 3) Turn the paper over.

Whale Step 4

Step 4) Fold the top and bottom in along the dotted lines.

Whale Step 5

Step 5) Fold the top and side in along the dotted lines then turn the paper over.

Whale Step 6

Step 6) Fold the tail up a little bit.

Whale Step 7

The complete whale

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Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Watermelon Slice

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami watermelon slice. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend that you take a look at our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basics you need to know.

Watermelon Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half and then unfold it.

Watermelon Step 2

Step 2) Fold the corners in along the dotted lines.

Watermelon Step 3

Step 3) Fold the top and bottom in along the dotted lines.

Watermelon Step 4

Step 4) Fold all the corners behind along the dotted lines.

Watermelon Step 5

Step 5) Fold the sides behind along the dotted line.

Watermelon Step 6

Step 6) Fold the paper in half in behind.

Watermelon Step 7

The complete watermelon slice

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Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Waterbomb

These instructions will show you how to fold an easy origami waterbomb, a traditional model. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend that you take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

Waterbomb Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Waterbomb Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Waterbomb Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper over to the right.

Waterbomb Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Waterbomb Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Waterbomb Step 6

Step 6) Open the paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Waterbomb Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides up along the dotted lines.

Waterbomb Step 8

Step 8) Fold the paper up along the dotted lines on the other side.

Waterbomb Step 9

Step 9) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Waterbomb Step 10

Step 10) Fold both sides in on the other side along the dotted lines.

Waterbomb Step 11

Step 11) Fold the two flaps of paper at the top into the pockets and repeat on the other side.

Waterbomb Step 12

Step 12) Blow air into the little hole at the bottom to inflate the model.

The complete water bomb

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Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Tuxedo

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami tuxedo. If you’ve never folded anything before we suggest that you take a quick look at our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic folds and bases.

Tuxedo Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half both ways and unfold it each time.

Tuxedo Step 2

Step 2) Fold the top edge behind along the dotted line.

Tuxedo Step 3

Step 3) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Tuxedo Step 4

Step 4) Fold the top layers of paper out along the dotted lines and then unfold.

Tuxedo Step 5

Step 5) Fold the paper out along the diagonal lines.

Tuxedo Step 6

Step 6) Turn the paper over.

Tuxedo Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Tuxedo Step 8

Step 8) Fold the paper out along the diagonal lines and down along the horizontal line.

Tuxedo Step 9

Step 9) Turn the paper over.

The complete tuxedo

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Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Turtle

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami turtle. If you’re new to paper folding we suggest to take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

Turtle Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Turtle Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Turtle Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper out over to the right.

Turtle Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Turtle Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Turtle Step 6

Step 6) Open the paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Turtle Step 7

Step 7) Fold the sides in along the dotted lines and unfold. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and unfold.

Turtle Step 8

Step 8) Lift up the top layer of paper along the crease at the top.

Turtle Step 9

Step 9) Fold in the sides along the existing creases into a Petal Fold.

Turtle Step 10

Step 10) Make a cut along the top flap down to the start of the dotted lines. Then fold out both sides.

Turtle Step 11

Step 11) Make a Pleat Fold along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 12

Step 12) Make an Outside Reverse Fold along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 13

Step 13) Fold the top flaps of paper out along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 14

Step 14) Fold the sides and bottom in along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 15

Step 15) Fold the bottom back out making a Pleat.

Turtle Step 16

Step 16) Turn the paper over.

Turtle Step 17

The complete turtle

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Folding Origami

How to Make an Easy Origami Turnip

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami turnip. I’ve you’ve never folded anything before we recommend you check out our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic skills and techniques.

Turnip Step 1

Step 1) Fold and unfold the paper in half both ways.

Turnip Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper up a little bit past the centre.

Turnip Step 3

Step 3) Fold the paper behind along the dotted lines.

Turnip Step 4

Step 4) Fold the paper behind the white diamond over along the dotted line.

Turnip Step 5

Step 5) Fold the paper back over along the dotted line.

Turnip Step 6

Step 6) Fold the paper on the left over along the dotted line.

Turnip Step 7

Step 7) Fold the paper back out along the dotted line.

Turnip Step 8

Step 8) Fold the paper on the sides behind along the dotted lines.

Turnip Step 9

Step 9) Fold the bottom along the dotted lines to shape the turnip.

Turnip Step 10

The complete turnip

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