Origami Cards and Chess

Rook no Further for some Awesome Chess and Playing Card Themed Origami

Over the last little while I've noticed more and more people folding origami playing cards.

These models are super impressive because usually they use paper that's white on one side and red or black on the other side. The designs use colour changes so you end up with a white card background and red hearts and diamonds or black spades and clubs.

The final models are nice and flat and 2 dimensional too so you could almost use them as actual playing cards too.

Since these models are so interesting I've decided to do a post all about them.

There wasn't quite enough to do a full post though so I've decided to also include some origami chess pieces and chess sets. I've seen some pretty impressive chess themed models out there too.

First up we have 3D versions of each of the four suits.

All 4 Playing Card Suits
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cahoonasorigami/10263484885/

Card Suits, Designed and Folded by Cahoonas

Instructions not available

 

Here are some actual 2D cards now, the kings from each of the four suits.

4 King Cards from Each Suit
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97832512@N04/29043926804/

King Cards, Designed by Jared Needle and Folded by Green Paper

Instructions not available

 

For the first chess set in this post we have this beautiful fairy themed chess set.

Fairy Chess Set

Chess, Designed and Folded by Melina Hermsen

Instructions not available

 

Mi Wu designed an amazing 10 of diamonds card. Folding it was one of the tasks for the 2017 International Origami Olympiad so you'll see that a lot of people folded this model.

10 of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/36823876262/

10 of Diamonds, Designed by Mi Wu and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

Here's another absolutely beautiful fold of this model. If you look closely you can really see the layers of paper and how the paper is folded back and forth over itself to make the individual diamonds. It's a pretty genius design actually.

10 of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/38813598972/

10 of Diamonds, Designed by Mi Wu and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

Here's another similar design that also apparently uses a similar folding sequence as the 10 of Diamonds card.

Ace of Diamonds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/27005132009/

Ace of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

There's also an incredible King of Diamonds also designed by Wu Mi. The shapes and folds to make the head of the king are quite impressive.

King of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/38396446215/

King of Diamonds, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Instructions not available

 

Next is another beautiful chess set. The designs of the pieces here aren't too complex but they look very elegant. The actual paper board is a nice touch too.

Chess Set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/27020779556/

Chess Set, Designed by Raffaele Leonardi and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Instructions not available

 

Wu Mi has designed several other fantastic Diamond suit cards. Here's the Ace, Two and Three and Four. It sounds like the 5 of Diamonds is pretty difficult to design while the Six and Eight would follow the same sort of pattern as the Four.

Ace, Two, Three and Four of Diamonds Cards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/33505325111/

Ace, Two, Three and Four of Diamonds, All Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Ace Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr - Four of Diamonds Crease Pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

The 10 of Diamonds card also uses the same sort of foundation as the other ones.

Ace and 10 of Diamonds Cards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/33566970951/

Ace and Ten of Diamonds, Both Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Ace Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr10 of Diamonds Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

Here's another beautiful fold of the Ace. It comes with an excellent video tutorial as well.

Ace of Diamonds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/28229174009/

Ace of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

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

 

This is another gorgeous origami chess set in another completely different style.

Blue Paper Chess Set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/14461692530/

Chess Set, Designed and Folded by Ying Lan (Blue Dandelion the Creator)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very cool inverted version of the 10 of Diamonds card. It looks very high-end in those blue and black colours. According to the folder the paper gets very thick around the 10s making them quite difficult to fold. This one turned out really great though I think.

10 of Diamonds Card with Inverted Colours
https://www.flickr.com/photos/90074897@N06/38108110044/

10 of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Helyades

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

These four Aces from each of the four suits (Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds) were on display at the 7th Korea Origami Convention in 2016. The designs of all 4 of them are super impressive but I'm not sure who the designer or folder is. If you know let me know and I'll update the post.

4 Ace Cards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/32776060810/

Four Aces, Designed and Folded Yoon Yeong Seo (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Daniel Brown designed this fantastic collection of chess pieces. They're all 3D and instantly recognizable from any angle. They're also designed to hold a small coin in the base to weigh them down and make them a bit easier to play with.

Each of these is folded from a single square of paper and they all took 3 months to design.

Chess Pieces
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/26452965937/

Chess Pieces, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

Here's that fantastic 2 of Diamonds card again folded by another excellent artist.

2 of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/39966962550/

Two of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here are all the 4 suit symbols again with a completely different and great looking design. Each of these is folded from a single square sheet of paper and they look really good with red and white or black and white paper.

4 Suit Symbols
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/8627559846/

Four Suit Symbols, Designed by Meenakshi Mukerji and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available from Origami USA

 

This is one of the best versions I've seen of this 10 of Diamonds card.

10 of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jairorigami/38855057951/

Ten of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Jairo Oliveira

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

Here's an absolutely beautiful unicorn knight chess piece. I love the photos from all the different angles, it looks amazing no matter how you're looking at it.

Unicorn Knight Chess Piece
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/9427483153/

Unicorn Bust, Designed by Eileen Tan and Folded by Blue Dandelion the Creator

Instructions not available

 

I love the high-end colour scheme with the gold and black on this 10 of Diamonds card. It's folded really nice too.

10 of Diamonds Card
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55093505@N08/38119217614/

Ten of Diamonds, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Carla Godoy

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 - Round 2

 

Here are those awesome King cards again this time folded by their creator. Each of them is folded from a single square of paper.

King Cards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/10954501626/

King Cards, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

While looking up models to include in this post I came across this actual spade. Not only is it a great looking model but I knew it would make some people groan so I had to include it.

These were designed for a garden themed challenge and both tools are folded from a single square of paper.

Actual Spade
https://www.flickr.com/photos/petr-stuchly/8893407447/

Tools, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available

 

Jared Needle designed and folded this beautiful king and queen card pair as a commission for a wedding. This would certainly make a wonderful gift for any couple that loves origami.

King and Queen Cards
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/13792335253/

King and Queen, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

Here are those Ace, Two, Three and Four of Diamonds cards again being held just like regular cards.

Ace, Two, Three and Four of Diamonds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/32820644113/

Ace, Two, Three and Four of Diamonds, All Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Ace Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr - Four of Diamonds Crease Pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

Andrey Ermakov designed this fantastic chess board that's folded from a single square of paper.

Papercraft Chessboard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/34515889371/

Chessboard, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov's Flickr

 

Here it is in use with real chess pieces.

Chessboard in Use
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/34646601125/

Chessboard, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov's Flickr

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely beautiful chess set photographed at an exhibition in South Korea.

Chess Set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/17109245814/

Chess Set, Designed and Folded by Park Jongli (Photo by Maeng Heung Gue)

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about all these origami cards and chess sets? Let us know in the comments!


Money Papercraft

I was Cent to Show You this Origami and Euro Should Take a Look

I've always really liked things folded from paper money. Traditionally one uses a square sheet of paper when folding but when you use money you have to deal with rectangles of various aspect ratios since every country's money is a different shape.

Plus every country uses different designs and colours on their money so you can end up with some really unique papercraft models.

More and more countries are switching over to plastic bills and as nice as that money is it's just not the same not being able to fold it.

Anyways, lets take a look at some awesome looking origami models folded from paper money from countries all around the world.

First up is this absolutely beautiful caterpillar on a leave folded out of a believe a bill from Vietnam.

Caterpillar on a Leaf
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27751537@N03/16040226314/

Caterpillar on Leaf, Designed and Folded by Tan Dang

Instructions not available

 

Up second is this excellent chicken which looks to me like it's folded from a U.S. five dollar bill.

Chicken
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/32494941202/

Chicken, Designed and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Instructions not available

 

Here we have an absolutely beautiful Eastern-style dragon folded out of a ton of different bills. I'm not sure what country those bills are from but I'm loving the colours.

Ryujin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/32762274734/

Ryujin, Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

 

This little spiral shape is pretty cool. I'm not really sure how you would twist the paper like that.

Spiral
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/32493295714/

Spiral, Designed and Folded by Hare

Instructions not available

 

These U.S. dollar bill cobras are pretty awesome, especially the little faces.

Cobras
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/20236030769/

Cobras, Designed and Folded by Xun

Instructions not available

 

This flower pot is pretty awesome and the whole thing is folded from a single U.S. dollar bill! Mariano Zavala B. just made an excellent YouTube video showing how to fold it too.

Flower Pot
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/33012555070/

Flower in a Pot, Designed by Herman Lau and Folded by Alexandr Pak

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

 

Here we have a piranha folded from a 1,000 Vietnam Dong Note. This is exactly why I like origami folded from money so much. It's hard enough designing an awesome piranha like this but to have it also incorporate the pattern on the bill to make the face and eye is a fantastic touch which couldn't have been easy.

Piranha
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27751537@N03/16228810088/

Piranha, Designed and Folded by Tan Dang

Instructions not available

 

You can't have a post about dollar bill origami without including probably the most famous model out there, Won Park's dollar koi. The whole thing is folded from a single U.S. dollar bill, even all those scales.

Dollar Koi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/32648096435/

Koi, Designed by Won Park and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Diagrams available in Dollar Origami: 10 Origami Projects Including the Amazing Koi Fish

 

Next we have this adorable little Grim Reaper folded from 10 Russian Rubles.

Grim Reaper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/7320907596/

Death, Designed and Folded by Hare

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a fantastic little elephant folded from a U.S. dollar. I really like how it's standing on the pennies which you can also use to get the scale of the model. The little tusks are really great too.

Elephant
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/20448547773/

Elephant, Designed by Neal Elias and Folded by Xun

Instructions available in The Origami World of Neal Elias

 

Here's another plant-in-an-object, this time a shoe folded from a Russian note.

Plant in a Shoe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/32552580224/

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

 

I absolutely love this horse, it's pose and the whole photo overall. I believe this is folded from Vietnamese money.

Horse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/148164093@N07/37908883776/

Horse, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Giang Nam

Instructions not available

 

Some of these models are folded from multiple notes such as this rhino which is folded from three pieces of Vietnamese money.

Rhino
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27751537@N03/15658827336/

Rhino, Designed and Folded by Tan Dang

Instructions not available

 

Here's a tiny and kind of cute little frog.

Frog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/14150731948/

Half Frog, Designed and Folded by Hare

Instructions not available

 

This next model is usually folded from a square but here the folder modified the design and folded it using a U.S. dollar bill.

Teapot and Tea Cup
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/21062482360/

Tea Time, Designed by Tomohiro Tachi and Modified and Folded by Xun

Crease pattern with collapsing instructions for the original available from Tomohiro Tachi's YouTube channel

 

This cute little dog is folded from a single U.S. dollar bill.

Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/32552578824/

Dog, Designed by Janessa Munt and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Diagrams available in The Dollar Bill Origami Book

 

Next we have this absolutely fantastic 3D bull design. It's folded from the same Vietnamese bill as the piranha earlier in this post.

Bull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/151132696@N08/34983914111/

Bull, Designed and Folded by Dang Anh Kien

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic fish design folded from a 500 Vietnamese Dong note.

Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27751537@N03/10114988904/

Fish, Designed and Folded by Tan Dang

Instructions not available

 

This train is another very popular model to fold out of paper money. The whole thing, all 3 train cars is from the same dollar bill!

Train
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/20873318493/

Mooser's Train, Designed by Emmanuel Mooser and Folded by Xun

Diagrams available in Moosers' Train: The Origami Train Set

 

This is definitely one of the cutest little paper monkeys I've ever seen. It's a little version of Sun Wukong from Chinese mythology.

Little Wukong
Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/8033738614/

Little Wukong, Designed by Tran Trung Hieu and Folded by Hare

Video Instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's another excellent model once again folded from U.S. money.

Turkey
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/23191371672/

Turkey, Designed by Janessa Munt and Folded by Xun

Diagrams available in The Dollar Bill Origami Book

 

This rose is absolutely beautiful and the whole thing is folded from a single note. I really love the colours used here.

Rose in Pot
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/33012553010/

Rose, Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

 

This rabbit almost looks like a stuffed toy that you'd give to a kid.

Comic Rabbit
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/17842978398/

Comic Rabbit, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by Hare

Video instructions available from Riccardo Foschi's YouTube channel

 

The amount of detail on this deer crammed into a single U.S. dollar bill is very impressive!

Deer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/23750382451/

Deer, Designed by Neal Elias and Folded by Xun

Instructions available in The Origami World of Neal Elias

 

Won Park's camera is another very popular and impressive looking model folded from money. This one is folded from a Transnistrian Ruble note. Usually it's folded from a U.S. dollar bill.

Camera
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/35878113855/

Camera, Designed by Won Park and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Dollar Origami: 10 Origami Projects Including the Amazing Koi Fish

 

You can even fold tiny detailed tessellations using bank notes!

Tessellation
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/13639248115/

Designed and Folded by Hare

Instructions not available

 

Our final image for this post is these two adorable little owls. It looks to me like they're balanced on the edge of the glass with their feet and tails holding them there but I'm still a little bit nervous that they might fall into that fire. Since they're made out of paper and everything.

Usually these owls are folded from a square sheet of paper but here they're folded using money which modifies the design slightly.

Owls
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/23478659992/

Barn Owl Bonfire, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by Xun

Video instructions available from Riccardo Foschi's YouTube channel

 

What did you think about all this dollar bill origami? Let us know in the comments!


Cool Origami People

Lots of Really Cool Different Kinds of Origami People

Animals are probably the most commonly folded type of origami but there are a lot of cool looking people designs.

All kinds of different people from all walks of life from any point in history can be folded out of paper and these are another bunch of my favourites.

First we have an absolutely incredible model designed by Chen Xiao. This is definitely one of my all-time favourite designs.

Ivan Danny folded this from a single 50cm x 50cm sheet of paper. It took him several days to fold it. He folded it in 5 stages, spraying each one with Methyl Cellulose and waiting for it to dry before continuing to fold the next stage.

In the Rain
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/40970304811/

In the Rain, Designed by Chen Xiao and Folded by Ivan Danny

Crease pattern available from Chen Xiao's Facebook page

 

This model looks really great already but the way this photo is staged with it in front of the mirror is extra awesome.

Origami Lady
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/156686586@N07/39813047464/

Lady, Designed and Folded by Boice Wong

Crease pattern available from Boice Wong's Flickr

Follow @origamibyboice on Instagram

 

This clown is still one of the most impressive people-themed models I've seen.

Clown
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/25739930588/

Clown, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Никита Васильев

Crease pattern available in Tanteidan Magazine #111

 

These are some great looking human body studies by João Charrua.

Human Figure Study
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/27086493739/

Humans, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

Peter Stein designed this really excellent paper version of Martin Luther back for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The model is a variation of his violinist design and both Martin Luther and the church door are folded from a single square of paper.

Martin Luther
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrviolinpeter/24218975828/

Martin Luther, 1517, Designed and Folded by Peter Stein

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya's models are always awesome and I love how this wizard is all one sheet of paper but the staff ends up being a different colour.

Wizard by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/36209415734/

Wizard, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Next is this really awesome design of a Norse warrior.

Norse Warrior
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shikaorigami/36072628024/

Norse Warrior, Designed and Folded by Marcos Origami

Instructions not available

 

I'm not quite sure what this next person is supposed to represent but the design is fantastic.

Obasute
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamizenshiro/35891555071/

Obasute, Designed and Folded by Zenshiro Toshinao

Instructions not available

 

This beautiful woman holding a crane was folded for a museum.

Woman and Paper Crane
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24776310@N04/35934258611/

Love, Designed and Folded by Melina Hermsen

Instructions not available

 

This Italian violinist is based off a base by Eric Joisel. The hair is pretty incredible.

Italian Violinist
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88820526n06/14920061244/

Italian Violinist, Designed and Folded by 林月劍雲

Instructions not available

 

This next model is amazing! The whole thing, the person, chair and laptop is all folded from the same sheet of paper.

The design is based on that evolution diagram where you see the human gradually evolving into a present day human with another added step of them devolving thanks to technology.

Devolution
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/15377433398/

Devolution, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny

An easier to read version of the crease pattern is available from Ivan Danny's Flickr

 

Here'a a beautiful looking origami ballerina in mid-dance. That's just one sheet of paper.

Ballet Dancer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/30238626174/

Ballet Dancer, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

I really like how the paper is folded here over itself to make it look like the person has pockets.

Pocket Man
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/27455841026/

Pocket Man, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

This prisoner is incredible! The whole thing is folded from one sheet of paper. Hubert Villeneuve said he could only fold two bars due to how much paper was used up but I think that's more than enough. Definitely some amazing work.

Prisoner
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/6084097550/

Behind Bars, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Crease pattern available from Hubert Villeneuve's Flickr

 

Hosanna Tan designed this fantastic paper priest.

Priest
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124231637@N06/17186484943/

Priest, Designed and Folded by Hosanna Tan

Instructions not available

 

This origami version of Spartacus is absolutely amazing!

Spartacus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/4577505931/

Spartacus, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really awesome warrior model and this one is folded from a single 50cm x 50cm square of paper. This photo looks quite imposing and awesome.

Swordsman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/6237312486/

Swordsman, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

Here's another really great design of a person holding a paper crane. This is folded from a single 40cm x 40cm square of paper and the instructions have 129 steps.

A Bird in Hand
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/16057288759/

A Bird in Hand, Designed by Watanabe Dai and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in the 9th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Neelesh K. designed this awesome little nerd. It's folded from a single 17cm x 17cm square of tracing paper.

Nerd
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/19004993571/

Nerd, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Crease pattern available from Neelesh K.'s Flickr

 

Here's a pretty cute little model. The boy and the buffalo are both folded from separate sheets of paper.

Boy on Buffalo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/26230466992/

Buffalo Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong, Boy Designed by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn, Both Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

 

The design of this next person is inspired by a Spanish novel called El otoño del patriarca.

El Patriarca
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamizenshiro/5591612325/

El patriarca, Designed and Folded by Zenshiro Toshinao

Instructions not available

 

This sumo wrestler was photographed at an exhibition in South Korea.

Sumo Wrestler
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/17108866264/

Sumo Wrestler, Designed and Folded by Yoo Tae Yong (Photo by origami-M-H-G :)

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Joseph Wu is a pretty famous Canadian origami artist with a lot of amazing work and design. He designed a model based off of the face of a Canadian environmentalist name David Suzuki. This design inspired a friend of his, another quite famous and awesome artist name Quentin Trollip to design a model of his own based on Joseph Wu's face.

Do a quick google image search for "Joseph Wu" and you'll see the resemblance (he's the one with the beard, and the origami).

This is folded from a single square of paper and uses some excellent colour changes.

Joseph Wu's Face
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/34199192460/

Joseph Wu's Face, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

I especially like the hood and cape of this next archer.

Archer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/75353496@N04/29865149333/

Archer, Designed and Folded by Marcos Origami

Instructions not available

 

This "Self Made Man" is a really neat and unique idea from Eric Joisel.

Self Made Man
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137460274@N07/30893330452/

Self Made Man, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Kevin Hutson

Video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

Neelesh K. designed this awesome version of his own face and the whole thing, including the glasses is folded from a single square of paper!

Guy with Glasses
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/30648904453/

Guy with Glasses, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this mind-blowing samurai on horseback by Kei Watanabe. This entire thing including both the person and the horse is folded from a single square of paper!

I think Kei Watanabe is quickly becoming my favourite origami artist.

Tsuwamono
Image source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/35341505526/

Tsuwamono, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about all these cool origami people? Let us know in the comments!


Origami Logos

Origami Logos, Flags and Other Awesome Looking Symbols Folded from Paper

One post I've wanted to make for a while now is one about origami logos. Interestingly enough there are some pretty cool origami versions of various logos.

Many of the designs use a single sheet of paper with a different colour on each side for a very neat effect.

So in this post we'll be taking a look at some of my favourite origami logos and origami flags as well. I've also wanted to do a post about origami flags for a while too but there aren't as many flag designs out there.

Flags are sort of logos for countries and the designs are similar so I'm including them here.

First up is this amazing paper version of the WhatsApp logo.

WhatsApp Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/34682278136/

WhatsApp Logo, Designed by Carlson Choo and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Carlson Choo's YouTube channel

 

This isn't an actual company logo or anything but it's similar design and looks great.

Footprint Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/19601977916/

Footprint, Designed by Paulius Mielinis and Folded by Никита Васильев

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

This next image is the word "Origami" written in simplified Chinese characters. I really like how clean the shapes and lines are here.

Origami Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/32790564763/

Origami, Designed by Wu Mi and Folded by Zephyr Liu

折 Diagrams available from Wu Mi's Flickr

纸 Diagrams available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

Here's another excellent company logo folded from a single 20cm x 20cm square of paper.

Nike Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/18291469678/

Nike Logo, Designed and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Photo diagrams available here

 

This is another really excellent design from another single square of paper.

Battery Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/29206074301/

Battery, Designed by a Chinese Folder and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Instructions not available

 

Uniqlo is a clothing store originally from Japan but they now have stores all over the world. Hosanna Tan designed this great origami version of their logo.

Uniqlo Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124231637@N06/19504929844/

Uniqlo Logo, Designed and Folded by Hosanna Tan

Instructions not available

 

I really like this Mr. Potato Chips logo which is totally not a paper version of the Pringles logo.

Pringles Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/7777698114/

Mr. Potato Chips Logo, Designed Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the 15th Tanteidan Convention book

 

This escape is really awesome and Mariano Zavala B. made an excellent video tutorial showing how to fold it.

Escape
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/35973892670/

Escape, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

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

 

Here's a really fantastic looking origami version of the communist hammer and sickle.

Hammer and Sickle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/37852830621/

Hammer and Sickle, Designed by Hadi Tahir and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available from Hadi Tahir's Flickr

 

This is a great little CD logo. Apparently the diagrams are in a book called Origami 2D and there are only 200 copies of it.

CD Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/26869328709/

CD, Designed by 蝴蝶 and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Diagrams available in Origami 2D

 

Here's the first origami flag for this post. This is Vietnam's flag and it's folded from a single square of paper. If you're going to fold a flag like this you can only really do countries that have two colours in their flag if you plan on using a single sheet of paper.

Vietnam Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/35629800843/

Vietnam Flag, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

This next image is technically a map, a map of Korea but it's in the same style as the other designs in this post. Plus it's a really cool idea to fold an origami map.

Korea Map
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129382823@N05/20596038545/

Korea Map, Designed and Folded by Lee Junha

Instructions not available

 

Morisue Kei designed this really fantastic copyright symbol. This is another really great example of using colour change in a design.

Copyright Symbol
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/36740451730/

Copyright Symbol, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Video instructions available from OrigamiSage's YouTube channel

 

This next flag is definitely more complicated than the Vietnamese one but it is similar and uses the same colours.

China Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/32009504352/

China Flag, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Instructions not available

 

Keeping on the China theme here's a paper version of the Baidu logo. Baidu is the largest search engine in China.

Baidu Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/34627446105/

Baidu Logo, Designed by Sutang and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really excellent colour change example.

Rising Sun Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/29828458411/

The Rising Sun, Designed by Djordje Jovanovic and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention book

 

This next image isn't really an official logo but it's definitely a really awesome design.

Crab Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zephyr_origami/29250601676/

Crab, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Zephyr Liu

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2011

 

Wu Mi designed this excellent Superman logo.

Superman Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/24660793108/

Superman! Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

Here's another great, very clean looking exclamation mark logo also by Wu Mi.

Exclamation Mark
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/35726109514/

Exclamation Mark, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

The Canadian flag also uses two colours so it's perfect for origami. This is of course folded from a single sheet of paper.

Canada Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/36376434036/

Canada Flag, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Crease pattern available from Wu Mi's Flickr

 

This "Killer Octopus" logo goes great with the crab one from earlier in this post.

Killer Octopus Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/39837291414/

Killer Octopus, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really cool map, this time of Indonesia. This is folded from a single 60cm x 60cm square of paper. This was designed for a challenge from the Indonesian Origami Group.

Indonesia Map
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/15755711550/

Indonesia Map, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny

Instructions not available

 

This Facebook logo is definitely one of the best logo designs I've seen. It's also folded from a single square of paper.

Facebook Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/10607806374/

Facebook Logo, Designed by Ryan McDonell and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Here's another awesome flag design, this time Israel's flag.

Israel Flag
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129587911@N03/39589882171/

Israel Flag, Designed and Folded by Wu Mi

Instructions not available

 

This is a great little paper version of the Super Mario logo. There are free diagrams available for it too.

Super Mario Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55093505@N08/31136659016/

Super Mario Logo, Designed by Jairo Araujo  and Folded by Carla Godoy

Diagrams available from Origami-Shop.com

 

Next we have this cute little seal face turned into an excellent little logo.

Seal Face Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130282626@N03/17052748031/

Seal Face Logo, Designed by Hadi Tahir and Folded by Sunny

Diagrams available from Hadi Tahir's Flickr

 

Jared Needle designed this awesome logo for the United States Air Force (USAF). This model is folded using two squares of paper.

USAF Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/8429011929/

USAF Logo, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

He also designed this really amazing Bitcoin logo. I somehow missed this one and only saw it when I was working on this post. He folded this back when bitcoin hit $2k.

This is folded from a single square of paper with no cuts!

Bitcoin Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/34778189116/

Bitcoin, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

Our final image for this post is this origami version of the Playboy logo. A very cool design with some excellent shapes and colour changes and it's all folded from a single square of paper!

The gold and black paper here looks really classy too.

Playboy Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/7386793766/

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

Instructions not available

 

Which one of these was your favourite? Let me know in the comments and if you see any other great origami logos let me know too!


Origami Weapons and Armour

Origami Weapons and Armour You Could Almost Take Into Battle

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

We'll start off this post with this great paper tank photographed at a convention in South Korea.

Tank by Jang Yong Ik
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/14994774776/

Tank, Designed and Folded by Jang Yong Ik (Photo by origami-M-H-G)

Diagrams available in the 21st Tanteidan Convention book

 

Sebastian Arellano designed a really great origami katana. The katana itself is folded from a single square of paper and the scabbard is also folded from a single square of paper. If you use two coloured paper on the katana itself you get a different colour on the blade and that great pattern on the hilt.

Katana by Sebastian Arellano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/16904592891/

Katana, Designed by Sebastian Arellano and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Crease pattern available from origami.artists.free.fr

 

This is a sea-saw with a peace sign on one side and gun on the other side. It's based on this cartoon. The whole thing is of course folded from a single square of paper.

Peace > War Folded by Neelesh Kumar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/30109755053/

Peace > War, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Next we have this awesome origami Swiss Army Knife! The whole thing is folded from a single square of paper! The details are fantastic and it has everything from the cork screw to the Swiss cross logo.

Swiss Army Knife by Jun Makawa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4557902233/

Swiss Army Knife, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #67

 

Here we have a really impressive shield/coat of arms. It's folded from a single 40cm x 40cm square of paper. You have to use paper with different colours on each side to see the pattern.

Firebird by Kikuchi Masato
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97832512@N04/33225216010/

Firebird, Designed by Kikuchi Masato and Folded by Green Paper

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention book

 

Mariano Zavala B. designed this really great origami sword.

Sword by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6356309211/

Sword, Designed and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

Morisue Kei has designed what's probably the most impressive and realistic looking origami gun out there. It's folded from a single square of paper and if you use two coloured paper you get that different colour on the handle which is a nice touch.

Peacemaker Gun by Morisue Kei
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/16354085380/

Peacemaker, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #126

 

This is a great looking Trojan helmet, especially with the gold and red coloured paper.

Trojan Helmet by Cahoonas
Image source: http://cahoonas.deviantart.com/art/Trojan-Helmet-274655748

Trojan Helmet, Designed and Folded by Cahoonas

Crease pattern available from Cahoonas' DeviantArt account

 

Next we have a paper version of the famous Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. It's technically a kind of gun so that's why I'm including it in this post.

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/6023916484/

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is the high-tech Exo-Suit from the movie District 9. There are a lot of really great details in this model and I especially like the claws.

District 9 Exo Suit Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/6794245522/

District 9 Exo Suit, Designed and Folded by Paper in Dream

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really great paper katana design.

Katana Azul by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/2965558818/

Katana Azul, Designed and Folded by Finward

Photo diagrams available from Finward's blog

 

Jared Needle designed this really great origami sniper rifle. It's folded from one square of paper the colour changes in the design are excellent.

Origami Sniper Rifle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/4650680883/

Sniper Rifle, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

Henry Phạm designed an excellent paper version of Captain America's shield. As you can see the model is somewhat 3D and when you use two coloured paper you get a different colour on the star which looks really nice.

Captain America's Shield by Henry Pham
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132772901@N02/18777984844/

Captain America Shield, Designed and Folded by Henry Phạm

Video instructions available from Henry Phạm's YouTube channel

 

Here's Jun Maekawa's excellent Swiss Army Knife again but folded by a different artist this time.

Swiss Army Knife Folded by Adriano Davanzo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/9876694855/

Swiss Army Knife, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #67

 

This has to be the best and most realistic looking version of Kei Morisue's Peacemaker I've seen.

Peacemaker by Morisue Kei and Folded by P. Colman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/29792909942/

Peacemaker, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #126

 

Here's another really excellent Portal model that I just had to include in this post.

Portal Turret by Cahoonas
Image source: http://cahoonas.deviantart.com/art/Aperture-Science-Sentry-Turret-350682120

Portal Turret, Designed and Folded by Cahoonas

Crease pattern available from Cahoonas' DeviantArt account

 

Alexander Krupnikov designed this great origami lightsaber. If you fold it big enough like you can see in the photo you can actually use it.

Sword of the Jedi by Alexander Krupnikov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/13285062595/

Sword of the Jedi, Designed and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in COS 2014

 

Here's a different and also really fantastic origami gun design.

Origami Gun
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63433412@N05/24893409059/

Pistol 2, Designed by Vicente Dolz and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Diagrams available in the AEP 2013 Convention book

 

Here's another piece of armour, an incredibly fancy fantasy helmet. This whole helmet is folded from a single square of paper thats 1.3m x 1.3m and it starts with a regular Frog Base!

Fantasy Helmet by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/6291121824/

Fantasy Helmet, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

This is another really great origami sword. This time it's a Zanpakuto sword from the anime series Bleach.

Zanpakuto Sword by Agung Mahendra
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/19116188503/

Zanpakuto Sword, Designed by Agung Mahendra and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

This next model is definitely one of the coolest ones I think I've ever seen. It's a Diamondback Rattlesnake with an AR-15 and the whole thing is folded from a single square of paper with no cuts! It took 10-12 hours to fold and if you use two coloured paper like you see here you get some amazing details and colour changes.

Diamondback Rattlesnake with AR-15
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/32114063096/

Diamondback Rattlesnake with AR-15, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

If you've ever played Final Fantasy VII then you'll definitely recognize Cloud's iconic Buster Sword, this time in origami form.

Buster Sword by Tadashi Mori
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/19246619183/

Buster Sword, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's another excellent tank folded out of dollar bills this time.

Dollar Bill Tank by Won Park
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132663494@N05/19701807331/

Tank, Designed by Won Park and Folded by Xun

Diagrams available in Extreme Origami: Transforming Dollar Bills into Priceless Works of Art

 

This is another really excellent Greek-style helmet.

Athenian Helmet by Alexander Kurth
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/15165720469/

Athenian Helmet, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Video instructions available from Alexander Kurth's YouTube channel

 

Our final model is this absolutely fantastic origami katana. It's based on Sebastian Arellano's katana which we saw earlier but it's been changed a bit to more resemble the sword from the anime Bleach.

Ichigo Kurosaki Bankai by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/10726906094/

Ichigo Kurosaki Bankai, Designed and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post, let us know which one of these was your favourite in the comments!


Motorcycle

I Could Harley Wait to Show You These Origami Vehicles

There are tons of different origami vehicles out there. Pretty much everything from cars to boats and of course paper planes can be folded with paper. In this post we're going to look at some of our favourite vehicle designs.

First up is an awesome paper plane and a race car folded using dollar bills.

Plane and Race Car
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/craig_folds_fives/15699974723/

Race Car Designed by David Brill and Folded by Craig Folds Fives

Instructions not available

 

This Bugatti Royale might just be my favourite origami car design. It's folded from multiple sheets of paper.

Bugatti Royale
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6915915733/

Bugatti Royale, Designed by Halle and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #116

 

This is another modular vehicle design that looks absolutely incredible!

Vietnamese Cyclo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryukopein1991/14531065664/

Vietnamese Cyclo, Designed and Folded by Lê Danh

Instructions not available

 

Here's a paper version of one of those old steam-powered cars. This is folded from a single 60cm x 60cm square of paper.

Steam Car
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/8083525558/

Steam Car, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #123

 

This is a very famous design called Mooser's Train designed by Emmanuel Mooser. It was designed more than 50 years ago but we haven't had instructions until very recently. If you know what you're doing you can fold extra cars to make it much longer. The standard train only has the engine and two cars.

Mooser's Train
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/11276045626/

Mooser's Train, Designed by Emmanuel Mooser and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Moosers' Train: The Origami Train Set

 

In this post we'll look at a few different origami motorcycles. This one looks especially awesome if you use bright coloured and black paper. The body is folded from one sheet of paper and the wheels use another two squares of paper.

Motorcycle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/5335797319/

Motorcycle, Designed by Ryo Aoki and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Diagrams available in Origami Space

 

And of course, here's a tank folded from a single sheet of paper. You definitely have to have a tank in a post like this.

Tank
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133455908@N03/29757154445/

Tank 3, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by huynhducle1403

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

 

Here's a fantastic looking paper plane. This whole plane is folded from one square of paper.

Paper Plane
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/27594939002/

Zero Fighter, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Crease pattern available from Xiaoyu Ji's Flickr

 

This is an absolutely beautiful full rigged ship. I love the little stand it's sitting on here too. This is probably the best version of this model I've ever seen.

Full Rigged Ship
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/14248792278/

Full Rigged Ship, Designed by Patricia Crawford and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Creating Origami

 

Taking things under water now we have this awesome looking paper submarine. Unfortunately I don't think a paper submarine would last too long under water though...

Submarine
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8149424863/

Submarine, Designed by Sergio L. Guarachi and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2012

 

Here's another really awesome ship, this time a viking one. The entire model is folded from a single 1:10 rectangle of paper.

Viking Ship
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/11366153255/

Viking Ship, Designed and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available from Andrés' website

 

Here's a different train engine design. It's folded from a single sheet of paper and the metallic coloured paper Eyal used here looks fantastic.

Train Engine
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/5376575540/

Train Engine, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Origami Amusement Park

 

Here's a second motorcycle design. This time it's folded from a single sheet of paper.

Motorcycle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliusorigami/9075949540/

Motorcycle, Designed by Itagaki Yuichi and Folded by Paulius Mielinis

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

This is another really excellent car design. It's folded from a single square of paper and uses a fantastic colour change so the wheels are a different colour.

Vintage Car
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/19152461986/

Vintage Car, Designed by Akira Kawamura and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Diagrams available in NOA Magazine #231

 

Here we have one of the most famous plane designs by Marc Kirschenbaum. Believe it or not that's a single sheet of paper! I have no idea how you can fold the wings like that with space in between them.

Biplane
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893199925/

Biplane II, Designed by Marc Kirshenbaum and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami USA Convention 1997

 

Here's another highly impressive group of paper planes. This whole model is folded from a single sheet of paper. Apparently the diagrams are available in a book called Drawing Origami Tome 2 but I can't find this book anywhere.

4 Planes
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/26085583066/

Air Show, Designed by Lee Jae Gu and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Instructions not available

 

Here's that Bugatti Royale from earlier folded by a different artist.

Bugatti Royale
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pere-olivella/6079259663/

Bugatti Royale, Designed by Halle and Folded by Pere Olivella

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #116

 

This is a very clever and unique design of John Lennon from the Beetles in car form. The original design is technically a character from the animated movie Cars though...

Beetle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/6211379223/

Beetle, Designed by Halle and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

Here's Itagaki Yuichi's motorcycle again parked outside. The little kickstand that holds it up is a really nice touch.

Motorcycle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/9008586653/

Motorcycle, Designed by Itagaki Yuichi and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

Here's another train model that's sort of similar to Emmanuel Mooser's but not quite. All the cars are folded from the same long strip of paper.

Train
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/praisepratajev/19858075443/

Train, Designed by Jose Angel Iranzo and Folded by Robin Scholz

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #90

 

Here's that awesome full-rigged ship from earlier but this time folded by a different artist.

Full Rigged Ship
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/8265640457/

Full Rigged Ship, Designed by Patricia Crawford and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Creating Origami

 

Here's another excellent rendition of that submarine from earlier as well.

Submarine
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/8178449219/

Submarine, Designed by Sergio L. Guarachi and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2012

 

And here's one last Bugatti Royale to take a look at.

Bugatti Royale
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/6879926165/

Bugatti Royale, Designed by Halle and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #116

 

This Formula 1 race car is incredible!

Formula 1 Car
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/14697422256/

Formula 1 Car, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Crease pattern available from Neelesh K.'s Flickr

 

I quite like this space shuttle design. It's not too complex but it has a lot of character.

Space Shuttle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/8614056184/

Space Shuttle, Designed by Seiji Nishikawa and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Works of Seiji Nishikawa

 

Yep, there's even origami construction equipment.

Excavator
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7153365935/

Excavator, Designed by Philip Schultz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available from www.origami.happymagpie.com

 

And here's a simple but great looking bulldozer too.

Bulldozer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/22971669125/

Bulldozer, Designed by Yamaguchi Makoto and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #111

 

Here's an awesome little scene and photo where instead of sitting on a stand like we saw previously this ship is out sailing on the ocean.

Full-Rigged Ship
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/9840074034/

Full Rigged Ship, Designed by Patricia Crawford and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Creating Origami

 

Here's one last motorcycle. The red paper used here on the body is perfect.

Motorcycle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/12991483433/

Motorcycle, Designed by Ryo Aoki and Folded by Willie g crespo

Diagrams available in Origami Space

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible tractor photographed at a convention. The entire model is folded from a single square of paper!

Tractor
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/20922280732/

Tractor, Designed and Folded by Jang Yong Ik (Photo by Shuki Kato)

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Have you ever tried folding any of these? Let us know in the comments!


Masks

I Can Hardly Mask My Excitement about this Origami

There are a lot of really cool looking origami masks out there.

Joel Cooper is undoubtedly the master when it comes to designing paper masks. He has a very distinct style where he uses tessellations and other techniques to create some amazing looking masks that follow an ancient sort of Greek or maybe Babylonian style.

He also sells his creations on his own Etsy store so if you like his work be sure to check out the store as well. Each mask is a limited edition work of art.

While most of the images in this post are designed and folded by Joel Cooper we also have some other great masks by some other excellent artists such as this one by Alexandr Pak.

Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/9144687383/

Mask, Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

 

This mask is designed after the Greek god Triton, the messenger of the sea.

Triton Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/16258095957/

Triton, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredible mask by Joel Cooper which I guess is designed after the Roman emperor Constantine.

Constantine Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/16256335138/

Constantine, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

This mask is called Ozymandias.

Ozymandias Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/9510874605/

Ozymandias, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great mask by Alexander Pak. You can tell that he has a very different style from Joel Cooper.

Paper Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/9125993907/

Mask, Designed and Folded by Alexander Pak

Instructions not available

 

With this mask Joel Cooper was trying to go for a terra cotta look.

Solace Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/15572145287/

Solace, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

This mask is designed to look like a gnome king.

Gnome King Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/5381771585/

Gnome King, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's something very different by Joel Cooper.

Triplet Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/217238954/

Triplet, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another mask by Joel Cooper after the folding and before he paints it.

Hieronymus Rex
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/30480661586/

Hieronymus Rex, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Asterius is a giant from Greek mythology and here it is in mask form.

Asterius
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/11344121453/

Asterius, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great mask by Alexander Pak to change things up a bit.

Paper Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/9032292465/

Mask, Designed and Folded by Alexander Pak

Instructions not available

 

This mask is painted to give it more of a brass feel. If you click through to the original image on Flickr you'll see a very detailed explanation from Joel Cooper detailing how he made the paint and what he did to give the mask the metallic look.

Brazen Rex
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/13043858354/

Brazen Rex, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another awesome mask by Joel Cooper.

Jeremiah
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/9383873773/

Jeremiah, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

Image source

 

I really like how the pattern on the helmet at the top of this mask looks.

Paper Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/27812766430/

Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another similar mask with that great pattern at the top.

Mask by Joel Cooper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/27478229733/

Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

I really like the painting on this mask which makes it look almost like it's made out of stone.

Aelfred by Joel Cooper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/12826115103/

Aelfred, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great mask design by Alexander Pak.

Round Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/9014026628/

Mask, Designed and Folded by Alexander Pak

Instructions not available

 

This mask has quite an impressive looking beard.

Mask by Joel Cooper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/27478208063/

Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Brian Chan designed this absolutely fantastic Guy Fawkes mask that looks exactly like the real thing.

Guy Fawkes Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/31893040800/

Guy Fawkes Mask, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Lee bo-yeon

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Our final model for this post is another amazing mask by Joel Cooper. This one is designed after the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.

Nebuchadnezzar Mask
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamijoel/30480660696/

Nebuchadnezzar, Designed and Folded by Joel Cooper

Instructions not available

 

Which one of these origami masks was your favourite? Let us know in the comments!


Passenger

An Incredibly Diverse Group of 22 Origami People

There's pretty much no limit to the kind of people you can fold out of paper. There are origami knights, dancers, famous people and lots more.

This post is a collection of a bunch of completely un-related different origami people.

We'll start out with this brutal knight. The whole model is folded from one sheet of paper and instead of folding a shield like in the original design Lucas Honor folded the head of an enemy.

Brutal Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/19107457815

Knight, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Lucas Honor

Diagrams available in Papiroflexia mágica

 

Taking a complete tonal shift next we have this excellent paper ballerina.

Ballerina
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/6238181772/

Ballerina, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Instructions not available

 

Hoang Trung Thanh designed this great emperor. The entire model is folded from one sheet of paper and if you use two coloured paper you get different colours on the clothes.

Emperor
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/11254309524

Emperor, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

This amazing model of a Roman soldier on a chariot is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Rome Cavalier
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/15918725843

Cavalier, Designed by Zhang Weichao and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Instructions not available

 

Next we have this bride and groom. Each one is folded from three 5 Euro bills.

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

A Money Wedding, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve designed this incredible prisoner. I'm pretty sure the whole model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Prisoner
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/8452329275/

Prisoner, Designed by Hubert Villeneuve and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Instructions not available

 

Here's an awesome paper swordsman.

Swordsman
https://www.flickr.com/photos/al3bbasi/4169195820

Swordsman, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Al3bbasi

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

This model is La Tapada Limeña which is what the Lima women were called after the Spanish conquered Peru. They wore a dress down to their feet and a cloak that covered their face.

The clothing connoted sensuality, mischief, coquetry and seduction which is communicated very well in this model.

La Tapada Limeña
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gonzalobe/8459347719

Tapada Limeña, Designed and Folded by Gonzalo Benavente

Instructions not available

 

This is an origami version of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Vitruvian Man. This model, including the shapes around it is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Vitruvian Man
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/12506183424/

Vitruvian Man, Designed and Folded by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very impressive mother and child.

Welcome to the Family
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/14982530047

Welcome to Our Family, Designed by Takeda Naoki and Folded by NGUYỄN QUANG ANH

Instructions not available

 

I love the colour change in this model plus the entire person is a single sheet of paper! The suitcase is a second sheet of paper though.

Passenger
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/22064775330

Passenger, Designed and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Instructions not available

 

This next model of Bruce Lee is absolutely incredible. The entire thing is folded from one sheet of paper. I really like the fighting pose he's in here.

Bruce Lee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/neeleshk/19575518561

Bruce Lee, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K

Instructions not available

 

Here's an awesome and very expressive paper grandpa.

Grandpa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/16013430071

Grandpa, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

This is another absolutely incredible design from Hubert Villeneuve. It was designed for the International Origami Olympiad III challenge and the theme of the challenge was peace. The entire model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Indian Chief
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/15141663675

Chef Amérindien gen2, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's another Roman soldier this time fighting on foot.

Roman Soldier
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5179233568

Roman Soldier, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

And here's another different style of an origami knight.

Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/137636003@N03/23917760541

Knight, Designed and Folded by Wasun N.

Instructions not available

 

I've seen a couple of different samurai designs and this one is one of my favourites.

Samurai
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133041586@N06/29388655782

Samurai, Designed and Folded by Bart Davids

Crease pattern available from Bart Davids's Flickr

 

Joseph Wu designed this excellent archimage.

Archimage
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30730747376

Archimage, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

This next model is very unique and I haven't seen anything else quite like it.

Know Thyself
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/31081775565

Know Thyself, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic paper dancer. Everything here is folded from the same sheet of paper. If you look closely you'll see a flower pattern on the sides of the head.

Ballet Dancer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/27782910643

Dancer, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very impressive taoist priest model. This model again is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Taoist Priest from Legend
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/7828367100

Taoist Priest from Legend, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is an amazing origami version of Michelangelo's Pietà sculpture house in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Pieta
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/16312844000

Pietà, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Which one of these models was your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to visit these amazing artists and let them know you think their work is awesome.


Shoe

If You Don't Love These Origami Shoes then You Probably Have no Sole

When doing research for this website I was surprised to find a ton of really awesome origami shoes.

Here's a great basketball shoe design from Sipho Mabona.

Basketball Shoe
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/14127100896/

Onitsuka Tiger Basketball Shoe, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 15th Convention book

 

Here's a couple of pairs of cute little origami shoes.

Pink and Blue Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/9406662076/

Shoes, Designed by Whitepaper and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great origami high-heeled boot.

Ankle Boot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/25964900845/

Ankle Boot, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Daniel Brown designed a great origami stiletto.

Stilettos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/10424307965/

Stiletto, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very traditional type of shoe, an origami geta.

Paper Geta Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/19448942310/

Geta, Designed by Yoshio Tsuda and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in the Beauty of Origami

 

Here's a great little pair of origami boots.

Brown Boots
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/3152672689/

Boots, Designed and Folded by Lee In Kyung

Instructions not available

 

This shoe is folded from several sheets of paper but it's still really awesome.

Running Shoe
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/6262442149/

Shoe, Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great zebra patterned origami stiletto.

Zebra Stiletto
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/5601768015/

Stiletto, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

This is a great little baby shoe design by Naoto Horiguchi.

Baby Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sakamata53/13732558645/

Shoes, Designed and Folded by Naoto Horiguchi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pair of papercraft shoes designed by Andrey Ermakov and folded the same size as regular shoes.

Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/23850659953/

Shoes, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great baby shoe design.

Baby Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/8554716792/

Baby Shoes, Designed by Whitepaper and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

This is another excellent stiletto design by Lee In Kyung. These shoes were used in a home shopping advertisement.

Stiletto
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/5568091178/

Stiletto, Designed and Folded by Lee In Kyung

Instructions not available

 

Here's another pattern for Daniel Brown's origami stiletto.

Leopard Stiletto
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/5601766613/

Stiletto, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

Here's Daniel Brown's stiletto design folded by a different artist.

Red and Black Stilettos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/anita-origami/16068356445/

Stiletto, Designed by Daniel Brown and Folded by Anita R

Instructions not available

 

This awesome slipper is folded from one sheet of paper.

Yellow Slipper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/15174160197/

3-Lined Slipper, Designed by Kim Do-Ul and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Raison d'etre 2014

 

Here's another great high heel design.

High Heels
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8049913785/

High Heels, Designed by Cindy Ng and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Travel Origami: 24 Fun and Functional Travel Keepsakes

 

Finally we have this awesome pair of paper converses and I love how they're packaged in a little shoe box like a real pair of shoes. The shoes are folded from one sheet of paper.

Converse Shoe in Box
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/9608458728/

Converse Shoes, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Instructions not available

 

Converse Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/9608458592/

Converse Shoes, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Instructions not available

 

Converse Shoes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/9608458438/

Converse Shoes, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. If you know of any other great origami shoes let me know in the comments.


Violin

Take a Minuet to Look at this Amazing Music-Themed Origami

You can fold pretty much anything you can imagine from paper and that includes things like musical instruments, musicians and other music themed things.

There's actually a pretty surprising amount of awesome music themed models and we'll be covering a lot of it in this post starting with this paper bass. The entire thing is folded from one sheet of paper!

Bass
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110247861@N02/13921848361/

Bass, Designed by Alexander Kurth and Folded by Mir Numan

Video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

Here's another great model that's entirely folded from one sheet of paper of a violinist.

Violinist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ynitami/9546730282/

Violinist, Designed by Takashi Hojyo and Folded by Yuki.N.

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here's an entire band of papercraft musicians.

Band
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/17087497473/

Enanos Musicos, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

This origami horn is a pretty amazing design.

Paper Horn
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/18986342693/

Horn, Designed by Arisawa Yuga and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available from Arisawa Yuga's Flickr

 

Gen Hagiwara's violin is one of the most famous music themed models out there.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20825879940/

Violin, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

Robert J. Lang designed a pretty fantastic organist and the whole thing again is folded from one sheet of paper.

Organist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/8046342628/

Organist, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

 

Here we have a combination of Alexander Kurth's bass with Eric Joisel's dwarf. The two models fit perfectly together.

Dwarf and Bass
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/14948300536/

Dwarf Designed by Eric Joisel and Bass Designed by Alexander Kurth, Both Folded by Ivan Svatko

Dwarf diagrams available in Eric Joisel, the Magician of Origami

Bass video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

This is a different violinist design along with a paper singer.

Violinist and Singer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrviolinpeter/8622105885/

Violinist and Singer, Designed and Folded by Peter Stein

Violinist video instructions available from MrViolinPeter's YouTube Channel

Singer video instructions available from MrViolinPeter's YouTube Channel

 

Here's a great little origami electric guitar along with an amp.

Guitar and Amp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/8328559421/

Guitar Designed by Ryo Aoki and Amp Designed by Alec Fehl, All Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Guitar diagrams available in NOA Magazine #442

Amp instructions not available

 

This grand piano is a little bit of a less complex model but it still looks great.

Piano
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8148970523/

Grand Piano, Designed by Patricia Crawford and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

 

Here's Gen Hagiwara's awesome violin again this time folded by the designer himself.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/9561160392/

Violin, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

This is an absolutely incredible origami cellist. I love the details in this model such as the cuffs and shoes.

Cellist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/4645266010/

Cellist, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different but similar paper band by Sergio Guarachi.

Paper Band
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/7852621098/

Enanos Musicos, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different take on Takashi Hojyo's violinist.

Violinist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/5713187042/

Violinist, Designed by Takashi Hojyo and Folded by Paul

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

And here's Robert J. Lang's Organist folded by another artist.

Organist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/14961606522/

Organist, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Damian Malicki Origami

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

 

The trick to taking a really nice photo of this origami violin is to put it on top of a pile of sheet music.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliusorigami/12268897306/

Violin, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Paulius Mielinis

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

Here's a cute little SORB (Small Origami Rock Band).

Small Rock Band
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/5217599509/

Small Origami Rock Band, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

Here's Eric Joisel's Dwarf with a bass again. It has a very different look from being folded by a different artist.

Dwarf and Bass
https://www.flickr.com/photos/altaix/14614068071/

Dwarf Designed by Eric Joisel and Bass Designed by Alexander Kurth, Both Folded by Анатолий Кириченко

Dwarf diagrams available in Eric Joisel, the Magician of Origami

Bass video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

Another excellent fold of Gen Hagiwara's violin photographed on top of a pile of sheet music.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/12968657563/

Violin, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

Here's a cute little origami saxophone.

Saxaphone
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitzkap-s_art/13959302659/

Saxophone, Designed by Picaruelo and Folded by Victor J. Quintero

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic violinist design by Peter Stein.

Violinist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrviolinpeter/21854540920/

Violinist, Designed and Folded by Peter Stein

Video tutorial available from MrViolinPeter's YouTube channel

 

Here's the dwarf with a bass again and again it looks completely different after being folded by a different artist.

Dwarf with Bass
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/7984853661/

Dwarf Designed by Eric Joisel and Bass Designed by Alexander Kurth, Both Folded by Alexander Kurth

Dwarf diagrams available in Eric Joisel, the Magician of Origami

Bass video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

Another great fold of Gen Hagiwara's very popular violin.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/13261757113/

Violin, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

Here's two excellent papercraft basses.

Two Basses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/13533092043/

Bass, Designed by Alexander Kurth and Folded by Eyal

Video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

Hojyo Takashi's awesome violinist again.

Violinist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/16193399790/

Violinist, Designed by Takashi Hojyo and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

This is the last time for this post that we'll show this violin and to change it up this time it's not photographed on top of a pile of sheet music. It still looks great though.

Violin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/13044755153/

Violin, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143

 

Here's a new paper instrument, an accordion. The whole model is one sheet of paper.

Accordian
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/8626187178/

Accordion, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a another different paper violinist. It's an excellent design although it's technically playing a cello as a violin...

Violinist
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/12156874145/

Violinist Designed by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva, Cello Designed by Leo Lai, All Folded by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva

Violinist instructions not available

Cello crease pattern available from Leo Lai's Flickr

 

The final image for this post is a photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi taken at 22th Origami Tanteidan Convention. This is a display by the origami artist Yuga Arisawa who has designed a whole collection of amazing origami instruments.

Instruments on Display
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/29079143855/

Origami Instruments, Designed and Folded by Yuga Arisawa (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Flute crease pattern available from Yuga Arisawa's Flickr

Snare drum crease pattern available from Yuga Arisawa's Flickr

Clarinet crease pattern available from Yuga Arisawa's Flickr

Trumpet crease pattern available from Yuga Arisawa's Flickr

String bass crease pattern available from Yuga Arisawa's Flickr

 

That's it for this post, be sure to check out all these incredible origami artists and leave them some likes and comments on there work.


Apple

Delicious Looking Origami Food that You Can Almost Taste

Surprisingly enough there are a lot of origami food models and a lot of them are actually quite amazing.

You don't normally think about food when it comes to origami, it's usually things like animals or shapes but this just goes to show you that if you're a good enough designer you can fold literally anything out of paper!

This origami shitake mushroom is incredible, when you look at it from the bottom like in this photo it has the little flaps or whatever that you see on a real mushroom.

Shitake Mushroom
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126863951@N02/20373592233/

Shitake, Designed and Folded by Jhon Doe

Crease pattern available from Jhon Doe's Flickr

 

Kota Imai has designed several different pieces of origami sushi and they look quite delicious! These pieces of sushi are each folded from one sheet of paper.

Paper Sushi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/19151268553/

Sushi, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Instructions not available

 

Sushi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedertw/18039650401/

Sushi, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Han-Sheng Yang

Instructions not available

 

If you're going to go out for sushi you have to get some tempura prawns and there's an origami version for you too.

Tempura Prawn
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126863951@N02/15327672971/

Fried Prawn, Designed and Folded by Jhon Doe

Crease pattern available from Jhon Doe's Flickr

 

Peter Keller took an origami waterbomb and an origami leaf and put them together into these cute little origami radishes.

Radish
https://www.flickr.com/photos/syngola/19802300894/

Red Radish, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available although you can find waterbomb diagrams everywhere

 

Sebastien Limet designed a fantastic looking fried paper egg. You definitely need to use white and yellow paper for this.

Fried Egg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/5471745990/

Egg, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Fried Egg on Plate
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/8137786737/

Egg, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

For dessert Shoichi Ishiwata has created a tasty looking ice cream cone.

Ice Cream Cone
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/5195760687/

Soft Serve Ice Cream, Designed by Shoichi Ishiwata and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in NOA Magazine #312

 

This origami cupcake is folded from one sheet of paper and if you use double sided paper you end up with a different colour for the cake itself and the cupcake paper.

Cupcake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/6766277475/

Cupcake, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

This slice of origami pizza believe it or not is folded from a single sheet of paper. If you use yellow and red sided paper you get some awesome looking slices of pepperoni.

Pizza Slice
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/14917025975/

Pizza, Designed by Russell Cashdollar and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Collection 2003

 

Here's are a couple of different and quite realistic looking origami mushrooms.

Mushrooms
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/14935581963/

Mushrooms, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This is another quite delicious looking origami cupcake design.

Cupcakes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/10936267894/

Cupcake, Designed by Lee In Kyung and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

This cute little origami tea set is folded from just one sheet of paper!

Tea Time
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/14238657547/

Tea Time, Designed by Tomohiro Tachi and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

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

 

Also for dessert you can have one of these origami chocolates. This whole model is one sheet of paper.

Box of Chocolates
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/6873393453/

Box of Chocolates, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Crease pattern available from Daniel Brown's Flickr

 

Here's another delicious looking paper dessert.

Pudding
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126863951@N02/17402755546/

Pudding, Designed and Folded by Jhon Doe

Crease pattern available from Jhon Doe's Flickr

 

Here are several delicious looking little cakes.

Cakes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/10779331963/

Cake Box, Designed by Makoto Yamaguchi and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #97

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

I absolutely love this origami dumpling and with a slight modification it could easily be turned into a pierogi.

Dumpling
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/23013474339/

Dumpling, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This is a great looking loaf of origami bread. I bet you could user much longer paper to make a really long baguette style loaf too.

Loaf of Bread
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/15657555759/

Loaf of Bread, Designed by Dmitry Lysiuk and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

Here's a collection of great little paper vegetables.

Vegetables
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbco/22933880264/

Vegetables, Designed and Folded by Hsi-Min Tai

Instructions not available

 

And here's a fantastic looking origami carrot to go along with those vegetables.

Carrot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/5568087726/

Carrot, Designed by Lee In Kyung and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Since we have a bunch of origami vegetables we of course have origami fruits like this awesome looking 3D apple.

Apple
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/4675050277/

Apple, Designed by Shuzo Fujimoto and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Video instructions available from Happy Folding on YouTube

 

Here's another absolutely amazing origami apple design. The whole model is folded from one sheet of paper!

Apple
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackscorpion/9446972849/

Apple, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this time is an origami orange and if you look closely you can see that it even has the individual segments folded! The design of this model was actually inspired by the previous apple.

Orange
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/19477397330/

Orange, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post, which one of these do you think looks the most delicious? Let us know in the comments.

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Seashell

Can't Make it to the Beach? Try Folding these Origami Seashells!

Pretty much anything you can think of can be folded with origami and that definitely includes seashells. Not only are there a lot of fantastic origami seashell designs but with all the amazing colours and patterns of origami paper available you can really make some beautiful and unique looking seashells that might even rival the real thing.

When it comes to origami seashells Tomoko Fuse probably has the most famous design with this spiral origami navel shell.

Navel Seashell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hillihilde/16172591187/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Hilli Zenz

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

Origami seashells can get quite complex and realistic looking like this design by David Derudas.

Paper Seashell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/3229707970/

Caracola, Designed by David Derudas and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 5th Convention Book

 

Just like in real life origami shells come in all kinds of different shapes.

Seashell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/3473067946/

Shell, Designed by Meguro Toshiyuki and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Instructions not available

 

Petr Stuchlý designed some amazing clam shells for a monthly origami challenge.

Giant Clam
https://www.flickr.com/photos/petr-stuchly/19366727406/

Giant Clam, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available

 

This next shell has a pretty complex design and it's very impressive how small this one ended up being.

Murex Pecten
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/15192507791/

Venus Comb Murex, Designed by Shotaro Mineo and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available from Shotaro Mineo's Flickr

 

Here's a different murex shell design by Robert J. Lang.

Murex Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4558407764/

Murex Shell, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Eyal

Instructions not available

 

This is another design by Robert J. Lang for a Spider Conch.

Spider Conch
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/14399482025/

Spider Conch, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Origami Under the Sea

 

Here's a whole bunch of beautiful looking paper navel shells. The choice of paper for each of these shells really makes them look amazing.

Navel Shells
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hillihilde/12542017063/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Hilli Zenz

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

Here's another great navel shell from an unknown folder.

Navel Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kess/27494118185/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse with an Unknown Folder

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

While not technically a seashell you often do see starfish collected together with seashells so here's a really great photo of some origami starfish.

Starfishes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/16298033876/

Starfish, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic clam shell sort of design complete with a paper pearl.

Jamie's Camino
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/13324218214/

Jamie's Camino, Designed by Hoàng Tiến Quyết and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available from www.forum.origami.vn

 

Here's David Derudas' origami caracola shell again this time photographed from several different angles.

Caracola
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/8645340974/

Caracola, Designed by David Derudas and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 5th Convention Book

 

This is another excellent spiral shell design this time designed by Meguro Toshiyuki.

Spiral Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/3472260503/

Shell, Designed by Meguro Toshiyuki and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 12th Convention Book

 

And here's David Derudas' shell again this time folded by Natalia Romanenko.

Seashell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/12631787683/

Caracola, Designed by David Derudas and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 5th Convention Book

 

This is another very different but still very awesome looking seashell design by Tomoko Fuse. This time it's a modular shell that's made by assembling 4 units.

Modular Spiral Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/goorigami/4760976267/

Modular Spiral Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Maria Sinayskaya

Diagrams available in らせんを折ろう (Let's Fold Spirals)

 

The paper used this time to make Tomoko Fuse's navel shell makes the model look almost completely life-like.

Navel Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/handeorhun/16044933468/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Hande Orhun

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

Here's this model again but in the dark with light behind it and it looks absolutely amazing.

Backlit Navel Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/handeorhun/15612588553/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Hande Orhun

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

This great looking murex shell is designed by Artur Biernacki.

Murex
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericmadrigal/4994643362/

Murex, Designed by Artur Biernacki and Folded by Eric Madrigal

Crease pattern available from Artur Biernacki's Flickr

 

Here's more awesome navel shells photographed at a German origami convention.

Navel Shells
https://www.flickr.com/photos/faltwelt/14136692713/

Navel Shell, Designed by Tomoko Fuse and Folded by Hilli Zenz (Photograph by IlseZ)

Video instructions available from Happy Folding's YouTube channel

 

Here's another fantastic origami seashell design by Satoshi Kamiya of a turban shell.

Turban Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/15105343022/

Turban Shell, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

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

 

Our last paper seashell this time is this incredible version of Robert J. Lang's murex. This time it's photographed from the other side.

Murex Shell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/16650870511/

Murex Shell, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Magali

Instructions not available

 

There are pretty much all the origami seashells I could find. If you know of any other awesome ones let me know in the comments.

Be sure to check out all these talented origami artists and send them some comments on their work if you like it.