This post was originally made back on April 7, 2016. Since then I’ve found a ton of other amazing dinosaur skeleton models. It’s not quite enough for a new post so I’ve gone back to this one and added in another bunch of incredible photos.

The original post is below with the new models mixed in so enjoy!

I’ve been wanting to make a post about origami dinosaur skeletons for a while because these models are absolutely amazing.

Almost all of these models except for one which I’ll mention later are folded from multiple sheets of paper but that doesn’t make them any less amazing.

We’ll start off with some Tyrannosaurus Rex models because you can’t make a post about dinosaurs without T-Rexs.

With this model Mariano Zavala B. took Issei Yoshino’s T-Rex design and modified it to make it look much more ferocious and awesome.

T-Rex Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/19984473102/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino, Modified and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

Mariano Zavala B. photoshopped his T-Rex skeleton into the Jurassic World logo which is pretty cute and an awesome idea.

Jurassic World Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/27033080339/

Jurassic World, by Mariano Zavala B.

 

Here’s Issei Yoshino’s T-Rex again but this time it’s not modified and folded by Matthieu Georger. The original design uses 21 sheets of paper to fold the various parts of the skeleton and then lock them all together.

T-Rex Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemattchh/9853632703/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino and folded by Matthieu Georger

Diagrams available in Origami Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex

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Here’s an excellent photo of the original T-Rex model folded by Al3bbasi on a dark background so you can see the details well.

Original T-Rex Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/al3bbasi/4674602884/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino and folded by Al3bbasi

Diagrams available in Origami Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

Here’s the T-Rex model again folded by Gonzalo but modified slightly to have more teeth. I quite like how it looks with that newspaper or whatever paper is being used here.

T-Rex Skeleton Modified Slightly
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/15716921098/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino and folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

I really like the contrast here between the blue paper and the yellow background. It really helps you see the details in the model.

Blue T-Rex Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipcurl/14068053630/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino and Folded by Phillip Curl

Diagrams available in Origami Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

Here’s the T-Rex skeleton one more time. It’s always neat to see how different artists fold models like this slightly differently.

T-Rex Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55093505@N08/31963834695/

T-Rex, Designed by Issei Yoshino and Folded by Carla Godoy

Diagrams available in Origami Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

Issei Yoshino also designed this amazing Triceratops skeleton! I really like that hook on the beak/mouth, whatever it’s called and the lines of teeth.

Triceratops Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95668554@N06/23898339011/

Triceratops Skeleton, Designed by Issei Yoshino and Folded by Hyun Seok Kang

Diagrams available in Issei Super Complex Origami

 

Next we have a photo of an excellent looking origami Stegosaurus taken at an origami exhibit.

Stegosaurus Skeleton at Convention
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122196622@N04/20107173703/

Retrace, Designed and Folded by Hayato Yoshitake

Instructions not available

 

This Stegosaurus design is somehow based on Fumiaki Kawahata’s Brachiosaurus design. I’m not quite sure how that works since both dinosaurs look very different. It’s folded using 52 squares of paper.

Stegosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/3384019407/

Stegosaurus Skeleton, Designed by Bill Bankwitz and Folded by rhplus

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a Brachiosaurus design by Fumiaki Kawahata which like the T-Rex design above takes on a different personality depending on who folded it.

Brachiosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/14355176170/

Brachiosaurus, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 2

 

Brachiosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/8134753979/

Brachiosaurus, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Kunsulu

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 2

 

Here’s a much smaller Brachiosaurus which couldn’t have been easy to fold.

Tiny Brachiosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/19140778521/

Brachiosaurus, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Xu Daniel

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 2

 

I really like the pose of this next Brachiosaurus. It almost looks playful like a baby dinosaur or something.

Playful Brachiosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/14405505192/

Brachiosaurus, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 2

 

I also really love the pose of this next one with the raised foot and head looking back.

Brachiosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/3267477992/

Brachiosaurus, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 2

 

Tran Trung Hieu designed this excellent and somewhat cute looking Pterosaur skeleton.

Pterosaur Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/15945973763/

Pterosaur, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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I can’t believe how tiny this next Pterosaur is. Keep in mind that this is a modular model so all the individual parts are actually folded from even tinier paper!

Pterosaur Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/32820395113/

Pterosaur Skeleton, Designed by Andres Duque Laverde and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Yoshihide Momotani designed an excellent Apatosaurus skeleton, here it is expertly folded by Tran Trung Hieu.

Apatosaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8994296907/

Apatosaurus, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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This next model designed by Nguyen Minh Duc is one of my favourites. The entire skeleton and wall is folded from just one sheet of paper!

Dinosaur Skeleton Wall
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/16421267206/

Dinosaur Skeleton, Designed by Nguyen Minh Duc and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease Pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Dinosaur Skeleton and Wall
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/12172878643/

Dinosaur Skeleton, Designed by Nguyen Minh Duc and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Crease Pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Dinosaur Skeleton Wall
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/11524476564/

Dinosaur Skeleton, Designed by Nguyen Minh Duc and Folded by Shuki Kato

Crease Pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

This 2D dinosaur skull is also folded from a single square of paper. It would make a perfect logo.

Dinosaur Skull Logo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/35710374343/

Dinosaur Head Skeleton, Designed by Kikuchi Masato and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

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

 

Here’s an excellent 3D version of a Tyrannosaurus skull. This one is folded from 4 pieces of paper.

Tyrannosaurus Skull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/38925788050/

Tyrannosaurus Skull, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Dinosaurs 3

 

A post on origami dinosaurs definitely needs some velociraptors and here are two excellent velociraptor skeleton designs.

Velociraptor Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesong_ni0912/4204805601/

Velociraptor Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Instructions not available

 

Tran Trung Hieu’s Velociraptor design is folded from 54 pieces of paper!

Velociraptor Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/6538211869/

Velociraptor Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here’s this model again photographed at a convention. Tran Trung Hieu is really good at folding his models into great action poses. I like the sneaky sort of look on the face here too.

Velociraptor Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_tucker/2738849133/

Velociraptor Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu (Photo by Jon Tucker)

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a close up on this velociraptor skull that really shows off the details.

Velociraptor Skull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/18902129236/

Velociraptor Skull, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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This fantastic Plesiosaur skeleton was photographed at the 22nd Tanteidan Convention in 2016.

Futabasaurus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/33102635266/

Futabasaurus Suzuki, Designed and Folded by Fukuroi Kazuki (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Here’s an aweomse looking Sarcosuchus design by Linny Young. This model uses 44 individual sheets of paper to fold all the various parts. The designer has broken down how many pieces of paper are used for each little section at the Flickr link below the image.

Sarcosuchus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88820526n06/11104740835/

Sarcosuchus, Designed and Folded by Linny Young

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible Sarcosuchus design by Tran Trung Hieu.

Sarcosuchus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/16416624977/

Sarcosuchus, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here’s a photo of the model from above so you can see the back.

Sarcosuchus Skeleton
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/12627942255/

Sarcosuchus, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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And here’s one more photo from the side. I absolutely love the teeth and all the little bone segments along the back. It looks so much like real life!

Sarcosuchus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8474120184/

Sarcosuchus, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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That’s it for origami dinosaur skeletons! If you enjoyed these let me know in the comments and be sure to check out and follow all these excellent origami artists on Flickr!