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If you’ve been following this site for a while then you know that origami dragons are some of my favourite things.

Dragons are super popular and there is no shortage of amazing designs from all kinds of unique styles.

We’ll start off with probably one of the most famous dragon designs out there, Satoshi Kamiya’s Ancient Dragon. This one is expertly folded and photographed by J.W. Park.

Ancient Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/21464179219/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by J.W. Park

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here’s something of a more Eastern style. Most origami is usually folded from an uncut square of paper but this guy is folded from an uncut hexagon shaped piece of paper.

Eastern Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/29648714@N08/6744654705/

Designed and Folded by Robert Salazar

Instructions not available – Check out Robert Salazar’s website

 

This great little dragon is designed after the Nazgul from the Lord of the Rings.

Nazgul
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/30679544823/

Nazgul, Designed and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available here

 

Robert J. Lang’s KNL Dragon is another very popular design and it’s not too difficult to fold. This one looks especially great with that green and blue patterned paper.

KNL Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/31655203886/

KNL Dragon, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Second Edition

 

Here’s an absolutely incredible Chinese style dragon that’s kind of similar to another famous dragon model. I can’t even imagine how long it must take to fold all those scales… This is a modular model, the body is folded from a rectangle shaped piece of paper and the head and limbs are each folded from a square.

Chinese Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126754280@N06/37742625236/

Chinese Dragon 4.5, Designed by Mikiller and Folded by Jaran Darra

Instructions not available

 

This is a more traditional Western sort of dragon. It’s folded from a single square of paper.

Ductsh Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133455908@N03/29398970105/

Ductsh Dragon, Designed and Folded by Lê Huỳnh Đức

Instructions not available

 

I’ve always really liked this next little dragon. If you look closely you’ll see a colour change in the design so the horns, belly and legs are all the different colour.

Asian Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbco/6969091875/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Hsi-Min Tai

Instructions not available

 

I especially like the pose of this next dragon. One of the best things about origami is you can fold the final model slightly to put it in different poses.

Tri-Horned Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/25632453232/

Tri-Horned Dragon, Designed by Chuya Miyamoto and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Diagrams available in the Beauty of Origami

 

This next “Wyrm” is still one of my favourite dragon designs. I really like how it looks like it’s prancing around thinking it’s better than everyone else. I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t seen more people fold this model actually.

Wyrm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_tucker/4745032070/

Wyrm 1.2, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu (Photo by Jon Tucker)

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Here’s another incredible Eastern style dragon. Kim Ju Hyun designed this back in 2012.

Eastern Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/14837975826/

Eastern Dragon, Designed and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

This next dragon was designed as part of a challenge on a French paper folding forum. The challenge was to fold something based on Hoàng Tiến Quyết’s Dove Base.

Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/32417157214/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

You don’t always have to fold a dragon just standing there. Here’s one in flight.

Dragon in Flight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/charles-dragon/8398678284/

Dragon in Flight, Designed by Charles Esseltine and Folded by Charles Smith

Diagrams available from Happy Folding

 

The details and expression of this Wyvern are incredible! This is all folded from one square of paper too.

Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/13007675484/

Wyvern, Designed by Nham Van Son and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here’s a close-up look at another fantastic Western style dragon. It’s folded from glassine paper so I bet you could shine light through it and that would look pretty cool.

Western Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemattchh/13723464753/

Western Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Matthieu Georger

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.’s YouTube channelFollow Matthieu Georger on Flickr

 

Not too long ago Satoshi Kamiya designed this incredible paper version of Alduin, the World Eating dragon from the video game Skyrim. It’s an amazing design that uses a single square sheet of paper. This one is folded from a square of paper that’s 100cm x 100cm.

Alduin, the World Eater
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/29469686056/

Alduin, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available from folders.jp

 

Kei Watanabe has designed some absolutely incredible models including this dragon. The level of detail and the amount of time this must have taken to fold is mind blowing!

Kei Watanabe's Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/29996344782/

2011 Dragon, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin is another very popular dragon model that has been folded by a large number of people. The whole thing is folded from a single sheet of paper. It’s not a square though.

Ryujin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/5322697259/

Ryujin 2.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here’s another very unique design. This whole thing is folded from a single rectangle of paper. The paper has different colours on each side so you end up with a different colour for the dragon and a different colour for the ground. I always love it when designers do something like this.

Ground Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/2492162669/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is another design that makes excellent use of two-coloured paper. I especially love the pose and feeling of movement here.

Green Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/10892681704/

Dragon, Designed by Sergey Yartsev and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2013

 

This beautiful dragon was photographed at the 22nd Tanteidan Convention. This is actually a dragon called Kushala Daora from the video game series Monster Hunter.

Kushala Daora
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/28974083752/

Kushala Daora, Designed and Folded by Haruka Hashimoto (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Crease pattern available from Haruka Hashimoto’s Flickr

 

Kade Chan’s Fiery Dragon is another great little dragon design and this one is expertly folded and photographed. The black paper with the gold flecks used here looks fantastic.

Fiery Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/27985881384/

Fiery Dragon Version 2, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Diagrams available from the Hong Kong Origami Academy

 

I love how simple and clean this next dragon looks and of course I love that colour change in the design.

Northern Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/26829881093/

Northern Dragon, Designed by Takashi Hoijo and Folded by origami-M-H-G 🙂

Instructions not available

 

This is another really cool dragon. I love the expression on the face and the over all 3 dimensional shape of the model.

Flame Wing
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/33238655225/

Flame Wing, Designed by Kang Han Wool and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Instructions not available

 

Tomasz Krawczyk designed this fantastic paper version of the Welsh Dragon from the national flag of Wales. Do a search for the Welsh flag and you’ll see this dragon matches the flag perfectly. It’s folded from a single 70cm x 70cm square of paper.

Welsh Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/120745382@N02/17340599719/

Welsh Dragon, Designed and Folded by Tomasz Krawczyk

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya designed this Divine Dragon Bahamut, a summon from the Final Fantasy video games. It’s another very popular origami dragon. This one folded by Vít Masopust looks a little cuter and less ferocious than normal I think.

Divine Dragon Bahamut
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145808411@N05/36873763216/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Vít Masopust

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Fernando Castellanos folded Gen Hagiwara’s excellent dragon, posed it in mid flight and used a small sheet of red paper to make it breathe some fire.

Fire Breathing Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/36444009433/

Dragon, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara’s Flickr

 

Finally we have what may just be my all time favourite dragon of all time. This is an origami version of Smaug, the dragon from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This is folded from a single sheet of paper. The amount of detail here, all the scales, the face, everything is mind blowing.

Kei Watanabe is definitely an origami master. I can’t imagine how someone could design something like this or how long it must have taken to fold.

Smaug
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/29815704400/

Smaug, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

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