I’ve always been a fan of origami koi. There are only a few major koi designs but they’re always great and the koi people fold are always really beautiful. Often people use really great paper or make collections of rainbow coloured koi and do lots of other neat things with them.

Our first image is this beautiful collection of rainbow koi.

Paper Rainbow Koi Collection
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/echinopsis33/16315511182/

Koi, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by Stefano D’Erasmo

Video instructions available from Riccardo Foschi’s YouTube

 

Lots of people have coloured their paper so their koi look very much like the ones in real life.

Asian Koi by Edgar Williams
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/14545121322/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Edgar Williams

Instructions not available

 

Won Park has designed one of the most famous origami koi designs and it’s folded using a dollar bill.

Won Park's Dollar Koi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/craig_folds_fives/12511212134/

Koi, Designed by Won Park and Folded by craigfoldsfives

Diagrams available from Origami Resource Center

 

Here’s another beautiful collection of koi.

Koi Folded by Ricardo Foschi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/15213572588/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Video instructions available from Riccardo Foschi’s YouTube

 

Here’s a different kind of koi design that’s more like the ones you see on traditional asian buildings.

Shachihoko by Fumiaki Kawahata
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20882348756/

Shachihoko, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #101

 

Here’s a collection of origami koi that’s made up to look like a Dong Ho painting.

Koi Painting Folded by Le Danh
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryukopein1991/14982112075/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Lê Danh

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Here’s another collection of beautiful origami koi that are painted with ink after being folded.

Painted Koi Folded by Edgar Williams
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Koi, Designed and Folded by Edgar Williams

Diagrams available via Dropbox

 

Here’s another beautiful collection of koi. There’s something about origami koi that makes everyone who folds them take much more artistic and beautiful photos.

Koi Designed by Sipho Mabona
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Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Lê Danh

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Here’s another awesome pond scene with some origami koi.

Koi Pond Scene Folded by Le Danh
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryukopein1991/20168225514/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Lê Danh

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Here’s a big collection of realistically coloured koi.

Group of Koi by Sipho Mabona
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemattchh/8741086710/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Matthieu Georger

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

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This koi is pretty neat because if you look closely you’ll see that the colouring is in the shape of Japan.

Japanese Koi Folded by Nyanko Sensei
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/11310773135/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Robert J. Lang has a great koi design that takes a lot of work since you have to fold all those individual scales.

Koi by Robert J. Lang
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Koi, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Eric Vigier

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets Second Edition

 

Nyanko Sensei also made a great African koi.

African Koi Papercraft by Nyanko Sensei
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/11368206915/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Here’s another excellent realistically coloured paper koi.

Koi by Ricardo Foschi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/15308026227/

Koi, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by NGUYỄN QUANG ANH

Video instructions available from Riccardo Foschi’s YouTube

 

This is another koi design that we haven’t seen yet in this post.

Koi Fish Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/6974696724/

Kuchibeni Kohaku, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a couple more of Nguyen Ngoc Vu’s great Kuchibeni Kohaku.

Kuchibeni Kohaku Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
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Kuchibeni Kohaku, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another great collection of koi by Edgar Williams.

4 Paper Koi by Edgar Williams
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Koi, Designed and Folded by Edgar Williams

Diagrams available via Dropbox

 

I totally have the same paper that Thong Nguyen Nguyen used to fold these koi.

Paper Koi on a Plate by Sipho Mabona
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesong_ni0912/5966529549/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

Here’s another excellent koi design.

Paper Koi Folded by Fabian Correa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/7512066622/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

Here’s Fumiaki Kawahata’s traditional koi design again.

Traditional Japanese Koi Ornament
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Shachihoko, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Ferdinand Duenas

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #101

 

Here’s another beautiful collection of rainbow koi.

Rainbow Circle of Koi Folded by Edgar Williams
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/16012975598/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Edgar Williams

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another excellent new koi design by Juanfran Carrillo.

Koi Folded by Juanfran Carillo
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Koi, Designed and Folded by Juanfran Carrillo

Instructions not available

 

This is another great arrangement of Won Park’s dollar koi.

Circle of Won Park's Dollar Bill Koi
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Koi, Designed by Won Park and Folded by Bill Ori

Diagrams available from Origami Resource Center

 

Here’s another different koi design that’s a bit smaller and cuter.

Koi Papercraft by Sebastien Limet (sebl)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/28628044501/

Koi, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Stefan

Instructions not available

 

This is another beautiful and artistic paper koi photo.

Koi Scene by Michael Lafosse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/14444771552/

Koi, Designed by Michael LaFosse and Folded by Edgar Williams

Diagrams available in Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper

 

This is another really cool idea using origami koi.

School of Koi by Won Seon Seo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/8052876111/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

Sebastien Limet designed some great paper koi for a short film about origami.

3 Koi by Sebastien Limet (sebl)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/8169463682/

Koi, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Our final koi for this post are these two very colourful ones folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Colourful Koi Folded by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/21668605318/

Koi, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention book

 

That’s it for this post, hopefully you enjoyed these origami koi as much as I did. Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments.

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