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.


Money Horse

22 Awesome Origami Models Folded Using Paper Money

Most traditional origami is done using a single square sheet of paper however certain models require that rectangular sheets of paper with certain proportions are used.

Because the paper money of different countries are all different sizes this gives you a bunch of differently shaped rectangles to fold origami out of while also giving you constraints when you try to design models.

There's actually been a lot of origami made from folding paper money and the different colours used on the bills from different countries can also give the finished piece a colourful and unique look that you wouldn't normally see with regular origami paper.

Alexandr Pak has designed a couple of great origami trees using paper money.

Origami Money Tree

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Origami Money TreeDesigned and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great little origami pig folded using a Vietnamese note.

Origami Pig

Pig, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a tiny origami shrimp which I believe is also folded from a Vietnamese bill.

Origami money shrimp

Shrimp 1.0, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

In addition to the fantastic trees Alexandr Pak also designed a great paper money rose.

Origami Paper Money Roses

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great origami bike that's folded from 7 20 Euro bills.

Origami Money Bike

Bike, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

To go along with the awesome trees and roses Alexandr Pak has designed these fantastic money cacti.

Origami Money Cactus

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Origami Money Cactus

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a fantastic little horse folded from one bill.

Origami Money Horse

Horse, Designed by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a quite detailed little money insect which couldn't have been easy to fold.

Origami Money Insect

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Graciela Vincente Rafales designed this fantastic little money dragon.

Origami Money Dragon

Dragon, Designed by Graciela Vincente Rafales and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine 122

Original image on Flickr

 

This is another model that couldn't have been easy to fold out of a 2000VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Crab

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

There are lots of beautiful goldfish that people have folded out of different bills, this excellent one is folded from a single 500 VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Goldfish

Goldfish, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is another great looking tiny model that couldn't have been easy to fold.

Origami Money Squid

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's awesome origami horse again this time folded by the designer themself. It's folded from a single 2000 VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Horse

Horse, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is a fantastic and cute turtle design by Alexandr Pak.

Origami Money Turtles

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is an excellent guppy design and the colours in paper money bills are perfect for making the guppy's tail.

Origami Money Guppy

Poecilia reticulata, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This amazing little train is completely folded from a single U.S. dollar bill.

Origami Money Train

Train, Designed by Emmanuel Mooser and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Diagrams available in Moosers' Train: The Origami Train Set

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great little excavator folded from a 500 ruble bill.

Origami Money Excavator

Excavator, Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

One of the most famous origami models out there is Eric Joisel's dwarf. Here it is slightly modified and folded out of money.

Origami Money Dwarf

Dwarf, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Diagrams available in Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's that great 2000 VNĐ origami horse again.

Origami Money Horse 3

Horse, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Our final model is this excellent and very colourful origami goldfish.

Origami Money Goldfish

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

If you're interested in folding some dollar bill origami yourself check out the book Easy Dollar Bill Origami or if you're looking for more of a challenge check out the book Dollar Origami: 10 Origami Projects Including the Amazing Koi Fish which includes Won Park's really awesome dollar koi.


Hydralisk

This Week in Origami, Zerg Rush Edition

There was a lot of really awesome origami this week!  Welcome to This Week in Origami where we feature the most awesome new origami that I saw uploaded to the Internet during the past week.

We'll get started with this incredible Wyvern dragon designed by Rango Trung.  The entire model is folded from one 60cm x 60cm square of paper!

Wyvern Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/22560990367/

Wyvern Dragon ver2, Designed and Folded by Rango Trung

Instructions not available

 

Gen Hagiwara designed these adorable little eels.

Origami Eels
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/22961305132/

Splendid Garden Eel, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

Shu Sugamata designed this awesome original trilogy Millennium Falcon.

Millenium Falcon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/matayado-titi/22779173360/

Millennium Falcon, Designed and Folded by Shu Sugamata

Diagrams available from Shu Sugamata's Flickr

 

From the new Star Wars trilogy Martin Hunt folded this very complicated looking BB-8.

3D BB-8
https://www.flickr.com/photos/starwarigami/22877647362/

BB-8, Designed and Folded by Martin Hunt

Instructions not available

Check out Martin Hunt's website at www.starwarigami.co.uk

 

P. Colman folded a ton of awesome stuff this week.

Cyclommatus Metallifer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/22343024613/

Cyclommatus Metallifer, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

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

 

Butterfly
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/22950792742/

Butterfly, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available from Origami USA

 

Wolf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/22471840457/

Wolf, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available from Shuki Kato's Etsy Shop

 

Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/22876733692/

Cat, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available on Origami Tanteidan Magazine Volume 124

 

Yery J. Astroña folded this incredible dragon.

Ryujin 3.5
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/22929901666/

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yery J. Astroña

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Sleipnir
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/22917349966/

Sleipnir, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

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

 

Kaede Nakamura designed this incredible Carnotaurus.

Carnotaurus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122196622@N04/22910519576/

Carnotaurus, Designed and Folded by Kaede Nakamura

Instructions not available

 

Ivan Svatko also folded several really great origami models this week too.

Tiny Robin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/22903286275/

Robin, Designed by Winston Lee and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention

 

Dwarf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/22249887563/

Dwarf, Designed by Eric Josiel and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Diagrams available in Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami

 

Face
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/22807437426/

Face, Designed and Folded by Ivan Svatko

Instructions not available

 

Possibly in honour of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void which just came out Bong Gu Han took 15 hours to fold this incredible Zerg Hydralisk.  You can see more photos from different angels on Bon Gu Han's Flickr.

Zerg Hydralisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/22426136678/

Zerg Hydralisk, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by Bong Gu Han

Instructions not available

 

Finally this week we saw a ton of incredible work from Hoàng Tiến Quyết.  All these models showcase his very unique sort of curved style of origami.

Killer Whale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22964359095/

Killer Whale, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Swan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22755448430/

Swan, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Clydesdale
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22919741965/

Clydesdale, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Foxes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22921658245/

Foxes, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

That's it for another week.  Be sure to check out all these artists on their Flickr pages and websites and send them some comments and love if you liked their work.  Check back next Friday for another edition of This Week in Origami.