Ancient Egypt

The "Bast" Origami Models from Ancient Egypt

I've always been a big fan of ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology so I was quite excited to find a bunch of really great Egyptian themed origami models. This post was originally posted on January 9, 2017 but because I like Egypt so much (and because I saw some more excellent models) I've gone back and made some updates to include more images.

Everything from specific Egyptian gods to symbols, pyramids, mummies and more can be folded out of paper.

First, take a look at this paper version of Thoth, the Egyptian god associated with the arbitration of godly disputes, magic, writing, science and the judgement of the dead.

Thoth
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/4560172954

Thoth, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Crease pattern available from Tom Defoirdt's website

 

Here we have an incredible Giza pyramid scene that's folded out of a single sheet of paper. The paper is 80cm by 80cm and Andrey Ermakov almost ran out of room. The entire scene took 25 hours to fold.

Pyramids of Giza
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/5099001491

Giza OP. 38 (ver. 2.5), Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Some schools of thought believed that the phoenix originated in ancient Egypt so it's the perfect excuse to include this fantastic phoenix designed and folded by Choi Ju Young.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/yesutis1/33700483013/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Choi Ju Young

Instructions not available

 

Anubis is the Egyptian god of death and protector of the underworld. He might be the most popular Egyptian god and there are several great origami designs of him. Like this one designed by Yoshimasa Tsuruta.

Anubis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15377400038

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Apis was a bull headed Egyptian god that was worshipped in Memphis.

Apis Head
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/4812260245

Apis Head, Designed and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pair of expensive pyramids folded from Canadian $100 bills. These were commissioned for a business magazine. Joseph Wu originally wanted to use actual Egyptian money for folding these but he couldn't find any new, clean bills at any of the currency exchanges in his area. He ended up using $100 bills because of their colour.

$100 Pyramids
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/5452094124/

$100 Pyramids, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

You can't have a post about Egypt without including a paper Sphinx.

Sphinx
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/4965183835

Sphinx, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

Cats are very important in ancient Egypt and here's Bast or Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess.

Bastet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/22469782738

Bastet, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent Anubis design.

Anubis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/4590812853

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Crease pattern available from passion-origami.com

 

This is another pyramid design that's more organic and wet folded. This scene is also folded from a single sheet of paper.

Pyramids
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/29207561966

Pyramids, Designed and Folded by Stefan

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very complex and impressive sort of tessellated version of Ramses the Great.

Ramses the Great
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/4600981569

Ramses the Great, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

This is another great design for the god Thoth.

Thoth
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/4591255729

Thoth, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

Joseph Wu created these great chibi versions of a bunch of different Egyptian gods. From left to right on the top row we have Isis, Horus, Tauret and Osiris. On the bottom row we have Anubis, Bastet, Thoth and Hathor. These are based on his ninja design.

Chibi Gods
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/5038901699/

Chibi Egyptian Gods, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's a fantastic origami version of King Tut's mask. The gold and blue paper is absolutely perfect.

Tutunkhamen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/1219100221

King Tut, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

This paper Anubis looks like it could be right out of a set of hieroglyphics or Egyptian art.

Anubis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/4547820465

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

I believe this next model is Ageb, the Egyptian god of the earth. The dance pose in this model is a great touch.

Ageb
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/4590894255

Ageb, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This is a pretty cool pyramid design. I really like how you can see individually folded bricks on the side.

Pyramid
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mityamiller/43017786902/

Brick Pyramid, Designed and Folded by Mitya Miller

Instructions not available

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Here's another great Bastet design by Joseph Wu.

Bastet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/4370756903

Bastet, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here are a couple of great Egyptian designs, the Eye of Horus and a pharaoh mask.

Egyptian Symbols
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/5092686808

Eye of Horus, Designed by Huang Tien Quyet, Pharaoh Designed by Jacky Chan, Both Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Eye of Horus crease pattern available from Photobucket

Pharaoh crease pattern available from Jacky Chan's website

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic Anubis design. He sure is popular. This is folded from a single 120cm x 120cm square sheet of paper and I love all the details here and the different angles showing everything off.

Anubis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/140597444@N03/28601994720/

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Tkak Sakai

Crease pattern available from Tkak Sakai's Flickr

 

Daniel designed this really awesome mummy. The mummy and the box it's in are both folded from the same single sheet of paper!

Mummy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/10304162056

Mummy, Designed and Folded by Daniel

Instructions not available

 

This is another absolutely incredible mummy design! This is something a bit different. The whole thing is folded from a single square sheet of paper but there are cuts here to make the bandages. It's amazing to see how you can unwrap the model here and there's a whole folded and detailed body underneath.

Mummy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/40599326530/

Mummy, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great tessellated version of a scarab beetle.

Tessellated Scarab
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24776310@N04/5097714958

Scarab, Designed and Folded by Melina Hermsen

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is easily the best origami Anubis design I've ever seen. The entire model is folded from one single sheet of paper. If you use double sided paper you end up with some awesome colour changes for the clothing and eyes.

Anubis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/21656048224

Anubis, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. If you know of any other awesome looking Egyptian origami please let me know in the comments!


Final Fantasy White Mage

Chocobos, Summons, Fiends and Other Amazing Final Fantasy Origami

I first posted this Final Fantasy themed article about 2 years ago. Since then I've found a bunch more fantastic Final Fantasy themed models. Rather than make a second post I've decided to update this one with all the new models. Enjoy!

There's a ton of really awesome video game themed origami out there that I haven't really seen highlighted much.  Therefore I'm starting a series all about video game origami!

This first part is all about Final Fantasy themed origami.  I'm a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series and a lot of these models are quite awesome.

Firstly, it wouldn't be a Final Fantasy themed post if it didn't have Chocobos and here's a great Chocobo design by Andrey Ermakov

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/10900253963/

Chocobo, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in III International Origami Internet Olympiad

 

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/15192894774/

Chocobo, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Damian Malicki

Diagrams available in III International Origami Internet Olympiad

 

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/10931130745/

Chocobo, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Diagrams available in III International Origami Internet Olympiad

 

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/10898330886/

Chocobo, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in III International Origami Internet Olympiad

 

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/11082106285/

Chocobo, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in III International Origami Internet Olympiad

 

Satoshi Kamiya has also designed a great origami Chocobo and I totally bought his book Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003 just so I could have the diagrams for it.

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66587743@N04/8728738388/

The Yellow Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Michael Novio

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/7841589516/

The Yellow Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Satoshi Kamiya also has a picture of an adorable baby Chocobo in his book and Gonzalo figured out how to fold it.

8-Bit Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8389596750/

8-Bit Chocobo, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more completely different Chocobo design by Mathieu Gueros. The design of Chocobos changes slightly with each Final Fantasy game and this particular one really looks like the ones from Final Fantasy V I think.

Chocobo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138956285@N03/29300030086/

Chocobo Ver. 2, Designed and Folded by Mathieu Gueros

Instructions not available

 

After all these chocobos it's quite fitting to have this Chocobo Eater. The Chocobo Eater is a boss from Final Fantasy X that's causing trouble for some Chocobo owners. Hyun Seok Kang perfectly captured it here, especially the round body and mouth.

Amazingly enough this is folded from a simple Bird Base.

Chocobo Eater
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95668554@N06/16422002679/

Chocobo Eater, Designed and Folded by Hyun Seok Kang

Instructions not available

 

Here's another boss monster, this time from Final Fantasy IV.

Asura
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026302819/

Asura, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

This next model is a bit more obscure, this is a monster found in Final Fantasy XI which is pretty much the only Final Fantasy I haven't played so I didn't recognize this at first. This is folded from one square of paper!

Peiste
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/4206929418/

Peiste, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

The Final Fantasy series has several different classes that usually have a similar and distinct costume design.  Hubert Villeneuve designed this fantastic White Mage and the paper he used captured the white and red pattern you usually see on White Mages perfectly.

White Mage
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026824524/

White Mage, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve later designed this second version of his white mage and it's absolutely incredible. This is folded from a single square of paper and the colour changes here are astonishing!

I really love the pose of this model too. The hood can apparently be folded down too which is a very nice touch.

White Mage
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/32555300866/

White Mage (gen. 2), Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

The Malboro is a very powerful enemy found in most Final Fantasy games.  It's got a very complex design and it's very impressive that people were able to fold these with origami.

Malboro
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/10879125846/

Malboro, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Malboro
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/4231165988/

Malboro, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Tadashi Mori designed a great origami Leviathan and even made a video tutorial showing how to fold it.

Leviathan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/14492223852/

Leviathan, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube Channel

 

Here's another artists excellent take on the Hydrean as it's referred to in Final Fantasy XV.

Leviathan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeadia/16268051887/

Leviathan, Designed by Tadashi Mori and Folded by Joe Adia

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube Channel

 

Sephiroth, the villain from Final Fantasy VII is one of the most iconic characters in the entire Final Fantasy series so of course someone designed an amazing looking origami version of him.

Sephiroth
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chosetec/71704895/

Sephiroth, Designed and Folded by Brian Chan

Crease pattern available from Paulius Mielinis's Flickr

 

The Divine Dragon Bahamut might be the most famous summon from Final Fantasy and Satoshi Kamiya has designed a really awesome origami one.

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/20955073635/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Lucas Honor

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/8412632417/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emraya/3028988380/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Emre Ayaroglu

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gonzaplatano/15835698348/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Francisco José González

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/15415677011/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/10328025733/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Bong Gu Han

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This model started out as Son Byeong Hun's devil (2014 version) but Hyun Seok Kang altered the structure and the shaping to turn it into Bahamut.

Rage of Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95668554@N06/22984208315/

Rage of Bahamut, Designed by Son Byeong Hun, Modified and Folded by Hyun Seok Kang

Instructions not available

 

Next we have this incredible model of Bahamut Fury from Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core.  This is folded from 15 squares of paper.

Bahamut Fury
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15556005105/

Bahamut Fury, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Our "Final" model for this post is another Bahamut design and this one is absolutely incredible. Hyun Seok Kang started with Satoshi Kamiya's Bahamut design and over a period of several weeks he designed this amazing version 3.5.

It's version 3.5 because Satoshi Kamiya has a version 3.5 of some of his other super complex designs such as his Ryujin and Phoenix.

The original plan was to make the Final Fantasy X version of Bahamut but the weird disc thing on it's back ended up being too difficult to incorporate into the design.

In the end though everything about this model is amazing, especially the details on the wings and the scales.

Bahamut 3.5
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95668554@N06/24621748430/

Bahamut Version 3.5, Designed and Folded by Hyun Seok Kang

Based on Satoshi Kamiya's Bahamut with Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

That's it for this post let me know which one of these Final Fantasy origami models was your favourite in the comments. And if you just want to talk about Final Fantasy in general in the comments feel free to do that too!


Lugia

Origami Pokemon, Gotta Fold 'Em All

I'm a huge fan of Pokemon and we've made several posts in the past about paper Pokemon. This time I've put together a master post of as many Pokemon that I can.

I had originally planned to put every single one that I've seen together in this post however there were just too much. I had to scale things down and went with just one image per Pokemon.

Some Pokemon are more popular than others. There are at least 5 different origami Charizard designs that I know of for example. Multiple people have folded the same Pokemon as well.

Because of this in this post we're going to feature the single best version of each origami Pokemon. Whether that be an image or a video.

We haven't quite managed to catch them all but we did put together about 100 of them which is quite an impressive amount.

Before we get into the Pokemon I made to take a minute to give a shout out to four amazing artists. Each of these people have designed a bunch of really amazing paper Pokemon.

Kakami Hitoshi is the first Pokemon designer I ever saw. He runs a website called Calico's Origami Aquarium where you can find all his Pokemon models. Plus he has lots of other animals and especially origami fish.

Henry Pham runs a fantastic YouTube channel with lots of video instructions for folding Pokemon. He has video instructions that show how to fold the best Eeveelutions I've ever seen. I've even folded a few of them myself.

Paper Ph2 (I unfortunately don't know their real name) runs another really great YouTube channel with tons of video instructions for origami Pokemon.

Finally I have to mention Lee Bo-Yeon, an artist from South Korea who has also designed a ton of really great Pokemon.

You'll see all four of these artists come up lots of times throughout this post.

So with all that out of the way, lets get started with Generation 1.

 

Generation 1: Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow

Generation 1 is arguably the best generation when it comes to Pokemon designs. This is also reflected with the number of different origami designs there are. You'll see there are way more Generation 1 designs than any other generation in this post.

 

First up is this video tutorial for a Bulbasaur designed by Henry Pham.

#001 Bulbasaur, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Henry Pham also designed this really great Charmander.

#004 Charmander, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Tadashi Mori definitely has my favourite Charizard design. It's pretty complex and not easy to fold though.

Charizard by Tadashi Mori
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/17199775278/

#006 Charizard, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube Channel

 

Henry Pham has designed each of the original starter Pokemon. Here's a tutorial for his Squirtle.

#007 Squirtle, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Finishing our the original generation starters here's a tutorial for a Blastoise.

#009 Blastoise, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Kakami Hitoshi designed this fantastic Pidgey. It's not a complex design but it looks really great, especially if you use brown and white paper.

Pidgey
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_poppo.html

#016 Pidgey, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

This Pidgeot design is easily one the best of all the Pokemon designs.

#017 Pidgeot, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Here's another really great design that's also not too complex but still looks really great.

Rattata
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_koratta.html

#019 Rattata, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

There's a ton of different origami Pikachu designs out there. For this post I've picked what I think is one of the more unique looking designs by Ivan Danny Handoko.

Pikachu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/10855101223/

#025 Pikachu, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny Handoko

Crease pattern available from Ivan Danny's Flickr

 

I love the detail in this Raichu design. Especially that tail.

Raichu
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_raityu.html

#026 Raichu, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

The paper used to fold this male Nidoran is the perfect colour.

Nidoran
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_nidoranosu.html

#032 Nidoran Male, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Here's a pretty adorable little Vulpix design. I especially like the shape of the head.

#037 Vulpix, Designed by Henry Pham

 

He's also designed a pretty fancy looking Ninetails as well.

#038 Ninetails, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Lee Bo-Yeon designed this great little Jigglypuff. The colour change on the eyes is a nice touch.

Jigglypuff
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/28480807526/

#039 Jigglypuff, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

This Zubat is absolutely perfect.

Zubat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122577187@N08/28720128831/

#041 Zubat, Designed and Folded by Saku Saku

Video insturctions available from sakusaku858’s YouTube channel

 

Just today Paper Ph2 uploaded this great Oddish tutorial to YouTube.

#043 Oddish, Designed by Paper PH2

 

I love how round and 3D this Venonat is.

Venonat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/26385987602/

#048 Venonat, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

And here's a great Venomoth design to go along with the Venonat.

#049 Venomoth, Designed by Saku Saku

 

Here's a really great Psyduck design. Remember to use yellow and white paper and you'll get perfect colour changes on the face.

#054 Psyduck, Designed by Paper PH2

 

And here's the evolved form of Psyduck, Golduck.

#055 Golduck, Designed by Saku Saku

 

This Geodude design is absolutely fantastic! I'm very impressed how much it looks like a Geodude, especially since that's a really weirdly shaped Pokemon when you think about it.

#074 Geodude, Designed by Paper PH2

 

Here's a really cute Ponyta design with an excellent colour change in the design. It looks really great if you fold it with red and white or orange and white paper.

#077 Ponyta, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Slowpoke has always been one of my favourite Pokemon.

Slowpoke
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/10855100823/

#079 Slowpoke, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny Handoko

Instructions not available

 

Next is the evolved form Slowbro. The twist pattern on the shell is really nice, especially if you use white and pink paper so you get the mixed colours. It's a great seashell design.

Slowbro
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_yadoran.html

#080 Slowbro, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

This Gastly is made using 48 simple Sonobe units.

Ghastly
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/8269723603/

#092 Gastly, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

There are a few different Gengar designs but in the end I had to go with this one by Paper Ph2. It's not too complex and looks excellent.

#094 Gengar, Designed by Paper Ph2

 

Here's another fantastic design from Kakami Hitoshi.

Drowzee
Image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_xXX00fkc

#096 Drowzee, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

This Voltorb isn't too difficult to fold so it's a great model to try if you're an origami beginner.

#100 Voltorb, Designed by Paper PH2

 

This Staryu and Starmie that Kakami Hitoshi designed are really just modular origami kusudamas. When you use exactly the right coloured paper though you end up with these great Pokemon.

Staryu
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_hitode.html

#120 Staryu, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Starmie
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_sutami.html

#121 Starmie, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really great Tauros design, especially the tails.

#128 Tauros, Designed by Henry Pham

 

There are a couple of really great Gyarados designs out there. Henry Pham has a really good one but for this post I had to go with this fantastic design by Kakami Hitoshi. It's not too complex but it still has tons of details and really captures the ferociousness of the Pokemon.

Gyarados
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_gyara.html

#130 Gyarados, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really great Lapras design. I love how the shell on the back is a different colour.

#131 Lapras, Designed by Henry Pham

 

As mentioned at the start of this post, when it comes to Eeveelutions Henry Pham has some of the best designs. He's also nice enough to share them with these excellent video tutorials. I've tried folding them myself and they're not too difficult. They look really great too, especially the Vaporeon.

The hardest one I found was the Jolteon. The one I folded looked terrible but I think I just need more practice.

Eevee
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/31132965783/

#133 Eevee, Designed by Henry Pham and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Video tutorial available from Henry Pham's YouTube channel

 

#134 Vaporeon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

#135 Jolteon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

#136 Flareon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

I really like the rainbow coloured paper used here for this Omanyte.

Omanyte
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/14272373229/

#138 Omanyte, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

If you're going to have an Omanyte you of course need a Kabutops to go with it.

Kabutops
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/6980295047/

#141 Kabutops, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Everybody loves Snorlax and now you can fold your own!

#143 Snorlax, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Back when Pokemon Go first came out and everyone was playing it Henry Pham designed amazing origami versions of the 3 legendary birds that were also the mascots for the 3 teams in Pokemon Go. Articuno for Team Mystic, Zapdos for Team Instinct and Moltres for Team Valor.

These are all a little bit tricky to fold but the all look amazing.

#144 Articuno, Designed by Henry Pham

 

#145 Zapdos, Designed by Henry Pham

 

#146 Moltres, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Next we have possibly the cutest origami Pokemon design there is.

Dratini
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/31569118880/

#147 Dratini, Designed by Adilio Toledo and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available for free from Origami-Shop.com

 

Here's a great somewhat 3D Dragonite design.

#149 Dragonite, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Our of all the multiple Mewtwo designs the one by Kakami Hitoshi is the best. The colour change on the tail is fantastic and couldn't have been easy to incorporate into the design.

Mewtwo
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_myutu.html

#150 Mewtwo, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Finally we have the last Pokemon of Generation 1, Mew.

Mew
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/8269723283/

#151 Mew, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

Generation 2: Gold/Silver/Crystal

Generation 2 was probably my favourite generation. It kept all the really great Pokemon designs from Generation 1 and added a bunch of new ones which were just as good. Generation 2 also introduced Espeon which is probably my all-time favourite Pokemon and Umbreon, another one of my favourites.

There are a lot of great origami Pokemon from Generation 2 as well. Let's get started with one of the starters.

#152 Chikorita, Designed by Paper PH2

 

One of the most famous Pokemon from Generation 2 is Togepi so of course there's an origami version of it too.

#175 Togepi, Designed by Paper PH2

 

Here's a really great Wooper design.

Wooper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/7300749416/

#194 Wooper, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

If you thought the previous Eeveelution designs by Henry Pham were great wait until you take a look at his Espeon and Umbreon designs!

#196 Espeon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

#197 Umbreon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Kakami Hitoshi designed a whole collection of different Unown.

Unown
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_annon.html

#201 Unown, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great little Dunsparce. It's nice to see Dunsparce getting a bit of love.

Dunsparce
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122577187@N08/14484142007/

#206 Dunsparce, Designed and Folded by Saku Saku

Crease pattern available from Saku Saku's Flickr

 

Someone even designed an origami Delibird.

Delibird
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/8269694201/

#225 Delibird, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

This Skarmory is amazing, especially when it's folded with silver coloured paper like you can see here.

Skarmory
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/14224340828/

#227 Skarmory, Designed by Shintaro Miyamoto and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease Pattern available from Comic Folder

 

Lee Bo-Yeon designed this really great Kingdra.

Kingdra
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/21726919916/

#230 Kingdra, Designed by Lee Bo-Yeon and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Crease pattern available from Lee Boyeon’s Flickr

 

This Suicune is definitely one of the best origami Pokemon designs I've ever seen! I really hope one day Kakami Hitoshi designs a Raikou and an Entei too.

Suicune
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_suikun.html

#245 Suicune, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

I absolutely love this Lugia. It's another one of the best Pokemon origami designs I've ever seen. It's all one sheet of paper and the colour changes are fantastic. It took Ji Woo Han 10 hours to fold this one.

Lugia
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/28562818342/

#249 Lugia, Designed by Hashimoto Haruka and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Crease pattern available from Hashimoto Haruka's Flickr

 

And of course if you've got a great paper Lugia you also need a great Ho-Oh to go along with it and to wrap up Generation 2. This Ho-Oh uses 8 sheets of paper.

Ho-Oh
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76470970@N06/31081689252/

#250 Ho-Oh, Designed and Folded by Mark Hanke

Instructions not available

 

Generation 3: Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Generation 3 launched on the Gameboy Advance in 2002/2003 depending on your country. This generation added a ton of new features as well as some very unique looking new Pokemon.

We'll start this generation off with possibly the cutest starter, Torchic.

Torchic
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-origami/12945942293/

#255 Torchic, Designed and Folded by Vincent Achard

Instructions not available

 

Kirlia is apparently a pretty popular Pokemon because there are a couple of different Kirlia designs. This one is probably my favourite.

Kirlia
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/15268297994/

#281 Kirlia, Designed and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr

 

Here's quite an impressive looking Gardevoir to go along with the previous Kirlia.

Gardevoir
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/15168534533/

#282 Gardevoir, Designed by Jin and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Manectric is another one of my favourite Pokemon and this design is fantastic. I love how it perfectly uses colour changes so some parts of the model are yellow and others are blue, just like the actual Pokemon.

Manectric
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_raiboruto.html

#310 Manectric, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Lunatone is not a Pokemon that I would have expected someone to design. Someone did though and it's an absolutely fantastic looking origami Pokemon.

Origami Lunatone
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47869008@N08/8343112553/

#337 Lunatone, Designed and Folded by Charles Wilson

Instructions not available

 

Absol is another one of my favourite Pokemon so it's awesome to see a paper version.

Absol
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cahoonasorigami/11425979954/

#359 Absol, Designed and Folded by CahoonasOrigami

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really great Relicanth design. This is another excellent example of using a colour change in the design and two-sided paper.

Relicanth
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_jiransu.html

#369 Relicanth, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Latios and Latias are both excellent Pokemon so of course there are origami versions of both of them. The really great thing is that they're essentially the same design except for the colour. If you use red and white paper you end up with Latias and if you use blue and white paper you end up with Latios (I think I got that right).

There are a couple of really great Latios and Latias designs out there so picking one for this post was a bit difficult. In the end I decided on this one which isn't too hard to fold and still looks really great. The colour changes match the actual Pokemon perfectly.

#380 Latias and #381 Latios, Designed by Wan Origami

 

The main legendaries in Generation 3 are Kyogre and Groudon. I managed to find a somewhat obscure Japanese YouTube channel with video instructions showing how to fold both of these. The designs are really great too.

#382 Kyogre, Designed by st te

 

#383 Groudon, Designed by st te

 

Jirachi is another legendary from Generation 3 and I absolutely love this Jirachi design. The 3 little strips of paper might technically be cheating but I don't mind at all.

Jirachi
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_jirati.html

#385 Jirachi, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Deoxys is the final legendary for Generation 3 and ending things here we have this awesome shiny version of Deoxys. The whole model is folded from a single square of paper and it perfectly uses colour changes to match the actual Pokemon which is very impressive.

Deoxys
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/8254618638/

#386 Deoxys, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

Generation 4: Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

Generation 4 launched on the Nintendo DS in 2008 or 2009 depending on your country. This generation saw a pretty big graphical update and introduced a lot of excellent new Pokemon. Leafeon, another one of my favourite Pokemon is from this generation and we'll see a really good origami Leafeon in a bit.

We'll start off this generation again with the fire-type starter. I tend to usually pick the grass-type starter but the fire ones always seem to be the most popular.

#390 Chimchar, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Ambipom is a pretty unique looking Pokemon and this paper version captured it perfectly.

Ambipom
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_etebo.html

#424 Ambipom, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Lucario is probably the most popular Pokemon from this generation so it makes sense that we'd have an origami version.

Lucario
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47869008@N08/10145336126/

#448 Lucario, Designed and Folded by Charles Wilson

Instructions not available

 

Leafeon is another one of my all-time favourite Pokemon and I usually have it on my team. In addition to all his other excellent Eeveelution designs Henry Pham also has this awesome Leafeon. I've folded it myself and it's not too hard. You have to use white and green sided paper and for the most accurate look you need to fold with the white side as the dominant side and make the green side the back of the paper.

#470 Leafeon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Probopass is a pretty obscure Pokemon but yep, there's an origami version!

Probopass
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/14303377450/

#476 Probopass, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

A YouTuber named Axojisan has designed a great Dialga and Palkia. I've folded the Dialga myself and it's not too hard and looks great.

#483 Dialga, Designed by Axojisan

 

#484 Palkia, Designed by Axojisan

 

Here's an awesome Darkrai model that uses 2 sheets of paper with a different colour on each side to get the 4 colours in the completed model.

Darkrai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shua1618/8269724065/

#491 Darkrai, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura

Instructions not available

 

Kakami Hitoshi designed one of the cutest paper Pokemon I've ever seen. He's got both the land form and sky form versions of Shaymin.

Shaymin Land Form
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_syeimiland.html

#492 Shaymin Land Form, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

Shaymin Sky Form
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_syeimisky.html

#492 Shaymin Sky Form, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Instructions not available

 

You can totally use different coloured paper to fold all the various types of Arceus.

Arceus
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_aruseusu.html

#493 Arceus, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

The final Pokemon from this generation is Victini.

Victini
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_bikuthini.html

#494 Victini, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Generation 5: Black/White

Generation 5 was a little bit different than the previous ones. Generations 2, 3 and 4 all included Pokemon from previous generations. As you played you definitely encountered some new Pokemon but you also ran into lots of Pokemon from the previous generations.

Black and White changed this and throughout the entire game you only encountered brand new Pokemon that were specially designed for this generation. After you completed the game you could start encountering older Pokemon though.

The developers wanted to capture the feel of how things were back in Generation 1 where everything was brand new.

Starting off this generation origami-wise we have each of the 3 starters.

Snivy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sea-crab/14723543742/

#495 Snivy, Designed and Folded by Sea Crab

Instructions not available

 

Tepig
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_pokabu.html

#498 Tepig, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Oshawott
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_mijyumaru.html

#501 Oshawatt, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Lee Bo-Yeon designed this excellent Scraggy.

Scraggy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/6610509605/

#559 Scraggy, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

Zorua is one of the most popular Pokemon from this generation so of course there's a paper version.

Zorua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/23130716501/

#570 Zorua, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon

Instructions not available

 

Reuniclus isn't really a Pokemon that I would expect to be that popular but here's an origami version. It's very well designed too.

Reuniclus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47869008@N08/7098146107/

#579 Reuniclus, Designed and Folded by Charles WIlson

Instructions not available

 

Our final Pokemon for this generation is really great Volcarona.

Volcarona
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47869008@N08/6819077111/

#637 Volcarona, Designed and Folded by Charles Wilson

Instructions not available

 

Generation 6: X/Y

Pokemon X and Y released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013 and was the first time that the series went into full 3D, instead of using 2D sprites. It also introduced another bunch of great new Pokemon.

First up is one of my favourite starters and this design by Kakami Hitoshi is really, really cute.

Fennekin
Image source: http://calicoorigami.web.fc2.com/main/pokemon_fokko.html

#653 Fennekin, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi

Crease pattern available from Calico's Origami Aquarium

 

Greninja is arguably one of the most popular Pokemon from this generation. Here's a great tutorial showing how to fold a paper one.

#658 Greninja, Designed by Henry Pham

 

Henry Pham also designed this amazing Sylveon. The design is pretty amazing and even has those ribbons. Unfortunately there's no tutorial for it yet so all we have is this video demo of it.

#700 Sylveon, Designed by Henry Pham

 

This Yveltal is easily another one of the most impressive looking origami Pokemon I've ever seen. It's folded from a single sheet of paper. If you use a sheet of black and red paper you end up perfectly matching the colours in the actual Yveltal design.

Yveltal
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/10854756735/

#717 Yveltal, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny Handoko

Instructions not available

 

Paper PH2 made this great tutorial for a cute little Zygarde cell.

#718 Zygarde Cell, Designed by Paper PH2

 

Our final Pokemon for this generation is the unbound form of Hoopa.

#720 Hoopa Unbound, Designed by st te

 

Generation 7: Sun/Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon just came out so there hasn't been a lot of origami designed from these games yet. YouTuber st te though has created video tutorials for the main two legendaries from each of the games.

#791 Solgaleo, Designed by st te

 

#792 Lunala, Designed by st te

 

Wow, that's a lot of origami Pokemon! We'll probably keep updating this post into the future too as we see more.

In the mean time, let us know which one of these is your favourite in the comments. If you fold any of these feel free to share a photo of it with us too. We'd love to see!


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.


Gargoyle

Great, Grandiose and Glorious Origami Gargoyles

Gargoyles are statues that are designed to convey water from a building's roof. The water would usually run through a channel on the back of the gargoyle and out through a spout in its mouth.

These gargoyles are made out of paper to using them to discharge water is probably not a good idea.

Nonetheless they look quite awesome and I've seen enough origami gargoyles now to make this post.

We'll start this post off with this imposing gargoyle by Tong Liu.

Tong Liu's Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/8320995067/

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great little gargoyle design by Andrés.

Small Paper Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/23485100362/

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Diagrams available from Andrés Lozano's website

 

Here's a very tiny version of  Alessadro Beber's gargoyle. I definitely don't think I could fold something like this so small.

Tiny Gargoyle by Xu Daniel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/13811668504/

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessadro Beber and Folded by Xu Daniel

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention book

 

This is an updated version of Andrés Lozano's design.

Bat-like Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/15385937437/

Gargoyle 1.1, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Instructions not available

 

Here's a larger version of Alessandro Beber's Gargoyle and you can really make out all the amazing details in the design.

Gargoyle 2.1
https://www.flickr.com/photos/altaix/15146069475/

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessandro Beber and Folded by Анатолий Кириченко

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention book

 

José Anibal Voyer designed this great little gargoyle mask.

Simple Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/26307750200

Gargoyle Mask, Designed by José Anibal Voyer and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in The Book of Folded Paper Masks

 

Here's another fantastic gargoyle mask design from Tom Defoirdt.

Gargoyle Head
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/5285737654

Gargoyle Mask, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

This is Hoàng Trung Thành's gargoyle design folded incredibly small by Xu Daniel.

Origami Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/20919485858/

Gargoyle, Designed by Hoàng Trung Thành and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available from Hoàng Trung Thành's Flickr

 

Here's a great traditional looking gargoyle that you could totally see perched on the corner of a roof somewhere.

Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesong_ni0912/5963883242

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Instructions not available

 

Andrey Ermakov's gargoyle is definitely one of the most impressive designs I've seen. It's folded from one single sheet of paper and this one took him 15 hours to fold.

Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/6169337671

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov's Flickr

 

Here's another great version of Andrés Lozano's gargoyle.

Gargoyle

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Instructions not available

 

Tran Trung Hieu designed this fantastic gargoyle that definitely looks like something you could see on the corner of a roof.

Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/6203871100

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Alessandro Beber has also designed an absolutely fantastic paper gargoyle.

Gargoyle 3.7
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ale_beber_origami/28877116222

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber's Flickr

 

Here's another view of Alessandro Beber's gargoyle folded by a different artist.

Gargoyle 2.1
https://www.flickr.com/photos/orangex3/25944144195

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessandro Beber and Folded by Andrew Sohn

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber's Flickr

 

This is the earlier 2.1 version of Alessandro Beber's origami gargoyle.

Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ale_beber_origami/6141069862

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber's Flickr

 

Here's a fantastic gargoyle design by Hubert Villeneuve that he designed for an origami challenge.

Corner Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/6178886118

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent gargoyle mask design.

Goblin Gargoyle Mask
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/26307783290

Gargoyle Mask, Designed by Rikki Donachie and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagram available in BOS Magazine #243

 

Our final model for this post is this incredible Gargoyle by Andrey Ermakov. He created this as part of a contest to honour the great origami artist Eric Joisel who passed away in 2010.

Unfortunately this model didn't win the contest and I can't imagine what the winning model must have looked like.

Red Gargoyle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/6503840535

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov's Flickr

 

Which one of these paper gargoyles was your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out these artists on Flickr as well.


Baymax

Pixar, Disney and other Animated Characters in Origami Form

Surprisingly enough there's a lot of great origami inspired from Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks and other animated movies. Pretty much anything that people like can be used to inspire origami artists.

We'll start this post off with a pair of origami Minions and each of them is folded from one sheet of paper.

Minions by G.T. Liu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/11618078455/

Minions, Designed and Folded by G.T. Liu

Instructions not available

 

Eyal has taken Quentin Trollip's excellent panda design, gave it a staff and turned it into a Kung Fu Panda.

Kung Fu Panda by Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/9355500909/

Panda, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Quentin Trollip

 

Origami bluedandelion designed a fantastic 3D Baymax model from Big Hero 6.

Papercraft Baymax
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/16723224116/

Baymax, Designed and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Instructions not available

 

Here's a fantastic origami version of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.

Malificent by Tadashi Mori
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/14990483172/

Malificent, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Instructions not available

 

Nguyen Hung Cuong's Chef Rat is a perfect papercraft version of Remy the Rat from Ratatouille.

Chef Rat from Ratatouille
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/19805853286/

Chef Rat, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Kota Imai designed quite a cute origami version of Zero, the dog ghost from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Zero Dog Ghost by Kota Imai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/14968911424/

Zero, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Xu Daniel

instructions not available

 

Frozen is an incredibly popular movie so of course there's an origami Elsa.

Elsa from Frozen
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-origami/15273867898/

Elsa, Designed and Folded by Vincent Achard

Crease pattern available from Vincent Achard's Flickr

 

Here's another excellent origami model from the Kung Fu Panda movies.

Lord Shen by Thong Nguyen Nguyen
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesong_ni0912/8328199081/

Lord Shen, Designed and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Instructions not available

 

Tong Liu designed a fantastic paper version of Sid from the Ice Age movies.

Sid by Tong Liu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/9041413049/

Sid, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Crease pattern available from Tong Liu's Flickr

 

Here's a quite amazing Jack Skellington to go along with the paper Zero from earlier in this post.

Jack Skellington by Luc Marnat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893225733/

Mr. Jack, Designed and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Instructions not available

 

Fernando Gilgado's Scrat is a very popular origami model.

Scrat from Ice Age
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7438954844/

Scrat, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Nguyễn Hùng Cường designed a very impressive origami version of Tow Mater from the movie Cars.

Tow Mater Folded from Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/6839118174/

Tow Mater, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available from Nguyễn Hùng Cường's Flickr

 

Here's this model again from several different angles. The entire model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Tow Mater from the movie Cars
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144893765@N07/28825841111/

Tow Mater, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by JoeOrigami10

Crease pattern available from Nguyễn Hùng Cường's Flickr

 

we couldn't make a post like this without including Brian Chan's fantastic origami Wall-E.

Wall-E by Brian Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/7799563354/

Wall-E, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 14th Convention Book

 

Here's another fantastic Baymax designed by 晓 陈.

Red Baymax
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/16829932282/

Baymax, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Here's an awesome paper Dronkey from the Shrek movies.

Papercraft Dronkey from Shrek
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144893765@N07/29042598612/

Dronkey, Designed and Folded by JoeOrigami10

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve designed two fantastic card soldiers from Alice in Wonderland.

Card Soldiers from Alice in Wonderland
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026873214/

Soldats de cartes, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Crease pattern available from Hubert Villeneuve's Flickr

 

Fernando Gilgado also designed a great paper Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants.

Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeadia/19430566179/

Patrick, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Joe Adia

Diagrams available from Fernando Gilgado's Flickr

 

Here's one more awesome Baymax design this time by Ivan Danny.

Baymax by Ivan Danny
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivandanny/29088375050/

Baymax, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this incredible Puss in Boots also from the Shrek movies. The entire model is from one sheet of paper and if you use two coloured paper like in this photo you end up with different colours for the cat and clothes.

Puss in Boots by Hubert Villanueve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/29624360671/

Puss in Boots, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. There are tons of different topics and types of origami we could post about in the future so if there's a specific type of origami or model that you'd like to see featured let us know!


Angel

Amazing Origami Angels to Harp on About

Angels probably aren't the first thing you think of when it comes to origami unless it's maybe Christmas related. Surprisingly enough though, there are a ton of really amazing origami angels out there.

Many of them are incredibly complex as you'll see and most of them are folded from single sheets of paper!

To start things off we have Raphael Mausolf's Angel 1.0. This angel is folded from one sheet of paper and the wings are based off of the body design for Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin.

According to Catholic tradition there's an archangel named Raphael too which is an interesting coincidence.

Papercraft Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/morpheusorigami/6822674165/

Angel 1.0, Designed and Folded by Raphael Mausolf

Crease pattern available from Raphael Mausolf's Flickr

 

Gabriel is probably the most famous angel and Hojyo Takashi has designed an excellent origami version of him. This is another angel design that is made using one square sheet of paper.

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/14411955744/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here's one of the most amazing origami designs I've ever seen of some kind of evil angel. I would not be surprised to find out the entire model is one sheet of paper but I don't know that for sure.

It's a shame that this photo doesn't have way more favourites and comments.

Evil Angel Folded from Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7351716156/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

The shaping for this next angel is inspired by those terrifying Weeping Angel statue creatures from the TV series Doctor Who.

Weeping Angel folded by Lucas Honor
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/20051404938/

Weeping Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Lucas Honor

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

This is a cute idea giving the white angel a red origami heart. The wings are based on a design for the wings of an origami crane.

Love Angel with a Red Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/6184330562/

Love Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Here are a couple of musical angels. Each one is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Angels in Concert
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/10115863496/

Angels in Concert, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a really cool idea doing a half regular, half fallen angel. Both halves of the body and wings are all folded from one sheet of paper!

Light and Dark Angel by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/4316359628/

Light and Dark, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's an origami angel that definitely looks ready to go into battle.

Winged Warrior Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/14645915299/

Winged Warrior, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic angel that's also ready to fight. The entire model is apparently one sheet of paper! I have no idea how Kade Chan managed that, especially on that cross it's holding.

The Disciple by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/14905899280/

The Disciple, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Kade Chan’s Website

 

Here's another incredible origami angel folded from a single sheet of paper. I love the wing design in this one, it's very different from a lot of the other origami angels.

Paper Angel Sitting on Cardboard Box
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10732766834/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's another mind blowing origami angel and I'm 99% sure it's folded from one sheet of paper.

Incredible Warrior Angel Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7970087128/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Next is another more evil looking angel of death which again, I'm pretty sure it's folded from one sheet of paper.

Origami Angel of Death
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/8647784313/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This is another excellent somewhat complex angel design.

Angel by Hans Romano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76470970@N06/30395151235/

Angel, Designed by Hans Romano and Folded by mark origami (2)

Instructions not available

 

Here's another take on Hojyo Takashi's Gabriel

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/13240903025/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by paper in dream

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

This is a much simpler origami angel but it's still a fantastic and elegant design.

Esperanza by Fabian Correa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/8117531110/

Esperanza, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

This angel is definitely folded from multiple sheets of paper but it's still very impressive looking.

Hawk Eyes by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/16569300277/

Hawk Eyes, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's another absolutely mind-blowing evil-looking origami angel that needs a lot more attention than the picture's received so far.

Evil Paper Angel with Sword and Hood
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6537801057/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here are both of Fumiaki Kawahata's musical angels again by a different folder which a very different look.

Musical Angels by Fumiaki Kawahata
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4552736108/

Angels, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Eyal

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a more feminine and quite beautiful looking angel. The model is folded from one sheet of paper (not including the stone).

Elegant Female Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/5522936012/

Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

I believe that this next angel is the same design as the weeping angel from earlier in this post however it's folded very differently to give it a much more evil look.

Evil Angel Folded by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6328442279/

Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

Here's another fantastic angel design and I especially like how it seems to be wearing feathery sort of clothing.

Paper Angel Folded by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14793004134/

Angel 3.0, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Crease pattern available from Passion Origami

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Here's another incredible and very complex origami angel. The entire model including that cross is folded from the same single sheet of paper.

Angel by Jordan Langerak
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/8245938693/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

This is a very different angel design with more than two wings. The whole model is folded from one sheet of paper and the colour change used in the design looks fantastic.

Archangel by Paper in Dream
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/7984691990/

Archangel, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very impressive scene with two figures playing music. There are apparently 11 sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Sounds of Angel by Leo Lai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5179231378/

Sounds of Angel, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Our last image for this post is this incredible origami version of the angel Michael. There are five sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Archangel St. Michael by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8654417901/

Archangel St Michael 2013, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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That's it for this post, let us know in the comments which one of these origami angels was your favourite. Be sure to visit each of these origami artists on Flickr and let them know you liked their work too. A lof of these models didn't get nearly as much attention as they deserve.


Virgo

If You're Impressed with this Zodiac Origami then that's a Good Sign

During my origami related research I've come across some pretty cool designs for some Zodiac themed models. There are a lot of cool Capricorn designs as well as great designs for some of the other more uniquely designed signs like Aquarius, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini.

I decided to collect these together and put together a Zodiac themed post. We have to include all 12 signs though so I guess some of this origami technically isn't specifically horoscope themed since some signs are just things like animals. All of it is pretty awesome though so check it out!

 

Aries

Aries is represented by a ram and I found two excellent paper ram designs, one by Seth Friedman and another very popular design by Satoshi Kamiya.

Ram by Seth Friedman (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inqorigami/16298569003/

Ram, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman

Crease pattern available from friedmanorigami.com

 

Ram by Satoshi Kamiya (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/21197554441/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Eyal R.

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Ram by Satoshi Kamiya (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/20408359994/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Paper Ram Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/21277847609/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Taurus

There are lots of great bull designs that can be used for an origami Taurus. Here are two of my favourite ones that look especially powerful and aggressive.

Bull by Stephan Weber (Taurus)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/20448677108/

Bull, Designed by Stephan Weber and Folded by Stefan

Video instructions available from Cool Origami Tutorial by Yakomoga on YouTube

 

Papercraft Bull (Taurus)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/38015529@N06/10236881964/

Bull, Designed and Folded by Richard Ojeda Soto

Instructions not available

 

Gemini

I was only able to find one model for a paper Gemini but it's a very impressive one. The entire thing, both of the twins is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Gemini by Hubert Villaneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5132074342/

Gemini, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Cancer

This sign is a bit of a cheat again since it's just represented by a crab. We've already done a post featuring tons of origami crabs but here are a few more excellent ones.

Crab by Jason Ku (Cancer)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/25118828206/

Crab, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

Crab by Jason Ku (Cancer)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakeorigami/9007375061/

Crab, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Jake Schenthal

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

Leo

This is another easy sign since it's a Lion so here are a couple of my favourite origami lions.

Lion by Hoang Tien Quyet (Leo)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/14409560497/

Lion, Designed and Folded by Hoang Tien Quyet (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Instructions not available

 

Origami Lion by Nicolas Terry (Leo)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/22397672603/

Lion, Designed by Nicolas Terry and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Passion Origami

 

Virgo

Virgo is where things start getting interesting again and Yoshimasa Tsuruta has designed two very beautiful origami Virgo models.

Origami Virgo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/21084370904/

Virgo, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153

 

Papercraft Virgo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/20911760052/

Virgo, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Libra

It was a little bit difficult to find an origami Libra. Sergey Yartsev has designed a great simple libra and as far as I know this is the only origami Libra model that exists.

Neelesh K. designed an incredible Lady Justice model and since she's holding a set of balances and the model is awesome I decided to include it here.

Also, here's a piece of trivia. In case you ever wondered why pounds is abbreviated as "lbs" it's because the "lb" is from Libra and the balance scale things.

Paper Libra Scales/Balances
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/7084588941/

Libra, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in Origami Signs of the Zodiac

 

Lady Justice by Neelesh Kumar (Libra)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/16557929540/

Lady Justice, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Scorpio

Scorpio is another sign that's a bit of a cheat since it's just a scorpion so here are two awesome origami scorpions.

Scorpion by Tadashi Mori (Scorpio)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6329204746/

Scorpion, Designed by Tadashi Mori and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Scorpion by Kota Imai (Scorpio)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/28600427715/

Scorpion, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr

 

Sagittarius

As far as I know there's only one origami Sagittarius model designed by gabrixx_. I've seen lots of origami centaurs and lots of origami archers but only one centaur archer.

Paper Folded Sagittarius
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gabrieleorigami/4405886445/

Sagittarius, Designed and Folded by gabrixx_

Crease pattern available from gabrixx_'s Flickr

 

Capricorn

This is where the paper Zodiac starts getting very interesting because there are several great Capricorn designs. Several Vietnamese origami artists, Hoang Trung Thanh, Dong Viet Thien and Nguyen Nam Son designed their own quite complex Capricorn designs.

Kade Chan also designed a great papercraft Capricorn that's a bit less complex and always reminds me of the Mozilla Firefox logo when I see it.

Gold and Blue Paper Capricorn
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/22073924692/

Capricorn, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn from Convention
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/26599937162/

Capricorn, Designed and Folded by Dong Viet Thien (Photo by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn)

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn by Nguyen Nam Son
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/15967630174/

Capricorn, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliusorigami/10157815476/

Capricorn, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Paulius Mielinis

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Capricorn Folded by Rui Roda
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/28728110425/

Capricorn, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Aquarius

Aquarius is another interesting sign. Hojyo Takashi has designed the only paper Aquarius that I know of and it's a fantastic design. The model uses a tessellation for the water being poured out and the entire thing is folded from one sheet of paper.

Aquarius by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4551931385/

Aquarius, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Eyal R.

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #90

 

Aquarius by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144893765@N07/28680252504/

Aquarius, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by JoeOrigami10

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #90

 

Pisces

Pisces is another sign that can simply be made with two paper fish but I haven't seen too many people put together an origami pisces.

Dzmitry Lysiuk made a great Pisces photo with two origami koi and Sergey Yartsev designed a pretty neat Pisces model where both the fish are folded from the same sheet of paper.

Paper Folded Pisces Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/7084545023/

Pisces, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in Origami Signs of the Zodiac

 

Koi by Davor Vinko (Pisces)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/6820870254/

Koi, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

That covers all 12 signs of the Zodiac, let us know which model is your favourite in the comments and be sure to check out all of these amazing artists on their Flickr accounts as well.


Nazgul

Fantasy Origami from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit

The land of Middle Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien and made famous through the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit books and later movies is full of fantastic characters and creatures.

Therefore it makes sense that the origami community has created amazing works of origami based off of this world and it's inhabitants.

The Nazgul, Ringwraiths or Dark Riders from the Lord of the Rings are very iconic and make for a fantastic origami model, especially if they're folded using evil looking dark black paper.

This Nazgul is designed by 晓 陈 and the entire model uses one sheet of paper. It also looks great no matter what colour of paper was used.

Nazgul Riders
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/16048115864/

Nazgul, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Jason Ku designed what's probably the most famous origami Nazgul design. The next several photos are all his design but it's very interesting to see how the model takes on a very different look and feel depending who folds it.

Dark Rider Nazgul
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/6271821969/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Dark Rider Nazgul
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8533161@N07/15261413275/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Jackie Yang

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Dark Rider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/8296617309/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

I absolutely love the pose Matthew LaBoone folded this Nazgul in.

Nazgul Rider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66591224@N08/20005669851/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Matthew LaBoone

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Here's a great origami version of Gandalf riding into the battle at Helm's Deep in the Two Towers.

Gandalf the White
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/5830555027/

Gandalf, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Eric Joisel designed another great Gandalf model and Jordan Langerak was able to refold it himself just by looking at a photo of it!

Gandalf the Grey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/8328021022/

Gandalf, Designed by Eric Josiel and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

Hosanna Tan designed an amazing origami Tauriel. Tauriel is the female elf that was added into the Hobbit movies. The entire model including the bow and quiver is folded from one sheet of paper.

Tauriel the Elf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124231637@N06/17261932726/

Tauriel, Designed and Folded by Hosanna Tan

Crease pattern available from Hosanna Tan's Flickr

 

Ents are the living trees from the Lord of the Rings. Just like the ents in the story come in many different sizes and shapes, so do origami Ents.

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/12118896033/

Ent, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/15278268646/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Crease pattern available from Sergio Guarachi's Flickr

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/4014004766/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/3990486564/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/6224860604/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve designed this elegant looking female elf.

Female Elf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026742888/

Elf, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Leo Lai designed some great origami versions of some of the main Lord of the Rings characters.

Legolas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5794326224/

Legolas, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Aragorn
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5839969036/

Aragorn with Narsil, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Finally we have this incredible origami Smaug from Kei Watanabe's display at the Origami Tanteidan Convention.

Smaug
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/20922812202/

Smaug, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Be sure to check out all of these great origami artists if you enjoyed their work and let them know how awesome their origami is.

Also be sure to share this post on your social media if you enjoyed it. It really is a huge help.

Which one of these models was your favourite? Let us know in the comments.


Cerberus

Greek Mythology Brought to Life Through some Incredible Origami

I've always been a fan of Greek mythology and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a lot of amazing origami that's right out of Greek myths and stories.

The basilisk is called the King of Serpents and is said to be able to kill you just with one look. Other stories say that it's so poisonous that it leaves a trail of venom in its wake.

Fortunately look at or folding this excellent origami Basilisk won't horribly poison or kill you.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6521201127/

Basilisk, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Eyal

Crease pattern available in JOAS special issue 2011

 

The griffin is one of the most famous creatures to come out of Greek mythology with the body, tail and back legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Some people believed the griffin was the king of all creatures and some people believed they guarded priceless treasures.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/14016368647/

Griffin 2.0, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

The minotaur is another famous creature from Greek myth with the body of a man and the head of a bull. The minotaur lived in the center of a labryinth that was designed by Daedalus and Icarus for King Minos of Crete. The minotaur was eventually defeated and killed by the hero Theseus.

Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/5075197537/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Paul

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

 

Pegasus, the winged horse is probably the most famous creature in Greek mythology.

Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/12910679875/

Pegasus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in ORU Magazine 4

 

Icarus was the son of Daedalus and is famous for flying too close to the sun using wings his father created out of feathers and wax. Because of his hubris he flew too high and the sun melted his wings causing him to crash into the sea.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rik74/16912880526/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Ricardo Abdon

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble statue of the goddess Nike who is the the Greek goddess of victory. If you can’t make a trip to see it in person at the Louvre in Paris you can try to fold this origami version.

Winged Victory of Samothrace
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/16394763251/

The Victory of Samothrace, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

The Hippocampus is a mythological creature with the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5280409587/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Harpies are female monsters with the body of a bird and the face of a woman. Their name means "snatchers" and they often steal food from their victims.

Harpy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10193524014/

Harpie gen.2, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Centaurs are another famous mythological creature with the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse. This centaur is folded from a single sheet of paper except for the bow and arrow.

Centaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5214998224/

Centaur, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Cerberus is the famous three headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld preventing the dead for escaping.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/26660493812/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

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

 

Daedalus was the father of Icarus and was also a skilled craftsman and artist who built the labyrinth where the minotaur lived.

Daedalus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7352629410/

Daedalus, Designed by Gabriel Alvarez and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Monsters and Mythical Beings

 

Here's another excellent photo of Hojyo Takashi's origami Icarus.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/9239686521/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Sirens were beautiful sea creatures that lured sailors with beautiful music causing them to crash their ships into the rocks.

Siren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitzkap-s_art/14074941139/

Siren + Rose, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Victor J. Quintero

Instructions not available

 

Here's a cute baby griffin design by Riccardo Foschi.

Baby Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/15609114496/

Baby Gryphon, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Crease pattern available from Riccardo Foschi's Flickr

 

Poseidon is one of the 12 main Greek gods and was the god of the sea. He is also known for causing earthquakes.

Poseidon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/5921888920/

Poseidon, Designed by Hojyo Takashi, Trident Designed by Kijjakarn Praditukrit both Folded by nyanko sensei

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent origami Cerberus, this model is folded from on sheet of paper.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedertw/5470424385/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Han-Sheng Yang

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

 

Here's another different and beautiful Pegasus design by Hoang Trung Thanh.

Golden Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/16372128749/

Golden Pegasus, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Mariano also folded Román Díaz's excellent origami Hippocampus.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/13174122694/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Here's another amazing Griffin design, this time by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/12023141495/

Gryphon, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube

 

Here's a great "good" variation on Satoshi Kamiya's Minotaur although it has the same kind of creepy feel that a lot of João Charrua's models have.

Good Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/12918784314/

"Good" Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by João Charrua

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

 

Here's a different and slightly cuter origami basilisk designed by Yery J. Astroña.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/17362079385/

Basilisk, Designed and Folded by Yery J. Astroña

Instructions not available

 

A Sphinx is a deadly creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of a bird. It asks riddles and if one cannot answer correctly they are killed and eaten. The Sphinx is famous from appearing in the story of Oedipus.

Sphinx
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026329429/

Sphinx, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this post is this incredible griffin by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/22340495702/

Griffin, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Visit Kade Chan's website at www.kadechan.com

 

There's still a ton of awesome origami from Greek mythology that I'll be sure to post in the future. In the mean time be sure to check out all these great artists on Flickr and if you enjoyed this post please comment and share on your social media.


Link from Zelda

Fantastic Nintendo and SquareEnix Video Game Origami

In addition to Final Fantasy Square Enix also has another number of popular video game series like Kingdom Hearts or Dragon Quest and lots of people have made origami models from these games.

First up are some Kingdom Hearts themed models starting with an origami version of the character Axel.

Axel, Kingdom Hearts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tohs_origami/5249675593/

Axel, Designed and Folded by Timothy Chang

Instructions not available

 

There are also some origami heartless which are enemies in the Kingdom Hearts series.

Heartless Shadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sea-crab/14108954931/

Heartless Shadow, Folded by sea crab

Instructions not available

 

Heartless Shadow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5644365495/

Heartless Shadow, Designed by and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Crease pattern available from Sunburst2000's Flickr

 

Dragon Quest is another popular Square Enix series that people have developed origami from.

Ghost
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/14390128432/

Ghost, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

Dracky
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sea-crab/13997097548/

Dracky, Folded by sea crab

Instructions not available

 

Dracky
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/14286105366/

Dracky, Designed and Folded by Daniel Brown

Instructions not available

 

Dracky and Slime
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/14794173559/

Dracky and Slime both Designed by Daniel Brown and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Dracky and Slime
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5691408375/

Dracky and Slime both Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Culex is a secret boss character in one of my favourite games, Super Mario RPG.  Hubert Villeneuve designed an incredible Culex from just one sheet of paper.

Culex from Super Mario RPG
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5644931426/

Culex, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

You can't have a series about video game themed origami without mentioning Nintendo.  Mario is probably the most famous video game character ever and of course there's some Mario themed origami.

Super Mushroom
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/12842163043/

Super Mushroom, Designed by Nahs and Folded by Eyal

Instructions not available

 

Jo Nakashima designed a series of origami people and made paper printouts that if you fold them you end up with Mario characters.

Mario, Luigi and Peach
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonakashima/5401494825/

Luigi, Mario and Princess Peach Designed and Folded by Jo Nakashima

Video Instructions for Mario and Luigi available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube Channel

Video instructions for Princess Peach available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube Channel

 

Toad
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonakashima/5440503661/

Toad, Designed and Folded by Jo Nakashima

Instructions not available

 

Juston has designed a great origami link from the Legend of Zelda series.

Link from Legend of Zelda
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_real_juston/18952942544/

Link, Designed and Folded by Juston

Crease pattern available from Juston's Flickr

 

Link
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31632261@N03/21116300310/

Link, Designed by Juston and Folded by Juanfran Carrillo

Crease pattern available from Juston's Flickr

 

This is a really cool model.  In The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask you have to stop the moon from crashing into the planet.   The moon has a giant creepy face and Morisue Kei designed a great origami moon.

Majora's Mask Moon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/19972225156/

Majora's Mask Moon, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by Eyal R

Instructions not available

 

And finally we have another really popular Nintendo character in origami form, Samus Aran from the Metroid series.

Samus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-origami/15039640483/

Samus, Designed and Folded by Vincent Achard

Crease pattern available from Vincent Achard's Flickr

 

That's it for another episode of video game themed origami.  Next time we'll cover League of Legends and DOTA 2 themed origami so be sure to check back again for that.