Make Origami

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. There are many different types of origami and when you make a paper airplane you are practicing the art. But chances are that when you think of it you think of the Japanese version of Origami. There is good reason for this. The japanese have raised it to an art form. There are many different forms of origami and the most traditional form adheres to a couple of basic rules. You can use just a single sheet of paper, it has to be square and you cannot cut it. This is the most popular form of origami.





Some other disciplines of Origami:

  • Kirigami - In this form, unlike traditional origami, you are allowed to make cuts in the paper.
  • Modular - This is where multiple identical origami forms are assembled together to form an overall fold. Typically each piece is easy to fold but the final form is challenging to put together.
  • Action Origami - Where the final fold can move in some kind of way like the jumping of a frog or the flapping of a birds wings.
  • Wet Folding - This is where the folder can moisten the paper to achieve new shapes, bends and curves. It can produce objects that more closely simulate living things.


About Paper

There are some variations when it comes to the type of paper you can use. Of course you can do most origami with any kind of paper but here is an overview of some of the more common names and types of origami paper.

Common Origami Paper: This is readily available and already cut into squares. It is thinner than printer paper and usually has color or patterns on one side and white on the other side.

Washi And Chiyogami Papers: These are japanese names and you will often see these names for paper. Washi paper is made of fibers from a variety of plants which could be hemp, rice, or the gampi tree. Washi paper is softer, thicker, and more fibrous than typical writing paper. Chiyogami paper refers to not the type of paper but to the patterns printed on the paper. Chiyogami patterns are very repetitive. These designs came out of the Edo period in Japan.

Duo paper : This is paper that has a different color on each side. These are useful when both sides of the paper will show in the final design.

Foil Paper: This has a foil like appearance on one side and usually white on the back side. This paper can make for attractive looking folds but you have to be careful with this paper because once folded the creases will show.


Let's Do an Easy Origami (easy Origami Swan)

This is a very traditional japanese origami fold. It is a nice looking swan.







Origami Paper and kits

Origami is a very inexpensive hobby if you want to stay with printer paper or inexpensive papers. Which is perfectly find. It can give you endless hours of enjoyment. You really don't have to buy official origami paper but the official paper is better because it is made usually a bit thinner and of higher quality. If you want to get fine paper that is made from fibers you usually will spend around fifty cents to a dollar per sheet.

Yuzen Origami Paper

Yuzen Origami LARGE Set of 30 Chiyogami Papers

(I have used this paper and really like it, fine feeling to it and attractive patterns)



Origami Paper and kits


Origami Fun Kit for Beginners (Dover Fun Kit)

This affordable kit has everything beginners need to master the age-old art of paperfolding, including three books by origami expert John Montroll. Birds in Origami shows how to create a swan, flamingo, duck, stork, and goose. Favorite Animals in Origami offers basic folds for a cat, elephant, seal, and other creatures; and Easy Origami features subjects ranging from an ultra-simple hat to a rabbit. The kit also contains sheets of primary colored, multicolored, and metallic paper. * 3 great starter books * 55 fun-to-do projects * Over 1,000 easy-to-follow illustrations * 96 sheets of authentic origami paper

Origami Paper

Origami Paper: 24 7 x 7 Sheets in 12 Colors

High-quality Japanese origami paper specially manufactured to resist tears and produce clean lines and crisp folds. Each sheet is colored one side only to make it easier to understand the various folds and a sturdy shrink-wrapped folder keeps papers neat and clean until ready for use.


Origami Paper

Origami Paper Pattern 6 3/4

Expanding our line of popular paper packs, we are introducing a new pack in the small paper size full of geometric patterns based on traditional Japanese designs. Perfect for any folder who wants to add a distinctive flair to their origami projects, the new paper pack will have the same affordable LISTPRICE as our original Folding Paper for Origami.
The packaging for the new paper pack has been completely redesigned, with a colorful printed cardstock cover, and an 8-page insert with folding instructions so that folders can get started right away.

Developing in the Hobby - This is a hobby that you can continue to develop over the course of your life time with very little added expense. As you get better and more practiced you will move up to more interesting, attractive, and complex folds.


Origami Books


Easy Origami

A collection of 32 projects for novice origami hobbyists, clearly illustrated with easy-to-follow instructions that even beginning papercrafters can follow with successful results. Subjects range from an ultra-simple hat, cup and pinwheel to the more challenging figures of a penguin and a piano.



Absolute Beginners Origami

Absolute Beginner's Origami

By following the foolproof methods set out in this instructional, even those who have never tried this intriguing craft before will soon find themselves able to turn out sophisticated origami pieces. Includes 200 color illustrations, ten sheets of origami paper and ten sheets of practice paper



Origami Zoo

Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals

In Origami Zoo, two of the world's finest paper folders present an exciting collection of original origami animals. Their creatures, ranging from the exotic to the familiar, the elegant to the whimsical, will both inspire the beginner and challenge the most accomplished folder.

Choose among the dolphin, penguin, swan, owl, goose, kangaroo, praying mantis, or even the mythical Pegasus or extinct wooly mammoth. Each of these thirty-seven new projects is true origami-folded from a single piece of paper with no cutting or gluing-and is complete with clear step-by-step diagrams, instructions, and a photograph of the finished model.

Origami Zoo will challenge and delight anyone with a penchant for creating something wonderful out of (almost) nothing.


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