Fluted Diamond

Fluted Diamond created by Molly Kahn The fluted-diamond is a two-piece origami model held together by friction. It was created by Molly Kahn and is a classic beauty. Easy to make, pretty to see, and can be used as earrings, Christmas decorations, and in mobiles. It is published in The Art of Origami by Gay… Continue reading Fluted Diamond

Golden Venture Folding Candy Cane

Golden Venture Folding Candy Cane   Make anywhere between 30 and 50 triangular units (see instructions here) Place the triangular units side-by-side upright. Place them so that they are balanced on the broad base. They should look like mountains. Insert the tabs of the second unit into the pockets of the first unit. Repeat until… Continue reading Golden Venture Folding Candy Cane

Golden Venture Folding Ring

Golden Venture Folding Ring Make anywhere between 20 and 30 triangular units (see instructions here) Place the triangular units side-by-side upright. Place them so that they are balanced on the broad base. They should look like mountains. Insert the tabs of the second unit into the pockets of the first unit. Repeat until you have… Continue reading Golden Venture Folding Ring

3D Origami Swan

3D Origami Swan This 3D origami swan was made with 400+ sheets of paper each folded into a small triangle. This type of paper folding is called Golden Venture Folding or Chinese Paper Folding.   Fold between 400 and 450 triangular units (instructions here). These can be made while watching TV, while sitting in the… Continue reading 3D Origami Swan

Jewish Origami

Jewish Origami Jewish origami: isn’t that an awkward mix of cultures? It doesn’t matter because there is a large proportion of people who enjoy folding paper into Jewish-themed object. It may be because origami is fun for children of all nations. Yes, you can fold a menorah out of a square piece of paper! Particularly… Continue reading Jewish Origami

Lucky Star Decoration Ideas

Lucky Star Decoration Ideas Lucky stars are fun to make and are versatile in what they can be used for.  below are lucky star decoration ideas which you can use around the house, in the classroom, or for events like parties.  They can even be used as packing peanuts.  Learn now to make a Lucky… Continue reading Lucky Star Decoration Ideas

Book Sculptures and Altered Books

Book Sculptures and Altered Books Book sculptures or Altered Books is an art form where books are modified to create fantastic forms. Modifications may include cutting, tearing, gluing, folding, painting, and the adding-on of other elements. The result is a transformation of a bound stack of papers into an elaborate display. Book sculptures are often… Continue reading Book Sculptures and Altered Books

Business Card Origami

Business Card Origami You’re in a meeting, you are getting bored. Business card origami will keep you awake! The world of origami is ever expanding: you can fold a square sheet of paper, or you can fold just about anything: candy wrappers, money, sticky note paper, toilet paper, and yes – you can fold business… Continue reading Business Card Origami

Business Card Folds

Business Card Folds There’s a lot you can do with a business card as shown by these creative people. Some origami purists do not like to cut their paper when doing origami. But if you were to allow cutting, you can make a whole new set of business card artwork that will surely turn heads.… Continue reading Business Card Folds

Origami Business Card Orb

Origami Business Card Orb This origami orb was created by Jeannine Mosely and has wow’ed people for many years. Despite its curved edges and unique look, this model can be made if you have a circle template or a compass (the kind that comes with a geometry set, not the navigational kind). You can find… Continue reading Origami Business Card Orb

Business Card Columbus Cube

Business Card Columbus Cube If you really want to impress your office friends then try folding your business cards into a Columbus Cube. This piece of fine origami was first published by David Mitchell in his book “Mathematical Origami. The instructions have been modified to work with business cards. You will need 6 business cards… Continue reading Business Card Columbus Cube

Business Card Origami Cuboctahedron

Business Card Origami Cuboctahedron A cuboctahedron is a 3-dimensional geometric structure with 14 faces (8 triangles and 6 squares). You can think of it as a cube with the corners chopped off. Technically, the polyhedron shown here is a cubohemioctahedron: it is related to a cuboctahedron except that the triangles are sunken inwards. Mathematicians are… Continue reading Business Card Origami Cuboctahedron

Business Card Jackson’s Cube

Business Card Jackson’s Cube If you have an ample supply of business cards and want to do something creative with them, you can make this business card Jackson’s Cube. Each cube requires 6 business cards. These cubes are easy to make and look great but they are not terribly stable and cannot be tossed around… Continue reading Business Card Jackson’s Cube

Candy Wrapper Origami

Candy Wrapper Origami These candy wrapper origami models are dedicated to those who love candy and origami. Metamorphosis. Origami butterflies here.   Traditional Iris from Dum Dum wrapper. Flower origami here   A flower among Dum Dums. Traditional 8-petal button flower. Flower origami here   Paul Jackson’s 4-petal button flower. Flower origami here.   ♫… Continue reading Candy Wrapper Origami

Chocolate Wrapper Origami

Chocolate Wrapper Origami These chocolate wrapper origami models are dedicated to those who love chocolate and origami. Halloween temptations = Christmas decorations. Nick Robinson’s Modular Star. Origami Stars here.   Paul Jackson’s Star from The Ultimate Paper Craft and Origami Book.   Paolo Bascetta’s Roulette from Amazing Origami.   Tomoko Fuse’s Twinkling Stars from Home… Continue reading Chocolate Wrapper Origami

Crease Patterns

Crease Patterns Crease patterns (CP) can be a mystery! This page will answer some of the common questions regarding CP. What are CP? CP are the lines on a piece of paper when you unfold an origami model. There are many creases in an origami model but not all are shown in a CP diagram.… Continue reading Crease Patterns

Hanukkah Dreidel

Hanukkah Dreidel This Hanukkah Dreidel is by Florence Temko and used to be found on this web site:     http://www.net4tv.com/voice/Story.cfm?storyID=1747. But this site is no longer active and we have captured the image and reproduce it here. Please contact us if you are the rightful owner of this diagram and wish for it to… Continue reading Hanukkah Dreidel

Origami and Smocking

Origami and Smocking What does origami and smocking have in common? The first thing you need to know before you answer that question is, “What is smocking”? Smocking is an embroidery technique where fabric is bunched together with stitches. The stitches are often made in a grid pattern which causes the fabric to buckle in… Continue reading Origami and Smocking

Origami Business Card

Origami Business Card Photos   This page has origami business card photos. Click here to go to the main business card origami page with more information and diagrams. Business Card Ring Inspired by the work of Mette Pederson. This business card unit is simple but difficult to fold only due to the thickness of business… Continue reading Origami Business Card

Origami Classification

Origami Classification Rick Nordal and the Origami-List (a newsgroup of approximately 800 members) has generated a list of types of origami. In the future, we hope to organize the list so that we can have a better understanding of how the art form is evolving. Traditional origami Simple origami models – 2 and 3 dimensional… Continue reading Origami Classification

Origami Quilts

Origami Quilts  Given that origami has been around for over a thousand years, origami quilts is a relatively new branch of origami. Here, paper is folded into units and many units join to form beautiful, planar mosaics. These can then be displayed on a tabletop or hung up against a wall. Origami quilts may be… Continue reading Origami Quilts

Origami Tessellations

Origami Tessellations   Before you read about origami tessellations, do you know what is a tessellation? If not, please read this section first. Origami tessellations have visual similarities to the tessellations mentioned above; but they are physically quite different. An origami tessellation is not made of separate pieces of paper placed side by side: instead,… Continue reading Origami Tessellations

Troublewit and Paper Magic

Troublewit and Paper Magic   Magicians, conjurors, and performers have used origami and paper magic to astonish their audiences for ages. A pre-creased paper appears to be a plain, flat sheet of paper. But, in a few quick moves, the magician transforms the paper into a 3 dimensional structure. Indeed, it has been suggested by… Continue reading Troublewit and Paper Magic

Patriotic USA Origami

Patriotic USA Origami   This page is dedicated to patriotic USA origami ideas. The Red white and Blue theme can be shown during: Labor’s Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial’s Day, 4th of July. Some crafts are easy and suitable for young children while others are very challenging and suitable for expert origami artists.  … Continue reading Patriotic USA Origami

Pure and Pureland Origami

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Pure and Pureland Origami Most people know origami as the Japanese art of paper folding where a single sheet of paper is folded into a model without the use of tape, glue, scissors, or other tools. Not exactly true… first of all, there is debate as to where origami originated (go to the history of… Continue reading Pure and Pureland Origami

Strip Folding

Strip Folding Strip folding can be call “origami fringe” because it is a combination of paper folding and paper weaving. Nevertheless, many origami enthusiasts have embraced this form of paper art. In fact, some people include palm weaving in this genre of art. Lucky Stars Probably, the easiest and most well known example of strip… Continue reading Strip Folding

Tessellations

Tessellations (General Information) A tessellation (also called tiling) is when shapes are arranged side by side to produce a pattern with no gaps in between. Tessellations have existed since ancient Egyptian times and are still common today in floor and wall tilings. [Photo: pavement tessellation from wikipedia.com] The artwork of M. C. Esher has popularized… Continue reading Tessellations

Toilet Paper Origami

Toilet Paper Origami Toilet Paper Origami is the origami-style folding of toilet paper. There are two ways to do this: – fold the toilet paper while it is still on the roll, or – fold a single sheet of toilet paper. Fold Toilet Paper while still on the Roll This is seen in some upscale… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami

Types of Origami

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Types of Origami   Origami has expanded and evolved beyond birds and boats. There are now many types of origami. In a recent, informal survey, origami enthusiasts have come up with over “80” different types of origami. You can see the list here. In the future, we hope to organize the list so that we… Continue reading Types of Origami

Origami Wedding

Origami Wedding Your wedding will be a landmark event that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Will it be a modest ceremony or an elaborate one that requires much money and planning? Regardless of which kind of party you are having, you will be making decisions from the day you send the… Continue reading Origami Wedding

Wet Folding Origami

Wet Folding Origami   Wet folding origami is a relatively new way of folding paper. It was developed by origami master Akira Yoshizawa and it involves moistening the paper before you fold it. The resulting model has a softer, textured look with gentle curving lines. Gilad’s web site shows the difference between a regular origami… Continue reading Wet Folding Origami

Toilet Paper Origami Triangle

Toilet Paper Origami Triangle Believe it or not, there are three ways to make the classic toilet paper origami triangle which you commonly see in hotels.   – the first method is the easiest,   – the second method is the least wasteful,   – and the third method is the fastest. Toilet Paper Origami… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Triangle

Toilet Paper Origami Tree

Toilet Paper Origami Tree This toilet paper origami tree will surely make your guests look twice! Unlike the other TP designs listed on this website, this design is 3D. In fact, it’s a little over the top, but hey, it might be exactly what you have been looking for. If you happen to own a… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Tree

Toilet Paper Origami Leaf

Toilet Paper Origami Leaf Learn to make an elegant toilet paper origami leaf while the toilet paper is still attached to the toilet roll. This fancy design won’t be found in hotels or cruise ships: you can only get it if you make it yourself. Fear not, the model is easy to fold and it… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Leaf

Toilet Paper Origami Heart

Toilet Paper Origami Heart This toilet paper origami heart looks simple to make but there is a tricky step. You need to make the folds exactly the same to get a beautifully symmetrical heart; you don’t want a lopsided or skewed heart. It might take two or three tries go get the proportions just right.… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Heart

Toilet Paper Origami Gem

Toilet Paper Origami Gem This toilet paper origami gem is a jewel among rocks. The design gives your TP rolls finesse and elevates it a notch above the classic triangle fold. The best part is that it is easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. You only need to know two… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Gem

Toilet Paper Origami Diamond

Toilet Paper Origami Diamond This toilet paper origami diamond is a cute and classy design which your friends and guests will appreciate. It is quite easy to make and can be accomplished in less than 5 minutes.   Toilet Paper Origami Diamond Instructions Pull about one and a half “squares” of toilet paper down from… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Diamond

Toilet Paper Origami Butterfly

Toilet Paper Origami Butterfly This delightful toilet paper origami butterfly is easy to make and cute to behold. What’s there not to like? The only “special” thing you need to know beyond the usual fold/unfold is to be able to collapse a crease pattern into a waterbomb base (step 4).   Detailed instructions not provided:… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Butterfly

Toilet Paper Origami Boat

Toilet Paper Origami Boat Learn to make a toilet paper origami boat where the boat is still attached to the toilet paper roll. “What?” you might say, but seriously, this is a cute design that you won’t want to sail down the toilet. Estimated time to complete the model = less than 5 minutes. At… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Boat

Toilet Paper Origami Bird

Toilet Paper Origami Bird Learn how to convert your toilet paper into a toilet paper origami bird. If you can make a crane or a flapping bird, then this model should not be a problem. If possible, fold the TP briskly and with confidence so the paper retains freshness and does not sag from too… Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Bird

Toilet Paper Origami Basket

Toilet Paper Origami Basket This toilet paper origami basket is pretty versatile. You can insert a sprig of flower or a decorative element into the basket so it adds charm to your bathroom. You can also pleat a square of toilet paper and insert it into the basket as show in this pleated tuck.  … Continue reading Toilet Paper Origami Basket

Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami)

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Golden Venture Folding   Golden Venture Folding (also called Chinese Paper Folding or 3D Origami) is a type of modular origami. Here, paper is folded into a simple triangular unit. Hundreds of these units are inserted into one another to create elaborate sculptures. The number of units needed depend on the level of complexity and… Continue reading Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami)