# Origami Basics

Have you always wanted to learn how to do origami but didn’t know where to start? Fear not, Origami Basics will teach you the things you need to know to get started. Once you have familiarized yourself with the symbols and notation used in origami diagrams, you can start folding some easy origami models. Remember, the best origami comes from people who practice so don’t be afraid to try the same origami model more than once to gain experience. After that, try some intermediate origami models here.

#### Shapes of Paper

Make a Square:
from a Rectangle

Make a Triangle:
from a Square (easy)
from a Square (efficient)
from a Rectangle

Make a Pentagon:
from a square, A5

Make a Hexagon:
from a Square
from a Rectangle

Make a Heptagon:
from a square (easy)

from a square or circle (easy)

from a circle (not easy)

from a square (with proofs)

from a square (exact?)

Make an Octagon:
from a Square

Make a A4, A5, or A6 Paper:
from a Square
from 8.5″ x 11″

Make a Dollar Bill proportion:
from 8.5″ x 11″

Make the Largest Square:
from a Dollar Bill (S Chen)

#### Dividing Paper

Divide into Thirds:
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Estimation Method
More Methods (diagrams by H Koshiro)

Divide into Fifths:
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Fujimoto’s Approximation Method

Divide into Sevenths:
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3

Divide into Any number of Segments:
Intersecting Diagonals Method
Using a Template
Using Scissors

The information on this Origami Basics page relies heavily on Robert Lang’s Origami Diagramming Conventions, and information provided by the Origami Community as a whole. Please submit comments and recommendations here.