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 can have a better understanding of how the art form is evolving.

There are different ways to categorize paper folding. John Smith’s Evolution of Origami sorts origami chronologically: Classical, Neo Classical, Modern, and Hyper-Modern. David Mitchell’s site shows a family tree of origami design styles.

Below is a list of origami types featured in this web site. Each style of origami will produce a different genre of origami models. Click on to a branch of origami to learn more.

action origamiAction Origami
Business Card OrigamiBusiness Card
candy wrapper origamiCandy Wrapper
Crease PatternsCrease Pattern
dollar bill origamiDollar Bill
modular origamiModular Origami
origami TessellationsTessellations
palm weavingPalm Weaving
pure pureland origamiPure & Pureland
origami quiltsOrigami Quilts
strip foldingStrip Folding
toilet paper origamiToilet Paper
Wet FoldingWet Folding


Origami Fringe

Tea Bag FoldingTea Bag Folding
Fabric FoldingFabric Folding
Origamic ArchitectureOA
Iris FoldingIris Folding


Origami Themes

christmas origamiChristmas
Paper MagicPaper Magic
patriotic origamiRed, White , Blue


    Books with Easy Origami

    • Easy Origami: over 30 simple projects by John Montroll
    • Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by John Montroll
    • My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
    • Easy Origami: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by C Alexander & M Meinking
    • Fun With Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)
    • Origami: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Art of Paper Folding by T Cook & S Henry
    • Easy Origami For Kids Book Traditional Japanese Folding Papers Overs 20 Projects by J Wish
    • Easy Origami for Kids: Over 40 Simple Origami Projects by O Brooks


    Easy Origami Books


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