How to make origami

 

 

Origami is the art of folding paper into a shape representing an object. There are many folding techniques that you need to learn to form a shape out of a piece of paper. Two most important techniques are valley-fold and mountain-fold. At least, you must know what they are and you will have no problem of folding a simple origami model by using only these two folding techniques.

 

 

Valley fold

easy origami elephant

 

 
 

Mountain fold

easy origami elephant

 

 

 

Outside reverse fold

outside reverse fold in origami

 

 

Inside reverse fold

outside reverse fold in origami

 

 
 

 

 

Make 3 Equal Parts

 

Z-fold

origami Z-fold

 

 

 

Make 4 Equal Parts

 

Gate fold

origami folding technique: gate fold

 

 

 

 

Make 5 Equal Parts

 

Stair fold

origami folding technique: stair fold

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon fold

origami folding technique: balloon fold

 

 

Square fold

origami folding technique: square fold

 

 

Nail fold

origami folding technique: nail fold

 

 

 

 

Chair fold

origami folding technique: chair fold

 

 

Kite fold

origami folding technique: kite fold

 

 

Rabbit Ear fold

origami folding technique: petal fold

 

 

 

 

Cushion fold

origami folding technique: cushion fold

 

 

Petal fold

origami folding technique: petal fold

 

 

Squash fold

origami folding technique: squash fold

 

 

 

 

Crimp fold

origami folding technique: crimp fold

 

 

Pleat fold

origami folding technique: pleat fold

 

 
 

 

Pocket fold

origami folding technique: pocket fold

 

 

Swivel fold

origami folding technique: swivel fold

 

 

 

Reverse Swivel fold

origami folding technique: reverse swivel fold

 

 

 

 

Open sink fold

origami folding technique: open sink-fold

 

 

Closed sink fold

origami folding technique: closed sink-fold

 

 
 

 

Open-closed sink fold

origami folding technique: open-closed sink-fold

 

 

Closed-open sink fold

origami folding technique: closed-open sink-fold

 

 
 

 

 

Origami Bases

 

 

When you are making some origami model, you will be doing the same set of folds in the beginning stage even though the final outcome is different. These set of folding in the beginning stages is called origami base and you need to know a few bases since they are coming over and over depending upon models of origami you are working on.

 

Square Base

square origami base

 

Square base is a fundamental base.
 

Balloon Base

balloon origami base

 

The relationship between square base and balloon base is like the one between valley-fold and mountain-fold.

 
Bird Base

bird origami base

 

As the name implies, this base is for making an origami crane.

 

 

Kite Base

kite origami base

 

Kite base is a simple base in origami but used in many important origmai models such as origami bird and swan.
 

Fish Base

fish origami base

 

Initially you will be applying a kite base for two times and then applying two outside reverse-folds. This fish base is abundantly being used for makeing origami fish.

 

Fruit Base

fruit origami base

 

This fruit origami base is derived from the well-know square base. This base can also be derived from balloon base.

 

 

Frog Base

frog origami base

 

This frog origami base is derived from fruit origami base. The fruit base is come from the well-know square base. You can also find the instruction of making a frog base from traditional origami frog up to the step #27.

 
 

Lily Base with Six Petals

Lily origami base with six petals

 

As the name says, this base is needed when you fold an origami lily with six petals. Real lily has six petals. So if you want to have a six petals lily, you need to start with a regular hexagon paper.

 

 

Calyx Base

 

calyx origami base

 

This base is needed when you fold a flower calyx. A various kinds of calyx can be maded from this base.

 

Calyx Base with Five Sepals

calyx origami base with five sepals

 

This base is needed when you fold a flower calyx with five sepals.

 

Calyx Base with Six Sepals

calyx origami base with six sepals

 

This base is needed when you fold a flower calyx with six sepals.

 

 

3x3 Matrix Base

 

3x3 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to make a origami base with 3x3 matrix cells.

 

4x4 Matrix Base

 

4x4 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to make a origami base with 4x4 matrix cells.

 

6x6 Matrix Base

 

6x6 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to produce a origami base with 6x6 matrix cells.

 

 

8x8 Matrix Base

 

8x8 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to produce a origami base with 8x8 matrix cells.

 

12x12 Matrix Base

 

12x12 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to produce a origami base with 12x12 matrix cells.

 

16x16 Matrix Base

 

16x16 matrix origami base

 

16x16 matrix origami base will let you make a origami base with 16x16 matrix cells. If you have already learned how to make a 8x8 matrix base, you can skip to the step #7, i.e., the page 5.

 

 

Masked 8x8 Matrix Base

8x8 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to produce a origami base with masked 8x8 matrix cells. The name "masked" is given since it would be the exactly 8x8 matrix base without the masking of four corners.

 

Masked 16x16 Matrix Base

16x16 matrix origami base

 

From this instructional pages, you will be able to produce a origami base with masked 16x16 matrix cells. The name "masked" is given since it would be the exactly 16x16 matrix base without the masking of four corners.

 

6x8 Matrix Base

 

6x8 matrix origami base

 

This 6x8 matrix origami base will let you make a origami base with 6x8 matrix cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Shape of Origami Paper

 

When you are working on an origami project, the most of time you would work with a square paper. There are times that you need to rely on a different shape of paper such a pentagon, hexagon, or circle. Here I am showing how to make such odd shape paper out of a square one.

 

Regular Pentagon

regular pentagon origami paper

Level

Beginner

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Regular pentagon paper would be very useful for producing a model such as five-pointed star and five-petals flower.

 

Regular Hexagon

regular hexagon origami paper

Level

Beginner

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Regular hexagon paper would be very useful for producing a model such as six-pointed star and six-petals flower.

 
 

 

Regular Octagon

regular octagon origami paper

Level

Beginner

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If you want to make a eight-pointed star or a flower with eight-petals, you need a paper with regular octagon shape instead of square. This page shows how to make an origami regular octagon from a square paper.

 

Regular Hexadecagon

regular hexadecagon origami paper

Level

Beginner

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If you want to make a flower with sixteen-petals, you need a paper with regular hexadecagon shape instead of square. This page shows how to make an origami regular hexadecagon from a square paper.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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