How to make origami animals

 

 

Various kinds of origami animals are presented here. If you are novice in origami, try "Animated Instructions for Kids" or "Easy Origami Animals" first and if you become comfortable with them, you can work on more advanced models.

 

 

 

Easy Origami Animals

 

 

Easy Origami Lion

easy origami lion

This easy origami lion takes 21 steps to complete. There is no special folding technique involved in this model.

 

Easy Origami Giraffe

easy origami giraffe

This easy origami giraffe was made by using a giraffe-pattern origami paper.

 

Easy Origami Mouse

easy origami mouse

This easy origami mouse is the easiest origami mouse you can fold.

 

 

     
     

 

Origami Bears

 

 

Easy Origami Bear

 

easy origami bear

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami bear starts from a 4x4 matrix base and then a traditional face changer.

The special folding technique involved with this model is a closed sink-fold.

 

Sitting Origami Bear

 

sitting origami bear

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This sitting origami bear requires you to apply special folding techniques such as rabbit ear-fold, inside reverse-fold, and squash-fold.

 
 

 

 

 

Origami Birds

 

Traditional Origami Bird

origami bird

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The base of origami bird is "kite base" which is used for making an origami swan. Also you will learn what "inside reverse-fold" from this origami bird.

 

Traditional Origami Crow

traditional origami crow

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The origami crow starts from bird base. One special folding technique you need to know for this model is inside reverse-fold

 

Traditional Origami Parrot

traditional origami parrot

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami parrot is an easy model to fold. You will able to learn both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold from this model.

 

 

Traditional Origami Dove

traditional origami dove

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The essential folding technique that you need to know before working on this traditional origami dove is inside reverse-fold. You will be applying four times of it.
 

Traditional Origami Pigeon

traditional origami pigeon

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami pigeon is a very simple model. Only special folding technique that you need to know is inside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Swallow

traditional origami swallow

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami swallow starts from bird base. One special folding technique you need to know for this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Traditional Origami Duck

traditional origami duck

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami duck is a traditional model which makes use of both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Mandarin Duck

mandarin origami duck

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami Mandarin duck starts from a kite base. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Phoenix

traditional origami phoenix

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Traditional

 

From this traditional origami phoenix, you will be able to learn both petal-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Traditional Origami Crane

traditional origami crane

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

While you are making an origami crane, you will learn two bases: (1) square base and (2) bird base. For many people, origami crane might be the first model to learn origami folding. So it is like a prerequisite for more advance models.

 

Flying Origami Crane

 

flying origami crane

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Traditional

 

This flying origami crane is derived from bird base. You will learn both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold from this model. One special folding technique that you will learn from this flying crane is asymmetric squash-fold.

 

New Origami Crane

origami crane

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami crane is different from the traditional origami crane. It is based on calyx base instead of bird base. It is a bit skinnier than the traditional one.

 

 

Traditional Origami Crane II

traditional origami crane II

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami crane II also starts from bird base. The special feature of this model is an unique shape of two wings.

 

Flying Origami Crane II

 

flying origami crane II

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This flying origami crane II starts from a bird base. Two special folding techniques involved with this model are open sink-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

Flying Origami Crane III

flying origami crane III

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This flying origami crane II starts from a bird base. Two special folding techniques involved with this model are open sink-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Traditional Origami Rooster

easy origami rooster

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami rooster is an easy model. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Traditional Origami Chick

easy origami chick

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami chick is an easy model to make. One special folding technique involved with this model is inside reverse-fold. You will need to apply this technique for two times

 

Traditional Origami Hen

easy origami hen

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami hen is an easy model. The special folding techniques involved with this model are squash-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Traditional Origami Peacock

easy origami peacock

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami peacock is a traditional model which makes use of an inside reverse-fold for three times

 

Origami Peacock with Spreading Feathers

easy origami peacock

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

You can fold an origami peacock with spreading feathers with one sheet of square paper. You will need to apply both petal-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Penguin

traditional origami penguin

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This simple origami penguin is very easy to fold. One distinctive feature of this model is that you can learn easily what the folding technique of outside reverse-fold is.

 

 

Origami Bat for Halloween

verdi origami halloween

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

You can fold this origami bat for the coming Halloween. One special folding technique that you need to know for this model is petal-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Owl

traditional origami owl

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami owl is based on so-called "bird base". One special folding technique you will learn from this model is an asymmetric inside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Eagle

 

origami eagle

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami eagle is for an intermediate-level folder. Two basic folding techniques that you need to apply for this model are both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

 

Standing Origami Crane

standing origami crane

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This standing origami crane starts from a 8x8 matrix base. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are rabbit ear-fold, squash-fold, pleat-fold, petal-fold, inside reverse-fold, and outside reverse-fold.

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

Origami Cat

 

Easy Origami Cat

 

easy origami cat

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This easy origami cat is probably the simplest origami cat you will ever find.

 

Sitting Origami Cat

 

Sitting origami cat

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This sitting origami cat requires you to apply folding techniques such as rabbit ear-fold, inside reverse-fold, and outside reverse-fold.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Origami Cow

 

 

Standing Origami Cow

 

standing origami cow

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This standing origami cow starts from a balloon base. One special folding technique involved with this model is open sink-fold.

 

Easy Origami Cow

 

easy origami cow

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

You need to follow 20 steps to complete this easy origami cow. The essential technique you will learn from this model is inside reverse-fold

 
 

 

 

Origami Dinosaur

 

 

Simple Origami Velocirator

simple origami velocirator

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami velociraptor starts from a calyx base. Two special folding techniques you need to learn from this model is both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

Simple Origami Pterosaur

simple origami pterosaur

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami pterosaur is a simple origami version of pterosaur. Two special folding techniques you need to learn from this model is both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 
 

 

 

 

Origami Dog

 

Easy Origami Dog

 

easy origami dog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This easy origami dog might be the easiest origami dog you might have folded with a few folding steps.

 

Sitting Origami Dog

sitting origami dog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This sitting origami dog starts from a kite base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Origami Dragon

 

Traditional Origami Dragon

traditional origami dragon

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The origami dragon is based on so-called "bird base". So you will learn what this bird base is and how it is related to the dragon. Also you will learn what "outside reverse-fold" is from this origami dragon.
 
 

New Origami Dragon

 

new origami dragon

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This new origami dragon is similar to the traditional origami dragon. However, this model starts from calyx base instead of bird base. The outcome will be a skinnier from the old dragon. The special folding technique you would learn from this model is outside reverse-fold.
 

 

 

 

 

Origami Elephant

 

Easy Origami Elephant

 

easy origami elephant

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This easy origami elephant is a 2D version of wrapped origami elephant.

 

Sitting Origami Elephant

sitting origami elephant

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This sitting origami elephant is a good example to learn an inside reverse-fold.

 

Shouting Origami Elephant

shouting origami elephant

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This shouting origami elephant is a good example to learn an outside reverse-fold.

 

 

Origami Elephant with Big Ears

origami elephant with big ears

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami elephant with big ears starts from a balloon base. There are three special folding techniques that you should learn for this model; they are inside reverse-fold, outside reverse-fold, and reverse swivel-fold.

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

Origami Fishes

 

Traditional Easy Origami Fish

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional easy origami fish might be the easiest origami fish you will have folded. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.
 

Traditional Origami Fish

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami fish is derived from the so-called fish base. One special folding technique that you will learn from this model is rabbit ear-fold.
 

Easy Origami Fish

 

easy origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami fish is not that easy after all since it takes 26 steps to complete. Try to work on other models if you are truly a beginner. If you think other models are too easy, then you can try this origami fish.

 

 

 

Traditional Origami Goldfish I

traditional origami goldfish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami goldfish is a good example to learn the distinction between inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.
 

Traditional Origami Goldfish II

traditional origami goldfish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The origami goldfish is a simple modification of origami balloon. You will have to follow through the exactly the same steps up to one side of balloon but there will be different steps for the other side. Although it is very easy to make, it symbolically resembles the real goldfish.
 

Easy Origami Fish

 

easy origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami fish starts from square base. One special folding technique that you will learn from this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

 

 

Traditional Origami Angelfish

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami angelfish starts from a balloon base. It takes seven steps to complete this model. It is one of the easiest origami angelfish you could fold.
 

Origami Angelfish

 

origami angelfish

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami angelfish starts from a square base. The essential folding technique that you will learn from this model is "locking folding". This technique is similarly used for making a traditional sampan boat.

 

Traditional Origami Koi Fish

traditional origami fish

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami koi fish starts from a square base and it allows you to make a 3D origami koi. The special folding techniques involved with this models are petal-fold and inside reverse-fold

 

 

 

Traditional Origami Whale

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami whale is derived from the so-called fish base. It takes 11 steps to complete this model.

 

Traditional Origami Fish

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami fish starts from fish base. One special folding technique that you will learn from this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Origami Dolphin

traditional origami dolphin

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional+

 

This origami dolphin is a traditional model modified by Hyo Ahn. It starts from fish base. One special folding technique that you will need to learn from this model is an asymmetric inside reverse-fold.

 

 

 

Origami Butterflyfish

 

origami butterflyfish

Level

Intermediate / Advanced

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami butterflyfish is not for novice. You need to have at least an intermediate level in folding paper. This model starts from 8 x 8 matrix base. Several folding techniques you need to know for this model are squash-fold, inside reverse-fold, and nail-fold.

 

Origami Needlefish

 

origami needlefish

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami needlefish is not for novice. You need to have an intermediate level in folding paper. One special folding technique that you will learn from this model is rabbit ear-fold.

 

Origami Sunfish

 

origami sunfish

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami sunfish starts from square base. Three special folding techniques that you need to learn from this model are closed sunk-fold, inside reverse-fold, and nail-fold.

 

 

 

 

 

Origami Foxes

 

Easy Origami Fox

 

easy origami fox

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami fox requires you to learn what inside reverse-fold is.
 

Traditional Sitting Origami Fox

traditional origami fox

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional sitting origami fox allows you to make a simple structure of sitting fox. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 
 

 

Simple Origami Fox

 

simple origami fox

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami fox starts from fish base. The special folding techniques that you will need to apply for this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

Traditional Talking Origami Fox

traditional origami fox

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional talking origami fox allows you to simulate a talking fox. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this model is making a mouth.

 
 

 

 

 

Origami Frogs

 

Traditional Origami Frog

traditional origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

You will have to go through total 46 steps to complete making an origami frog. The most important technique that you will learn from this origami frog is "inside reverse-fold" which will be applied repeatedly many times.
 

Origami Frog

 

origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami frog starts with both horizontal and vertical gate-folds. Then make 8 x 8 square cells by applying multiple valley and mountain-folds. It takes 20 steps to complete. You can actually make it jump.

 

Simple Tessellation of Origami Frog

simple tessellation of origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple tessellation of origami frog starts from 8 x 8 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

 

Simple Origami Frog

 

simple origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami frog starts from a 8x8 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Simple Origami Frog II

 

simple origami frog II

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami frog starts from a 16x16 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 
 

 

 

Origami Jumping Frog

 

jumping origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami jumping frog actually jumps. There is no special folding technique involved in this model.

 

Traditional Origami Jumping Frog

traditional jumping origami frog

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

Traditionally this origami jumping frog is known to be as a Chinese version of origami jumping frog. Here I use a typical origami paper to fold this model, but it would be better to use a little thicker paper if you want to make the frog to jump. One special folding technique involved with this model is squash-fold.

 

 

 

Origami Horses

 

Easy Origami horse

easy origami horse
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami horse requires you to follow 21 steps to complete. You will definitely know what inside reverse-fold is since you will be using it a lot of times on this model.

 

Origami Horse

origami horse
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The origami horse is based on the bird-base. One distinctive feature is that you will be using scissors to make two cuts. Also you will apply both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-folds.

 
 

 

 

Origami Pandas

 

 

Face of Origami Panda

 

easy origami panda

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This face of origami panda requires you to apply folding techniques such as rabbit ear-fold, asymmetric squash-fold.

 
 

Body of Origami Panda

 

easy origami panda

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This body of origami panda makes a body for the face of origami panda.

 

 

 

 

Origami Pigs

 

 

Traditional Origami Pig

traditional origami pig

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami pig is a very interesting model to work on. At first it looks like a 2D model but it is not. This model simulates four legs beautifully with a minimum folding steps. The folding techniques that you will lean from this model are both squash-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

Easy Origami Pig

easy origami pig

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami pig requires you to follow 35 steps. The important folding technique that you will learn from this model is "locking fold" which is somewhat advanced folding technique used for a model like New Kawasaki Rose.
 

Simple Origami Pig

simple origami pig

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami pig is a simple model. However, there are a few folding techniques that you need to master for this model. They are petal-fold, inside reverse-fold, and outside reverse-fold.

 

 

 

 

Origami Rabbits

 

 

Traditional Origami Rabbit

traditional origami bunny rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This bunny rabbit starts from balloon base and follow the sequence of making a traditional balloon on one side. Different folding sequence will be applied to the other side to make bunny rabbit's ears.
 

Traditional Origami Bunny

traditional origami bunny rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

There are two traditional origami bunny rabbits start from balloon base. This one is one of them. This origami bunny rabbit follows the sequence of making a traditional balloon on one side. Different folding sequence will be applied to the other side to make bunny rabbit's ears.

 
 

 

Origami Rabbit Traditional

traditional origami rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This rabbit starts from kite base and this model might be the simplest origami rabbit you might have been folded.
 

Origami Moon Rabbit

moon origami rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami moon rabbit starts from bird base. Two important folding techniques you will learn from this model are both outside reverse-fold and inside reverse-fold.
 
 

 

Easy Origami Bunny

easy origami bunny

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional easy origami bunny is very easy to make compare to the harder one (easy origami rabbit with 26 steps). It takes only 10 steps to complete.
 

Easy Origami Rabbit

easy origami rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This easy origami rabbit is not that easy after all since it takes 26 steps to complete. Try to work on easy origami bunny if you are truly a beginner. If you think easy origami bunny is too easy, then you can try this rabbit.
 
 

 

 

 

Origami Reptile

 

 

Origami snake

 

origami snake

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami snake can be made by applying a set of valley and mountain-folds. One special folding technique that you need to apply to make the snake head is outside reverse-fold.

 
   

 

 

Origami Reindeer

 

 

Origami Reindeer

 

origami reindeer

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami reindeer starts from 8x8 matrix base. Two basic folding techniques that you need to apply for this model are both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 
   

 

 

 

 

Origami Sea Animals

 

 

Traditional Origami Seal

traditional origami seal

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami seal is a traditional model. It starts from fish base. One special folding technique that you will need to learn from this model is an inside reverse-fold which will be applied for four times.

 
   

 

 

 

Origami Swan

 

 

Traditional Origami Swan

traditional origami swan

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This is one of the simplest origami swan you can make out of a square paper. Ths origami swan is based on a so-called "kite base".

 

Origami Swan Cleaning Itself

origami swan cleaning itself

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This is a modified version of the traditional origami swan. One special folding technique you will learn from this model is outside reverse-fold.
 
 

 

 

Origami Swan II

 

origami swan II

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami swan II is a new model for origami swan. This would be a good model to learn the folding technique of outside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Baby Swan (Cygnet)

 

With Mother Swan

origami baby swan with mother swan

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional / Hyo Ahn

 

This origami baby swan is even more easier to fold compared to the traditional origami swan.
 
 

 

Cute Origami Swan

 

Cute origami swan

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami swan is a modified version of the traditional origami swan. There are two special folding techniques that you need to learn from this model; they are rabbit ear-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Swan III

 

origami swan III

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami swan III is another model for origami swan. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are crimp-fold, inside reverse-fold, and outside reverse-fold.

 
 

 

 

 

Origami Tiger

 

 

Easy Origami Tiger

easy origami tiger

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

You are required to have two pieces of origami paper to make this origami tiger model. There is no special folding techniques involved with this model

 

3D Origami Tiger

3d origami tiger

Level

Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

If you are a novice in origami, it is not recommended to try this model. Initially the origami tiger stars with 12x12 matrix base. Many folding techniques involved with model are Z-fold, open sink-fold, squash-fold, and inside reverse-fold.

 
 

 

 

Origami Turtle

 

 

Easy Traditional Origami Turtle

traditional origami turtle

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

 

This easy traditional origami turtle might be one of the easiest turtle you could make.

 

Traditional Origami Turtle

traditional origami turtle

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The origami turtle is based on so-called "balloon base". However, you need to apply "gate fold" and "cushion fold" before making "balloon base". One advanced folding technique that you will learn from this origami turtle is "expansion fold".
 

Origami Turtle

origami turtle

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

You will be applying both horizontal and vertical Z-folds initially. Then a crease pattern will be applied to make a turtle structure. It will take 24 steps to completed this origami turtle.

 

 

 

 

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