Instructions to learn origami folding techniques

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Next, you should get to know the difference between outside reverse-fold and inside reverse-fold. These two folding techniques can be indicated with only valley and mountain fold symbols instead of more sophisticated symbol.

 

 

 

Outside reverse fold

outside reverse fold in origami

 

 

Inside reverse fold

outside reverse fold in origami

 

 
 

 

 

If you want to make two equal parts, you need to apply a valley or mountain-fold. There are times when you want to make 3, 4, or 5 equal parts. In this case, you need to learn the following folding techniques.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

There are other folding techniques that you need to learn are shown below. It is essential for you to master all of them.

 

 

 

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

 

 
 

 

 

     

 

 

 

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