How to make easy origami models

 

The origami models shown here are 2D models. They are easier than 3D models in folding and this is the reason why they are called easy origami models. It is recommended to try these models first and be comfortable with basic folding techniques if you are novice in origami. If you master all these models, you are recommended to work on traditional origami models. Before working on these models, you need to know what valley-fold and mountain-fold are and These two folding techniques are the prerequisite to models. But the most important factor in the beginning stage of origami is having fun in folding. Happy folding!!!

 

 

 

 

Animated Instructions

 

Simple Origami Heart

 

simple origami heart

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

Simple origami heart starts from a half-square paper. One special folding technique that you will learn from this model is petal-fold.

 
   

 

 

 

Origami Diagrams

 

Elephant

 

elephant

This elephant is very similar to a so-called "fish base" in the early folding steps.

 

Dog

 

dog

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

 

Cat

 

cat

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

 

 

Fox

 

fox

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

 

Pig

 

pig

This 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.

 

Mouse

 

mouse

This mouse is the easiest origami mouse you can fold.

 

 

Giraffe

 

giraffe

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

 

Lion

 

lion

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

 

Horse

 

horse

This 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.

 

 

Tiger

 

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

 

Traditional

Bunny

bunny

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

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

Rabbit

 

rabbit

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

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

 

Bear

 

bear

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This 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.

 

Cow

 

cow

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

 

Robot

 

robot

It takes 15 steps to complete this robot. You will learn a special folding technique called "inner triangle-fold" from this model.

 

 

 

Traditional

Boat

traditional origami boat

This traditional boat might be the simplest origami boat you will ever fold. In this instruction, there are six steps to complete this model. However, if you become an expert, you will only need two steps to make it. Those steps are one valley-fold and one outside reverse-fold. This is a good example to learn the folding technique of outside reverse-fold. If you want, you can try this boat on the water. It actually floats.

 

Traditional

Origami Sailboat

origami sailboat

You will be starting with a square-base with this origami sailboat. It is very easy to follow. Once we complete making the traditional origami sailboat, you can stop there. However, an instruction to make a modified version of this sailboat will be given afterwards.

 

Traditional

Origami Magic Boat

traditional origami magic boat

What you will learn from this magic boat is gate-fold and it is very similar to the traditional origami catamaran in the initial sequence of folding. The most interesting feature of this model is that you can perform a magic in front of your friend with this boat.

 

 

 

Traditional

Paper Boat

traditional paper boat
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The most important technique that you should remember is the "pocket fold" which will be applied twice to make this boat. The most fascinating feature of this boat is that if you apply the "pocket fold" three times (that is, one more time) , then you can make a smaller size (about 2/3) boat with an identical shape of the original boat.

 

Traditional

Origami Junk Boat

origami junkboat
Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami junk boat is a traditional model. It is advised to use a paper not easily tearable.

This means that a typical origami paper is not recommended.

 

Long Origami Canoe

 

origami long canoe boat
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The special folding technique is being used for this origami boat is the inside reverse fold. Excep that, it is fairly easy to fold this long canoe.

 

 

Traditional Origami Sailboat

traditional origami sailboat
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami sailboat is one of easiest origami models you could make. You will learn a special folding technique to open a pocket.

 

Traditional Origami Steamboat

traditional origami steamboat
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami steamboat is very interesting model to work on. This is a good example to learn the folding technique called "squash-fold".

 

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 Fish

 

traditional origami fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional 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.
 

Fish

 

 

fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Dagger

 

dagger

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This dagger is simple to make. A special folding technique that you will learn from this model is squash-fold.

 

Sword

 

sword

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This sword is is a longer version of dagger. A special folding technique that you will learn from this model is squash-fold. Overall it is very similar to dagger in folding method

 

 

Butterfly

 

butterfly

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This butterfly takes only 8 steps to follow. The distinctive feature of this butterfly is that the back side is the same as the front one

 

House

 

easy cowboy origami house

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This house is the easiest origami house you could make traditionally. One important technique that you will learn from this model is Squash-Fold

 

Traditional Origami House

traditional cowboy origami house

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami house is a traditional version of origami house which is very simple to make. One special technique that you will learn from this model is Squash-Fold

 

 

Traditional Origami Ninja Star

origami moon
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

This traditional origami ninja star requires two square papers. You need to make two modules which are mirror-image to each other. Two modules will be combined to form a four-pointed origami star. The interesting technique you will learn here is that the combining of two modules is accomplished through inserting two triangular flaps into pockets.

 

Traditional Origami Star

traditional origami star
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

Initially traditional origami star starts with both horizontal and vertical Z-folds. Then subsequent valley and mountain-folds allow us to make a simple crease patter which would deliver a traditional origami star.

 

Traditional Four-Pointed Origami Star

origami sun
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

This traditional origami star allows you to make a five-pointed origami star from a square paper without converting it to a pentagon.

 

 

 

Traditional Six-Pointed Origami Star

origami sun
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional six-pointed origami star allows you to make a six-pointed origami star from a square paper after converting it to an equilateral triangle.

 

Traditional Origami Letter

traditional origami letter

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami letter requires four-folds to form this origami letter.

This four-folds might be the most popular letter folding technique.

 

Traditional Origami Letter II

traditional origami letter

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami letter II requires three-folds to form this origami letter

 

 

Candy

 

candy

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This candy is a 2D version of wrapped origami candy.

 

Traditional Origami Lantern

traditional origami lantern

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami lantern is a 2D model and it only works for one side. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are cushion-fold and opening a pocket which is similarly used for traditional origami chair.

 

Simple Origami Lantern

simple origami lantern

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami lantern is a 2D model butt is a little advanced than the the traditional origami lantern. Unlike the traditional origami lantern, you can hang this lantern since the front and the back sides are the same. This model starts from a balloon base and you will be applying both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold.

 

 

shirt

 

traditional origami shirt

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional shirt is very similar to traditional origami chair. You will need to apply a cushion-fold for three times after turning the paper over for each cushion-fold.

 

Traditional Origami shirt

traditional origami shirt

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami shirt starts with a half of a square paper. One special folding technique you would learn from this model is a special two squash-folds.
 

Pants

 

traditional origami pants

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional pants is very similar to traditional origami shirt. The instructions are the same up to the step #16. You will need to apply a cushion-fold for three times after turning the paper over for each cushion-fold.

 

 

Pants II

 

traditional origami pants

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional pants II is even easier to make compare to other traditional pants.

 

Traditional Origami Man

traditional origami man

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami man is well known for combining both traditional shirt and traditional pants.
 

Traditional Origami Tote Bag

traditional origami bag

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

Initially this traditional origami tote bag follows the same folding sequence of the traditional origami cap.

 

 

2D Origami Tank

 

2d origami tank

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

You will need two sheet of square paper to fold this 2D origami tank. The essential folding technique you will learn from this model is squash-fold

 

Traditional Sitting Origami Fox

traditional origami fox

Level

Beginner

Copyright Mitsuo Okuda

 

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.

 

Rocket

 

rocket

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This rocket is a 2D version of origami rocket.

 

 

Book

book

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This book is a four-page long book made from a typical origami paper. If the original size of the paper is 15cm x 15cm, then the size of page will be 3.75cm x 3.75cm

 

Origami Album

3d origami book

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami album is a six-page long album made from a typical origami paper (15cm x 15cm). The size of each page of this album will be 2.5cm x 5cm. This means that If you want to put two 4" x 5" photos on each page, then the size of the paper should be at least 75cm x 75cm (or 30" x 30"). Initially origami album starts with both horizontal and vertical Z-folds

 

Traditional Origami Necktie

traditional origami necktie

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This traditional origami necktie is an easier version compare to the more advanced one. One special folding technique you will from this model is an symmetric squash-fold.

 

 

2D Origami Heart

 

2D origami heart

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The instruction for folding 2D origami heart is easier compare to the one for 3D model.

 

You-and-Me

Origami Heart

you and me origami heart
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami heart has two hearts attached together. One heart is exactly the same as the the other one in both shape and size.

 

Origami Heart with a Stand

sitting origami heart

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami heart with a stand is a one-side origami heart. The other side has a triangular stand.

 

 

Beetle

 

beetle

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami beetle might be one of the easiest origami beetle you could fold from a square paper. One special folding technique you would learn from this model is a squash-fold

 

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.

 

 

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 Face Changer

 

changer origami face

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami face changer expresses three different states of eyes and mouth. An interesting thing is you can also mix these states

 

Traditional Origami Fly

 

Traditional origami fly

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami fly is very similar to traditional origami cicada in folding sequence.

 

 

Face of Origami Panda

 

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

 

panda

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

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

 

Traditional Origami Christmas Tree

traditional origami christmas tree

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami christmas tree is very easy to fold. it starts with a kite base and there is no special folding technique involved in this model. It takes only eight steps to make one

 

 

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 Wallet

traditional origami wallet

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami wallet is the easiest origami wallet you could make traditionally. One important technique that you will learn from this model is Squash-Fold. It is very similar to house in the initial folding sequences.

 

 

Wallet

 

wallet

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The wallet has two pockets. The important techniques that you will learn from this model is squash-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

2D Origami Lamp

2d origami lamp

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami lamp is 2D version but you can let it stand on the ground. You will need to apply a set of crease pattern to make this model

 

New Origami Pinwheel

 

new origami pinwheel

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This new origami pinwheel is based on a 8x8 matrix base.

 

 

Purse

 

purse

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This purse has one pocket. One important techniques that you will need to know for this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Coin Purse

 

coin origami purse

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami coin purse is very easy to make. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Traditional Origami Pinwheel

traditional origami pinwheel

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This traditional origami pinwheel is a simple origami model to make.

 

 

Car

 

car

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This car is a 2D version and it is very simple to fold. It takes 9 steps to complete.

 

Origami Christmas Flower, Poinsettia

origami christmas flower, poinsettia

 

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The origami christmas flower, poinsettia starts from a square base. A technique of squashing a center is applied on this model

 

Traditional Origami Menko

origami moon
Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

This traditional origami menko is a modular origami model which requires two square papers. You need to make two modules, i.e., one from each paper. The interesting technique you will learn here is that the combining of two modules is accomplished through inserting a triangular flap into a pocket.

 

 

Traditional Origami Rooster

rooster

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

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

 

2D Origami Boot of Santa Claus

ballet origami shoe

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This 2D origami boot of Santa Claus is an model to fold. Although this is 2D model, you can make it stand on the ground. One special folding technique involved with this model is inside reverse-fold

 

Origami Santa Claus's Face

ballet origami shoe

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The face of origami Santa Claus is an easy model. No special folding technique is involved with this model

 

 

Santa Claus

ballet origami shoe

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The Santa Claus is a modular origami model. Three separate parts will be made and then put together in the end. So you will need three sheets of origami paper

 

Small Origami Heart

 

small origami heart

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami heart is small size one. One special folding technique involved with this model is cushion-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.

 

 

Heart

 

sitting origami heart

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami heart is an easy model to fold. One special folding technique you will learn from this model is an inside reverse-fold.

 

Fish

 

fish

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This fish starts from square 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 Heart with Tiny Wings

origami heart with tiny wings

 

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The unique feature of this origami heart is that it has tiny wings. One special folding technique that you need to know for this model is "inside reverse-fold".
 

2D Christmas

Origami Candle

2D Christmas origami candle

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This Christmas origami candle is a 2D model.

Two special folding techniques that you need to learn for this model is "inside reverse-fold" and "squash-fold".

 

Snowman

 

snowman

 

Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The origami snowman starts from 8x8 matrix base. The folding techniques that you need to learn for this model are balloon-fold, open sink-fold, and inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Clockwisely Rotating Origami Star

clockwisely rotating origami star
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

This origami star has a spiral shape represents a clockwise rotation. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Counterclockwisely Rotating Origami Star

counterclockwisely rotating origami star
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

This origami star has a spiral shape represents a counterclockwise rotation. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Counterclockwisely Rotating Origami Ninja Star

counterclockwisely rotating origami ninja star
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

This origami ninja star starts from a counterclockwisely rotating origami star. One special folding technique for this model is a modified squash-fold.

 

 

Origami Letter "X"

 

origami letter X

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The origami letter "X" starts from 8x8 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Four Quadrant

Origami Letter

origami letter X

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

The four-quadrant origami letter starts from 4x4 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Seven Story

Origami Pagoda

seven story origami house

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional / Hyo Ahn

 

This origami pagoda is a traditional origami pagoda modified by Hyo Ahn. Unlike the traditional version, this model has the same shape for both front and back sides. Two special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are both pocket-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Angel

 

angel

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami angel is easy to make. Two special folding technique that you will learn from this model are inside reverse-fold and squash-fold.

 

Heart Origami Envelope

heart origami envelope

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This heart origami envelope has a heart symbol on the back of an envelope. It is not difficult to fold this envelope. One special folding technique that you need to know for this model is swivel-fold.

 

New Origami Sampan Boat

new origami sampan boat
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This new origami sampan boat is easier to fold compared to the traditional sampan boat. It is free from the special folding technique called "locking fold". I think it is a better looking interior of boat too.

 

 

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.

 

Origami Menko out of Single Square Paper

origami moon
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

Traditionally you can make an origami menko using two piece of square paper. Unlike the traditional one, you can make this origami menko using single square paper. You will learn a technique to insert a triangular flap into a pocket. Other than that, there is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Flower Origami Letter

 

flower origami letter

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This flower origami letter starts from 4x4 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

 

Origami Menko II out of Single Square Paper

origami mneko II out of single paper
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

You can make this origami menko using single square paper. It starts with a 4x4 matrix base. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Origami Goldfish II

 

origami goldfish II

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The origami goldfish II starts from a square base. Two special folding techniques that you will learn from this model are both inside reverse-fold and rabbit ear-fold.

 

Mono Fortune Teller

 

origami paper mono fortune teller

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This origami mono fortune teller is similar to the traditional one. However, there is a little difference. One can select one fortune out of four different ones.

This mono fortune teller starts from 4x4 matrix base. One special folding technique that you will learn from this models is cushion-fold.

 

 

Simple Origami Catamaran Boat

simple origami catamaran boat

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This simple origami catamaran origami boat is different from the traditional one in folding sequence although the shape is very similar. One special folding technique you will need to know for this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

Submarine

 

submarine
Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

This submarine starts from 8x8 matrix base. One special folding technique that you will from this model is a modified inside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Elf's Face

 

ballet origami shoe

Level

Beginner

Copyright Hyo Ahn

 

The face of origami elf starts from a 8x8 matrix base. One special folding technique involved with this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

 

cottage

 

cottage

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This origami cottage starts from a 8x8 matrix base. two special folding techniques involved with this model are both pleat-fold and inside reverse-fold.

 

Stem

 

stem

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This stem with two leaves is a 2D traditional model and is very easy to make. You can put an tulip or any flower on top of this stem.

 

Tulip with Two Leaves

tulip with two leaves

 

Level

Beginner

Copyright Traditional

 

This tulip with two leaves is for an origami novice. You can easily make this 2D version of origami tulip with a stem and two leaves.

 

 

 

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