Have you tried the Japanese art of paper folding – Origami? If not you may find it very rewarding! Origami dates back to the 17th century and can be quite meditative whilst also kicking your creative juices into gear.
Origami tends to be enjoyed by adults and kids alike, but can vary in difficulty. Luckily we have you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best origami tutorials for all ages – so get the family together and get folding!
Origami for Kids
Easy Origami Mouse
This one can be made in just 6 steps! Glue or draw some eyes on and you have a cute little mouse! Find the tutorial at origami-make.org.
Origami Drinking Cup
Just 7 simple steps for this design. Try using grease proof paper and you’ll have a little cup that can even be drunk out of! Instructions can be found at origami-fun.com.
Origami Puppy Dog
Once again just draw or glue on some eyes and you have this cute little origami animal. Wood woof! See how easy it is to make at Origami With Rachel Katz.
Origami Love Heart
Perfect for a little princess or prince and easy to make. Check out the video above thanks to Craft Haven.
Watch this video tutorial and in less than 5 minutes of folding you’ll have a wonderful little origami fish. Found at Red Ted Art.
Origami for Beginners
Origami Magazine Box
So named because it can be made from a magazine page but any rectangular piece of paper will do the trick. You can also make a lid for it. Learn how to make it now at make-origami.com.
Origami Business Card Holder
Super hand and easy to make. See how at How About Orange.
Origami Jumping Frog
That’s right it actually hops! See how to make it at It’s Always Autumn.
Printable Origami Bookmarks
OK you will need a printer for this design, but they are just so cool I had to include them in this list! Get the full tutorial and printing templates here.
Traditional Origami Fan
Super cool and will cool you off! Find the tutorial at thesprucecrafts.com.
No origami list is complete without the most famous origami design. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make these just jump over to Origami Make for a full tutorial.
Or for a more challenging version check out their standing crane origami tutorial.
Alright we’re starting to get a bit more difficult now, but these are some seriously cool folds! Why not give this Beautiful bowl a try. Learn how to fold it right here.
Origami Star Box
Watch the video above. You may need a little glue or tape to hold this one together but it makes a great little decoration. Found at Origaminut.
Why not make a small version of one of the largest animals on earth. Get full instructions from aaronkrerowicz.com.
Origami Advent Calendar
Got time for a craft project these holidays? Then why not give this amazing piece a try? Check out how to make it at Paper Kawaii.
Here we go… only the truly committed best attempt the following. Some of these designs are modular, meaning you will need to fold multiple pieces of paper which will then be combined to achieve the final design.
We’ll start with this one which may be the easiest of the dragons and some may even consider it intermediate difficulty.
For a more complex dragon of the non-winged type check out the below design:
Full diagram instructions on how to fold this can be found at origami-art.us.
Origami Car – VW Beetle/Bug
Get the detailed instructions with diagrams at Origami Nut.
Quite difficult but also quite impressive if you can pull it off. Full folding instructions at Origami Art.
3D Origami Star
Made up of five intersecting tetrahedra, this amazing piece will require 10 squares of paper and at least an hour of your time. Check out the video tutorial below.
Origami Star Wars Wing Fighter
What could be more geeky than combining star wars and origami? Once again they have full instructions and diagrams at origami-art.us.
There is no ‘try’ only do or do not. Give this tricky tutorial from Jo Nakashima a try.
We hope you enjoyed these origami tutorials! Maybe you have just found yourself a new time-passing hobby.
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