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Easy Origami Ideas With Directions

easy origami ideas
Updated on 05/14/24

Here are 75+ easy origami designs for you to fold with directions and pictures to help you along the way! Origami is easy, fun, and a great way to make gifts or decorations in just a few minutes.

Click on the design you want to make to go to a folding guide with pictures and step-by-step directions for each fold.

Origami Birds

Dive into the captivating world of origami birds where you’ll learn to fold fine feathered freind like the well known crane. Folding birds is a great place to start when you aren’t sure what you want to fold.

Origami Animals

Delve into the world of origami animals and create adorable creatures that make for fun activities and provide kids with the opportunity to decorate them with their own touch.

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  • What is the simplest origami to make?

    The easiest and simplest origami that people learn is paper airplanes and traditional folds like the hat or boat. There many other deisgns like hearts, or animals that also only require a few folds to complete.

  • What is the most popular origami?

    The origami crane is the most popular design to fold because it symbolizes love, peace, hope and healing. Starting with the Japanese, it has been said that folding 1,000 cranes would demonstrate enough patience to recieve good luck and fortune.

  • What are the 5 basic origami folds ?

    1. Valley Fold: This is folding the paper inward along a line, creating a “valley” or V-shaped crease.

    2. Mountain Fold: The opposite of a valley fold. It is folding the paper outward along a line, creating a raised “mountain” or upside down V-shaped crease.

    3. Reverse Fold: This fold involves changing the direction of an existing crease by folding part of the paper back in the opposite direction.

    4. Squash Fold: This fold is used to flatten a portion of the paper by opening it up and pressing it flat. It is achieved by manipulating existing creases and layers of the paper.

    5. Petal Fold: This fold is similar to the squash fold but is used to create a three-dimensional “petal” shape. It involves opening up a portion of the paper and then pressing it flat, resulting in a layered, petal-like structure.