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3d Origami Art
One large 3d-model is made
of many smaller and simple origami models.
Sometimes even more then a few thousand pieces are used to make
Folding with a4 papers (letter size) instead of square
An envelope is easier to fold
out of an a4 paper (unless you have a large
The same as abstract art,
abstract figures that represent
existing object or animal. These are very stylistic models.
Folding of pleats which look like the ones of an accordion
Basicly the same as zig zag
folds. You can fold models like a fan,
butterfly or flower using
These are models which can be moved, like a frog that
when you press on it. A paper plane can also be called
action origami model.
These models are difficult to fold or
look very complex.
are mostly designed by "true" origami masters.
Most people fold their models on a hard surface,
like a table.
But it's also possible to fold
models with your hands in the air, free from
or desk. Some models are easier to fold on a table and others are
with your hands in the air (this varies from person to person).
grandmaster who designed about 50.000
models during his whole life. He also produced many new
techniques, like wet-folding. In 1983 he was honoured to the
of the Rising Sun", this is one of the highest honors that
given in Japan.
Anime Origami Model
Origami model which looks like a figure from Japanese
are folded automatically, like when you let a drop
water fall on a small piece of plastic, the plastic folds itself
Folding with real
balloons to create funny looking models.
long balloons are used to make the balloon-models.
Many models are folded the same way in the first few steps.
In these first steps you
fold a figure that is called a basic shape.
From this basic shape many
nice different models can be folded.
In this fold the four corners of a
square paper are
folded to the
of the paper.
Japanese flower, plants and trees arranging style
is practiced in
part/piece of the model to
the left or right, the same as
a page in a book.
Origami Origami models folded out of colorful
wrapper models are flowers, jewelry and bags.
In ancient Japan Origami was only used as a ceremonial art,
because paper was really
expensive. It was used for ceremonials like
or as a good luck object for Samurai Warriors.
Paper that has been hand
stencilled or printed with traditional Japanese
images. Chiyogami paper was
traditionally used for making paper dolls.
artists also use it to fold models like boxes, irisses, cranes etc.
Folding models special for Christmas, like
christmas-stars, santa clauses etc.
Origami models folded from
round papers, this can be fun for folding
Cruise ship towel Origami
Many cruise ships decorate the passengers beds and/or huts
selfmade towel models instead
of just placing a pile in the bathroom.
used models are monkeys, dogs and swans.
A little cutting is
used to make it easier to fold a model,
actually the same as kirigami.
used for step by step explanation of how to fold a model.
Most time they're line
drawings that represent how a model
should look in each step.
folded/manipulated the same as in real origami, so you get
2 or 3
dimensional shapes on a very tiny scale.
These are models folded of a dollar-bill.
This is also called 'money
You can eat these
models without any risk for your health.
don't see this very often but an example is a fried origami crane
folded from dough.
Folding origami models of euro
are some books available
folding models of real euro notes.
These models are folded of fabric.
It's pretty difficult to fold
a model of any kind of fabric
because the folds won't hold
in many occasions.
But flowers for example are
nice to fold with fabric.
Folding models using real fabric, most
easy to fold,
but can look
Flowers, boxes and clothings are popular
in fabrigami style.
Flat Origami Model
A one layered 2d origami model. Most of these flat models are
Models which can float on
water, like boats, catamarans and ducks.
Some people use this word
when they are
talking about origami flowers.
Another word for Florigami,
folding paper flowers.
Folding `fluffy' models like
bears, ponies, kittens and other fluffy stuff.
This machine can fold an origami model automatically.
It is still very difficult to
create machines that can fold
Japanese art of wrapping
gifts / things in
garments which have
a traditional japanese
print most times.
and shoulder bags can also be made in Furoshiki style.
Making of large
geometric / mathemathical shapes out of smaller Origami
parts. Star shapes, cubes and modular balls are often called
Folding models which are fun
for girls, like:
High heels, earrings,
bags and other fashionable origami stuff
Golden Venture Origami
A big object is made of a few hundred smaller
These smaller models are most times very easy to fold and
can be folded in just a few seconds. A large dragon made of
200 smaller models is a good
example of Golden Venture Origami.
Frightening origami models. You don't see these very much, but when
search the internet a while they can be found.
plastic pieces are connected to each other to make
large model of a plane, flower, ball etc. This toy is inspired by
models made of these plastic pieces look a bit like real folded
Japanese art art arranging flowers. The
arrangement is more
important then the beauty of
the flowers. In Japan Ikebana is
also done with origami flowers.
techniques are used to make packages and other
objects in large numbers.
model that is finished after you folded and inflated it.
A folded paper
decoration which is attached to a gift,
originally meant to bring good furtune.
Jewelry which is made of origami models.
The place of this
fold is located by eye, there's no exact place
folding should be done.
the most common used origami paper: It's cheap, many
coloured on one side and very thin, so it's easy to fold.
First, a few
origami papers are layed on top of each other in a certain
Then, all these papers together are folded like your folding
just one paper.
means cute. Kawaii origami are cute and funny looking models.
are also very colourful.
Paper with colourful and modern looking patterns
A form of Origami that only uses the
finest rice paper with wash colored patterns.
Funny, colorful and easy to fold models
for kids (and adults)
Figures of japanese women
with traditional clothes are folded from
colourful origami papers. Most of these models are flat and not
difficult to fold.
Paper Colourful folding paper with
flower-like patterns printed on them.
paper is not only used for folding japanese women in traditional
clothing, but also for cranes, boxes, butterflies and other
This is origami with usage of scissors
to make better looking
models. Most times kirigami is
used to make it more easier
to design an advanced looking
Origami with a little cutting
to make the folding easier and make
model look more advanced.
3d models are made of long strips of
strips are folded
real origami to get nice 3d origami models.
A ball made of paper origami models
which are glued together or
pushed inside each other.
Origami This is used to solve
mathematical problems like how to make
flat without ruining it. This can be used for satellites.
Mathematical formulas can be solved too by making a certain
Very small origami models, sometimes
even smaller then your nails.
As few folds as possible are used to fold a model. These
look abstract and/or very modern.
Various simple origami models are glued
together or pushed
inside each other to make one
complex looking model.
These are most times
mathematical looking objects.
arrangement of atoms in a molecule is changed
by folding this arrangement in different maners.
Origami with real money, great to give as a present to
fold the paper is folded backwards.
It's one of the most used
folds in origami.
Origami models / toys which you can move / play with, like
a jumping frog or a Jack in the box.
One of the first movable
Origami models is the Flapping
Various models made of one single paper are connected to each
make one larger model, like a dragon or a building.
Folding models out of newspapers. Not only boats and hats are
folded from newspapers, but
real beautiful models too, like
bags, flowers or large dragons.
Newspaper Origami Fashion
You can also fold real beautiful dresses and other clothings
out of newspapers.
Origami which is
suitable to practice at office, when the boss is on a holiday.
It's often folding small
models using Sticky Notes or business cards.
One Crease Origami
These models are folded in just one step, always look very
often hard to see what they represent.
One Handed Origami
Folding origami models with just one hand.
The same as Origami, some people say Oragami instead of Origami
with organza instead of paper. Organza is a fine fabric, like silk,
and often used for making
party clothings. Prom dresses / party dresses
are often made in Organza
Origami flower arrangements with special attention to the
very similar to Bonsai Origami, but most Oribana arrangements look
more Western instead of Japanese
Oriëntal fashion, mostly
luxurious and inspired
"Ori" is the japanese word for
"Kami" is the japanese word
Most times this is a course
for learning the art of Origami.
Origami academies make commercial models / books
Stop-motion video with origami models. These
videos are made
by frame. In each frame the model looks a little different or
is on a
different position. When you play the video it looks like the
is really moving.
Architecture This isn't origami actually, but I
like to mention it in this list.
These are often models that
are cut out of one piece of paper.
It's like a pop-up card, but
most times very advanced.
flowers and leaves are glued to real branches. Rolled up
newspapers can be used too for the branches. Origami Bonsai is
of Benjamin John Coleman.
Cartoon with origami
or about origami. These are often placed
Folded paper clothes (for
dolls) and real clothes with folded details
completely made / folded in Origami style.
Contest for making
the best-looking or most original origami model.
Sometimes it's a speed-contest: Who is the fastest in folding
Hand measured- and
hand-stitched clothes inspired by origami.
cases a part of a clothing is folded, but sometimes whole
clothings are made of origami.
Clothes that are folded from fabric.
Grandmaster There are more Origami Masters, but
there can be only one
Origami Grandmaster: Akira
He made a real art out of
Origami instead of just a craft
which have something to do with origami, mine is:
Jack, what you're doing?
just printed the coloured paper for an origami elephant.
And now you're folding the
elephant with that wet paper?
have to wait until the ink is dry!
I am wet-folding!
Very small origami models that
are used for a ring or an earring etc.
These models are many times
made of silver and look like
they are really folded.
origami. There's no doubt about these folding artists,
really good in designing new models.
Origami Pop-up card
By opening this card a 3d origami model comes
popping out of it.
This word is used when
somebody is talking
about more then one
A person who does Origami
Origami for kids:
Planes, flapping birds, finger dolls, inflatable models
other fun stuff.
Models are made of small wet
Models which are folded from
waterproof paper, so it's no problem
them outside the house or to use them for decoration of
of folding you can also use techniques like paper maché to
paper into a nice model. The
paper is made completely wet first, to make
it easier to mold.
Origami used for making an interesting performance with
Here people try to explain
how to fold a model by using text only,
even possible to give folding instructions through a telephone.
Origami folding with plastic sheets instead of paper sheets.
Origami models from the famous Pokemon
are also books available with instructions for folding the
from the series.
In this style only mountain-
and valley-folds are used to make
so no other distracting folds like a rabbit-ear-fold.
makes these models fun to fold for beginners too. This style
invented by John Smith.
models which are made of a long colourful ribbon.
This word is used for a robot
which can fold
an origami model.
A group of 1000 Origami cranes held together by strings.
japanese tradition and should bring good fortune to
person who folds them.
Folding two models in once, so one model
in each hand.
two handed origami
Folding a model as fast as you can.
Sticky Note Origami
Models folded of small yellow Post-it notes.
Animation videos with origami models which are made frame by
By telling a short story
people explain how to
fold a model,
easier to remember for other people how to fold that model.
Models that are folded from long strips
Folding cute models
of teabags, because many of them are very
colourful. Not only simple models are folded from teabags, but
advanced models too. Origami teabag models are often used
A new model is designed by using a
computer-program. When you
program the amount of petals a model should have, the
can calculate the folding pattern.
from Japan and it's a ball decorated by winding
around it. Temari Origami is a ball too, but this one
of various smaller origami models.
paper origami These models
are folded from toilet-paper.
An example is a model that is
folded on the end of a
toilet paper roll to decorate
Nice looking models that are folded of
These models are often easy to
Origami Most times pretty
easy models to fold without any cutting
or gluing. The designer of a
traditional model is often unknown.
origami A model which can be changed into
another model quickly,
like a rose with leaves which
can be changed into a cube.
Models like this are often
made out of more Origami parts.
Undoing one or more
folds which are just made
in order to get helplines on
These helplines are used for
later folds that are made.
This is the
same as modular origami. One larger model is made of
smaller origami models.
Origami models which are great to give
as a present on
roses, hearts, heart-shaped boxes or the
LOVE in folded origami
With this fold the paper is folded to
It's one of the most used
folds in origami.
Designing Origami models using a computer program.
These models can get
complex, but real hard or even impossible to fold in real life.
paper from Japan. The quality of these papers varies
a lot. This paper is much used
Models which are folded from waterproof paper, so it's no
these models outdoors in the rain.
Clothing (dresses, skirts, shoes, hats)
inspired by origami. Some
are 100% origami, like a dress or a hat.
This technique is used to
make a model less sharp-edged:
You make the paper wet on both
sides with a sprayer and then
the model is folded.
Paper with the
same coloured pattern that japanese kimono's
have. Many times small drawings of
flowers are used to make
Zig Zag folds
of pleats: Folding upwards, then downwards, then upwards, etc.
It is used for things like
flyers, fans and umbrella's.
Folding scary zombies and
other undead characters