What's Origami?

Origami (oh-ri-ga-mee, from the Japanese words ori meaning "folding," and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, in which pieces of paper are folded into decorative objects known as folds or models. Traditional Japanese origami has been practiced since the 17th century, but there is evidence of long-ago paper folding practiced in China, Spain, Germany, and other places as well. Today origami is practiced by people of all ages and nationalities.



1. Ask a grown-up for a piece of paper (computer printing paper works GREAT for these projects)

2. Click on any origami model that you would like to make (bird, boat, jet, or fortune) to download and print model instructions.

3. Follow the instructions for your chosen model and the tips below to make origami easier:

  • Be sure to read each step of the model instructions carefully. If you miss a step, your origami model may not turn out to look the way you imagined it would!

  • When folding paper, be sure to crease each fold very well. For best results, each fold should be flattened (creased) by running the side of your thumbnail or a ruler along the fold.

  • Don’t rush. Take your time. Be patient. If you are just starting to learn origami, don’t try to race through the instructions.

  • 4. HAVE FUN!

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    Download and Print Origami Models

    Crane origami model  origami boat model 
    crane (coming soon!) boat
    origami jet model  origami fortune model 
    jet airplane fortune teller

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