Friday, April 10, 2009

Say Cheeeese!

and Click! with your origami camera!

This origami camera actually makes somewhat of a clicking sound when you take a picture. Check it out and take lots of pictures this weekend! :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Origami Envelope

Write your note on the paper then fold it into an envelope! And no glue needed! The paper simply tucks into itself.

Love the simplicity of this origami design... and very practical too!

Back of origami envelope:

Front of origami envelope:

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Origami Basket, Bunny and Chick for Easter

Easter is almost here and it's the perfect time to fold origami basket, bunnies and chicks! There's no salmonella and or other bacteria to worry about with these origami :)

Here's an origami basket to hold your easter goodies:

One version of an origami bunny:

Here's another version of an origami Easter Bunny:

Here's an easy origami bunny head for the very young kids:

Finally, fold an origami chick but why stop there? You can fold an entire family! I use a 3 inch square paper for the baby chicks and a 6 inch square origami paper for the "mother".

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Origami sighting!

We were watching the movie "Con Air" on tv and there was a scene in the movie where Nicholas Cage's character was in prison and received an origami flapping bird from his daughter! Had to pause the tv to take this picture!

The origami flapping bird is sure a popular one. Last time, we saw it in the tv series "Medium".

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Creepy Crawly Origami Spider

Check out this 8-legged origami spider! Is it cool or what? :)

This one's still sitting on my desk coz it's still fun to look at! Do try folding one yourself! Here are the folding instructions:
Origami Spider

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Modular Origami Pinwheel

This is a great looking origami but does require some patience. If you don't mind having to fold the same unit/module 8 times, then you're more patient than me! :)

The assembly is a bit tricky initially but once you get the hang of it, it really wasn't too bad.

Find the instructions here:
Modular Origami Pinwheel

Monday, March 23, 2009

Origami Vase for your Origami Flowers

If you've made the origami flowers, then you might want an origami vase to hold your flowers. At least, I did!

I first made this easy origami vase with a regular 6" square origami paper. The vase turned out good but was a bit too small to hold more than one flower.

So then I used an 8 1/4" square origami paper and made a larger vase which held the origami day lilies shown below.

If you don't have the large origami paper, Amazon has some selection and there's a great 4-for-Price-of-3 sale going on. I've stocked up on the larger origami paper myself, thanks to the sale.

Find the origami folding instructions below:
Easy Origami Vase

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is Here! Perfect time for.....

...Origami Flowers!

Below are the origami flowers we currently have in the site. Aren't they beautiful? Try folding one or all!

Click on the link below for folding instructions. Happy Spring!

Origami Flowers Instructions

Thursday, March 19, 2009

YOU asked for it and here it is!

The Origami Cube, that is. We've gotten requests for an origami cube so here it is. This is an easy modular origami. You'll need 6 pieces of paper since a cube has 6 sides.

Check out the instructions below...Try it then send us a photo of your creation!

Origami Cube Folding Instructions

Monday, March 16, 2009

Origami Rat-----tatouille!

I'm not crazy about rats but Remy in Ratatouille was quite endearing. And kids seem to love him. So this one is for all the kids (and adults!) who love Remy and Ratatouille.

It doesn't require many folds and it's fairly easy. Kids may need help on the last step, which is a squash fold to make the ears but that is really an optional step.

Find the folding instructions here:

Easy Origami Rat

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pop! goes the...

Origami Popper! Also called the Origami Banger, this is an action origami that I grew up with. You can make it with printer paper or even newspaper.

The sound it makes can be surprisingly loud. If you teach your kids to make this, you must be prepared to hear popping sounds at any time of day! :)

Find the folding instructions here:
Origami Popper or Origami Banger

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Not too late for St Patrick's Day origami!

Make origami clovers to show your Irish spirit!

We just uploaded instructions for a 3 leaf origami clover:

and there's also instructions for a 4 leaf lucky clover on the site:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wanna be a Ninja?

Then you need some ninja stars!! It's cheapest if you make them yourselves! :)

The instructions on how to fold this cool origami have been uploaded. We've made sure that there are tons of step by step photos to help you.

Go ahead and try it! It's sure to bring lots of fun!
Origami Ninja Star Instructions

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Origami sighting in NBC's Medium!

Did you watch NBC's drama Medium last night? If you did, you might have seen the origami flapping bird in this episode.

One of the drama's characters, a teenage girl, was shown to have a small collection of origami flapping birds.

Do you have an origami collection? Do share if you do!

We updated our origami flapping bird page recently and there's also a new video. The wings of this bird flaps really nicely! Check them out at:

Origami Flapping Bird
Origami Flapping Bird Video

Monday, March 09, 2009

Easy Origami Elephant

If you've seen the dollar bill origami elephant, then you'll know that it's quite a realistic but challenging origami.

This easy origami elephant is much easier and great for kids. One of our readers has already made this origami and send us their picture!

See their photo and find out how to make this origami elephant here:
Easy Origami Elephant

Friday, March 06, 2009

Origami Polar Bear

Remember the polar bear in the coca-cola commercial? This origami polar bear reminds me of that. What do you think? An uncanny resemblance? :)

This is a cute and fairly easy origami polar bear. You will need to make a squash fold and an inside reverse fold, which are just fancy names for fairly common folds in origami.

Find the instructions for this origami here:
Origami Polar Bear

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Do you have a fox face?

No? Then make one!

This is a good one for kids. It's easy and only a few folds. Try it with your kid!

Find out how to make this origami fox face here:

Origami Fox Face

Monday, March 02, 2009

Ladybug, Ladybird, ee-ther, i-ther!

let's call them lady beetles?! coz that's what they are!

Ladybugs/ladybirds are from the family of Coccinellidae, which is a family of beetles.

Americans call them ladybugs, British and Australians call them ladybirds and some pc scientists call them lady beetles. Now that we've the "ladies" settled, what do we call the men?!

Whatever you call them, you'll agree that this origami is cute. Do try it, it's not hard at all.

I used a 3" square paper instead of the regular 6" so that they're cute and tiny.

Find out the origami instructions for ladybug here:

Origami Ladybug

Saturday, February 28, 2009

March of the Origami Penguin

The documentary, March of the Penguins, and movie, Happy Feet, have boosted the popularity of penguins in the last few years. Not that the penguins weren't already cute before!

This origami penguin is beautiful and has a "crisp" look if you crease the folds well. It even looks like it's marching.

Find out how to make it here:

Origami Penguin

Friday, February 27, 2009

Beautiful Origami Lotus

Origami flowers are very popular and we've added another one to our site. This time, it's an origami lotus or origami water lily.

It's not hard to make this origami lotus but it may be easier if you start off with a larger sheet of paper. This origami consists of making the same fold several times, and each time the paper gets smaller and smaller.

We only had 6" square paper so that's what we used. But if you have an 8" square origami paper, use that! It'll be easier on your fingers.

Here are the instructions on making the origami lotus:
Origami Lotus or Origami Water Lily

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Po, the Kung Fu Origami Panda

We've uploaded an origami panda to the site. Kids are sure to love this one, especially if they've seen Kung Fu Panda, an excellent animated movie.

Po, an overweight and clumsy panda, works in his father's (who is a goose, by the way)noodle shop but dreams of being a kung fu master.

The movie follows his journey as he stumbles his way into the kungfu world.

There are some really hilarious scenes and Jack Black was perfectly casted as the voice of Po. I loved this movie - the story, the message and the laugh out moments.

Find out how to make Po, the kung fu origami panda here:
Origami Panda

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cool looking Origami Dragon

If you're one of the readers who've requested for an origami dragon, you're in luck. The origami dragon has been uploaded to the site.

This is really one cool looking dragon, don't you think? It's intricate so it's best for the intermediate origami folder.

Do try folding it and send your photo to us when you're done! We'd love to see it and I'm sure all the readers would love to see it too.

Find out how to make an Origami Dragon here:
Origami Dragon Folding Instructions

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Origami Gun

I don't remember who taught me how to make origami gun. But I do remember playing with my cousins with paper guns in our hands, all of us screaming "Bang! Bang!"

We would fold the origami gun then run outside and be cowboys! I guess all kids want to be a cowboy at some point. Ah, the joys of being a kid!

Find out how to fold this origami here:

Origami Gun

Friday, February 20, 2009

FREE Origami Ebook!

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This is a new feature of origami-instructions. We get questions all the time from readers and the newsletter will answer those questions as well as feature new origami, videos, etc.

The newsletter is free. There are NO obligations - you can cancel at anytime.

The sign-up box is at the top right of each page:

Once you've entered your name, email address and clicked Submit, you will receive an email from "Andy at Origami Instructions".

You MUST click on the link in that email to receive your FREE ebook.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Made Origami Samurai Helmet

Had lots of fun making this origami samurai helmet. Too bad the origami paper was too small or I could have worn this helmet. If you use a larger piece of paper to start like a newspaper, a kid or an adult could wear this functional origami.

Find the origami instructions here:
Origami Samurai Helmet

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Origami Whale added to site

We've added a simple but cute origami whale to the site. I used a blue patterned origami paper and like the way it turned out.

This origami whale is perfect for kids, especially if they've just watched "Finding Nemo". Adults will enjoy folding this too. You can find the written directions and photos here:

Origami Whale

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just wanna wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you've tried folding some of the origami hearts or origami flowers we have on the site but if not, there's still time!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Stand up, Origami Heart!

Here's another origami heart to add to your collection:

I've included lots of detailed directions and photos so that you can make this origami heart easily and quickly. Find all the info here:
Origami Heart with Stand

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love gives you wings!

As promised, the 2nd of the "heart series" has been uploaded to the site. This is another fun one, perfect for Valentine's Day. Do check it out!

Origami Heart with Wings

Easy Origami Heart just in time for Valentine's Day

Due to readers' requests, I have made an easy origami heart which is perfect for Valentine's Day.

Follow the written directions and step by step photos here:
Easy Origami Heart

There are many variations of origami hearts and I will be posting a few more in the next day so don't forget to check back!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Origami Flowers for Valentine's Day

Hey everyone!

This Saturday is Valentine's Day. Are you scrambling to find a gift? Why not make it extra special by giving your Valentine a dozen hand-made origami roses?

We have step by step photo instructions at

Start folding now! You'll be an expert in no time!

Don't forget to also check out origami lily and origami tulip!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Origami Cranes for World Peace

There is a Japanese saying that whoever folds 1000 origami cranes gets a wish.

A young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped about 1 mile away from her home in Hiroshima. She was diagnosed with leukemia and was inspired by the Japanese sayingShe started folding cranes to wish for world peace.

Now 3rd grade students a Moses DeWitt have been folding the origami cranes to wish for world peace.

Photo credit:

The 1000 cranes will be sent to Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba. Children from all over the world have sent paper cranes in hopes for peace.

The cranes are placed at the foot of a statue Sasaki's statue. A plaque at the foot of the statue reads, “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”

I found a picture of Sasaki on Flickr. Credit of picture belongs to Lisa Norwood.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Social Media Bookmarks and Navigation bar update

You can now bookmark, email, digg, stumble upon, twitter, Yahoo Buzz, etc. every page of Look for the "Bookmark" button. Put your cursor over the Bookmark buttton and it will open up to show the first 9 options (see 1st photo below).

If you don't like the 1st nine options, no problem! Click on "More" and it will expand to show almost 50 options for you to share the site (see photo below):

You may have also noticed that the navigation bar has been updated. It now looks like this:

If you click on let's say "Simple Origami", the navigation bar will expand to show all the origami models available under Simple Origami