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

Google Search Added to

We've added Google Search to

You can find the Google Search buttom right below the navigation bar on the left: