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How To Create Origami

Updated on February 22, 2012
Paper Crane Complete
Paper Crane Complete | Source

As a child I first origami I learned how to make, if it is indeed considered origami, was a paper airplane. Like the age old image in everyone's mind of misbehaving children in a classroom with pee-shooters and paper airplanes flying around the room I also learned this in a classroom. As time went on I began to learn much more about origami. When I got older I moved into more complex designs and understood much more about this old age japanese art.

Note: to see the diagrams in a larger size click on the pictures.

Origami Boat
Origami Boat | Source

The very next design I created was that of a paper boat. I saw pictures of Japanese fishing boats and marveled at how similar they were to the finished design of the actual origami model. One fine day my brother and I took a hike to a nearby pond and having made more than one hundred paper boats we released them all at once into the water. We laughed and marveled at the sight of this interesting looking fleet that was pushed by the wind and eventually rushed down a nearby stream. It was incredible to see so many small boats winding this way and that in such close proximity down the twisting river.

Origami Flower
Origami Flower | Source

After the origami boats I made a variation of the boat design into a paper hat. My siblings made several hats of this type over time and we often played pirates. Sometimes we would kid each other by writing silly names on the hats when the other wasn't looking. It was good fun for all.

Origami Crane
Origami Crane | Source

The first more complex origami art I made was a crane. At the time we were studying about World War II in school. We were reading a story about how after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and how afterward as in remembrance of the ones that passed away in Japan two young girls began a paper crane making project. Around that time our teacher with the help of another older grade we were taught how to make cranes ourselves and I have never forgotten. The story or the ability to make cranes.

I have tried many more designs since my first introduction to origami with varying degrees of success. Some have been quite simple as the folding techniques are very similar to creating the crane others have been incredibly difficult and I will continue to work on them. I have included several diagrams throughout this article to help those of you who want to pursue the art of origami. My recommendation if you are a beginner is to start with the simpler designs and move up from there. You will also find a couple videos. One is myself creating a pig and that other creating a paper crane.

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Origami Frog
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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      laurel536 - glad to be of service, I love origami too, I hope the diagrams are good :)

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      laurel536 5 years ago from North Carolina, United States

      I have been doing origami for several years and I love it! It is very relaxing to watch a model form. Thank you for adding the diagrams-- the one of the flower is particularly interesting.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Steve LePoidevin - you are so right, origami is great fun I hope I did inspire you to get back to it :) Thanks for reading!

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      Steve LePoidevin 6 years ago from Thailand

      I used to do a lot of origami. Your article may have inspired me to get back into it :) Unit Origami is great for math classes and a fun way to teach 3D geometric shapes. There are tons of informative books on this technique, my favorite being the one by Tomoko Fuse.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - I believe you are right there are so many designs kids could discover many during the summer months. Thanks for commenting I really appreciate it :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Donald1960 - yes I really enjoy origami thanks for reading :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      KimberlyLake - yes it can be quite rewarding when you finish an animal or other origami project. Your kids will really like the end product :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      hoteltravel - I understand what you mean trying to get my daughter to pull away from video games and TV to read a book or do something like origami is like pulling teeth. But once she gets to it she does enjoy it. Just wish it wasn't so hard to get her to start something like that :)

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful art form and so elegeant in design. I don't know if I could follow through on the instructions without someone guiding me. The pig is cute but haven't seen one of these creations before. This seems like it would be a good summer activity for kids at home.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      ronny2005 - that sounds great, I haven't made an origami house yet, that is an interesting idea. I'll have to check on how to make that one. Thanks for commenting!

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      Donald 6 years ago from United States

      Nice hub, very interesting and fun!

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      What a cool craft. I have an origami set that I purchased but haven't played with it yet. I am pulling it out to work on it with my kids this weekend. Thanks for SHARING.

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      The joy of creating something with our own hands is indescribable, especially for a child. But, this art need to be introduced in a fun way to present-day kids, as they have too many 'cool' activities to pursue. Voted up and useful.

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      ronny2005 6 years ago from HubPages

      I always loved to create origami in my childhood! When I was in 2, I learned to create a Jumping Frog, a Lotus, and a house! The jumping frog was the most awesome one. It would jump about 2 to 5 inches of height when pressed at the end of its structure! Good hub, voted up!

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks I hope you like these paperfolding designs. I included a frog, crane, flower, boat pig and a couple others :)

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      johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

      very useful hub, thanks for sharing!