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How to Make Origami

Updated on March 28, 2011

The word origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) comes from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper). Origami is believed began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.

Learning origami is unique, and it can divided into easy, intermediate and hard or advance model. Easy origami is for beginner or for kid as it usually need only a piece of paper. For example origami love, origami boxes, origami stars, origami vase basic shapes and many more. Intermediate and hard origami involve more complicated skills and need maybe hundred papers. Sometimes it combining two or more models.

What basic needs for origami? Here some guideline for you in learning origami:

Origami material

In origami, you might not just need paper, but some tools you should have are:

-Foil Backing

-Scissors or blades

-Glues and paints and other craft goods


Origami paper

In order to make your origami fun, variety color of paper is used.There are many types of papers such as photocopy paper, colored construction paper, plain white paper, colored bond paper, newspaper and even money. Usually photocopy paper is use as it cheap even it is not a very good material for origami. 

Where to learn?

If you're looking to learn how to make origami, then the best place to look at your local library or bookstore. There are many books available which show step-by-step instructions.It usually include diagrams, so that anyone should feel confident enough should they choose to learn how to make origami.

Other alternative is by learning online. You can search online for free, or buy origami ebook in pdf format which need to be downloaded. There are also a huge number of online video tutorial that will show clear instruction.

Origami is a more than hobby as well as unique art. Kids, seniors, and men and women of all ages can really like enjoyable with it. Once you make origami among your unique crafts for yourself, your family, or your classroom, you choose a valuable, exciting learning tool, and you choose and ancient practice loved by all.


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    • amylela profile image

      amylela 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for reading.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Origami is an amazing art form. I've done a little but would like to do more. Thanks for sharing the info.