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Online Origami Videos for Learning the Art of Paper Folding: Simple Starts

Updated on January 16, 2012

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Through it, you can enliven your surroundings with just a piece of paper. The skill can make you friends at any gathering and gain the admiration of kids. This collection of simple designs is arranged in order of increasing complexity.

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.


Here’s a figure that’s easy enough for a kid to do, as you can tell from the instructor. This video shows typical origami paper, which has a colored side and a white side. Most craft, book and Japanese stores carry the material. Though most origami only shows the colored side, this one uses the white part to good effect.


Using white paper, professional artist Robert Segundo shows how to make two simple origami airplanes.

  • In the first one, he calls out some of the more common folds, which will be useful for more complex creations.
  • In the second, he uses stiffer and larger paper for a more impressive construction that is ideal for flying outdoors.

Jumping Frog

You and several friends can make your own jumping frogs out of index cards, and then have a race. This professionally produced video features voice instructions, subtitles and background music. You may want to use a pen to draw eyes on the head. Writing a name or a design on the frog’s back helps distinguish one from the other if you’re all using index cards of the same color.

Paper Tulip

This video is from an origami DVD, though it’s not quite as slick as the previous one. But several of these designs can decorate a vase or dining table, especially if you use papers of different colors. Try poking some sharp sticks or branches at the bottom to use as a stem. The origami stem is only available on the DVD.


This is a little bit more complex but still doable for the beginner. All the preliminaries are necessary for the more intricate folds later on. Try this with patterned paper for a more colorful creation. The artist, Japanzor, has other origami videos, of varying complexity. Click the Videos tab near the top under the title to view a list.

A Request

If you try any of these designs, please let me know in the Comments field below how it went. You can also take poll.

Did you try to make one of these origami designs?

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Origami has always fascinated me. A Japanese friend often makes tiny origami animals for us, which piqued my interest further. I plan to try the butterfly. Thanks so much!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! Orgami art is one of the most interesting and economical arts ever. It is good to know that November 11 is Orgami day in Japan as this helps in maintaining this beautiful art tradition. I created paper airplanes and paper boats quite often as a kid. I took the poll - yes! A fun hub ideal for kids and adults alike!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & socially shared

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      For fun, I once took an origami class in a local community center. It takes a while to get the hang of creating these various designs. Nice to have the videos in this hub for people to be able to watch and practice. Voted up, useful, interesting and SHARED.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You can actually even do this with plain pieces of paper or newspaper, or even colorful junk mail flowers.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've never tried my hand at origami, but I've been intrigued by its intricacies. I'm going to see what the grand kids and I can do with these.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you're all enjoying the origami. Hope you'll have time to try some of the simpler ones.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      The paper tulip is really neat. Great hub! Voted up and interesting.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I just love this. I was thinking about writing some origami hubs and I still might, but you have done an excellent job here. I love origami!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this collection of origami videos!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      These are all great. I have received origami paper from some Japanese guests, but many of the origami was so complex that I would get lost. I watched the first video with the boat - I love that it is a kid that teaches us how to make the boat. It was easy to understand and easy to make. Voted up.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My daughter will love this! She is an origami expert. I will share this with her alocsin! Great job with the videos. Voted up!


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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good luck, Kikalina. Please let me know in comments how it goes, or if these selections are too complex for beginners.

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for sharing. Will be trying these out with my eldest on a rainy day!