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Origami Koi Fish Projects

Updated on July 28, 2017
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Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.

Beautiful Selection of Decorative Koi Carp Fish Paper Folding and Origami Projects

Koi Carp are among the world's most stunning and beautiful fish which are often used in large, ornamental ponds. They are like the peacocks of the underwater world. It's really no surprise that you'd like to be able to recreate their styling and craft them from paper using folding and origami techniques. I've attempted to make these on numerous occasions and the more realistic 3D designs are incredibly hard to get right.

Since I love this delightful creature (having had them in my garden while I grew up) I have put together a great resource page which offers videos and links to the favorite instructions and tutorials that I have found over the years. There are some projects here which are incredibly easy and suitable for beginners or kids and then there are those which will really try your patience! Enjoy making this wonderful carp.

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How to make and fold origami Koi fish tutorials and instructions
How to make and fold origami Koi fish tutorials and instructions | Source

The green Koi carp model comes from Origami 'n' Stuff 4 Kids. There you can download and print out a patterned square of paper which is relatively easy to fold. The finished paper design would look wonderful with added glitter and sequins - a great project for kids and adults.

Folding the orange origami fish was tricky. It's definitely an intermediate project and you need to be super careful not to tear the paper as you pull the paper out into place. But it is fascinating to see how the flat folded design is gradually shaped into a 3d one.

Video Tutorial to Make a Three Dimensional Origami Koi Fish

Origami Sea Life - Perfect for Paper Folding Kids and Adults

There are 38 sea themed models to create in the Origami Sea Life book by John Montroll with lots of different fish and sea life including folding a seahorse, crab and whale.

I have firsthand experience with Japanese Koi Carp because my parents used to own them. They can be incredibly tame and will come to investigate your fingers if you dab them on the top of the water. Ours knew when food was arriving and would swim close to get it.

As well as being attractive to view, they are also attractive to natural predators such as herons. Sadly, we lost a lot to these large birds despite having fencing round the pond. At least paper folded versions can last forever!

Origami Koi Fish You can Fold

Origami Koi Fish
Origami Koi Fish

With the three dimensional versions of this Koi, you can hang up the completed designs as paper ornaments or even as play animals for a toy pond. This ornamental fish deserves to be constructed from really pretty patterned papers to emulate how it looks in real life.

Try using graduated color papers or traditional Japanese print origami papers. If white paper is all you have, try painting it carefully once constructed.

Feel free to leave a comment or even ask a question related to this article and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks so much for dropping by.

© 2012 Marie

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LewesDE: Thank you kindly for your visit to my origami koi page :)

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Interesting reading!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LazyKat: I've seen this Koi fish folded from a stunning silver foil paper but I'm not so good at folding in foils as they show every crease so clearly - including the mistakes! Thank you, LazyKat. What a shame about your grandma's Koi fish :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you and I appreciate your visit :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Asinka: Thank you, Asinka

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @chidchan: Thank you, origami fish are really neat folding projects.

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      LazyKat 5 years ago

      Love it, I would use a more elaborate patterned paper (after making a few practice ones!) just for the added pizzazz. Great lens! (My grandma kept Koi as well, but lost most of them to raccoons after her dog passed on :( )

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very cool fish, this would be fun to teach someone.

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      Asinka Fields 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice lens, the koi is cute :).

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      chidchan 5 years ago

      It's interesting lense! "Under the Sea Origami" that I never seen it before.