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Origami Koi Fish Projects
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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Origami Koi Fish You can Fold
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.
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Links to the best tutorials and instructions - I have tried out most of these myself in my crafting sessions
- Easy Folded Fish
This Video instruction shows you how to make the easiest version that I've found of this creature.
- Easy Printable Koi Fish
Another easy design to fold from a patterned sheet which you download and print. The folding lines are printed onto the paper and a good tutorial is available too showing how to make it.
- Intermediate 3d Version
This starts life as a flat folded fish and is gradually shaped into a gorgeous 3d carp - if you can avoid tearing the paper!
- Intermediate to Advanced Design
An absolutely stunning origami Koi and a must-see stop-motion video as the fish comes to life.
- Won Park Dollar Tutorial
Amazing Japanese Koi folded from a Dollar bill. Such a realistic shape. One for real origami enthusiasts!
- Intermediate 3D Design
Make a 3D design in 32 steps with a complete step-by-step photo tutorial for you to follow.
- 3D Modular Video Tutorial
A 3D modular design made from lots of pieces of folded paper. The video tutorial is in 3 parts. There is a link to the next part when you've watched the first one. I hope you've enjoyed reading my lens or article today, thanks for your visit. Feel fr
Origami Sea Life - Perfect for Paper Folding Kids and Adults
There are 38 sea themed models to create in this origami book 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!
Video Tutorials to Make a Three Dimensional 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 prints. 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