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Best Origami Books For Paper Folders

Updated on January 9, 2014

Welcome To My Best Origami Books Gift Guide!

Here you will find the best origami books that are popular with paper folders. I have many of them as well and others are still on my wish list.

These books will make great Christmas gifts to any paper folding enthusiast who also likes to read a good book - and learn to fold from written diagrams and patterns.

From simple books to more complex and sophisticated, no matter your skill level, you will find here something that will enhance your knowledge and abilities to fold new origami designs.

Check out the whole range of great Origami books for every level at Amazon.

Origami For Beginners

Origami Studio Kit
Origami Studio Kit

Origami Studio Kit: 30 Step-by-Step Lessons with an Origami Master

with Michael G. LaFosse

Origami Studio Kit: 30 Step-by-Step Lessons with an Origami Master is a new DVD that teaches you origami right from the start. It takes you by the hand and guides you all the way through your finished projects in no less than 30 lessons.

The new DVD is quite new (released in July 2012), and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It's awesome! Living quite far from Michael Fosse (in another country at the other end of the world), I could never get to take a class with him. Now with this new video, I feel like I'm there, learning directly from one of the best origami masters.

Easy Origami by John Montroll

Whether a kid or an adult, if you're just starting now to learn making Origami figures, Easy Origami by John Montroll is one of the best ways to get your feet wet.

Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)over 30 simple projects
Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)over 30 simple projects

You have 32 easy projects to get you started with paper folding, and each is clearly explained. This books is truly a great introduction to the art of origami, and it's the one that I've started out with as well a few years back. Once you've gained a basic level of folding your paper, you can move on to other Montroll's designs (some listed below) or to other authors as well.

And let's face it, for a starter book, you can't beat the price either!

Personally I consider John Montroll a favorite origami artist and author.


Origami for Beginners: The Creative World of Paper Folding by Florence Temko

Whether a child or an adult origami enthusiast, this book is there to help you learn paper folding. You can find more than 40 models of objects that you can learn to make, some extremely easy, others just a bit more complex, building upon what you've already learned.

Origami for Beginners: The Creative World of Paper Folding: Easy Origami Book with 36 Projects: Great for Kids or Adult Beginners
Origami for Beginners: The Creative World of Paper Folding: Easy Origami Book with 36 Projects: Great for Kids or Adult Beginners

Christmas ornaments, mice and kittens, all are very easy to make with the step by step instructions in the book. The directions are easy, the projects fun.


Absolute Beginner's Origami by Nick Robinson

One doesn't have to be of Japanese nationality to write awesome books on Origami. Nick Robinson uses a very easy system of teaching you how to start folding paper like a real Origami professional in no time.

Absolute Beginner's Origami: The Simple Three-Stage Guide to Creating Expert Origami
Absolute Beginner's Origami: The Simple Three-Stage Guide to Creating Expert Origami

You will find here 20 templates and instructions using his 3 step system of: first, bases and folds. Once you get the hang of these, you are well on your way to fold any type of Origami diagram in an easy way. This book is easy enough to teach even a kid the art of origami paper folding.


Origami for Everyone by Didier Boursin

This Origami book is perfect for the starter Origami enthusiast. You get 68 projects which range from very easy ones to intermediate ones, right up to more difficult ones, which you should only tackle once you've gone through the rest of the book, to get a good foundation.

Origami for Everyone: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
Origami for Everyone: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

In fact, this book is a compilation of 3 previous Origami books, namely: Easy Origami, Origami Paper Airplanes and Origami Paper Animals.

So if you don't have these books, then all 3 in one. Let's face it, we can never have enough Origami books as it were!


Origami For Intermediate

Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa

Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa is one of the best books on paper folding that I've read and worked with. It has quite a lot of models, from rather easy ones to more complex diagrams, and while animals are mostly abundant, you can find many others as well. Perfect for the intermediate Origami paper folder.

Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex
Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex

If you like maths, you will especially find joy working with the figures in this awesome book. But if you're not, don't worry, you don't need to be a mathematical wizz to have fun with all these designs. The author takes you step by step through his own folding method and teaches you a very interesting origami way of folding your regular, average paper (no special paper necessary to use this book)


Origami Collection 2008

I like this collection of origami designs because the templates range from easy to more sophisticated ones. If you already know a bit about origami, you will love this book because it will allow you to learn so much more. With this book you can try your hands at some more complicated designs, and once you crack their code, the feeling you will have will be nothing short of ecstatic.

Origami Collection 2008
Origami Collection 2008

An anthology of over 50 models from origami artists around the world. A wide range of styles and difficultly levels are represented. Contains works not published elsewhere.


Origami Inspirations by Meenakshi Mukerji

IF you are at an intermediate level with origami, you will love this book. However just in case you picked up the book (or got it as a gift) and you have no clue about origami, you can easily pick it up with the basics that are introduced right at the beginning of the book.

Origami Inspirations
Origami Inspirations

Origami Inspirations provides step-by-step instructions and color distribution suggestions to create the more than 30 intricate designs presented. The book also includes a chapter featuring designs by origami artists from around the world, and these projects provide a happy complement to the author's own exciting inspirations in the rest of the book.


Origami For Advanced

Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art by Robert Lang

If you're at a more advanced level and want to really learn origami to a professional level, I seriously recommend this book. I fact I recommend all of Robert Lang's books. With over 40 years under his belt, he is recognized as one of the leading father figures of Origami in the Western world.

Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, Second Edition
Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, Second Edition

Containing step-by-step instructions for 26 models, this book is not just an origami cookbook or list of instructions—it introduces the fundamental building blocks of origami, building up to advanced methods such as the combination of uniaxial bases, the circle/river method, and tree theory. With corrections and improved illustrations, this new


Advanced Origami: An Artist's Guide to Performances in Paper by Michael G. LaFosse

Origami For The Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara

This book is for the serious Origami paper folder. It's an advanced book that should be only tackled when you've gone through some of the books mentioned above in the easier categories.

Origami for the Connoisseur
Origami for the Connoisseur

You will find here no less than 65 serious paper folding designs that will challenge your creativity and bring your knowledge to new heights. From interesting geometric designs such as an hour glass, the Rotating Tetrahedon, Brain Ticklers, and Extraterrestrial Being, to animal patterns such as Kitten, Goose, Pelican, Giraffe, Camellia, Spiral Snail Shell, Ground Beetle, Pine Cone, Fox, you will find everything you need to be busy and entertained for hours at no end!


Origami For Holidays

Origami Holiday Decorations by Florence Temko

Want to enhance the look of your room, classroom with decorative ornaments for the occasion? Origami Holiday Decorations helps you do just that with a variety of decorative origami ornaments for Christmas, Hanukkah and even Kwanzaa.

Origami Holiday Decorations
Origami Holiday Decorations

The easy 25 designs will please discriminating tastes but are simple enough for newcomers to origami or as crafts projects for youngsters.


Origami Holidays by Duy Nguyen

Whether it's Christmas, New Year Or Halloween, you will find in this book some awesome holiday origami projects that are fun to make.

Origami Holidays
Origami Holidays

For Halloween, choose from 10 projects, including a Gremlin’s Mask. Decorate your Christmas tree with Reindeer and Santa’s Hat, Sleigh, and Pack. Start the New Year with Father Time, and greet the spring with Easter Bunnies and Baskets. Each project uses easy basic folds, and has a simplified illustration and a description of what to do, how to alter the size, and how to use color.


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    • yano jl profile image

      yano jl 

      6 years ago

      I also enjoy folding paper airplanes.

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      6 years ago

      I wish I could start at "advanced" - they look so beautiful. Oh well. Guess I have to start at "beginners". Great selection and so well organized and aesthetically presented.

    • Timewarp profile image


      6 years ago from Montreal

      Origami is awesome, blessed for a head start for this new lens :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very well put together. I like the way you broke things down into skill levels.

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      6 years ago

      Awesome idea! I certainly wouldn't mind learning origami one of these days. :)

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome list! There sure are a lot more resources available than when I was a kid!

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      6 years ago

      This here is a comprehensive collection indeed! Great selections and wonderful resources!


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