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                    ORIGAMI BEGINNERS PAGE
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This model is very beautiful ofcourse:  
origami unicorn Origami Unicorn by Roman Diaz
But if you've never folded a model before, it's not a very good model to start with.

There are many videos and sites with origami instructions on the internet nowadays.
These instructions vary from very easy to almost impossible to fold,
This is a good site for beginners:    

It contains instructions for these kind of origami models:

origami dices                                                          origami watches
                        Dice                                                       Watch

red origami dress                                                       origami panda
                        Dress                                                     Panda

You Tube is also a great site to find easy models. Just type 'easy origami' or 'easy origami bird'
in the search box and you'll get a long list of videos with nice instructions.

If you don't even know the difference between a valley-fold and a mountain-fold,
click here for a short explanation about basic folds (at my own site)

Next to basic folds you have basic shapes. These are shapes which you fold before the
details of the model are folded.

A good example is the bird base:
origami bird base
Many different types of models can be folded out of this bird base, a bird for example.......


You could buy special expensive origami paper for folding your models, but
packs of coloured a4 papers or gift wrap papers are also fine for folding nice models.
I folded these firework rockets from gift wrap paper, for example:
Origami fireworks    Paper flower bag    Paper table skirt
Origami Fireworks       Flower bag                   Paper table skirt

And these are some models which I folded from coloured a4 papers:

origami crown              kawaii origami daisy              3d origami card with a red tulip
      Crown                                 Daisy with cutting, so              3D Card with Tulip
                                                 even more easier

Newspapers are also great for making easy Origami models, this vase is a good example:

      Newspaper vase
      Newspaper vase
If you do have beautiful and/or expensive papers, it's smart to practice a model
with cheap white papers first. I design most of my models using white papers,
before making it with special textured papers.

You also don't need to buy expensive books to get instructions for good models,
almost all of these instructions are on the internet too nowadays. Books are
still great to give as a present ofcourse, or just to have something special for yourself.
More and more newer books go with a pack of origami papers which are special
designed for the models of that book. These books can be even cheaper than
buying a pack of 'real' origami paper.

These are some more fun beginner-models of myself:

    Origami bug     Origami helicopter     Origami bangle     Origami sugar
    Origami bug              Helicopter                 Origami bangle          Origami sugar

Origami goldfish     origami french fries     origami candy     origami polka dot hearts
    Origami Goldfish       French Fries              Candy                        Hearts

And these are some videos with nice beginner-models:

Origami heart - Make shiny paper hearts out of red, pink and white papers

Origami Feather - Easy to fold and decorative Origami feathers

Origami Bookmark - White bookmark with a large red heart, could be nice as a gift

Origami Worm - Easy to fold and funny worm

Origami Flying Spinning Top - This one could be a little to hard, but it's a great toy

Are these models still to difficult for you?
Patience, if you can't fold a model after a few tries, just lay it aside and try again later or
wait until the next day. If you still don't succeed folding it, forget the model, and try to
find another one you like (this is how I did it when I couldn't design my own models yet)

click here for beginners archive page

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