Children all over the world learn to fold paper planes and boats in their elementary school. This craft of paper folding dates back to 100 AD, when it started in China and spread to Japan by 600 AD. It is from there where it evolved into what we today know as origami. The word originated from the Japanese words “ori” and “kami”, meaning folding and paper respectively.

Unlike common perceptions, origami is not only a hobby for children, but it is practised by people of all ages. It has many useful benefits, and it is also a great source of entertainment and enjoyment for the folders. The pleasure of transforming a plain piece of paper in to a three dimensional beautiful art form can be very satisfying and joyous.

The interest in origami continues to increase even today, intriguing people all around the world. I’m intrigued as well, and here’s what I’ve folded…

Butterfly 1 – Designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki
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Butterfly Family – Designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki
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Butterfly 2 – Designed by Akira Yoshizawa
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Iris Flower – Traditional model
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Daylily – Traditional model
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Daisy – Designer unknown
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Daffodil – Designed by Ted Norminton
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Camellia – Traditional model
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Crane – Traditional model
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Elephant 1 – Designed by Enomoto Nobuyoshi
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Elephant 2 – Designed by Li Jun
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Frog – Traditional design
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Dragon – Traditional design
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Dinosaur – Designed by Dr. Stephen O’Hanlon
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Cat – Designed by Jo Nakashima
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Spider – Traditional design, modification of traditional crab – Scissor was used
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Canary (Twitter Bird) – Designer unknown
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Daisy with Stem – Designer unknown
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Lotus – Traditional design
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Flor de Rio – Designed by Ernesto Del Rio
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Basket – Designer unknown
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Hearts – Designed by Francis Ow
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Winged Heart – Designed by Francis Ow
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Heron – Traditional design
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Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) – Designed by John Montroll
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Fiore de Riccardo – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
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Riccardo’s Flower – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
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Fish – Designed by Davor Vinko
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Mouse – Designed by Masashi Tanaka
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Tulip – Traditional design
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8 Petal Flower – Traditional design
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Swallowtail Butterfly – Designed by Evi Binzinger
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Rabbit – Designed by Stephen O’Hanlon
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Hollow-Petal Flower – Designed by Leyla Torres
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Hummingbird – Designed by David Wires
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Carambola – Designed by Carmen Sprung
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Little Terrier – Designed by Francisco Javier Caboblanco
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Northern Cardinal – Designed by Roman Diaz
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Container – Traditional design
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Fiore de Riccardo – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
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8 Pointed Vase – Traditional design
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Kusudama Flowers – Traditional design
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Lucky Stars – Traditional design
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All the models were folded with 8.5″X8.5″ plain coloured papers, and no tape, glue, or scissor were used unless otherwise specified. Hope you guys like them!

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This blog post is dedicated to grandmaster of origami, Akira Yoshizawa. Today is his 101st birthday and 7th death anniversary. Google’s doodle to mark this day:

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