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
Origami Butterfly 1

Butterfly Family – Designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Origami Butterfly Family

Butterfly 2 – Designed by Akira Yoshizawa
Origami Butterfly 2

Iris Flower – Traditional model
Origami Iris

Daylily – Traditional model
Origami Daylily

Daisy – Designer unknown
Origami Daisy

Daffodil – Designed by Ted Norminton
Origami Flower 2

Camellia – Traditional model
Origami Camellia

Crane – Traditional model
Origami Crane

Elephant 1 – Designed by Enomoto Nobuyoshi
Origami Elephant 1

Elephant 2 – Designed by Li Jun
Origami Elephant 2

Frog – Traditional design
Origami Frog

Dragon – Traditional design
Origami Dragon

Dinosaur – Designed by Dr. Stephen O’Hanlon
Origami Dinosaur

Cat – Designed by Jo Nakashima
Origami Cat

Spider – Traditional design, modification of traditional crab – Scissor was used
Origami Spider

Canary (Twitter Bird) – Designer unknown
Origami Twitter Bird

Daisy with Stem – Designer unknown
Origami Daisy with Stem

Lotus – Traditional design
Origami Lotus

Flor de Rio – Designed by Ernesto Del Rio
Origami Flor de Rio

Basket – Designer unknown
Origami Busket

Hearts – Designed by Francis Ow
Origami Hearts

Winged Heart – Designed by Francis Ow
Origami Winged Heart

Heron – Traditional design
Origami Heron

Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) – Designed by John Montroll
Origami Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex)

Fiore de Riccardo – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
Fiore de Riccardo

Riccardo’s Flower – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
Riccardo's Flower

Fish – Designed by Davor Vinko
Origami Fish

Mouse – Designed by Masashi Tanaka
Origami Mouse

Origami Mouse

Tulip – Traditional design
Origami Tulip

8 Petal Flower – Traditional design
Origami 8 Petal Flower

Swallowtail Butterfly – Designed by Evi Binzinger
Origami Swallowtail Butterfly

Rabbit – Designed by Stephen O’Hanlon
Orgami Rabbit

Hollow-Petal Flower – Designed by Leyla Torres
Origami Hollow-Petal Flower

Hummingbird – Designed by David Wires
Origami Hummingbird

Carambola – Designed by Carmen Sprung
Origami Carambola

Little Terrier – Designed by Francisco Javier Caboblanco
Origami Little Terrier

Northern Cardinal – Designed by Roman Diaz
Origami Northern Cardinal

Container – Traditional design
Origami Container

Fiore de Riccardo – Designed by Riccardo Colletto
Fiore de Riccardo

8 Pointed Vase – Traditional design
Origami 8 Pointed Vase

Kusudama Flowers – Traditional design
Origami Kusudama Flowers

Lucky Stars – Traditional design
Origami Lucky Stars

Unicorn – Designed by Jo Nakashima
Origami Unicorn

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!

Origami - Transforming Paper Into Art

Russell John Origami

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: