If you're looking for an origami book for yourself or want to buy a gift for someone interested in paper folding, you've probably noticed that there are a plethora of titles to choose from. The following are recommendations for books that are worth a closer look.
01 of 07
It loses points for not having photos of the finished models, but World's Best Origami is a fabulous general purpose guide to the art of paper folding. Author Nick Robinson is an experienced paper folder and a prolific author. This is his 35th origami book and the one he often refers to as his personal favorite. World's Best Origami has over 100 different models for you to fold, including animals, flowers, containers, and paper toys. Even if you've never done any paper folding before, this book will have you hooked on origami in no time at all.
02 of 07
Follow-the-Directions: Easy Origami from Scholastic builds a young child's confidence by providing instructions for very simple projects that can be folded independently. The instructions are written to accommodate the needs of beginning readers in preschool through first grade. Giving Follow-the-Directions: Easy Origami with a package of origami paper as a gift would be a great way to encourage a special young child's creativity.
03 of 07
Miniature origami captures people's attention because of its delicate appearance. Origami Jewelry by Ayako Brodek shows you how to turn your tiny origami creations into wearable works of art. From crane earrings to a rose hair brooch, the projects featured in this book would be fun to wear on your own or give as special gifts to family and friends.
04 of 07
Trash Origami takes recycling to a whole new level by encouraging paper folders to turn candy wrappers, magazine pages, and junk mail into colorful origami decorations and fun paper toys. This book includes beginning to intermediate level projects. Some are quick and easy to fold, while projects such as the origami chess set are a more time-consuming undertaking. The book has a DVD with step-by-step instructions if you need extra assistance folding a particular model. The photography in Trash Origami is beautiful, making it a fun volume to browse through if you're just looking for some creative inspiration.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Star Wars Origami: Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... promotes the link between a love of Star Wars and a love of origami by showing paper folders how to make creations like an origami Yoda and an origami Millennium Falcon. Author Chris Alexander intersperses Star Wars trivia throughout the book for added interest and includes sheets of specially designed paper so your finished models are as realistic looking as possible.
06 of 07
Money Origami: Make the Most of Your Dollar! is written by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander, the co-founders of the Origamido Studio. It provides a wonderful introduction to the world of money origami, since it also includes a DVD with video demonstrations of the projects and fake currency for you to practice folding with.
07 of 07
If you like origami, but find yourself curious about other forms of paper crafting, I suggest picking up a copy of Paper Made!. This book has 101 different projects using origami as well as techniques like paper mache, decoupage, kirigami, and scherenschnitte. The instructions are written so you can either follow the project exactly or customize it to fit your own unique sense of style. Author Kayte Terry is the visual merchandising manager for Anthropologie. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge and HGTV.