10 Simple Origami Projects for Beginners

High Angle View Of Origami On Colorful Papers
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Like most hobbies, if you perfect the basics of origami, you can embark on more complicated projects in the future. The beginner origami tutorials shared below will help you lay the foundation for origami mastery.

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    easy origami crane tutorial 01
    Chrissy Pk

    The traditional origami crane is perhaps the most popular example of origami. It uses a bird base, which is a square base plus two petal folds. Traditionally, folding a thousand paper cranes is said to grant you the right to make one special wish.

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    Modular Cube Box

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    Chrissy Pk

    Next up is this lovely modular origami cube box, made from six Sonobe units. These make great decorations or they can be used as gift boxes. If you use several different colored sheets of paper, they have a pretty patchwork effect.

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    Hanging Decoration/Spinning Top

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    Chrissy Pk

    Spinning tops are popular paper toys for children. This design uses six sheets of paper that are joined together, offering a unique opportunity for mixing and matching different origami paper patterns. These would look pretty hanging in a nursery as part of an origami mobile.

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    Tulip Flower and Stem

    origami tulip and stem 01
    Chrissy Pk

    This origami tulip flower also has a stem that it fits onto. You will need two sheets of square paper for this one. Make a few and add them to a vase for a handmade origami flower arrangement.

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    Envelope Wallet

    easy origami envelope wallet 01
    Chrissy Pk

    This useful origami envelope wallet is quick and easy to make. Use the wallet to keep your cash, or stash store receipts and coupons inside. Make it as a gift for a friend or relative using a paper in their favorite color.

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    Square Candy/Snack Box

    origami square snack box tutorial 1
    Chrissy Pk

    This origami box, perfect for candy or snacks, is tapered at the top so anything inside will stay put. These take a bit longer than a regular Masu box, but the end result is worth the time. Consider making these as party favors for a special event.

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    Tissue Holder

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    Chrissy Pk

    This is a nifty origami tissue paper holder for your handbag. It's a cinch to make when you follow the origami diagram. When you're done, use your tissue holder to store folded tissues to be pulled out neatly.

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    easy origami fan tutorial 1
    Chrissy Pk

    These origami fans couldn't be easier to make. They're great decorations for parties and weddings. You can also make little origami earrings with these. Consider making special gifts for friends by using richly patterned chiyogami paper.

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    origami traditional boat
    Chrissy Pk

    This traditional origami boat is perfect for a beginner origami project. It's also a wonderful toy, as it can float on water. Fold several to create a bathtub fleet for a child. To make the paper boat move through the water, put a drop of liquid soap at the back of the boat. The changing surface tension will propel the boat forward.

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    Paper Plane

    Super Easy Origami Paper Plane Diagram

    Learn how to fold an easy paper plane. It's a great activity for kids and the steps are simple to remember after following the diagram a few times. This particular plane is officially an origami project, but there are many ways to fold paper planes to create unique designs and flight patterns.

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