Top 10 Origami Projects for Beginners

Illustration of hands making origami
Illustration: The Spruce / Lara Antal
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    easy origami crane tutorial 01
    Chrissy Pk

    The traditional origami crane is perhaps the most popular example of origami projects. 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

    easy origami modular cube instructions 01
    Chrissy Pk

    Next up is this lovely Modular Origami Cube Box, made from six "Sonobe" Units. These make great decorations or use as a gift box. If you use several different colored sheets of paper, they have a very pretty patchwork effect.


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    Hanging Decoration/Spinning Top

    origami modular hanging decoration 01
    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. This can also be hung for a pretty decoration. These would look very 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 pretty Origami Tulip Flower also has a stem that it fits into. You will need two sheets of square paper for this one. Make a few of these and add to a vase for a pretty origami flower arrangement.


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    Easy Envelope Wallet

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    Chrissy Pk

    This is a useful origami envelope wallet that's very quick and easy to make. Use this wallet to keep your cash, or use it to store receipts and other documents. Or make a gift for a friend or relative choosing 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, making anything inside stay put. These are easy to follow step-by-step instructions. 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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    Easy Tissue Holder

    origami tissue holder 1
    Chrissy Pk

    This is a nifty origami tissue paper holder for your handbag. These are quick and easy to make, following the origami diagram. When you're done, use your tissue holder to store tissues folded to be pulled out neatly.

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    Easy Fan

    easy origami fan tutorial 1
    Chrissy Pk

    These origami fans are so easy to make! They make great decorations at parties and weddings, you can also make little origami earrings with these. Consider making special gifts for friends by choosing paper that matches their favorite outfits.


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    Easy Boat Instructions

    origami traditional boat
    Chrissy Pk

    This traditional origami boat is easy to make. It's also a wonderful toy, as it can float on water. Make several to create a bathtub fleet for a child! To make a 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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    Super Easy Paper Plane

    Super Easy Origami Paper Plane Diagram

    Learn how to fold an easy paper plane. It's a great activity for kids and easy to remember with this diagram. Have a paper plane race with your friends! This particular plane is officially an origami project, but there are many ways to fold paper planes to create unique designs and flight patterns.