Origami

How to Read Origami Diagrams

Illustration of a mountain fold that comes toward the viewer, a valley fold that folds away from the viewer, and a crease which is an indention created by unfolding paper
Basic Origami Symbols
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A diagram illustrating basic origami  instructions
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Basics of Origami

There are a foundation of 10-12 basic folds / maneuvers that are essential to build origami: Rabbit Ear Fold, Reverse Fold (Inside & Outside), Squash Fold, Swivel Fold, Pleat Fold, Crimp Fold, Petal Fold, Sink Fold (Open, Closed, Spread). These folds create different origami bases from which a wide variety of structures can  be constructed.

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Basic Origami Folds

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Basic Origami Bases

Origami begins by folding the sheet of paper into a base, a geometric shape that most closely relates to the structure of the desired origami subject.  

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