Hot Origami How-Tos

How To: Fold the record-setting glider-style paper airplane (Guinness World Records)

Without a doubt, this is the world's best paper airplane! Okay, maybe not. It previously held the Guinness World Record for longest flight (time aloft) for a paper airplane, by record-setter Ken Blackburn in 1998 (27.6 seconds). But like all records, they eventually get broken. Takuo Toda's paper airplane design, called the Sky King, out-performed Blackburn's, setting a new record at 27.9 seconds in 2009.

Money Origami, Flower Edition: 10 Different Ways to Fold a Dollar Bill into a Blossoming Bloom

The very first banknotes were used by the Chinese in the 7th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Before it was used as a true currency, paper money was used as part of a deposit system in which merchants would leave large amounts of coins with a trusted associate and receive a paper receipt for the transaction. The reason was simple—the copper coins used as currency at the time were heavy.

How To: Fold an origami crane like Scofield's on Prison Break

Some watch Prison Break for the nail-biting drama, others tune in for the origami cranes. This video tutorial presents a complete, step-by-step overview of how to make a paper crane à la Prison Break protagonist Michael Scofield using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, and to get started making your own tough-guy paper birds, watch this arts-and-crafts guide.

How To: Make your own origami magic ball

Tutorial of how to quickly make and Origami Magic Ball! Get a piece of 20x40cm paper. Fold along side in 32 equal parts, by repeatedly folding the paper in half - using genderless folds. Fold the short side in 8 equal parts- using valley folds. Turn the sheet over and start diagonal folds - using valley folds into 32 parts. Roll paper out flat, and fold it zigzag following previously made genderless folds. At corner of paper, create a "water bomb" by pressing together previously made folds fo...

How To: Make a paper box just for fun

HowToMakeCrap teaches you how to make a paper box out of an ordinary a4 sheet of paper. Make a square out of that by folding from one corner of the page diagonally. The remaining rectangle slice at the bottom will have to be removed. You're left with a perfect square. Fold that horizontally. Then vertically. Then diagonally two times. Unfold it to the original square. Fold to create to triangles on top of each other. Take the lower left side corner and fold it to the top. Flip the paper and d...

How To: Fold a hexagon from a square sheet of paper

This video demonstrates how to make a hexagon from a square paper. Fold a square paper into half horizontally. Fold this rectangle into half again forming a square one-quarter of the original size. Fold the open edge towards the center fold on either side forming a crease. Take the closed corner and fold towards the center crease. Open the center fold and fold it inwards. Fold the corner towards the diagonal edge on both sides, this forms a cone like structure with a paper edge at three-quart...

How To: Make an origami 3D stick-tail peacock

Ready to move past simple cranes into amazing stick-tail peacocks? In this great tutorial, master origami artist Jewellia7777 offers a step by step guide, color ideas, tips, and helpful advice on folding your own origami peacocks. This video teaches how to take this simple structure and construct an amazing 3D origami sculpture that will dazzle your friends and family. If you are having problems unraveling the complexities of modern 3D origami, then this great video is a must-see.

How To: Make a six-piece 3D spiral star with origami

With this guide, you'll learn how to make a 3D spiral star from six sheets of folded paper using origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own folded-paper spiral stars, watch this free origami lesson.

How To: Make an origami shirt out of a dollar bill

Is your love of money surpassed only by your love of miniature dress shirts? Boy, are you in luck. This video tutorial presents complete, step-by-step instructions on how to make a shirt from a folded dollar bill. For more information, and to get started making your own money shirts, watch this free arts-and-crafts how-to.

How To: Make an origami birthday pop-up card

Enchant that special birthday boy or girl with a unique origami birthday pop-up card by following this well produced instructional video. 1. All you need is a two sided square piece of colorful wrapping paper to create your origami birthday pop-up card. As long as your paper is square, the finished card can be any size you wish. 2. Make a series of simple sharp folds on both sides, carefully following the video instructions. Pay particular attention to the final intricate folds which create t...

How To: Make 1,000 origami cranes fast

This video is a tutorial on how to quickly make 1,000 origami paper cranes, also known as senbazuru. You should start by gathering paper squares. The video then shows you how to fold these squares into the familiar crane shape. You then learn how to thread these cranes together in order to get your desired design. The number of cranes you make will depend on the size of decoration you want for your home or for your beautiful gift.

How To: Make paper darts

Equal parts fun and what-are-you-an-idiot dangerous, paper darts are a perfect way to pass ten or so minutes on a slow, rainy day. Just make sure you have protective eyewear. This video guide will walk you through the entire assembly process.

How To: Origami a 3D fox

Fed up with traditional origami? Well, learn how to fold some three-dimensional origami! This origami video tutorial will teach you how to origami a 3D fox. Traditional Japanese origami is the art of paper folding, but 3D origami is a little more complex, a little more challenging... a little more interesting. See how to model and fold a 3D fox with these origami instructions.

How To: Fold an origami star with five intersecting tetrahedra

Feeling ambitious? With this guide, you'll learn how to make a 3D star with five intersecting tetrahedra using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own paper awe-inspiring paper stars, watch this free origami lesson.

How To: Fold a fun origami treasure chest

Hone your origami folding skills - as well as craft a pirate-chic treasure chest that can actually store your precious plunder - by checking out this origami video. Your finger dexterity will be challenged by the curved fold, an advanced origami fold that leaves the leagues of angular folds behind in the dust.

How To: Make a 3-D origami dragon

Interested in adding a fantastical specimen to your paper menagerie? You're in luck. This free video tutorial presents a thorough, step-by-step guide on how to make a 3D dragon from folded paper using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, and to get started making your own three-dimensional paper dragons, watch this helpful tutorial.

How To: Fold a star from a drinking straw

This video will teach you hot to fold a star from a drinking straw. These stars are great as gifts! They can be stored in a glass or see-through jar. Each star represents a little bit of your feelings. Countless stars represent enormous love!

How To: Make an adorable 3D origami hermit crab for beginners

Were hermit crabs named after hermits or hermits named after hermit crabs? Either way, we know that hermit crabs are major homebodies. Like, to the point that they almost NEVER leave their homes to come out unless they're visiting another shell...their future shell, that is, when they get too big to fit their former shell.

How To: Make a buckyball from folded paper with origami

To create an origami buckyball, you must start with a piece of paper cut into a triangle with each side about two inches long. Fold the corner of each side into the middle of the opposite side and then unfold to create creases that will be your guide. Next, fold a side up to the midpoint of the creases and repeat on all sides. This will create a star-like shape. Now, fold two sides in and pinch out the extreme, outer corner and repeat on all sides. This will create a small star inside your pa...

How To: Fold an origami catamaran boat

Not only is origami useful for making things that appear like they should be able to float (like paper swans), it's actually good for producing things that do — like paper boats. With this guide, you'll learn how to make a paper catamaran with origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own floating paper boats, watch this free origami lesson.

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