Origami Tips: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Paper Folding


Origami is derived from the Japanese words ori and kami, which mean “folding” and “paper” respectively. Origami is a Japanese art form in which an object is created from a single, flat sheet of paper without the use of glue, cuts, or marks. Origami has become an iconic part of Japanese culture over the centuries. Today, origami is a widely practiced art form that promotes mindfulness and creativity. It also helps develop fine motor skills, agility and hand-eye coordination.

Here’s everything a beginner needs to know about this art of paper folding.

1. Origami base

The framework or starting point for origami projects is often the basic folds. The bird base, for example, is the starting point for many paper birds. Often the instructions will tell you to start with a specific base in order to save time or space in the instructions. After that, the origami bases can be used to create a variety of origami models.

2. Main Origami Fold

Things start with origami folds. Mountain and valley folds are the most common origami folds. The first is made by folding the top edge of the paper down, forming a mountain shape. Instead, the valley fold is to raise the bottom edge. Another important fold is the fold, which is a valley fold followed by a mountain fold to create a twisting effect.

3. Reverse origami folds

In origami, inside and outside reverse folds are two frequently used techniques. Reverse folds are frequently used to create an animal’s head or tail. The inverted inner ply is convenient when making models that require a long part to be shortened, such as a bird’s beak or legs.

Inverted pleats

4. Paper to use in Origami

Special origami paper is thin and strong at the same time, so it bends well while retaining its shape and creases, but it does not tear easily. However, since there are so many types of origami paper, choosing the right one can be tricky at first. The best origami paper is known as “Kami” (the Japanese word for origami paper), which is the standard origami paper. Kami is made in Japan in factories that have been in operation for generations, with employees who have honed their skills over a long period of time. Of course, you are free to use whatever paper you want for the origami, and many people like to do this, but origami paper produces the best results.

The best way to learn to fold origami is to practice as much as possible. Once you have a better understanding of the basics of folding, you can start making simple origami.

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