My Canadian friends came just back from a fancy Japanese restaurant in Brighton, with a whole stack of origami folding ideas. They told me how much fun they had. Origami Animals are a cool crafts kids can do. A perfect summer vacation activity. With these free tutorials for origami animals, you and your kids can easily make a forest, farm, sea or zoo.
Origami Animals Folding Instructions
I started making origami hearts. Then I made the butterflies. Hopefully, you followed along…. Now I invite you to make a world of origami animals with me:
This origami fox designed by Daniel Chang is my favorite. I love how the brown and the white paper line up to create fox-like details. To me, that’s origami at its best.
Li Jun’s origami elephant is just too cute!!! Where is the folding paper?! I want to make one.
Photo credit for all three animals: HowAboutOrange.blogspot.com
Create Your own World of Origami Animals with these free Tutorials, Printables & Downolads
- Baby Fox Origami template designed by Daniel Chang at KeepFoldingOn: Download
- Tutorial video by Yo Nakashima of Li Jun’s origami Elephant: Download
- Whale Origami tutorial, aparently a traditional model, obtain the tutorial via Origami-make: Download
- The Woods Habitat, background for wall art, by JessicaJones from JessicaJonesDesign.com: Download
- The Sea Habitat, background for wall art, also by Jessica: Download.
The woods and the sea templates allow you to make adorable wall art featuring your origami project. Or glue them onto a recycled cereal box cut into a stage to make a wonderful environment for your kids to play with their new paper toys.
You might also like to try our very detailed step-by-step tutorial to make this stunning Origami Butterfly.
Learn from Akira Yoshizawa, the Master of Modern Origami
I just learned from an origami-aficionado who wrote to me about this article that the first origami butterflies were designed by Akira Yoshizawa. According to her, he is the founder of modern Origami.
Have a look at his AWESOME, brand-new origami book called ‘Akira Yoshizawa, Japan’s Greatest Origami Master’, featuring over 60 Models and 1000 Diagrams by the Master (origami monkeys, crickets, goldfish, pinguins, trees, grass, Japanese wizards and monks and so much more!)
Meanwhile, bookmark, G+ or pin this post for fun with origami paper all year long!