Origami Fish (Goldfish)

This is a model, which will appeal to beginners of Origami. All that it requires, is a printed / patterned square sheet of paper of 6” or so and some patience!

This model is from the book – Origami, by Hideaki Sakata.

How to fold a goldfish:

Please click on “Play” on the YouTube video below in order to view the Origami fish folding instructions.

Decorating Ideas:

1. A ‘Fishy’ Curtain:
– Measure the length of your window or door and cut fine thread, the length of this.
– You can string multiple fish on a thin string by threading their fin ends. Maintain appropriate gaps between the fish on a single string.
– Cut and thread as many thread(s) and fish as would cover a required portion or the entire window or doorway.
– Attach the top ends of these strings (with the fish thread on them) to your curtain rod or simply stick them on the top of the doorframe or pelmet!

2. School Project: An Aquarium
For all the school going kids, here is an idea for you.
– Make as many fish as you would like to fit in your home made artificial aquarium. You can color them in appropriate patters, or use pretty wrapping paper for more variety.
– Take an old shoe box (with it’s cover off). Clean it up nicely with a dust cloth.
– Cut up aquarium “plants” out of green washi paper or any other normal solid colored paper.
– Collect a few pebbles or small stones from outside. If you can, also bring in a little sand. Else, use brown colored paper.
– Take a blue colored paper and line it up (using glue) in the inside of the shoe box (leaving the bottom of the shoe-box paper free).
– For the bottom of your shoe box, use the sand which you got from outside or brown paper and using glue, stick it to the bottom (of the inside) of the shoe box.
– Now its time to stick ur green “aquarium plants” at appropriate places in ur aquarium.
– You can add the little pebbles / stones you have collected too. Place them (use very few of these) around the bottom of the box.
– Using fine string, thread the ends of each of the fish you have folded. You need to measure the length of the string with the width of the shoe box. You can vary the length depending on how you want to place the fish.
– Stick the ends on the inside – top of the shoe box. Else, with a needle, thread the string through the top of the shoe box and tie a knot to the ends which protrude from it.
– You can decorate the outside of your aquarium (the back of it) in case you would prefer it that way.

3. Bookmarks
– You can measure the size of the card as 2″ x 8″ in measurement.
– Stick it at the top of a rectangular piece of card.

4. Other ideas…
– Stick a magnet at the back of a fish and use them as fridge magnets.
– Stick it at the top of your pencils, to use them as pencil toppers.
– To decorate a notice board.

Origami Rabbit (By Hideaki Sakata)

This is a 2-part post of “How to fold an Origami Rabbit“, and is aimed at helping readers to fold this model, by following the steps in a video.

This model is from the book Origami, by Hideaki Sakata

What you need:

A square shaped paper of size 6″ or slightly larger. The size of the paper would invariably depend on the size you would like the final model to be. One can get origami paper which is of varying sizes on Amazon or any craft shop.

Part – 1:

The first part or step in this, would be to fold the ‘Rabbit Base’. The Rabbit Base is used as a ‘precursor’ or base fold to many models such as different type of Birds, Swans and Rabbits as well.

How to fold this Rabbit Base:

I have prepared an ‘easy to follow’ home video on folding the Rabbit Base. Please click on the “Play” button on the video below to view.

Part-2:

The second part details how to go about folding a Rabbit, once you already have the ‘Rabbit Base’ folded.

Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex)(Design by John Montroll)

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Design by John Montroll)
Tyrannosaurus Rex (Design by John Montroll)

This is a Miniature T Rex I folded 2 days ago. I used a 6″ single-side colored origami paper in this case, though. Again, you need a ‘thin’ origami paper to fold this model due to the intricate multiple creases involved.

Another point worth noting in folding this model is that, it is best to use a paper which is colored on both sides.

The size of the folded dinosaur can be adjusted by using a larger or smaller sized paper. It must be square shaped though.

What I think though, is that if one can get an appropriately printed paper, such as a wrapping paper or even if you can get your hands on a specially printed origami paper, one can make a realistic looking T Rex. The ‘claws’ and the ‘snub nose’ which you see in this folded model are optional creases and can be done without. But, adding them, of course, gives a nice ‘look’ to the dinosaur.

This model is from the book – Animal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 900 Diagrams/25 Original Models

One can also follow the instructions to fold this TRex, by following this video:

Fantasy Creatures – Dragon

Dragon
Dragon

I folded this out of a 6″ single-side colored Origami paper and have created a couple of extra folds on the wings to add to the ‘dragon look’. For this model, it is not important to have origami paper colored both sides. However, a larger sized paper would be more convenient and will look better too, is what I thought.

Also, another point to be noted here is to not use thick paper to fold this model. If you do so, the intricate folds at certain points will become really hard to fold and keep in place. One idea, which I have come across for folding models in Origami, is wrapping paper, which is more readily available than actual Origami paper. These come in all kinds of designs and colors, and should do perfectly fine, too.

To fold this Dragon, I have used Origami Paper Bright by Tuttle Publishing, which is a pack of 49 sheets of 6 different colors.

I have also prepared a step-by-step guide, to fold this dragon, and I hope you find it easy to follow.