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How to Make an Origami Goldfish

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There are many ways to be creative with origami as we can, for example…

Sometimes our creativity can be sparked simply by looking at photographs of the natural world and inspiration can be found in the most surprising places. For example…

I was browsing the Internet one day when my eye was taken by the photograph of an origami koi fish. There was neither reference to instructions for making this koi fish, nor any indication of who the author was. I studied the picture carefully and played with many pieces of paper trying to reproduce this terrific little model. I wasn’t successful!

But, through the effort and process of experimentation I ended up producing a fish that looked very much like a goldfish. At the end of all that effort I was left with my very own goldfish design.

How excited I was!

So, here I share the video tutorial to make this origami goldfish.

Tips and suggestions for making the origami goldfish

  • Use paper that is not to thin. Copy paper of Tant paper are ideal.
  • In the video, the goldfish is demonstrated using office paper –6 x 3 inches (15 x 7.5 cm)
  • Cut a square in half to make two rectangles for two fish.
  • The finished fish shows both sides of the paper. It’s ideal to use paper with the same color on each side.
  • This origami fish allows for some variations:
    • The tail can be curved to one side or the other.
    • The layers of the tail can be curled to opposite sides or each individually to the same side.
  • To have paper of different tones, I added some red and yellow color to paper that was orange.
  • To color the paper check out this video and ideas.

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{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Gloria January 13, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Leyla, it is a pleasure watching you give such wonderful instructions for Origami folded crafts. Thank you for being so generous sharing your creativity with us. Bless You.

    • Leyla Torres January 16, 2018, 8:33 pm

      You are welcome, Gloria. I’m happy you enjoy what you find here!

  • Wyatt Rogers December 2, 2017, 12:05 pm

    Hey this was very simple and you are very good at origami

  • Anna March 16, 2017, 10:15 pm

    Hi Leyla I’ve been looking at origami instructions for my son’s school assignment and I have to say you are the absolute best teacher. Thank you for taking the time and effort to teach us, you are truly wonderful.

    • Leyla Torres March 19, 2017, 10:23 pm

      Thank you Anna for your warm words. I’m very happy you like what you find here. Welcome to Origami Spirit!

  • Sree December 22, 2016, 12:08 am

    Superb model….simple, instantly recognisable and very organic in appearance!!

    • Leyla Torres December 27, 2016, 11:34 am

      Hi Sree,
      I’m very happy you like the fish. Thank you for writing!

  • Charlene Lindsey May 27, 2016, 11:05 am

    Amazing! Your instructional video is so precise and easy to follow. Thank you!

    • Leyla Torres May 27, 2016, 11:29 am

      You are welcome Charlene. I’m happy you had success in folding the goldfish. Congratulations!

  • Cheryl Gibbs November 12, 2015, 12:13 pm

    The fish are delightful, and very satisfying to fold. Is it known who first designed them?

    • Leyla Torres November 12, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Hi Cheryl, This fish here is my design 100%. I was inspired by one I saw in the internet, but I don’t seem to find the link again ;-(
      I remember comparing them back in March, at the time I designed mine. They looked very different. Mine has a split in the tail and the other did not. The head was different too.

  • Aida Urrutia November 5, 2015, 2:27 am

    Pez Dorado.. gracias por compartir .. Saludos . Aída Urrutia.

  • Milton Corico Gutierrez November 4, 2015, 7:33 am

    Estimada Leyla

    En principio Gracias por tus vídeos de enseñanza, sobre como realizar los famosos origamis, ya que me apasiona saber mas y realizarlo

    Saludos, nuevamente gracias


    Milton Corico Gutierrez
    Potosi – Bolivia

    • Leyla Torres November 4, 2015, 9:50 am

      Con gusto Milton, bienvenido a OrigamiSpirit!

  • Heather Beasley November 3, 2015, 3:44 pm

    These fish are gorgeous! I love the tails especially.

    Thanks for showing us how to make them.

    • Leyla Torres November 3, 2015, 9:38 pm

      You are welcome Heather, I’m happy you like them!

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