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leyla_2013_450pxAre you looking for a creative and mindful practice to have joy and relieve stress?

Hi! my name is Leyla Torres and I’d like to welcome you to Origami Spirit, a website and blog where I feature origami video instructions, and write and teach about the art of paper folding. I also promote origami as a vehicle for cultivating the creative spirit while fostering a sense of relaxation and play in our daily lives.

I have been practicing origami for twenty five years and am a member of Origami USA and the British Origami Society. One of my passions is helping people unleash their creative potential. I have conducted paper-folding workshops and classes  for individuals and groups, young and old, at conventions, libraries, schools and businesses in The United States, Europe and South America.

If you are a person who…

  • would like origami instructions that are easy (even for beginners)
  • wants to improve your origami skills
  • wants to use origami as a teaching tool
  • appreciate the process as much as the result (or love the journey as much as the destination)
  • enjoys playing with colors and shapes
  • relishes do-it-yourself projects
  •  wants to open up to a practice that brings inspiration, an opportunity to think creatively and calm the mind with minimum material investment

…I invite you then to check out select blog posts on Origami Spirit and the Origami Spirit YouTube channel for video instructions and conversation about many aspects of paper folding and creativity as a daily pursuit.

Seven different photos of adults and children smiling and having happy expressions as they hold up an origami figure with their hands.

More About the Origami-Spirit Team

Leyla Torres

leyla-greetings-2013Besides teaching and blogging about origami, I am visual artist and writer. You may see my watercolor art and illustration and published books for children at LeylaTorres.com. I also like photography, watercolor, biking and dancing. Spanish is my native language and English is my adoptive one.
Two large cities have been my home: Bogotá and New York City. But now I live in Arlington, a small town in the gorgeous and placid state of Vermont.

John Sutton

john-Sutton-origami-spiritMy husband and soul mate, John Sutton, makes beautiful photographs and is the web-tech supreme, ideas man and copy editor for Origami Spirit. Click here to visit John’s  photography webpage.

To engage in a creative act and the communal act of sharing is a potent blessing. To know our experience through curiosity and exploration, to exercise our creative gifts through perception and expression is to welcome the sacred. Making images and being a creator reaps precious fruit. It is a celebration of living. It is a tool, a means to an end, not the end in itself.” ~John Sutton.

Coco (AKA Corazón)

corazon-origami-paper Coco appeared on our doorstep in November of 2012, wondering if she could help us with the testing of origami models for “playability”. We said yes!

In addition to being a lovely presence and companion in the origami studio, Coco is a great source of inspiration. She has been featured in several of our posts and videos, and loves her fans around the world.

If you like what you find here, please subscribe to Origami Spirit and receive timely updates delivered right to your email inbox! You can also follow us on Origami Spirit Facebook, Google+ or Twitter,

I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send us a note with questions, comments or wishes for possible origami video instructions.

Thank you!

{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Edith Milena May 3, 2017, 9:23 am

    Hola Leyla,
    soy una gran fan de todas tus realizaciones y he practicado el origami desde que tengo 24 años (empecé en la U en Colombia y a veces voy a seminarios)…
    Ahora tengo un hijo de 5 años y medio a quien quiero enseñar figuras muy sencillas para que las haga el solo. Creo que no me doy cuenta de si un modelo es fácil o complejo porque ya lo he hecho. Podrías darme consejos de figuras y/o bibliografía, sitios web que se adapten a la edad de mi hijo?

    Gracias y abrazos ,

  • Carol Dawson April 15, 2017, 1:07 pm


    Can you help me? I’m looking for a diagram for a horse head. I think I saw one of yours on Pintrest. Today is Saturday. I need to make about 18 by next Friday!


  • Derek Diam December 27, 2016, 8:48 am

    Hi Leyla! what is camera do you use to make a instucstions how to make origami video? please .

    • Leyla Torres December 27, 2016, 11:36 am

      Hi Derek, I use a Sony Nex5 N, which is a camera for photographs and video.

  • Zulay Newell July 8, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Hola Leyla te doy las gracias y te felicito por tu excelente sitio web los videos
    y toda la informacion aqui son geniales. Yo vivo en el Reino Unido pero soy de Venezuela soy una de las directoras de Mobile Craft 4 U y nos dedicamos a dar workshops especialmente papercrafts. Te deseo muchos exitos. Saludos.

    • Leyla Torres July 26, 2016, 5:08 pm

      Gracias Zulay. Me alegra que te guste lo que encuentras aquí en OrigamiSpirit!

  • Gerd April 18, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Please Leyla, i will alsotry to make Fröbel Beauty Formsache like you if Kasacara in via Book
    Unforgunately your pic on the Website is Löw Resolution so i Cannstatt See the steps. Please send me the Original Ort other gibts. To mane the. Öde. Complicated Stepanowas Tha nach Inas ace!

    • Leyla Torres April 21, 2016, 11:20 am

      Dear Gerd,
      I understand your enthusiasm but I do not send any diagrams via email for which I do not have permission by the book maker.


  • Paola Cadavid March 23, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Me encanta…gracias por compartir lo que sabes!

  • Harriet August 20, 2015, 1:25 am

    Hi Leyla! Love your website. I’ve always liked the art of paper folding. My favourite origami things in this website are the origami Dachshund, the mouse, and the chicken that inspired the origami spirit logo.

    From Harriet.

  • maria esther December 10, 2014, 10:22 am

    hola.. gracias por compartir tus tutoriales… quise hacer el origami de nacimiento… pero sólo pude realizar el de San José … como puedo conseguir los otros tutoriales ?? me puedes ayudar por favor… de antemano muchas gracias

  • Sofía October 18, 2014, 10:33 am

    Quiero suscribirme vía email para recibir tus noticias, pero cuando lo intenot aparece el siguiente mensaje de error ¿me ayudas?… graciassss!!!
    Sofía Córdova (Santiago – Chile)
    Alerta de Spam – 3

    Sistemas de la red o de dominio utilizados por el navegador se han utilizado para spam a editores Feedblitz. Si usted siente que ha recibido este mensaje por error, por favor contacte con nosotros en support@feedblitz.com.
    Cuando se comunique con el apoyo, les informará de que la dirección IP de su máquina es y que el código de razón es – 3

    • Leyla Torres October 20, 2014, 1:41 pm

      Hola Sofía,
      Según el mensaje, parece que es un problema del navegador que usas. Prueba con otro navegador u otro computador. Gracias!

  • gwrHhr June 11, 2014, 12:30 pm

    esta pagina me a inspirado a hacer origami todos los días

  • Santiago Ramírez June 1, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Esta página me ha ayudado mucho con el orden de mi habitación, ya que puedo guardar todo en un lugar específico y divertirme con tus modelos (como la trampa de dedos) o poder mandarle “galletas de la fortuna”. Muchísimas gracias. :)

    • Leyla Torres June 2, 2014, 10:22 am

      Me alegra que te guste lo que has encontrado aquí Santiago, Bienvenido!

  • Tess Dillenberger February 12, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I found Origami Spirit on the OrigamiUSA e-mail announcement about the folding classes to be held this spring in New York. I once traded an ATC with you – a tiny owl for a southwest cave drawing. I fold daily, and love it! I’m primarily a small format artist – I draw tiny pictures when I travel & when I’m home. On a recent trip to Spain, I drew veggies & coffee cups! Have a lovely day.

    • Leyla Torres February 12, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Hi Tess,
      I’ll have to take a look to my ATC cards when I go back home (traveling at the moment). I love the small format as an art medium too. Thank you for your visit and your note.

  • wilmer July 7, 2013, 9:15 pm

    hola no se si tienes videos de mariposas diferentes tipos de mariposas

  • Luz RAVIER March 22, 2013, 9:26 am

    Hola Leyla, conocí tu sitio internet por una amiga francesa que me mando un video
    de mariposa origami, cuando te escuche hablar en ingles me dije debe ser una paisana.
    Yo vivo en Francia ya hace 12 años y soy pintora, con unas amigas nos reunimos cada jueves para hacer origamis, compartir ideas y pasar un buen momento. Ahora que he descubierto origamispirit pienso que vamos a inspirarnos de tus lindas creaciones…

    • Leyla Torres March 22, 2013, 10:06 am

      Hola Luz,

      Bellas fotos muestras en tu blog. Me encantó especialmente la primera, “Envolée de papillons”.
      Dan ganas de volar y estar allá en tus reuniones con tus amigas, plegando papel.

      Gracias por escribir y mantente en contacto!

  • juan manuel March 9, 2013, 1:04 pm

    me gusto muchísimo esta pagina

    • Leyla Torres March 11, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Me alegra que te guste esta página. Espero que la visites a menudo y que te sirva.

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