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Origami Models Designed by Leyla Torres

PAGE 1: Leyla’s Origami Designs • PAGE 2: Leyla’s Froebel Variations

When I took up origami as a practice, I never set out to be an origami designer. But in time and with an ever-increasing appreciation for the art and lots of practice, I developed my own models. The model designs I share below are a natural consequence of increased knowledge. An understanding of fundamental principles and ideas gained from the generous sharing of fellow practitioners and those who preceded us is a gift that we can all be grateful for.

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VISIT PAGE 2: Leyla’s Froebel Variations

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  • david November 27, 2018, 9:27 am

    Two piece Dress Is Very Very Beautiful

    • Leyla Torres November 27, 2018, 11:22 am

      Thank you David. I’m happy you like it!

  • Marilyn Ferro February 6, 2017, 5:17 pm

    Leyla…do you have instructions on how to make the adorable Kiwi bird ? I would love
    to learn how. Thank you, Marilyn

  • Alexander December 31, 2015, 2:44 am

    I want to buy folding tool

    • Leyla Torres January 2, 2016, 1:26 pm

      Hi Alexander, I don’t have the folding tool available at the moment, but if I sell them again, I will let you know.

  • katie November 5, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I love each of the designs, is there a video or diagram for the bear?

    • Leyla Torres November 5, 2015, 8:30 pm

      Hi Katie, no, at the moment I don’t have instructions for the bear.

  • Natalie Corbeil August 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

    it’s me again, Natalie Corbeil. I was referring to model called : robinson floral 2 and 3.


    • Leyla Torres August 6, 2015, 1:02 pm

      Hi Natalie, floral form is a model by Nick Robinson.

  • Natalie Corbeil August 3, 2015, 10:06 pm

    in your gallery page two photos numbers 6 & 7 interest me. where can i find the diagram or video of these models.

    greatly appreciate,


  • lakas major May 13, 2015, 10:24 am

    you arre realy good origamist i love your origami

  • sebastian February 1, 2015, 9:58 pm

    hola leyla déjame decir que tus figuras son tan geniales pero quisiera saber como hacer ese trébol por que te juro que lo vi y me enamore de el quisiera saber si pudieras hacerlo paa uno de tus proxios videos gracias tengo 14 y soy de oaxaca

    • Leyla Torres February 2, 2015, 11:57 am

      Sí, Sebastián, tengo en mis planes presentarlo en en unas cuantas semanas.

  • deedee December 20, 2014, 5:11 pm

    I would love to get the diagram for the wonderful pigs.

  • sharang bidkar August 13, 2014, 3:45 am

    hi leyla, iam a big fan of yours!!!

    i want to know how to make a simple 3 dimensional origami tree. so please help me

  • Ana Paula June 23, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Hola, Leyla, me encanta como enseñas el origami, todo queda fácil y lindo, muchísimas gracias!

    • Leyla Torres June 23, 2014, 10:42 pm

      Me Alegra mucho que te guste Ana, gracias por escribir. Cuando puedas, envíame alguna foto de lo que hayas hecho!

  • Maricarmen Guerra Arias April 30, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Excelente material. Soy aficionada a la papiroflexia. Gracias por los videos y por la manera pedagógica como enseñas de mucha paciencia y visión para que el que está recibiendo la asesoría lo haga con facilidad. Felicidades. Bellísimos modelos. Hice la flor realzada con fondo de picos.

    • Leyla Torres May 2, 2014, 12:37 pm

      Gracias Maricarmen, me alegra que disfrutes de lo que encuentras en Origami Spirit. Bienvenida!

  • tess March 1, 2014, 1:30 pm


    I love your work! Thank you for being there for those of us who adore folding! Do you have instructions for folding a paper skull for Dias de Las Muertos?

    Abrazos, Tess

    • Leyla Torres March 1, 2014, 11:55 pm

      Hi Tess,
      I’m planning to teach a skull later in 2014. Stay tuned!

  • Le Roy Anne-Sophie April 12, 2013, 11:00 am

    Hello. I very like your job. Where did you find a tutoriel for the small beautiful shoes ?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Leyla Torres April 12, 2013, 11:53 am

      I learned the origami shoes from a friend!

  • Candela April 6, 2013, 12:24 pm

    HOla Leila!
    Me encantaan los sombreros de Joan , pero no consigo ni el libro ni algun sitio donde me pase los diagramas, tu sabes como puedo conseguirlos?
    Estoy en Argentina.
    Un beso grande!

    • Leyla Torres April 6, 2013, 1:54 pm

      Hola Candela,

      Me encantaría poder ofrecerte más información, pero por el momento no la tengo!

  • helena March 4, 2013, 8:00 am

    gostaria de aprender diagramas das torres froebel e variações ou comprar os diagramas ou que voce me indicasse um livro que tenha os tutoriais.Desde já agradeço.Seus origamis são maravilhosos.Que Deus sempre a ilumine.Abraços Helena.

  • angelica resende February 18, 2013, 10:31 pm

    se possivel enviar diagrama da flor da mosca.Desde ja agradeco. Seus trabalhos de origami sao maravilhosos,parabens,bjos Angelica.

  • angelica resende February 18, 2013, 10:23 pm

    se possivel enviar diagrama da flor da mosca.Desde ja agradeco.

  • Claudia Schlenker January 11, 2013, 4:29 am

    Hi Leyla,

    I very much enjoy you work and I have been learning a lot from you. I have bought many
    books but very often it is difficult to anderstand the instructions. With the help of you videos I have leaned a lot. Origami is very relaxing and I am very grateful that you allow persons like me to learn so much about origami. Thanks a lot. I live in Germany and Origami is not much known in here. At least it is very difficult to find circles where you could meet other people to learn from them.


    • Leyla Torres January 11, 2013, 9:02 am

      Thank you Claudia. It make me happy to know that your origami skills have improved and that my origami instructions have helped you. Thank you for writing!

  • Ana Laura January 5, 2013, 6:48 pm

    ¡Excelentes trabajos Leyla! Hace muy poquito comencé a incursionar en este magnifico y fascinante mundo del plegado de papel y tu labor es muy inspiradora. Desde Argentina, un cálido abrazo. Ana.

  • Carmen December 28, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Hola Leyla
    Soy Carmen Nagahama de argentina, como me gusta tu página y todos los plegados que realizas son muy bonitos, he quedado enamorada del gatito negro, no se si es una cajita como el conejo o no, como puedo hacer para que me enseñes a doblarlo y así hacer souvenir para mi nietita Emma para su cumple de 3 añitos.
    Nos presentó Noelia y aprovecho para saludarte en estas fiestas y desearte muchas felicidades para el 2013.
    Un cariño

    • Leyla Torres December 28, 2012, 3:36 pm

      Hola Carmen,

      Gracias por tu visita y sugerencia. Creo que en algún momento enseñaré el gatito, pero no puedo prometer cuándo exactamente.

  • Khushi October 18, 2012, 8:25 am

    Hi Leyla
    I am in awe of all wonderful,exquisite models which have been displayed on this page. The modular flowers and traditional lotus have a charm of their own.Do you have any instructions on how to make them? If yes, please do email them to me. Thank you very much making me aware of the joys of paper folding through this website!!

    • Leyla Torres October 18, 2012, 1:26 pm

      Hi Khushi, I will be posting instructions for the traditional lotus very soon. I’ll send a link. Thank you for your visit!

  • Ashley September 23, 2012, 7:12 am

    Hi Leyla,
    Just writing to say I love all of your models; I follow your blog to see what’s new and happening on the origami scene! I saw your cute cat box, and would love to make some for my friends for Halloween if I could. Do you have any kind of diagram for it? If so, could you please email it to me? Thank you for all you do!

    • Leyla Torres September 24, 2012, 8:54 am

      Hi Ashley. Glad you enjoy Origami Spirit! At the moment I don’t have diagrams for the cat box. Stay tuned!

  • Alexandra July 17, 2012, 4:40 pm

    i’ve seen wayyyyyyyyyyyy better just sayin. your origami is kind of like an amateur

    • Leyla Torres July 19, 2012, 10:12 am

      Hi Alexandra,
      Thank you for sharing your opinion. The goal of this site is not to compete about having the best or the most complex origami.
      My aim is to share the joy that can be possible by focusing in the process of folding, which is a big aspect of practicing origami and to share an appreciation of how simple things in life can be so rewarding.

  • teena June 25, 2012, 9:56 am

    amazing!!! saludo!:)

  • Mohsen Moossavi April 25, 2012, 1:49 am

    Hi Leyla
    thank you for your nice peaceful sharing work.

  • Linda MacFarlane April 15, 2012, 12:16 am

    Leyla, I am so glad that I found your site…I too love folding, different papers, etc. I’m not too far from you and I hope to get to one of your monthly classes at Northshire Bookstore. You can find some of my paper engineering stuff on my facebook account.

  • Sky March 30, 2012, 12:36 am

    I really like the dress and hanger!
    It’s SO cute! Where did you learn to do all this?

    (^ ^)
    U-U Have A Happy Easter!

    • Leyla Torres March 30, 2012, 11:19 am

      Hi Sky,
      I’ve learned on my own, from origami books and also by attending origami conventions. Thank you for your visit!

  • brandon February 24, 2012, 7:52 pm

    hi i was thinking that you have a video on the rhino?and i love the videos you put on the website!and the valentines for my family:).

    • Leyla Torres February 24, 2012, 9:59 pm

      Hi Brandon,
      Sorry, I don’t think I have a video on a rhino.

      Thankyou for your visit!

  • Analia January 28, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Hola Leyla!

    Por favor cuando publiques el Cat box no te olvides de decirnos dónde.
    ¡Es una locura de bonito!

    Saludos desde Argentina!

  • Elle January 27, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Leyla, i love your designs so much especially the fox and bear heads, is there any chance at all that you could make the instructions for them. i would so much like to make one for my sister. please please

    • Leyla Torres January 27, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Hi Elle, thank you for your comment and request. It’s been a while since I made these animal heads, so they are half forgotten. Let me dig them up, but cannot promise instructions too soon.

  • Aida Urrutia Uribe December 26, 2011, 4:32 am

    Felicidades Leyla en esta Navidad y próximo año 2012. Que sigas encantada doblando hermosos modelos y compartiendolos con otros colegas amantes del Origami.
    Un abrazo afectuoso desde Chile para ti.
    Aída Urrutia Uribe.

  • Pipida December 10, 2011, 9:36 pm

    I was delighted with the shoes I saw these photos. You have to post the diagrams or show me the book that I can buy?
    I am very interested in clothes and shoes, because I had an order to make a window of a clothing store and accessories here in Belo Horizonte., Brazil
    Can you help me?

    • Leyla Torres December 10, 2011, 10:29 pm

      Hi Pipida,
      The shoes are my versions of a model I was taught by a friend of mine.
      I do not have diagrams or videos available for distribution via Internet.

      Please read the comments in this entry in my blog:
      Karla, from Switzerland, says the following:
      “Nyodo Inoue is the designer of this model. It was published in MONTHLY ORIGAMI MAGAZINE, May 2010 (no. 417) p. 28-29, diagrammed by Terumi Tatsumi”

      I don’t have that magazine, so I haven’t been able to confirm this information personally. But that is a good hint about where to find diagrams.

      I hope this helps some how.


  • Pipida December 5, 2011, 6:32 pm

    Fiquei encantada com os sapatos que vi nestas fotos. Você tem como postar os diagramas ou me indicar o livro que posso comprar?
    Tenho muito interesse em roupas e sapatos, porque tive uma encomenda para fazer uma vitrine de uma loja de roupas e acessorios aqui em Belo Horizonte.
    Voce pode me ajudar?
    Um abraço,

  • Dr. Batsheva Gillat December 5, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Gorgeous folds of the Froebel Windmill Base. Now I feel challenged to try myself to reach 500……

  • Ayn November 16, 2011, 9:15 am

    Hi! I adore your work. I tried out some of your diagrams and they’re so adorable! I had so much fun making them. Do you have the diagram for your “krusdal-swan”? thank you!

    • Leyla Torres November 16, 2011, 11:39 am

      Thank you Ayn, I’m glad you enjoy this site. I don’t have diagrams for the Kruskal swan at the moment.

  • Pipida October 14, 2011, 12:30 am

    Gostaria tanto de ter os diagramas de gatos , destas fotos. Tenho 10 gatos em casa e adoro todo tipo de origami deles. Aqueles primeiros, só a cabeça e depois os dois ( preto e amarelo) são lindos demais. Vc me passaria os diagramas ou me indicaria os livros que ensinam? Seu site é belissimo !!!! Parabens.

  • David Wires August 20, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Love the yellow and pink bird, a lovely way to display beautiful paper and simple, I’m going to try these with white parchment paper, wax paper or paper that the wedding invitations were made of and used on a place setting, so many ideas, Thanks…

  • Iva Jancova April 19, 2011, 11:59 am

    I love your head cat, bear and fox! May I ask you for a diagram please?

    • Leyla Torres April 21, 2011, 2:26 am

      Hi Iva, I’d love to share diagrams, but unfortunately I have not drawn them yet.

  • enrica January 21, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Complimenti! Ho visitato il tuo sito,
    Sei bravissima!
    Le galline con le uova sono deliziose.
    mi piacciono molto anche le scarpine origami che hai realizzato;
    sono disponibili i diagrammi? Dove si possono trovare?
    Grazie, Enrica

    • Leyla Torres January 21, 2011, 7:21 pm

      Ciao Enrica,

      Grazie per la vostra nota. Non ho schemi disponibili per tutte le scarpe. Credo che siano giapponesi. Mi hanno imparato a memoria in una convenzione origami.
      I migliori auguri, Leyla
      (google ha fatto la traduzione qui! Si prega di perdonare eventuali errori)

  • Marisu January 3, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Me encantan tus trabajos,me gusta como los mostras.Me dan ganas de hacer todo .Los gatitos de Hiroaki Takai son divinos y ya los hice , no podrías enseñarnos como se hacen.los zapatitos.Un saludo y muchas gracias por poner todo a nuestra disposición.Que tengas un FELIZ AÑO NUEVO.

    • Leyla Torres January 4, 2011, 3:32 pm

      Me alegra que te guste este sitio. Espero poder enseñar los zapatitos en el futuro. Gracias por tu visita y feliz año para ti también.

  • michal December 31, 2010, 4:48 pm

    adorei as suas galinhas(pollos)!
    voce tem o diagrama?
    feliz 2011! alegrias e paz!

    • Leyla Torres January 3, 2011, 10:14 pm
      • Esperanza Deiro March 18, 2013, 9:42 am

        good afternoon leyla, i want to know cat box how to do?. i’m spanish i talk now in my language

        buenas tardes Leyla torres, me encanto la caja del gato, pero no encontre el video de como se hace. podria ser el proximo video tutorial que subas, es precioso y me interesaria muchisimo. y una ultima cosa, donde encuentras los papeles que usas? en españa no hay nada. un abrazo y gracias por tu atencion ^^

        • Leyla Torres March 18, 2013, 10:34 am

          Hola Esperanza,

          Me alegra que te guste el gatico caja. Creo que en algún momento haré el video, pero no será muy pronto pues tengo ya otros en camino y hacer cada uno cuesta muchas horas de trabajo. Pero tendré con seguridad en cuenta tu pedido para el futuro.

          Por lo pronto te invito a que le eches una mirada a la página de video donde tengo un listado en español de todos los videos disponibles en Origami Spirit https://www.origamispirit.com/es/videos-2/

          En cuanto a papeles, algunos los encuentro por internet (Amazon ofrece papeles bonitos) y otros los compro cuando voy a convenciones y encuentros de origami y muchos no son papeles para origami sino son simplemente envolturas de papel regalo que compro en cualquier sitio a donde yo vaya y vea un papel bonito.

          Ponte en contacto con la gente de la Asociación Española de Papiroflexia, pues en su tienda puedes conseguir papeles bonitos.

          Muchas gracias por escribir.

  • claudia borges December 5, 2010, 11:43 am

    I love your works. It inspires me. Thank You.

  • BIP November 26, 2010, 5:26 pm

    So beautiful your shoes, robison florals and louts flowers!

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