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Origami Videos for Beginners

On this page you will find links to video instructions to learn easy origami, suitable for children and those people with little or no experience folding paper. Origami figures include: Birds • Boat • Salt cellar • Windmill • Heart • Frog • Penguin • Boxes • Puppet

Learning Origami

The videos here show how to make several easy origami figures perfect for the beginner paper folder. Although the videos are narrated in English, origami is a universal language spoken through the movement of the hands, and the videos can be understood by anyone anywhere.

Many people learn origami on their own following video or book instruction. Each person has different needs and different learning paces and styles. I suggest you start by following videos for these simpler figures. Even if you are not too attracted by the model in itself the process will still be very rewarding and you will learn a lot from the experience.

Click an image to view its associated blog post and video.

Once you fold the figures suggested here, try with models listed here.

For a list of all video tutorials visit the Origami Spirit main VIDEOS page.

If you like what you find here, consider taking a Free Origami Mini-Course.

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  • Rick December 11, 2017, 1:06 pm

    Hi, I have never tried Origami, my basic question is ,What type of paper is best to use as a beginner? thanks rick

  • Pat Wheeler March 18, 2016, 5:25 pm

    Many of the projects seem very difficult, but I like how you offer beginning origami as well. Thanks for your time and dedication.

    • Leyla Torres March 23, 2016, 6:11 pm

      You are welcome Pat. Sometimes we need to grow our skills before we are able to make certain origami figures. You might want to try your hand at folding those simple models first: https://www.origamispirit.com/videos/origami-for-beginners/

      Then you can try figures that might be more involved. Our minds are elastic and work in mysterious ways. When we try more than once, relax into the process, take it slowly, we are rewarded with a successful ending. Give yourself some time.

  • Catherine Lahm January 31, 2016, 10:56 am

    I have several books on origami, but would like to start at the beginning to learn more folding techniques.

    • Leyla Torres February 1, 2016, 9:47 am

      By making simple models you can teach yourself a lot. There is not only one way to learn, just practice. The models on this page offer you a good opportunity to learn basic techniques.

  • Geneviève December 26, 2015, 12:26 pm

    Très très joli ! La vidéo est vraiment un bon moyen d’apprendre…

  • Caleb January 22, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Hello Leyla… I was thinking maybe you should make a contest were somebody could win a free bamboo stick… that would be awesome

    Thank you, Caleb Cortez

  • milly lythgoe October 19, 2014, 2:17 pm

    I love all these origami ideas like the nail polish or the paper puppet
    im not that good at origami but with this website I can not go wrong


    • Leyla Torres October 20, 2014, 1:36 pm

      Hi Milly, origami takes patience and teaches us patience. Give yourself quiet time and you will have success!

  • Hashimi October 9, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Hi Leyla Torres, Your work is really appreciable. Thanks for sharing all these videos. I don’t use the social networks sites and wanted to spend my free time in something which could keep me spiritually fresh and here I got it. Thanks once again.

    • Leyla Torres October 9, 2014, 5:22 pm

      Welcome Hashimi. I’m glad you like what you find here!

  • Carrie March 30, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I am wondering if you know how to do the bird out of ribbon. I had a friends sister make me some many years ago and I would like to be Abilene to make some new ones for myself. I have seen a video on you tube by someone but I just could not follow it.

    • Leyla Torres March 31, 2013, 9:53 am

      Hi Carrie,
      I’ve seen the bird, but haven’t made it myself. I’ll add it on my list of figures to consider for Origami Spirit. Thank you!

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