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Easy origami for beginners: 20 projects to get you started

Learn paper folding with these easy origami projects for beginners - it's easier than you think and you'll be making origami projects in no time!

Origami for beginners

Craft an intricate design with your favourite patterned papers in your stash with our selection of origami for beginners, which include birthday party boats, heart bookmarks, mini succulents, card toppers, and a divine floral wreath. All the projects featured are designed to be easy to follow and make – it’s origami for beginners!

Origami for beginners

If you like this article, origami for beginners, why not check out some of our paper crafts – like these cute quilled flowers, or this beautiful paper flower bouquet, or how about getting your glue gun and making this realistic paper rose?

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Origami for beginners

 1. Lucky Stars

Learn how to make an origami lucky star, these cute little origami stars are made with strips of paper and are very easy to make! Get the tutorial over at Paper Kawaii.

Origami lucky stars - origami for beginners

 2. Origami hearts

These origami hearts from Radiant Home Studio are a lovely origami for beginners project – and make great gifts, too! Use on cards as toppers or add to gift-wrapped presents for that extra special touch.

Origami hearts - easy origami projects for beginners

3. Origami paper lampshade

Make an origami paper lampshade with Zoe Patching’s origami lampshade instruction – you can resize the origami lampshade template for lamps big and small!

origami lampshade tutorial

4. Pretty floral wreath

Create a beautiful door decoration for your home with our origami paper wreath, which is perfect for adding some summer brightness to your living space!

Origami paper flower wreath

5. Origami vase

This beautiful origami vase is made from folded paper and hides the real vase beneath the paper! Find the full tutorial over at Love Decorations.

Origami for beginners

6. Tiny origami succulents

Give your craft room a little green-fingered update with these adorable mini origami succulents, crafted by Paper Kawaii. Visit their website to find all the instructions and materials needed to make your own mini pot plants in this origami for beginners project.

Tiny origami succulents

7. Easy origami cat

Craft an adorable cat companion for your craft desk with this easy origami kitty, which only takes a couple of minutes to make! Embellish the cat with sequins, a little bow, and gems for a sparkling finish. This is the perfect origami for beginners project.

Easy origami cat

 8. Origami Rabbit

Learn how to make this easy origami rabbit following the instructions over at Origami Tutorial. It uses one sheet of origami paper and we love it!

Traditional origami rabbit by Origami Tutorial

 9. Flower fairy lights

Transform a string of plain white fairy lights with these beautiful origami flowers! Dress them up in pretty pastel flowers makes these lights summer-ready – they’re perfect for hosting a garden party or for just adding some pretty colour to a room.

Origami flower fairy lights

Check out our 44 easy 5 minute crafts with paper for more origami for beginners.

10. Transforming ninja star

Okay – who made these as a child? They were great for throwing across the classroom when the teacher’s back was turned (of course, we never did that…) and they teach kids about maths. Win-win! Find the tutorial over at What Do We Do All Day.

Transforming ninja star - origami projects for beginners

11. Easy origami butterfly

These beautiful origami butterflies are made out of washi paper, giving their wings a beautiful translucent effect. Find the full tutorial over at Goorigami!

Origami butterfly - easy origami projects

 12. Origami jumping frog

Make this traditional jumping frog from one sheet of green origami paper! There is a brilliant, and very clear tutorial over at – how far can you make yours jump?

Origami jumping frog - origami for beginners

13. Origami dinosaur

Learn how to make this roarsome origami dinosaur with this brilliant video tutorial from PPO crafts on YouTube!

14. Origami birthday party boats

Whether you want to create an extra-special birthday card for a little boy or girl, celebrate a newborn baby, or make colourful table decorations or upcoming parties, these little origami party boats are just the thing!

Origami party boats

 15. Origami heart bookmark

Bookmark those must-try craft projects with this fancy origami heart bookmark. We reckon your bookworm bestie will love ’em, too! Crafted with pretty patterned paper, this heart bookmark from The Idea Room has us swooning!

Origami heart bookmark - origami for beginners

 16. Mini kite, dog and heart origami card toppers

Send smiles through the post with these adorable origami card toppers, which only take a few minutes to make but will add so much fun to your papercraft projects! Craft the kite, heart and dog toppers with spare papers from your stash, then ink the edges for a colourful twist!

Easy origami toppers

 17. Origami cubes

Learn how to make these simple origami cubes – they’re made from 6 pieces of origami paper and hold together without the need for tape or glue!

Origami paper cubes by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

 18. Paper Wish origami star decoration

Here’s a simple origami star tutorial for the whole family that you can whip up using paper scraps or sparkling gift wrap. Easy to make and beautifully festive, these stars were designed for you by PaperShaker in celebration of their Christmas site Make and fold a whole bunch of origami stars to decorate your home with.

Paper Wish star

 19. Origami boat mobile

Create a shipshape origami boat mobile by creating darling paper ships and clouds to adorn your living space. You can easily scale the instructions up to create a larger origami boat. A mini boat project for origami for beginners, a big boat when you become more advanced.

How to make an origami sail boat mobile

20. Origami Christmas tree

Now it’s time for some festive origami for beginners! Use Mollie Makes’ tutorial to make the adorable little paper tree.

DIY Origami Christmas tree

Origami supplies

You don’t need much to learn how to do origami. Choose some thin paper and something to make the creases sharp. A bone folder is ideal, but you can also use a ruler! If you think this is a craft you will enjoy – then check out our must-have origami supplies.

Origami paper

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Origami paper - Amazon

Botanical origami paper

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Botanical origami paper - Amazon

Plain origami paper

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Plain origami paper - Amazon

Origami lucky stars paper

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Origami lucky stars paper strips - Amazon

Bone folder

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Bone folder - Amazon

Amazing Origami kit

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Traditional Japanese origami book - Amazon

The Art of Origami

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The Art of Origami book - Amazon

Amazing Origami

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Amazing origami - Animals United, Amazon

The complete book of origami

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The complete book of origami - Amazon


We hope you enjoyed this origami for beginners’ DIYs! For more papercraft fun head to our free papercraft projects section and our card-making section.