Easy origami for beginners: 11 projects to get you started

Put your paper folding skills to the test with these beginner origami projects, which you can create with patterned paper or thin card from your stash!

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Craft an intricate design with your favourite patterned papers in your stash with our selection of origami projects, 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!

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Origami for beginners

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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

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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

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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.

Tiny origami succulents

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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

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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.

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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

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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 Mollie Makes has us swooning!

Heart origami bookmark

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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

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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 mypaperwish.co.uk. Make and fold a whole bunch of origami stars to decorate your home with.

Paper Wish star

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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

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Orgiami Christmas tree

DIY Origami Christmas tree

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

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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.