10 Folding Tips

10 Origami Folding Tips

Take this list to bed with you and recite it every night as a mantra to help you sleep:

-Accuracy is vital because errors multiply quickly.

-Always fold the paper away from you rather than towards you.

folding tips

folding tips

-Fold with clean hands.

-Folding an edge to an edge is easier than folding to a crease.

-If you get really stuck following a diagram, refold with a new sheet.

-Making a model is like rehearsing a piece af music each takes practise to get right.

-Make sure your square is really square (measure it)

-Slow down and give yourself  enough time to finish (a model always takes longer than you think)

-The first time you try a new design use a larger sheet than usual.

-To do a mountain fold, turn the paper over and do a valley.

Another Ten Tips

Here are more top tips to make your paper folding life less stressful.

-A staple gun makes a handy alternative to glue. Yes, you are allowed to use glue sometimes

david brill fairy

-Always look ahead to the next drawing to see where you are going.

-Don’t be afraid to experiment with a model.

-Have a waste paper bin handy.

-Make rough diagrams of any models you make, otherwise you will forget how to make them!

-Save your origami mistakes because they may lead to new creative ideas.

-Sometimes you can make a fold as a soft crease, rather than a sharp one.

-Use a folded paper template to find angles and distances if you want to avoid unwanted creases.

-If a model won’t stay flat, leave it in the middle of a heavy book for a couple of days.

-Use a ruler and an old biro with no ink to score creases when you are folding twist boxes or similar, where you need greater accuracy.

note: all of this is small tips for you, you can add some more tips

David Brill

David Brill is a British folder and artist. For over thirty years he has created some incredible work, showing a rare combination of technical and artistic mastery. David has been folding and creating since the 1970s and is both former chairman and secretary (not at the same time) of the British Origami Society.

david brill

He is a well-known and much loved ambassador for origami all around the world. You can read his book Brilliant Origami and check out his website brilliantorigami.com (he shares some of his diagrams his website, you can find them brilliantorigami.com/diagrams.html   horse, cat, dragon, fairy, dolphin, box)



1948     Born Bramhall, Cheshire, UK

1954     First learned origami (flapping bird) from Rupert Bear annual

1971     Acquired first origami book (Origami 1 by Robert Harbin)

1973     Corresponded with folders in Japan
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Origami Paper Airplane Basics Part 2

Origami Paper Airplane Basics Part 2


The quality of an paper airplane’s flight depends on its center of gravity, that is to say, its balance. if your plane falls like a rock going into a dive, it is to heavy. You have then two solutions: lighten the front of the airplane where that is possible or else use a lighter and larger paper for folding the model.

paper airplane basics 2

paper airplane basics 2

if your plane ascends and descends by fits and starts (in other word, it stalls) it is too light in the front. To improve its flight, one or sometimes two refolds at the front will give it a better balance.

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Origami Paper Airplane Basics Part 1

Origami Paper Airplane Basics Part 1


the best papers are those that crease well and are sufficietly strong for repeated folding and unfolding, with a weight between 70 and 90 grams (20 to 24 lb. bond weight). Avoid papers that tear after several folds, such as certain recycled papers. White or colored papers that are used for photocopying or computer printing are excellent for folding. But investigate all the papers you have on hand: a leaflet, writing paper, or kraft paper may all do the job.

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