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Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with lid (chest)

Design by traditional (unknown)
Material two square sheets of paper, single colour
Difficulty easy
Time about five minutes

This origami treasure Chest consist of two parts. So you will also need to sheets of the same size.

The proportions of the box are: 1/2 wide, 1/4 and 1/4 deep. This is in relation to the size of the sheets (1).

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Origami Creeper Instructions

origami creeper

origami creeper

a creeper from the game minecraft as origami


This Creeper from the game minecraft was proudly designed by me. It is low intermediate so beginners may need a while to figure it out. The folding itself is simple but the assembling of the head is a little tricky.



Those handy diagramms don’t make much sense on their own, but make the video easier to follow.
Download the PDF Diagram.


I recommend to use small and stiff paper for this Origami Creeper. For example 7,5cm times 7,5cm. If you have access to tant-paper, use it! but green printer-paper is great too.
You can it with anything, it’s just easier with good paper. (Maybe not toilet paper)

Design History

I’m a fan of minecraft myself. The block design of the game makes it easy to imagine it’s characters as origami. So I was pretty surprised that there wasn’t any minecraft origami creeper already. This is why I gave it a try. I wanted a model that also fan’s of the games could do. That is why I choose this simplistic approach. The more advanced folders will find many ways to add more details to the model (e.g. the feet can be folded to match the original more closely). But that would have made the model a lot more confusing for people that are new to origami. I’m pretty happy with the way I did the cube-head. For sure there are other models that use that mechanism too – but I figured it out myself :). Drawing the origami creeper’s face on the paper is a small trade-off for the simplicity of the design. Somehow I forgot about the model for while, I designed it over a year ago allready.

roulette by Paolo Basketta

Origami Star Instructions

Origami star

roulette by Paolo Basketta

Roulette Star by Paolo Basketta


This star was designed Paolo Bascetta, who is famous for his modular Stars. The design is also called roulette or spinning star. You need nine sheets of paper to fold it.  One of the simple  module takes less  than a minute to make. This makes the origami star a great project for beginners.

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Flapping Bird Origami-Instructions

flapping bird


The flapping bird is based on a design by Samuel Randlett. It is action origami because the bird actually moves and flaps it’s wings.
This simple design can be folded under 5 Minutes even by beginners. You don’t need special paper it just needs to be a square.


I just made diagrams of the flapping bird. I hope you find them useful.

Diagram of the flapping bird


Also available as SVG and PDF. The Instructions are licensed under Creative Commons. This means you are welcome to share them for free with all origami enthusiast!


You can find more instructions under Diagrams

Napkin Lotus

The Lotus sometimes also called the water lilly is a simple traditional design, that cna be folded either from paper or napkins. I suggest napkins because they don’t tear so easily making the whole model a lot easier to accomplish.


This model has been designed by Anita Barbour. I love how it uses a fish-base in a simple but clever way. It’s a good example of how origami can be easy and pretty at the same time. I have to thank Anita for allowing me to show you this. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do!



Monkey climbing the moutain

On my way back from this years origami-convention in Freising . I met a couple of nice children, who had just moved from the US to Germany, in the train. Especially one of the Girls was eager to learn a few models from me, when I offered her to teach. Her younger Sister, Emma, insisted on joining us. which was really funny since she’s only four years old. Still, the enthusiasm and the joy both radiated while folding really reminded me of why I love folding. Emma especially loved the climbing monkey. And I promised her to do a video of it so she could try too.

Here it is:

diagram for the monkey climbing the moutain

for downloads go to the Diagrams section


I gave the Father of the family my card, so Chuck if you’re reading this:

You have a lovely family and your and your families kindness really brightened up my day. I’d love to hear from you again. And to all other readers, you are welcome to comment too 🙂

Tavin’s Turtle

Finally I can present my origami turtle to you. I made the first version of this turtle 2010. It went through some heavy development since. Below you can find a diagram and an instructional video to learn how to fold an origami turtle yourself.

a Origami Turtle designed by Tavin

Image of Tavin’s Turtle

Design Tavin
Material quadratic sheet
Difficulty intermediate
Time to fold about 7 minutes


Step by Step Video tutorial


here you can download the PDF diagram for the turtle for free. Or you can choose to support me and give something for the diagram.

Origami Diagrams take a lot of time to make so I hope you don’t mind me asking for a contribution.

Bird of Paradise

During the holidays there were a few tables to decorate. I stumbled upon the fact that I can not really do any neat napkinfolds. I decided to change that and looked at one website or another and discovered the bird of paradise. My favourite napkinfold so far. Folding napkin differs quite a bit from paperfolding and there are interesting things that napkins can do which paper can’t. I’m always happy to find knew areas of folding. Below you find the tutrial I mad efor the bird of paradise. enjoy!