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FIRST STEPS

Find a nice smooth surface to work on. If you do not have origami paper, try folding with a square of used copy paper that is printed on only one side. This will help you to follow the shaded diagrams.

Be sure to fold carefully and then press down very firmly across the whole fold. This makes a nice sharp crease. Follow each step but you can look ahead to see if the result matches the next step. After you master the simple folds, take the challenge and move ahead to the harder ones.

 
 


ORIGAMI SYMBOLS
Paper folders like to share their models with people from all over the world. To help us do this, universal folding symbols were developed. These will help you to learn origami. Click on the link above to find a few of the important ones to begin with.

HOW TO MAKE A SQUARE FROM ANY RECTANGLE
Most origami begins with a square sheet of paper. You can make it yourself from any rectangle. Look around for copy paper, magazines, advertisements, gift wrap, stationery or any other paper you have in the house. Then click on the link above and follow the diagrams to make your square.

 

 
 
 

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