Introduction: Tiny Origami

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Since high school I've liked to make tiny little origami thingies. Well, a while back my wife read an article liked on the Coast to Coast AM web site about tiny origami and I decided to share my own.

Here they are. A flower, fox, simple crane, traditional crane, and loch ness monster (or dinosaur).

The original article was:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/7166758/Tiny-origami-models-created-by-Mui-Ling-Teh.html

Some background for you: I used to fold origami in class and my teachers didn't like it. To keep from getting caught I had to make them smaller and smaller. I would then leave them on my desk at the end of class as a present for whomever came by next. This also meant I couldn't use tools or special paper, so these are made by hand with printer paper.

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DawnS49 (author)2017-03-01

I have an obsession with miniature things and I also love origami. This is an awesome combo of the two! Too bad I don't know how to make it. A step by step folding tutorial would be nice.

Jetpack5 (author)DawnS492017-03-01

Thank you! Which model were you looking for instructions on?

DawnS49 (author)Jetpack52017-03-04

Honestly any of them would be nice. :) Especially the traditional crane and the fox.

Jetpack5 (author)DawnS492017-03-04

Ah, the crane is a classic. The fox is a favorite.
I have video instructions for making the tiny origami here:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Tiny-Origami-Techniques-Remixed/

For a text and picture, this is a nice crane:
http://www.origamiway.com/origami-crane.shtml

The fox is from a book called Origami Omnibus, Paper Folding for Everybody by Kunihiko Kasahara and it's a great book to get for lots of cool models.

Hopefully I'll get some more models up soon!

olaw101 (author)2014-12-31

Omg I do this a lot I once made mini ninja star earrings also I find that they hate when u draw also :/

Jetpack5 (author)olaw1012014-12-31

Wonderful! I would love if you posted a pic of that! I like to make this ninja star that slides out to a ring, but I make it larger so I can write hidden messages inside it. I'll post pics if I find one I had made.

ThomasR67 (author)Jetpack52015-12-09

Thats awesome. I showed a bunch of people my crane until some idiot threw it to the ground and crushed it.

Jetpack5 (author)ThomasR672015-12-10

I'm sorry to hear that. there trends to always be that one person that wants to bring you down to their level. I've found the best response is to make a new one, and make it even better! Never stay down.

ThomasR67 made it! (author)2015-12-07

Made this at school :)

Jetpack5 (author)ThomasR672015-12-07

Very nicely done!

olaw101 (author)2014-12-31

Oops I put also twice

Jetpack5 (author)olaw1012014-12-31

I won't tell if you don't. :-)

mcharles8 (author)2014-07-22

Sorry my internet is a little slow

Jetpack5 (author)mcharles82014-07-22

No worries! Happens to us all.

mcharles8 (author)2014-07-22

Um.., it's not clicking the link :(

mcharles8 (author)2014-07-22

Um.., it's not clicking the link :(

mcharles8 (author)2014-07-22

Um.., it's not clicking the link :(

sherrycayheyhey (author)2012-05-26

What kind of paper and tools are you using for these? You should make an Instructable showing your process.

Jetpack5 (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-07-05

I've poasted th instrcutions for how to make the tiny origami. https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Very-Tiny-Origami/

Jetpack5 (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-05-26

Believe it or not I actually didn't use tools except my ninja fingernails and the paper is standard printer paper.

I used to fold origami in class and my teachers didn't like it. To keep from getting caught I had to make them smaller and smaller. I would then leave them on my desk at the end of class as a present for whomever came by next.

I have a couple other instructables in the queue but I will try to make a video on the techniques I used.

I'm not sure if I could make it smaller with lighter paper and tweezers but probably.

AppalachiaAngel (author)2012-05-27

Lol I have been folding origami and kirigami for 9 years now and know exactly what you mean about teachers not liking it ... I actually came to the same conclusion that smaller makes it easier to hide lol my tiniest fold to date was a horse about 1 to 1.5 cm keep folding ^^

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