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""The reindeer are getting impatient, they are ready to go and would like to leave, because it's a long way, but there is a big problem....... Santa isn't there yet……."""


Design origami "Sledge": Marcus Cooman

Folded from rectangle silver foil 15x30cm.


Design origami "Reindeer": Kunihiko Kasahara

Each folded from 15x15cm kamipaper.

I love this origami "Fairy" by Yoshihisa Kimura, it's a golden oldie and still a favorite of mine.

I thought to write a little story about these two ice-fairies, that they are in doubt if they should leave already or stay a little bit longer to spread their magic to the people.

But while taking this photo, I noticed I was humming the song of Peter Sarstedt "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" and also remembering the words of the chorus:


"But where do you go to my lovely

When you're alone in your bed

Tell me the thoughts that surround you

I want to look inside your head, yes I do."


Funny, how the mind works. So now you have two stories.;-)

If you want to listen to the song, just click here.


Design "Fairy": Yoshihisa Kimura

Diagrams: NOA magazine 202

There is also a turorial.

Each 'fairy' is folded from two pieces of paper:

- body: 15x15cm

- head: a square 15x15cm diagonally in half


I just love faries, so I folded this one ;-)

And this Fairy is dancing on magical water in Fairy-Land to celebrate the New Year. With this dance she is sending all her magical power to us. So open your heart and see what happens...... and please..... let me know ;-)


"A fairy is a mythical creature, commonly described as anthropomorphic and feminine. The essence of great beauty, can bring gifts to newborns, can fly, conjure, wishes and has influence on the future.


The properties of a fairy vary by area and culture. For example, a fee is a fallen angel, an elemental, a ghost or even human. A fairy is sometimes small, but in other cases of normal stature. She may be a young appearance, but also that of an old woman. Fairies are closely linked with the forces of nature and the concept of the parallel world." WiKi


Design "Origami Fairy": Henry Phạm

There is tutorial, just follow the link.

Folded from tant paper 15x15cm


"I'm so happy", shouts this little 3D-Santa, "she did it and I am put back together again..... YEAH!!!!!. I feel like I can fly!!!!" Just in time for Xmas!


"I can't get enough looking at myself ;-0"


"So dance with me on the song to celebrate this and sing along" with "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.


'Because I'm happy

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

Because I'm happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Because I'm happy

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

Because I'm happy

Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do'


Folded from

- 235 white

- 200 red

- 17 beige

- and 2 blue 3D-elements

"Si siht yllaer eht den fo eht yrots-atnaS?", is Rudolf asking.

"Si siht yllaer eht den fo eht yrots-atnaS? ", is Rudolf asking.

"Yes, my beloved ones, the Santa-story is ending here", answers Santa. "Every Santa has reached his destination, everything has come to a good end! So we can relax for a few days and then return home".


"Si taht thgil dan yeht nac ees su won?", is Rudolf asking.

"Si taht thgil dan yeht nac ees su won?", is Rudolf asking.

"Yes, my beloved ones", answers Santa. " They can see you now, don't worry, they will love both* of you, I'm sure ;-)"


* Rudolf and Rudolf are identical twins, always have been! And they talk backwards, always have been doing that!


I want to wish you a Merry Christmas

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas

From the bottom of my heart


I want to wish you a Merry Christmas by Jose Feliciano


Design "Papá Noel" and "Reno": Carlos González Santamaría AKA Halle .

Diagrams in the book 'Una Navidad en tus manos' by Halle.


OrigamiUSA is excited to announce our partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its official attempt to break the Guinness World Records™ title for the largest display of origami elephants. The goal is to reach 35,000 origami elephants to bring attention to the 35,000 elephants that are killed each year for their ivory.


The deadline for sending in elephants is Sept 16, 2016.

More information is available on the OrigamiUSA website.


I will be sending these colorful herd of elephants today, so they will be there in time ;-)

Latest Santa-news:

"In the morning glow Santa Claus was detected, while stepping down into a chimney or is he trying to get out? Anyway, the good news is that he arrived safely in our world!!!"


Design origami "Santa Claus" and origami "Chimney-shaped penholder": Katsushi Nosho

Both diagrams in NOA #424.

"Santa Claus" is folded from 2 pieces 15x15cm and a small piece (for the face) kamipaper.

"Chimney-shaped penholder" is folded from 20x20cm and 30x30cm "stone"-paper.


oh, oh, oh, oh......!!!!!

It looks like Santa took the wrong exit......... and was transported to a parallel universe.........

When this was discovered he was immediately send back to our world again.......but, as you can see, something went wrong, his "structure" is more or less fragmentized.........

oh, oh, oh, oh......!!!!!


Design origami 'Santa Mask': Akira Yoshizawa

Diagrams in the book 'Simple Origami" by Akira Yoshizawa


Head folded from 30x30cm wrapping paper.

Mask folded from 15x15cm kamipaper.

Perhaps you already noticed, that there are many different Santa's and they all arrive in our world with different kinds of transportation.

Here is "Dinky"-Santa and is very, very enthusiastic about his ultra-supersonic "Dinky"-car!

When I met him for this photoshoot, he was dancing of joy, as you can see, because the journey from there to here only took him a few seconds, a new personal record ;-))

Meanwhile the Beatles were playing his favorite song 'Drive my car'.


Baby you can drive my car

Yes I'm gonna be a star

Baby you can drive my car

And maybe I'll love you


Beep beep'm beep beep yeah


Design origami "Santa": Peter Engel

Folded from 17,5x17,5cm kamipaper

There is a tutorial, if you want to fold it ;-)


The "Operation" is in progress.


Design origami "Papá Noel": Carlos González Santamaría AKA Halle.

Folded from several small pieces of paper, kind of modular origami.

Diagrams in: AEP Convention Book Barcelona 2005

My latest tessellation design in my Blocks-tessellation serie and I call this one "Little Blocks". You can see the 3 different phases, either follow the yellow or the blue path, starting on the left.


Folded from 15x15cm, kind of rice paper (very, very tin), grid 1:24

Discovered this pattern independently.

These origami Father and Son talking about the mystery of life, being a blue demon. Can you tell who the Father is and who the Son? I'm curious ;-)


They are my variations of the little origami demon by Eric Joisel, who was a great French master in origami.

Folded from 21x21cm elephant hide paper.


Diagrams are in the booklet: 3D Masks and Busts by Eric Joisel, published by the British Origami Society. He explains his technic, which is very interesting to read about ;-)


I always see faces in the world around me, I can't help it ;-D

While assembling this polyhedron "Star Prints", created by Aldos Marcell, I saw this face with a big surprise in the eyes and mouth, so I tried to translate that into a photo. To my big surprise the shiny surface created another distorted face, magical ;-)

So the 'Star' is looking at himself and wonders "Is that really me?"


Here you can see a different view.


Origami "Star Prints" is related to another origami dodecahedron I folded earlier: "Oleo", (also created by Aldos Marcell), which is an "easier" version, just a few creases less.


Folded from 30 pieces of double colored kami paper (7,5x7,5 cm).

No glue.


Tutorial can be found here.

Diagrams in the CDO (Centro Diffusione Origami – Italian Origami Association) Convention Book 2013.

Remember I folded elephants for an attempt to break the Guinness World Records™ title for largest display of origami elephants ?

Well, we did!!!!! The official record number was 78,564!

So I decide to celebrate it with this folded 'petit four' ;-) ( it is one molecule of my blocks tessellation ).


Now let's hope that this also stops killing the real elephants!


You can read more about the record broken on the site of OrigamiUSA.

There is also a video of the display, but I haven't discovered my elephants yet. If you see them let me know ;-)

Origami Darth Vader has spoken: "I want to let you know that Marjan is having an absolutely necessary summer break..... She will be back, I promise! So live long and prosper until then".


Update: she is back........ ;-))

When I was at the German Origami Convention 2016 I met Dirk Eisner, (AKA Eisfold), he was one the special guests.

He has been given several workshops and I followed the one learning how to make the "Di-excavated octahedron".

This origami octahedron is excavated by two tetrahedra, which go to the inside.


The folding of the modules is not difficult, but to ensemble them together is something different and it was quite a challenge for me! But I succeeded there and also could refold it at home, as you can see ;-))


Here is another view of the same model.


Folded from 18 rectangles 1:2.


If you want to read more about this model, please follow the

this link, it brings you straight to Dirk's photo of this "Di-excavated octahedron".

While I was folding "Little Blocks", I noticed a origami face, actually two ;-)) The first face in the 'big' tessellation, so I folded it again, but with a different paper, thicker and with more texture, and in the end I wet-folded it, to get this "Block-face-one".

Folded from 15x15cm piece of paper.


The second origami face is folded from just one module of this tessellation, and called "Block-face-too".

Folded from 7,5x7,5cm.

I extended the pattern of the "Molecule" in two ways by just moving the folding-pattern a bit. I used this paper, because of it's specific subdivision of lines, to see what it result would be.

In the upper row you see the frontside of the two variations and in the lower its back, or the other way around..... what makes it to be called a front- or backside? You decide for yourselves ;-)

I folded this "Molecule-blocks-tessellation" 4 times to show it all.

This is the flat version.


Folded from 15x15cm Freundenberger paper, grid 1:16.

While I was folding "Little Blocks", I noticed an origami face, actually two ;-))

The second face is folded from just one module of this tessellation, and called "Block-face-too".

Folded from 7,5x7,5cm.


The first origami face is made from the 'big' tessellation, called "Block-face-one".

Folded from 15x15cm.

During the folding phases of an new tessellation, before flattening the paper completely, this form occurred. A paper-secret that reveals it selves while folding. It reminded me a of star to be born ;-)) Because it is to fragile to stay this way, I just took a photo of this phase and continued folding ;-)

Can you find where the entrance is?


"Labyrinth" is one of the tessellation possibilities, when adding more creases and folds to Big Blocks. I not ready with 'research' on this pattern ;-))


Used paper: glassine 34cm, grid 1:32

Size finished model about 17cm.


I test folded for Alphonsus Rouis this lovely Origami Star "Joyvhe".

Thanks, Alphonsus! :)


There were some other testfolders too, and they made lovely renditions with different paper, so I decided to use two colors and then you see the two triangles better.

Tereza Corsini had a beautiful idea and I also folded a big and little one. But I just put it on top of the bigger one.


Each star is folded from 6 units

Unit size: bronze rectangles

Here is the link how to make: square to bronze rectangle


This lovely design is from Miyuki Kawamura. When you turn them, you will have a different view.


The name origami "Dualo" came from the polyhedron of the center of the model. Here you can see two modules.


You can make several variations with this nice module:

-The little ones are made from 6 modules each.

-The middle ones made from 12 modules each and you can choose for a 3 or 4 unit of modules, which gives different results.

-For the bigger ones you need 30 modules each and also here the choice is 3 or 5 unit.

I used these 60 modules also for an other pattern.


Each module is folded from 7,5x7,5 cm, duo-colered paper.


Diagrams can be found in the Tanteidan 16th Convention Book

I folded the first three stars from the model "Etoile" by Lydia Diard and I decide to stop now and fold a whole field of stars from an other thicker kind of paper. Two reasons: first, I like the model as it looks now; second, this paper, glassine, is too thin and slippery to fold these stars. But it is very nice paper to take pictures because of its transparency, as you can also see in this very early stage of collapsing the first star.

A more detailed (backlit) view of the centre of my tessellation Squarectangles.

A different view of "KiRara" (a golden oldie 1997) and it's designed by Miyuki Kawamura. Made from 30 elements, rectangle 1x2.

I used a small size of paper: 7,5x3,75cm Freudenberger paper, because you need thicker paper. Final height 9cm.


It's a nice model, here you can see another view.


Diagrams of this origami 'KiRara' in NOA magazine #263.


One of the famous origami models from Jun Maekawa called "Devil".


Diagrams are in the book "Genuine origami".

This lovely star shaped origami model "KiRara" is a golden oldie (1997) and it's designed by Miyuki Kawamura. Made from 30 elements, rectangle 1x2.

I used a small size of paper: 7,5x3,75cm Freudenberger paper, because you need thicker paper. Final height 9cm.


Here you can see another view, where the same model looks more like a mask ;-))


Diagrams in NOA magazine #263.

I finished the red one and I call this tessellation "Squarectangles" because you see squares and rectangles.

Paper: glassine, 20cm, grid 1:16

Discovered this pattern independently.


Here is a more detailed view of the centre and in different light.


Finally found some time to join the 30 modules together. But.....when I took a break and returned, I saw this face of an owl, so I couldn't resist to take a photo first, before finishing it ;-))


Here you can see the completed origami model by Miyuki Kawamura called "Star Orb" (2013).

Diagrams in the Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book.


I had fun changing the colors, so I made a collection using the others colors of my "Molecule-blocks-tessellation".

This is my favorite color, not added in this image ;-)


This little origami cat with her big green eyes looks a lot like "Lady", my other black cat. We both wish you a lovely week ahead.

Still trying to make a real photo of Lady’s big green eyes, but she is not quite yet in the mood for a photo shoot. ;-))


Folded from two pieces of black kami paper 15x15cm. I only glued some green shiny paper in the corners that form the eyes, (otherwise she would have with eyes).


Model: Cat

Design: Eiji Tsuchito

Diagrams in ORU Magazine 9

A bit of sad looking origami cat, as a tribute for one of my two black cats, Dubh, who disappeared about two weeks ago. No sign of him yet, so I think he will never come back. He will be missed.


Folded from three pieces of black kami-paper:

- body 15x15cm

- head 7,5x7,5cm

- eyes 7,5x7,5cm

Final height about 11cm, depends where you glue the head ;-)


Model: Cat

Design: Taichiro Hasegawa

Diagrams in the book "Double-sided origami" by Taichiro Hasegawa

Preparing two pieces of paper (20x20cm, glassine, grid 1:24) using square twists.

Curious what happened next? ;-))) Look here.


Have a nice day!


Instead of spending money you can also decide to fold with it and that's what I did ;-) A little goodby-present for a colleague, who is leaving to start a new job.

If you want to try origami money-folding, you can find several models on youtube. Have fun!

"Gecko and Fly on a Wall" is another ingenious origami model created by Herman van Goubergen, the two animals arise from out of the paper ;-)) It's a golden oldie, but I still like it.

Folded from wrapping paper.


Diagrams can be found here.


Submitted to Glow Challenge # 3 - November 1 to 30 - YOUR FAVORITE THINGS !


Another lovely design by Aldos Marcell, called 'origami Oleo'. It was fun folding it and to ensemble this dodecahedron, you have to be patient, 30 units without glue.


On the photo you see the same model from two different angles but at the same distance. In the upper one I see a face ;-)


Diagrams in the CDO (Centro Diffusione Origami – Italian Origami Association) Convention Book 2013.

There is also a tutorial, if you want to fold it.


Folded from 30 squares kamipaper 11,7x11,7cm.

Alien, my last variation of the origami "Clown mask 2" by Hideo Komatsu.

It's folded from some strange kind of foil, but I liked the effect this paper creates. Although it looks perhaps a bit scary, it's really a friendly specimen, this origami 'Alien' ;-))


Folded from 15x15cm doubler foil.

There is a way out, but you just have to see it.

30 pairs of eyes deliberate how to do it ;-))

On the last day of carnaval I present an other two of my variations of "Clown mask 2" by Hideo Komatsu: Mister Blue and Miss Pinky. They enjoyed the carnaval very much and are a bit tired now ;-))


Folded from 15x15cm duo colored paper.


Topview of origami "Star Prints" by Aldos Marcell.


Here you can see the "face view" of this model ;-D


Origami "Star Prints" is related to another dodecahedron I folded earlier: "Oleo", (also created by Aldos Marcell), which is an "easier" version, just a few creases less.


Folded from 30 pieces of double colored kami paper (7,5x7,5 cm).

No glue.


Tutorial can be found here.

Diagrams in the CDO (Centro Diffusione Origami – Italian Origami Association) Convention Book 2013.


Hideo Komatsu invites everyone who has folded the origami "Clown mask 2", to try to make his/her own variation(s). I accepted the challenge and now I proudly present my variations: Cat Mask 1 and Cat Mask 2. Hope you like them ;-))


Folded from 15x15 duo color kraftpaper.


Have a nice weekend !!!

A very Happy Easter everyone!!!


"Mother Hen is teaching her little ones how to hide the chocolade eggs, so that the 'humans' can look for them."

This searching for eggs during Easter is a worldwide tradition in many cultures.


The origami hen is called "Abundance Hen" and is a design by Leyla Torres. The origami chicken is a model from Simon Anderson. They match wonderful together, although the folding proces is different.

Both can be used as boxes too, as you can see here. The hen has special feathers. Each feather is a written fortune message, the "Ten-Second Party Fortune". Also an idea by Leyla.

The chickens carry an egg and I added the party fortune idea as a little tail.


"Abundance Hen" is folded from 21x21 cm, duo-colored paper.

The chickens from a square from 5, 7,5, 8, 8,5 cm with German tekst on it, saying 'Frohe Ostern' ;-))


For each model Leyla Torres has made a tutorial on

her website.


I'm still looking for "new" possibilities within the "Blocks-pattern".

I added a few more diagonals and then this molecule was born.

Folded it from a piece of yellow vellum (15x15cm), because you can see the creases so nicely ;-)


Grid 1:8


This is the 3D-version of my "Molecule-blocks-tessellation". Due to the autumn season, I got inspired and changed the colors.


I could stop myself playing with the colors, so I made also a collection with different colors of this "Molecule-blocks-tessellation".


Here you can see the closed (flat) version of this tessellation.

Carnaval started, so I'm in the mood for folding masks ;-))


This origami model is called "Clown Mask 2" by Hideo Komatsu.

Here you can see the other version , where I folded with green/black paper to see what kind of effect it has.


Diagrams in his book: "Works of Hideo Komatsu" by Hideo Komatsu.

Little "talking heads" discussing whether they should sing or shout out loud: Happy Weekend everyone!!!

They are standing on a mirror, so the refection of their mouth is visible and now they can do two actions at the same time. doubt anymore ;-))


Perhaps you remember Dualo, an origami modular-model by Miyuki Kawamura, I folded recently. This is a different view of the little ones, each made from 6 modules.


Each module is folded from 7,5x7,5 cm, duo-colered paper.


Diagrams can be found in the Tanteidan 16th Convention Book

This lovely origami model is called "Rain Star" or in Spanish "Estrella de la Lluvia", because when it was created by Aldos Marcell it was raining ;-)


I wanted to see what the difference is when I changed the color, so that's why you see 2 variations, I like them both....which one has your preference?


I put them on a mirror so you can see at the same time the other site.


Model: Origami Rain Star / Origami Estrella de la Lluvia

Designer: Aldos Marcell

Paper: 30 pieces of rectangle kamipaper 1:3 (2,5x7,5cm)

Final height: 8cm


There is a video tutorial by Evan Zodl, if you want to fold it too ;-)


An other intriguing origami design by Miyuki Kawamura called "Star Orb" (2013).

I used kamipaper with a color design and I like the effect. In an earlier assembling phase I showed you the owl.


This Star Orb has also residents and I was lucky to meet one of them and even got permission to make a portrait ;-)


Folded from 30 modules, 7,5x7,5 cm.

Diagrams in the Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book.

"So sorry to interrupt the sea/sand series, but I just have to let you know that this is mine!!!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter", says the Easter Bunny ;-))


This origami cartoon-like Bunny (Conejo) is a design by Fernando Gilgado.

Diagrams can be found here: and in the two photos next to it.


Folded from hand-shaped paper 35x35 cm.

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