Origami animals

This is a collection of photo's of Origami folds of miscellaneous animals. I fold these models, using directions from different books, make a photo of them with the camera of my SGI workstation, and put them on the web site. Apologies for poor quality of pictures, and in some cases, the folds have small errors (which are usually not visible due to the poor quality of the photo.) Folds are classified with respect to the book they are taken from.

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From `Origami for the Enthousiast'

Origami for the Enthousiast. John Montroll. Dover Publications, 1979, ISBN 0-486-23799-0, 120 pages.


Two other books of Montroll contain also a rhinoceros, both more detailed than this one, but this rhinoceros is also very nice.


When made of the right paper, this little and no-so-hard model gives quite nice results.


From `Animal Origami for the Enthousiast'

Animal Origami for the Enthousiast. John Montroll. Dover Publications, 1985, ISBN 0-486-24792-9, 119 pages.



Once in a train, a girl seeing me folding this model was highly surprised that turtle meant anything more than one of the figures of a certain television series.

This is a very nice model - regardless of what kind of paper you use, the model gets a nice three-dimensional shape. While folding takes some time, it is not specifically complicated.


Excellent model. Not hard to fold, and a beautifull three-dimensional shape.

I have a second photo of the same model.



Starting with a 24 by 24 centimeters squares, the crab becomes quite small: between 3 and 4 centimeters long and wide, but with eight legs, two pincers, etc.


One should use a large piece of paper to start with; I used 33 by 33 centimeters. The result is very rewarding.

From 'North American Animals in Origami'

North American Animals in Origami. John Montroll. Antroll/Dover, 1995, ISBN 0-486-28667-3, 120 pages.


He looks adorable. Nice, with the white tooth and that flat tail.

Montroll gives this model a complexity of `Complex', but I think it is not too hard, and would rank it as `Intermediate'.



From `African Animals in Origami'

African Animals in Origami. John Montroll. Dover Publications, 1991, ISBN 0-486-26977-9, 159 pages.


This one looks as mean as a real crocodile.


This model, when made of the right paper, is quite impressive. I used here somewhat stronger paper, colored yellow and gold, which gave a very nice result.


For another picture of this same model, look here.


In three of his books, Montroll has a model of a rhinoceros, each a little different, but all three very nice.


One of the several elephants Montroll had in his books. Each has white tusks: the inside of the paper is visible.

From `Origami Sculptures'

Origami Sculptures. John Montroll. Antroll Publishing Company, 1990, ISBN 1-877656-02-X, 143 pages.


The head is somewhat difficult, and fortunately, this picture doesn't show well that I didn't fold it well. It has a nice three dimensional shape, with tail. Use paper that is black at one side and white at another side.


Beautifull horse. Montroll's original horse has one leg lifted up; I folded it with all four legs to the ground.

From `Origami Inside-Out'

Origami Inside-Out. John Montroll. Dover Publications, 1993, ISBN 0-486-27674-0, 120 pages.


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