# Origami Basics

Have you always wanted to learn how to do origami but didn't know where to start? Fear not, Origami Basics will teach you the things you need to know to get started. Once you have familiarized yourself with the symbols and notation used in origami diagrams, you can start folding some easy origami models. Remember, the best origami comes from people who practice so don't be afraid to try the same origami model more than once to gain experience. After that, try some intermediate origami models here.

 Origami Symbols     Lines, Arrow & Symbols

#### Origami Basics Folds

Valley Fold
Mountain Fold
Pleat Fold
Blintz Fold
Squash Fold
Petal Fold
Inside Reverse Fold
Ouside Reverse Fold
Sink Fold
Rabbit Ear Fold
Crimp Fold

 Common Origami Bases     Kite Base     Fish Base     Waterbomb Base     Preliminary Base     Windmill Base     Bird Base     Frog Base

 Shapes of Paper  Make a Square:     from a Rectangle  Make a Triangle:     from a Square (easy)     from a Square (efficient)     from a Rectangle  Make a Pentagon:     from a square, A5  Make a Hexagon:     from a Square     from a Rectangle  Make a Heptagon:     from a square (easy)     from a square or circle (easy)     from a circle (not easy)     from a square (with proofs)     from a square (exact?)  Make an Octagon:     from a Square  Make a A4, A5, or A6 Paper:     from a Square     from 8.5" x 11"  Make a Dollar Bill proportion:     from 8.5" x 11"  Make the Largest Square:     from a Dollar Bill (S Chen)

 Dividing Paper  Divide into Thirds:     Method 1     Method 2     Method 3     Estimation Method     More Methods (diagrams by H Koshiro)  Divide into Fifths:     Method 1     Method 2     Method 3     Fujimoto's Approximation Method  Divide into Sevenths:     Method 1     Method 2     Method 3  Divide into Any number of Segments:     Intersecting Diagonals Method     Using a Template     Using Scissors

The information on this Origami Basics page relies heavily on Robert Lang's Origami Diagramming Conventions, and information provided by the Origami Community as a whole. Please submit comments and recommendations here.