Here at the Dojo we want the tips page to grow.

The experienced folders will remember when they started out on their journey, there was a myriad of things that they wished they knew.

You might have been lucky enough to have someone who helped you.

Here is your chance to share.

If there are any tips you would like to pass on please send them to us.

Everyone who passes on a tip will be acknowledged but we will not put your contact details on the page.

We want to hear from you, remember nothing is too simple or too silly. It all goes to make up the vast tapestry that is folding.

In the mean time here are a few tips to start the ball rolling.


Cleanliness is next to … the paper

When you begin folding make sure your hands are very clean. It is natural that you may perspire a little so to begin with a little talcum powder may help


Gut instincts

Origami is just like riding a bike.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, there is no limit as to where you can go. Origami folding is the same principle. Once you learn the fundamentals you’re off!

The beauty of this art is it takes a short time to learn and several lifetimes to fold all the amazing designs that are out there.



Is it time for you to take that leap from folder to model creator?  Why not, you’re practically there already, you just don’t know it yet!

Begin by folding one of your favourite animal models. We recommend a bird, because its got a lot of possibilities. When your model is done, back up and unfold a few steps. Try to reshape the head, beak and tail – Voila! A new breed has evolved from the old.

Charles Darwin would be proud of you.


Pass it on… and get them hooked

Teach a friend, a neighbour, younger brother or sister a small origami model. Be sure to start with something simple and fun, otherwise you will overwhelm them (you’ll know by that glazed look in their eyes!).  Try a simple sailboat or bird. Its a great way to share your gift and pass along a tradition that is centuries old – plus it will help you memorize a model from scratch without a diagram. Sharing is what has kept origami alive, so pass it on!


Keep your tongue in your mouth!

Never lick the edge of the paper… you would be amazed at the number of beginners who lick the edge of the paper apparently to make it stick or something. Trust me it never works and a paper cut on the tip of your tongue hurts like mad


Chocolate wrappers?

If you are going to fold chocolate wrappers, take the chocolate out first… ok this sounds a bit silly but chocolate wrappers are great for folding but make sure you have all the chocolate out of the wrapper. again you would be surprised at a very sticky model that was made… it looked like they had left a whole piece of gooey caramel in the paper.



Respect cannot be learned, purchased or acquired – it can only be earned.

Remember to respect the paper.

Never get mad at the paper, or the paper will get mad at you.


What kind of paper do I use?

Paper folders are always in search of the perfect paper, it’s thickness, colour, texture, flexibility, strength,  availability and size all figure prominently when deciding which paper to use for that special piece.

When in doubt experiment by folding a small sample and considering these properties……

  • Can the paper handle the number of creases the model requires without cracking or tearing?
  • If the paper is coloured or has a print on it, does it smudge or rub off on your fingers?
  • Does the paper hold the creases, or does it easily relax and the model unfold on it’s own once you have completed it?

In general thin strong papers are most favoured, although if you are planning on making large size pieces you will need to consider papers that are thicker and larger than standard origami papers found in art supplies stores.


Where do I get paper?

If you are not sure where to start then we suggest visiting our “Shop“. Here you will find a selection of papers that are ideal for those embarking on an origami journey.

You will also find ‘Origami a Journey’ which has been produced by Plico Design.  This is a perfect book to start with, because of the clearly diagrammed and carefully explained instructions. If you’ve had trouble reading origami diagrams before and are not certain you will understand the drawings no matter how they are drawn, then they also offer a dvd to accompany the book. Each model in the book is slowly folded before your eyes with the opportunity to back up any time you need to go back over a step.

So there are no excuses…get started today!