I keep forgetting how much I enjoy origami and feel like I need to set myself a weekly challenge to make something so I get back in the habit – and use up some of my supplies! If you’re also making a list of cute origami projects to try, here’s some recent uploads that I think would be fun.
I’m currently obsessed with the Kyoko Tsujimoto Clay and Paper Craft KOKKO Garden channel and their new fruit dolls series. It started with the strawberry doll above but there’s melon, grapes, peach, orange and so many more. They really are too kawaii and perfect for summer cards and decorations.
The same channel also has a lot of origami flowers that range from a quick project to a bigger challenge, like this hyndrangea. It’s so pretty, and even comes with a little snail.
Hello Origami is probably my favourite origami channel, especially when I need a last minute idea for a card or gift. They always use colourful paper and I find the videos easy to follow. I’d love to try some of their toys and interactive projects next – I mean, look at these cat rings! If you’re not into cats, they’ve made a few other options too including frogs, pigs and hearts.
It can be helpful to complete a series by the same maker as they’re likely to repeat many of the same folds and techniques so you’ll get some practice in. Kawaii origami makes a lot of kawaii characters including Pokemon, Disney, Peanuts and BT21.
dahchan has long been an SCK favourite with so many cute and unique tutorials, Their Sitting series currently has over 30 videos with all kinds of animals, people and holiday themes. The latest 2 feature animal doctors and nurses that would make sweet get well soon gifts.
I find it infuriating that Youtube only shows me English videos in the general search, since origami rarely needs any text instructions, but thankfully the more foreign language channels you follow, the more interesting suggestions you’ll get. 모모랑 TV is a new channel that popped up and has some clever ideas. These lollipops look so fun and colourful.
If you prefer origami projects that help you create something useful. Mukta Art & Craft have a kawaii take on the ubiquitous origami box. I really like the pop up ears/eyes and that the lid is attached. They’d probably stack well too.
Do you enjoy origami? What have you been making?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.