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origami fun and games

marc kirschenbaum

fit to print publishing, inc. new york, ny

Copyright Origami Fun and Games Copyright ©2020 Fit To Print Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the permission of the copyright holder. The diagrams in this book were produced with Macromedia’s Freehand, and image processing was done with Adobe Photoshop. The Backtalk family of typefaces was used for the body text and the cover and headers use Helvetivca. Ellen Cohen assisted with the cover design and provided valuable artistic assistance.

Introduction For many people origami is the perfect pastime. It fuels both analytical and creative juices with the convenience of readily available papers. Even the most fanatical paper folding hobbyists have other interests to keep themselves busy and this collection celebrates these diversions through origami, of course! Being physically active is important and pieces like the Tennis Racket and Skier commemorate some of the more demanding sports. Models like the Golfer, Tent and Sailboat acknowledge those who prefer a slower pace. A paper Television is included for those who consider getting up from a couch as an exercise. Having other creative outlets is appreciated through models like the Baker, Camera and Electric Guitar.

Kids along with more playful adults like toys, and this compilation depicts a few of them. A classically styled Jack-in-the-box is included and there are two types of dolls represented. Fluffy portrays a typical Western teddy bear and the Matryoshka Doll mimics the stacking capability of this traditional doll. Models like the Building Block and Pencil reflect more cerebral pastimes. The Top really spins, and the Puddle Jumper will stay aloft just like the toy it is based on. The Matchbox is another model that has an action element with its working tray. You can fill the Fortune Cookie with serious proverbs or fun fantasies.

Many pages are devoted towards the popular game of chess. The Chessboard weaves the outer edges of the square to produce the checkered pattern. Large paper will be needed for this one, as the resulting board is only 1/5th the height of the starting square. The Chess Pieces were engineered to all start with the same sized square and are closely related, sharing the same standing base. All these pieces follow the one square no cuts philosophy. This makes for some interesting and sometimes challenging folding sequences. These origami models are arranged by their approximate level of difficulty, so you can work your way up to the harder ones. Enjoy!

Symbols and Terminology


Matryoshka Doll

Fortune Cookie



Puddle Jumper

Tennis Racket


Building Block



Electric Guitar





21.Pleat the sides, allowing the center to twist upwards.


Fluffy (Teddy Bear)


Chess Pieces