Origami Paper Crafts for Kids

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Grab a stack of origami paper and get ready to do some folding, because we’ve discovered your next crafting obsession. With a few cuts and folds, you can create owls, flowers, cranes and frogs—these paper crafts will blow your mind. Keep reading to get the scoop on projects that are easy enough for beginners but cool enough to impress your friends.

Book Monsters

If you’ve got a budding bookworm in your family, you’ve got to make this adorable project from Easy Peasy and Fun. There’s lots of room for creativity with these since you can add eyes, teeth, horns ... the sky’s the limit. To get the instructions, click here.

Modular Bracelets

File this under “coolest idea ever”: origami you can wear! These modular bracelets from Paper Kawaii are so much fun to make and can be made in any color combination or size your little ones desire. Click here to see the video tutorial.

Jumping Frogs

Take inspiration from It’s Always Autumn to make a batch of colorful frogs. Once you’ve made them, you can get a competition going to see who can make them fly the furthest. Get step-by-step instructions on how they’re made by clicking here.

Pencil Holders

These pencil holders from Gathering Beauty are a perfect project for origami newbies. They’re super easy to put together with a few folds and a dab or two of glue. Click here to get the instructions.

photo: Christal Yuen

Teddy Bear

We can hardly bear how cute this origami craft is, and it’s easy to make too. Kids will get to finish off their masterpiece by drawing on eyes and a mouth. To get the how-to, click here.

Shark Cootie Catcher

Cootie catchers just got way cooler, thanks to this awesome craft from Easy Peasy and Fun. If you made these yourself as a kid, it’ll be fun to pass on the tradition on to your kids. To get the instructions and printable template, click here.

Fantastic Faces

How cute are these origami faces from Pink Stripey Socks? Kids will love putting them together and customizing each one with colorful hair, jewelry and freckles. Get the full instructions (plus a helpful video) by clicking here.

Just Cube It

Spend an afternoon making a batch of colorful cubes like these from Origami Mommy. Once they’re done, kids can stack, build and play with them, too. Click here for step-by-step instructions and photos.

Origami Transformers

We’re obsessed with these transforming ninja stars from What Do We Do All Day?, and chances are your kids will feel the same way. You’ll first make eight parallelograms into a wheel, then push and pull on the sides to turn it into a star. Click here to get all the details, plus video instructions.

Hop on the Bus

You’ll have the perfect new prop for your “Wheels on the Bus” sing-alongs thanks to this DIY from Moms & Crafters. It’s super easy for beginners, and kids can decorate it with markers, buttons or whatever else you have on hand. Get the instructions by clicking here.

Under the Sea

If your kids are fans of The Little Mermaid, they’ll have a blast making this adorable origami from Pink Stripey Socks. Pop the movie on in the background while you make them, and you’ve got a great afternoon in store. Click here to get the step-by-step instructions.



—Susie Foresman



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