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Origami Made Easy book cover

Origami Made Easy

by Kunihiko Kasahara

Published:
1973 by Japan Publications
Pages:
128
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780870402531
ISBN-10:
0870402536

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level From simple to low-intermediate
Clear diagrams? Yes - hand drawn
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? No
Photos of completed models? Many B&W photos
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Most are, but many are compound

Overall Impression

This is one of the books I tend to recommend for beginner folders. The simplicity of the models, together with the lovely designs and variety of subjects represented, makes this a great book to start with.

The biggest short-coming of this book, however, is that the English translation of the terms used in folding is almost always different than the English terms which we used today. So a mountain-fold is called a peak-fold, reverse-folds are called hood and pocket-fold, etc. Another issue is the complete lack of indication as to which side of the paper should we start folding on, as the diagrams are all one (white) colored. This is basically left for the folder to figure out.

Still, taking in mind that this book was published in 1973, it's a great little volume to work with when you need easy and effective models.

There are 58 Origami Designs in Origami Made Easy:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Boat

Vehicles - Boats

Kunihiko Kasahara29Square
Church

Buildings

Kunihiko Kasahara30Square
Warehouse

Buildings

Kunihiko Kasahara30Square
Garage

Buildings

Kunihiko Kasahara31Square
House

Buildings

Kunihiko Kasahara31Square
Gliders

Toys - Planes

Kunihiko Kasahara32Square

Several toy-planes
Candle

Objects - Candles and Light

Kunihiko Kasahara38Square
Candlestick

Objects - Candles and Light

Kunihiko Kasahara39Square

A simple stand for the candle
Bells

Music and Musicians

Kunihiko Kasahara40Square
Star

Geometric and other shapes

Kunihiko Kasahara43Square
Dwarf shoes

Imaginary beings

Kunihiko Kasahara44Square
Dwarf hat

Imaginary beings

Kunihiko Kasahara45Square
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Kunihiko Kasahara49SquareOrigami Swan by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Francois Ziegler
Eagle - flying

Birds - Falconiformes - Birds of prey

Kunihiko Kasahara51Square
Peacock

Birds - Galliformes - Peacocks

Kunihiko Kasahara52Square

Also in All Easy Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Zoogami by Gay Merrill Gross
Origami Peacock by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of patterned origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Kunihiko Kasahara54Square
Duckling

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Kunihiko Kasahara55Square
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Kunihiko Kasahara55SquareOrigami Penguin by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Kunihiko Kasahara57SquareOrigami Penguin by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pigeon

Birds - Columbiformes - Pigeons

Kunihiko Kasahara58Square
Chicken

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Kunihiko Kasahara59Square
Crow

Birds - Passeriformes

Kunihiko Kasahara60Square
Japanese Bush Warbler

Birds - Passeriformes

Kunihiko Kasahara63Square

With many variation suggestions for other birds
Parakeet

Birds - Psittaciformes - Parrots

Kunihiko Kasahara65Square
Tulip

Flora - Flowers

Kunihiko Kasahara68Square
Leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Kunihiko Kasahara69Square
Rose

Flora - Flowers

Kunihiko Kasahara70Square
Rose

Flora - Flowers

Kunihiko Kasahara71SquareOrigami Rose by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rudolf Deeg
Lily

Flora - Flowers

Kunihiko Kasahara72Square
Lily

Flora - Flowers

Kunihiko Kasahara73Square
Sycamore leaves

Flora - Trees and Plants

Kunihiko Kasahara74Square
Mushroom

Fungi

Kunihiko Kasahara75Square
Bamboo

Flora - Trees and Plants

Kunihiko Kasahara76Square
Bamboo leaves

Flora - Trees and Plants

Kunihiko Kasahara77Square
Grasshopper

Insects

Kunihiko Kasahara79Square
Praying mantis

Insects

Kunihiko Kasahara81Square
2 units
Bell insect

Insects

Kunihiko Kasahara83Square
Bee

Insects

Kunihiko Kasahara85Square
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Kunihiko Kasahara88Square
Cow

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Kunihiko Kasahara91Square
2 units
Kangaroo

Mammals - Marsupialia - Kangaroos

Kunihiko Kasahara93Square
2 units
Fish - tropical

Fish

Kunihiko Kasahara95Square
Shark

Fish - Sharks

Kunihiko Kasahara96Square
2 units
Frog

Amphibians

Kunihiko Kasahara99Square
2 units
Fox

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

Kunihiko Kasahara100Square
Snake

Reptiles - Snakes

Kunihiko Kasahara101Square
Loch Ness Monster

Imaginary beings

Kunihiko Kasahara102Square
Panda

Mammals - Ursidae - Pandas

Kunihiko Kasahara105Square
2 units
Origami Panda by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from 2 squares of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Native

People - Ethnicities

Kunihiko Kasahara108Square
Lurking man

People

Kunihiko Kasahara109Square

Nice color-change
Origami Lurking man by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Witch doctor

People - Occupations

Kunihiko Kasahara111SquareOrigami Witch doctor by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Astronaut

People - Occupations

Kunihiko Kasahara113Square
2 units

Also in NOA Magazine 9

A variation on the traditional Yakko-San
Origami Astronaut by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Bride and Groom

People

Kunihiko Kasahara114Square

Also in All Cute Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara

The bride and groom are great for greeting cards!
Origami Bride and Groom by Kunihiko Kasahara folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Nun

Religion and Holidays - Christian Religion - Nuns

Kunihiko Kasahara117SquareOrigami Nun by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Angel

Imaginary beings - Angels

Kunihiko Kasahara118SquareOrigami Angel by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Yoshiaki Ichikawa
Baby

People - Babies

Kunihiko Kasahara121Square

Also in NOA Magazine 18
Origami Baby by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of scrap-booking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Arabian

People - Ethnicities

Kunihiko Kasahara122Square
Santa Claus

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

Kunihiko Kasahara124Square
2 units

A Santa in profile
Origami Santa Claus by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from 2 squares of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com