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Simple Origami

by Eric Kenneway

1970 by Dryad

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Skill Level From simple to high-intermediate
Clear diagrams? Yes - hand drawn; Instructions separate from drawings.
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? On most of the models
Photos of completed models? Yes
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)? A few are from rectangles

Overall Impression

While this booklet is called "Simple Origami", I don't think the models are the simplest that can be found, so wouldn't recommend it to absolute beginners.

The diagrams, while clear, are written in the concise manner popular in the early days of origami-diagramming, and the verbal instructions are separate from the drawings.

The models are all fun and original, and are rarely seen in other publications. My favorites are the directional hand and drinking bird.

There are 12 Origami Designs in Simple Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Eric Kenneway6Square



Eric Kenneway8Square
Flapping dove

Toys - Action Models

Akira Yoshizawa10Square

Simple, with a nice flapping action
Waste-paper basket

Boxes and Containers

Eric Kenneway12Square
Directional finger


Eric Kenneway14Rectangle - 1X2

Also in BOS Convention 2010
Origami Directional finger by Eric Kenneway folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Mother and child


Eric Kenneway16Square

Also in BOS Magazine 289
Also in Origami for Christmas - 26 Festive Models

Nice color-change for the suggestion of the baby's head
Origami Mother and child by Eric Kenneway on
Folded by Rui Roda
Drinking bird

Toys - Action Models

Eric Kenneway22Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in NOA Kessakusen
Also in NOA Magazine 10
Also in NOA Magazine 146
Also in Origami - Magic Square by Sergei Afonkin
Also in Origami in England by Sergei Afonkin
Also in ORU Magazine 12
and in other sources...

Very clever action model
Origami Drinking bird by Eric Kenneway on
Folded by Yara Yagi
Picture frame

Objects - Frames

Eric Kenneway24Square

A frame with a bird in each corner
Sweet bowl

Boxes and Containers

Eric Kenneway25Square

A variation of the frame
Alsatian dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Eric Kenneway26SquareOrigami Alsatian dog by Eric Kenneway Folded from a square of Kraft paper by Gilad Aharoni on

Flora - Flowers

Eric Kenneway28Square

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Emmanuel Mooser30Rectangle - Long strip