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Travel Origami

by Cindy Ng

2014 by Tuttle Publishing

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Skill Level Simple to Intermediate
Clear diagrams? Not my favorite style
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
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)? Varies

Overall Impression

I like the premise of this book - using paper from your various travels to make keepsakes. The designs and ideas are fun, and give purpose to materials you might not consider for origami, such as candy wrappers, paper bags, comic strips and more. Also included are a few paper currency folding ideas. All with nice write-ups, finishing and display ideas. The designs range from the decorative to the functional.

The book itself is beautifully produced, printed in full color on glossy paper, with nice photographs throughout.

All this being said, I was put off by the diagramming style, with non-standard notation, using the same lines for both valley and mountain folds, and being very flat, making it harder to differentiate edges from creases and to visualize the steps as they relate to the actual paper. Also, many of the designs are missing the final drawing showing the completed model, which can add to the confusion. This may be just me, but I'm not sure how comfortable beginning folders, who this book seems to be geared towards, will be with these diagrams. Somewhat conflicted about this one!

There are 24 Origami Designs in Travel Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Candy wrapper necklace


Cindy Ng14Rectangle
Comic strip bracelet


Cindy Ng16Square
Multiple units
Money diamond ring


Cindy Ng20$ US Dollar BillOrigami Money diamond ring by Cindy Ng Folded from a hell bank note by Gilad Aharoni on
Punk rocker ring


Cindy Ng25$ US Dollar BillOrigami Punk rocker ring by Cindy Ng Folded from a hell bank note by Gilad Aharoni on
Modern money ring


Cindy Ng28$ US Dollar Bill
New kind of envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Cindy Ng34Rectangle - 1X3
2 units
Origami New kind of envelope by Cindy Ng Folded from 2 rectangles of animal print origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on
Gift wrap paper bags

Boxes and Containers

Cindy Ng38Rectangle
Corner book mark


Cindy Ng42SquareOrigami Corner book mark by Cindy Ng Folded from a square of scrap-booking paper by Gilad Aharoni on


Cindy Ng46Rectangle
Octo bag

Boxes and Containers

Cindy Ng52Square

From a paper bag
Paper bow


Cindy Ng58Rectangle - 1X2
2 units
Photo frame

Objects - Frames

Cindy Ng64Rectangle
Metro card holder

Objects - Wallets

Cindy Ng68Square
Business card holder

Objects - Useful

Cindy Ng70Rectangle - 1X2
Fortune ball

Boxes and Containers

Cindy Ng72$ US Dollar Bill
Memorabillia holder

Objects - Wallets

Cindy Ng76Rectangle
Mini picture frame

Objects - Frames

Cindy Ng80Rectangle - 1X2
4 units
Dollar heart


Cindy Ng86$ US Dollar Bill
Money tray

Boxes and Containers

Cindy Ng88$ US Dollar Bill
8 units

Requires glue
Postcard star

Geometric and other shapes

Cindy Ng92Rectangle
8 units

Objects - Useful

Cindy Ng96Rectangle
Diamond bag

Geometric and other shapes

Cindy Ng100Rectangle

From a paper bag
Straw rose

Flora - Flowers

Cindy Ng106Rectangle - Long strip
2 units
Shopping bag lamp


Cindy Ng112Rectangle

From a paper bag