Have you ever done origami in school? Even if it wasn’t, you’ve probably done this at least once when folding a sheet of paper into an airplane or crane. Do you want to advance in the origami industry and create an entire garage for paper craft or a fleet of planes to play with friends?
Here we have listed the free origami apps that will help you master a challenging masterpiece of an ancient and unique craft like origami.
Are you looking for more creative apps that will help you have a good time? We definitely recommend checking out the article about the best apps that will teach you how to draw.
How to make origami
How to Make Origami is a good choice for those who are just starting to make origami. The app is full of shapes to choose from and offers two ways to learn – either by watching a YouTube video or by following the step-by-step animated instructions.
Once you open the app, you’ll see the main menu with 13 categories – from animals to sea creatures and Valentine’s Day. Each class has many options for you to decide which class you would like to do.
When you tap on the one you want, you’ll have the animated version of the first step on the screen along with arrows to switch steps. You can repeat each step as often as you need, completing it in your own order and going back to the most complex if necessary.
The app contains video ads that pop up every time you complete two or three steps. However, the ads are not annoying and you can easily skip them after a few seconds.
- 3D animated guide
- Repeat any step you want as often as you want
- There are not many formats available
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easy origami creator
A classic set of step-by-step illustrated origami instructions. When you open the app, you will see a list of categories where you have to scroll up and down to see all the options.
Picturesque illustrations show exactly which shape to choose with a brief description that contains the most useful information for any origami maker: how many steps, how hard the shape will be, how many sheets of paper you will need, and even how thin a sheet of paper should be.
To the developers’ credit, comments they made themselves like “that looks really good” or “that looks funny” contribute a lot to the desire to make up the look and see what it looks like when it’s ready.
Although the guide itself is not animated and sometimes the diagrams are difficult to understand for beginners, this app is still a good concise guide for anyone interested in making origami.
What is the real drawback of the app is that you can access only one or two templates for free. The majority of templates (models starting at ‘medium’ difficulty) can only be accessed by purchasing Premium mode or by watching a video ad.
- All categories are listed in one list
- Step by step photo guides
- Separate main folds section
- No 3D animation
- Brief description of each shape
- No ads! (do you believe that?)
Paper Origami is a little different from other apps because it provides a photo and video guide. The “Picture” instructions are not as animated as in “How to Make Origami”, but it is also easy to follow all the steps looking at the pictures taken during the real origami making process.
When in doubt, it is better to choose a video segment, as it is easier and faster to understand. The application, in addition to the previous one, creates a list of YouTube video links so that you can easily find them in one place.
Both beginners and the most proficient origami maker can find something new for them in Paper Origami. Here the categories of figures are more diverse: you can learn how to make gifts, home decor items, clothes, etc. Even Pokemon are here!
However, video ads are here too, so don’t get too mad when you have to skip a video ad every time you want to start a new video guide.
- Photo and video guides
- Wide level range: from beginners to advanced learners
As it comes from the name, Skilled Origami is for those who have already made all possible simple models of animals, birds and planes.
The app offers very intricate shapes of dinosaurs, ships, and submarines, as well as such an unusual for a magician or space invader that you won’t find in a basic app with only traditional models.
Step-by-step tutorials will help you become a true origami professional. However, the diagrams here are quite tricky and require some skill to decipher.
- Diversity of complex shapes
- Step by step guides
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How to make kites
What was your first origami shape? Don’t say it, it should be very easy to guess. Was it a plane? Well, even if you don’t start out with a plane like most kids do, this app will help you feel like a real Wright.
How to make kites is for many shapes of kites only. The fleet of figures here is divided into simpler and more complex ones. When you browse through the category, you can see the final result and the number of steps to complete.
This app, in addition to How to Make Origami, offers video instructions which are YouTube links and a step-by-step animated tutorial guide followed by some text. Once you are done with your work, you will have to skip a video ad to choose another shape of the plane.
- Dedicated to a specific category
- 3D animated guide
- Lots of aircraft models are available
Origami crafts out of paper
Origami Vehicles from Paper is a specific application that guides how to make vehicle models out of paper. The app contains lots of designs that look like real cars, samples of war technologies and spacecraft. Here you can find how to make paper tanks, cars, buses and trucks.
In general, the application includes approximately two dozen models that can include a real origami garage.
As for the learning process, the app features both step-by-step guides and built-in video lessons. You can also use the restart button to redo a complex step. However, if you are a fan of text steps, you may find the guide a bit vague because the image is not followed by written instructions.
- Theme App – Vehicles Only
- Step by step instructions and video
Paperamar is far from a basic origami app. Simply put, it is a good adaptation of the original origami idea in a detailed multi-level game. When we say “detailed” we mean it because each letter also looks as if it was made by folding the paper.
Once you see this beautiful logo, you will then find a list with many levels, each with 3 stars to get to. Each level is a shape that must be folded with a limited number of moves. Be careful and careful – as if you were making real origami!
As in the real world, virtual origami can sometimes be quite complex, especially when the number of folds is limited, but the effort is well worth it. If you encounter realistic models in Paperamar, you will need to try real origami!
- Application without a guide
- Logic game
- 3 star level system
Origami Challenge is also an application that has different levels of difficulty. Each level has a task that has a rating system. Typical classification criteria include accuracy and frequency. If you do everything correctly, you will move from one level to another, creating a world of unusual vibrant patterns on your screen.
The app offers various gameplay that makes you interested in the process. In total, there are more than a hundred levels and mini-games, accompanied by achievements that you can share with your friends or on social networks.
However, the app crashes a lot, but when you restart it, there are two hints waiting for you as a way to express sorry. How cute!
- Application without a guide
- different gameplay
- Relaxing Chinese music
- abnormal accidents
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Paper Fold is a unique blend of classic origami technique and vibrant images. The application focuses on the correct set of folds that allow to create a shape with an image. The more you progress – the more difficult the combinations you see.
The images you create are very detailed and have the same style features that create a sense of progress and a common theme across the levels.
However, what breaks your chain of success is a video ad that basically appears after each level. It’s very annoying because most of the time you can’t get past it after the first five seconds. So, to see a beautiful photo of a beautiful cat that you folded yourself, you will have to watch a lot of less cute ads.
- Application without a guide
- good design
- Lots of levels
- Difficulty Scale
- Too many ad videos