Origami compositions are arrangements of separate models where the composition is more than the sum of its parts. You could also view them as multi-sheet mod...
Here you can find diagrams for some of the models listed on my page, grouped by model type.
Major types related to number of sheets in a model
Multi-sheet models are folded from more than one sheet of paper (but, at least in pure origami, these sheets are connected only by means of folding).
Pages dedicated to single units: a unit by itself is a single-sheet model, but is most usefult for building modular origami (multi-sheet) models. Having a se...
Single-sheet models are folded from just one sheet of paper. This is the most classic kind of origami.
Major types related to folding technique
Action origami is a class of models which have movable parts. These include all sorts of mechanisms with elements that slide relative to each other, multi-pi...
There is no universally accepted definition of an origami corrugation, but the one I like to use says that a corrugation is an origami model which has just a...
Models in which folds go along curved rather than straight lines.
Color-change is a technique in which both sides of the folded sheet are displayed. If the paper has two different colors on the two sides, this can be used f...
This is a category of models which create a pattern or image from many small points, like the pixels on a computer monitor.
Origami tessellations are a technique which makes it possible to create complex, repeating patterns on a plane by folding a single sheet of paper. Tessellati...
Wet folding is a technique which makes it possible, through the use of moisture, to fold thick paper and shape it in interesting ways. This list only contain...
Major types related to subject
Abstract models do not directly represent any objects of the real world. Nonetheless, many can be described as representing something, for example mathematic...
Figurative (representational) models are those which represent some real-world object.
Metaorigami is a term I coined in order to describe origami models whose subject is another origami model. Some examples could be a tessellation which repres...
There are a group of models which I call origami-first designs and which could also be described as useful origami or origami objects. These are origami mode...
This type is for models whose subject matter involves patterns and repetition.
Selected more specific types related to subject
Models which represent animals (including fictional non-humanoid beasts).
Models representing all sorts of buildings, bridges and similar structures.
Models which represent subjects related to astronomy: planets, comets and other celestial objects.
Models which represent books.
There are many kinds of origami boxes: simple and complex, from a single sheet and modular, boxes with a hinge and models where the lid is separate from the ...
Models which represent garments and other elements of clothing and dress (note that models which are intended to actually be worn, e.g. origami jewelry, can ...
A coaster is a kind of small mat on which a glass or mug with a drink can be placed in order to protect the table.
A number of envelopes, both plain and decorated, can be folded in the form of origami without the need to use cuts or glue.
Models of various foods.
Fractals are a class of mathematical objects which are characterized by self-similarity: a part of the object resembles the whole. Such structures can be app...
Models which represent furniture and other objects found in homes.
Models with a subject related to IT (Information Technology), such as computers and logos of software packages.
Jewelry designed from the start up in the form of origami.
Models which represent landscapes, seascapes, etc.
This kind of model represents a whole “painting” using a tessellation technique. Due to their complexity, such models are usually hard to reproduce and also ...
Mathematical objects not grouped elsewhere.
Models which represent real-world objects not grouped elsewhere.
Models which represent any broadly-defined “living things“ which are not animals or plants.
Models which represent people, including fictional humanoids.
Models which represent plants such as trees or plant parts such as leaves and flowers. Abstract floral motifs do not count, though the boundary is rather blu...
Models with a religious (usually Christian) subject.
Models representing abstract symbols such as letters.
Tatos are kind of origami similar to boxes, but they are flat and have a specific kind of closing mechanism.
Models of all sorts of vehicles.
Major types related to preferred folding material
Business cards can be used for origami, especially for modulars. Some kinds of units are very simple which makes folding models with huge numbers of them pos...
While tea bag origami has gained some popularity, it seems that tea tags have not been used so much. As an avid tea drinker, I had to try folding some models...
As the name implies, toilet paper folding is about making origami from toilet paper. In most cases what matters most is the format: a very long and narrow st...
All other types
Corrugations which are at the same time abstract tessellations (probably the most popular kind).
Corrugations with abstract patterns.
Tessellations with abstract, periodic patterns.
Abstract modular origami, usually representing highly symmetric geometric shapes, is the most popular kind of modular origami.
Abstract, usually geometric, designs, each folded from a single sheet of paper.
Abstract tessellations are the most popular type.
Models representing all sorts of polyhedra, including roundish ones (spheres and other smooth shapes can mostly only be approximated in origami).
A classic tessellation is a model which uses a tessellated pattern as its main subject (meaning the tessellation is not used just in an auxiliary role such a...
Models which feature some variant of a cross symbol.
Cubes and cuboids get their own category due the large number of designs.
Corrugations used for creating figurative origami.
Even though this is a less popular genre than abstract modulars, Modular origami techniques can also be used for representing real-world objects.
Figurative models are those which represent some real-world object.
Figurative tessellations are, as the name implies, origami tessellations which represent actual objects or whole scenes.
Models which represent more or less realistic flowers. Obviously, some abstract patterns can be considered floral and the demarcation is a bit fuzzy.
The term geometric origami is not well-defined. Here, I use it to mean all non-figurative designs.
Models which feature the heart symbol.
Models consisting of a set of flat elements (usually in the shape of stars or polygons), intersecting in a central point.
Models which represent leaves of more or less realistic leaf-like patterns.
Models representing letters or digits.
Models which represent broadly-defined “living things“.
Models representing logos and other similar symbols.
Models representing a wide array of simple mathematical objects.
Metaorigami tessellations are tessellations which represent other origami models (see more about this idea under metaorigami).
Balls and polyhedra are among the most common forms modular origami models take.
Origami boxes which are folded as modular origami.
Fractals and other self-similar structures created with modular origami.
Modular origami (also known as unit origami) is a category of models which are built from multiple sheets of paper, connected by means of folding. Individual...
Origami objects folded as modular origami.
Flat modular origami stars are a popular genre. These are often very decorative models which can folded with relatively little effort due to the small number...
Woven polyhedra, also known as polypolyhedra, tangles, or wireframes (in my opinion this term is too broad), folded as modular origami. Due to the models’ sh...
Cubes and cuboids are in a separate subcategory since there are so many designs of such shape.
These modular origami models look like sets of planes, set at an angle relative to each other and intersecting at the model’s center. The planes are, due to ...
Modular spiky balls (sometimes also called 3D stars) are among the most popular shapes folded from multiple units.
Models related to natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.).
This is a category of models folded from multiple sheets of paper, but with the sheets folded in ways sufficiently different for the model not being modular ...
Tessellations which are periodic but whose molecules are not recursive.
Origami boxes in this category are folded in such way that the lid is folded from a single sheet of paper, and the bottom part from a separate sheets. The li...
These are modular origami models which create a one-dimensional structure (as opposed to quilts, which are two-dimensional). Such models can usually be exten...
Origami quilts (which could also be described as modular tessellations) are models which can tile the plane just like tessellations, but constructed from mul...
Corrugations used for objects designed up-front as origami.
Abstract modualr models which do not fit into any other categories.
Decorative objects not classified elsewhere.
Mathematical objects not grouped elsewhere, folded without the use of modular origami techniques.
Mathematical objects not grouped elsewhere, folded as modular origami.
Origami boxes which are folded as modular origami.
Modular polyhedra not assigned to more specific categories.
Models related to natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) not listed separately.
Origami-first designs which don’t fit into any other category.
Origami models of plants not classified elsewhere.
Polyhedra which were not assigned to more specific categories.
Models representing symbols not listed elsewhere.
Periodic tessellations whose molecules represent some figurative subject.
Periodic tessellations representing other origami models.
Periodic tessellations (those with translational symmetry).
Origami picture frames.
Models which are recursive but not tileable in the way tessellation molecules are.
Tessellations in which the same element is repeated recursively as smaller and smaller copies inside the molecule.
Tessellations which are at the same time recursive (each molecule contains smaller copies of itself) and periodic (those molecules can be tiled on a plane si...
This category is for boxes which are folded from just a single sheet, i.e. no separate lid/bottom is needed. Some of these boxes are open on one side and can...
Metaorigami single-sheet models are those which represent other origami models (see more about this idea under metaorigami).
Origami objects folded from a single sheet of paper.
Single-sheet models whose main subjects include abstract star symbols.
Models representing all sorts of stellated polyhedra and other things that look like balls covered with spikes.
Models which represent variants of the star symbol. More realistic representations of stars appear in astronomy section. So-called “3D stars” are in spiky ba...
Stars appearing as the subject of origami tessellations.
Tessellation modulars are a class of models generally similar to modular origami, but with the modules being tessellation-based designs. This is similar, but...
Origami models of trees.
Woven polyhedra, also known as polypolyhedra, tangles, or wireframe models (the latter is, in my opinion, too broad a term).