I remember doing Origami way back in school. It was the only art class I used to look forward to because crayons weren’t exactly my thing. Well, the memories came back afresh while watching Money Heist. Origami made a cameo in the show and I couldn’t think of anything better to start with while I’m stuck at home.
To help me out I used a bunch of apps. Now, Origami is more than just folding papers in half. It may seem easy but requires a lot of concentration and patience to master it. So, the apps and tutorials have to be super easy. Keeping that in mind, here are the best Origami apps for iOS as well as Android.
Top Origami Apps
1. How to Make Origami
How to Make Origami app makes it extremely simple with its step-by-step instruction. It illustrates these shapes in a 3D animation form, so you won’t get confused along the way. The Origamis are divided into categories like animals, birds, flowers, furniture, etc. You can jump to any step and in case you get lost, you can repeat the steps as well. The repeat option comes really handy when you are dealing with kids.
The app is free however you seldom see skippable video ads. They aren’t intrusive but I would have liked an option to pay and remove them.
- 3D animated shapes
- Refresh and toggle steps easily
- Add shapes to favorite folder
2. Paper Origami 2020
Unlike the other apps, this one has both photo and video tutorials. The photo section is pretty basic, as it doesn’t have any animation like the above-mentioned app. However, it’s easy to follow along with the instructions at every step. The video part, on the other hand, is far more comprehensive than the images. Although it sources all these videos from YouTube, having all the content at a single place makes it more convenient.
The app has sections for both beginners and intermediate users. Moreover, you’re not just restricted to basic shapes. You can find videos on costumes, home decor, gift ideas, etc. Also, if your kids aren’t interested in Origami, maybe showing them the Pokemon section will help. The only problem is the app prompts you with video ads that can be skipped after five seconds.
- Photo and video tutorials
- Easy to expert level content
- Only on Android
Get Paper Orimagi 2020 (Android)
Once you get hooked to Origami, it consumes a lot of paper. Now, we all are slowly becoming aware of environmental degradation. Moreover, there are times when you run out of paper. With this app, you can play, fold the paper, and create shapes virtually on your phone. It features a paper-like 3D space where you are guided on every step, just how you do in reality. You have a fold limit after which you have to start all over again. You can undo steps, get hints, and unlock levels as you move ahead creating a perfect shape.
There are a total of 96 levels which get difficult as you solve each one. The best part is that you have ambient background music which helps you focus and concentrate.
- Virtual Origami game
- Hints at every step
- Background music support
4. Skilled Origami
In case you find making animal and bird origami too simple, you would want to move to more difficult and intricate shapes. For that, Skilled Origami will help you. This one has intricate shapes of dinosaurs, submarines, and other unusual shapes like space invader, sorcerer, etc. If you use the app judiciously, you can work on your technique with these step-by-step tutorials.
Another thing, I loved that the app gives due credit to the designers with a name mention along with every shape. Kudos to you!
- Variety of intricate designed
- Step by Step instructions
- Only on iOS
Get Skilled Origami (iOS)
5. Specific Origami Apps
I’m sure the first time you tried your hands at origami, it was with a paper plane or a boat. At least for me! But, now I still want to try out making them but probably different types and shapes. Whilst most apps teach very basics of these shapes, there’re so many apps dedicated to making specifically shaped Origami. For instance, paper planes, weapons, boats, etc. Here’s a list of those specific Origami apps if you want to polish just a certain origami shape.
- Origami Flying Paper Airplanes iOS & Android
- Origami Paper Birds iOS & Android
- Origami Boats for Android
- Origami Weapons Android
- Origami Dragons Android
- Furniture Origami Android
6. Social Media Platforms
If you don’t want to download tons of apps, you can still use your everyday apps like Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube to learn Origami. For instance, I use the hashtag #Origami on Instagram to keep my feed updated for constant motivation. This way I can check out the photo or video and learn. It also makes the entire process interactive as you can chat with people right away.
You can use a similar search like Origami, Origami tutorial on Pinterest. If you want more one-to-one tutorials, videos are a great option. You can find a lot of content on YouTube. Some of the channels that I would recommend are Jo Nakashima, Daniel Sechel Origami, Origami How To, and Arte & Origami.
7. Origami Simulator
Origami Simulator is a web app that lets you simulate origami patterns. So you can see in real-time how a pattern will unfold. It’s a bit different from the other apps as it shows you a 3D view and folds all the parts simultaneously at once rather than step by step. In terms of control, you can use the slider to fold and unfold the paper. You can also rotate and zoom in and out. For a normal user, you can try playing with some basic shapes such as flapping bird, crane, train, etc. You can also view this in virtual reality by enabling WebVR in the browser and Vive and Oculus headset.
You can also import or export SVG files along with the option to record the simulation and save it as an image.
- 3D simulation of Origami patterns
- Import or export patterns
- VR support
Visit Origami Simulator
Whether you want to try your hands out with paper or you just want your kid to learn this skill. It’s a great way to pass time and is also considered as a great mental exercise. I hope you are able to make most of these apps and surprise your friends with the loss of origami sitting on your study table. This was my list of Top Origami Apps for iOS and Android. If you’ve more, do leave a comment below.