On November 11, Origami Day is celebrated in Japan, where this art of folding paper has become of symbol of peace.

Lillian Oppenheimer (1898 – 1992) is credited with bringing Origami to American. She founded the first origami group in the USA, as well as being one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA.

To celebrate this dynamic woman, OrigamiUSA is planning 2½ weeks of world origami days to spread the enjoyment of this wonderful paper craft – stretching out the celebrations from Lillian’s birthday on October 24 to Origami Day on November 11.

Share Your Origami Creations

OrigamiUSA is calling on all fans of Origami to spread the joy of origami!

The organization wants to make the papercraft as visible as possible – by asking avid origamists to teach a class, fold paper creations in public places, or by sharing or exhibiting models, or giving beautiful origami paper creations as gifts.
If you’re new to origami paper craft, then why not give it a try?

Origami Inspiration

In Japan, the traditional origami paper model is the crane. It has become a symbol of peace and hope following the story of a little Japanese girl called Sadako.


Sadako developed leukemia after World War II and created 1,000 paper cranes from her hospital bed. Her story has been told by American author Eleanor Coerr.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can find plenty of origami inspiration online.
Simple paper boats, envelopes and boxes are great for kids and beginners.


More advanced origami designs can incorporate multiple pieces of paper. Kusudamas are modular origami models where several sheets of paper are fit together to form a ball-like shape.


Some beautiful paper models are incredibly intricate. Where could your imagination take you this Origami Day?