Today’s model is an adorable Origami Penguin, which is from a Japanese origami book I recently ordered from Japan. The book was only published a few months ago and is called “Cute Pocket Origami” from Yuko Fujimoto. The title certainly does justice to being filled with super cute origami designs, all which revolve around pockets being created to hold toothpicks and/or other small items. In Japan practical origami is a very popular niche as it fits within this lifestyle of beautifying almost every aspect of life and especially eating. Mostly these books feature simpler (more beginner friendly) origami, but can be also challenging (like “Fancy Origami for Practical Use” by Toshikazu Kawasaki comes to my mind). Check out one of my other articles, the Origami Pencil Holder – which is a model from the last mentioned book. 

Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.

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More to the Origami Penguin with Pocket …

You can find the Origami Penguin on page 48, 49. The origami penguin is a one-sheet origami model, thus you only need one square sheet of Kami or Duo Colored Paper. For my favorite crisp & thin Kami, check out this authentic Japanese origami paper. As with most easier origami models, start off with 15 cm / 5.9 in paper and work your way down if you want. Both my origami penguins were made from 10 cm / 3.9 in paper. The only trickier part of this model is the folding of the beak – that is probably easier to achieve with regular or bigger size paper. Even though I have amassed over the years a huge collection of Kami paper, I still always fold a test fold from regular plain white copy paper. 🙂

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As you can see in my pictures below, you can make two versions of this origami penguin – a lower & higher pocket version. Both are quite easy to fold (version 1 is only 19 steps); and should be finished in a few minutes.

A few more details to the “Cute Pocket Origami” book:

The book has 95 pages and is divided into 3 sections: various pocket origami, placeholders & origami envelopes (tato’s). You can fold 40 models – some truly unique and/or cute (Frog envelope). 

If my origami penguins, and practical origami in general, are of your interest, then have a look at this cute “Tortoise Box”.

You might also be interested in my paper recommendations including different Origami paper usage, personal hints, tips & what to avoid when buying online. To get updates on my latest video tutorials, subscribe to my youtube channel, see what other Origami models I am working on right now – follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my Newsletter.