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The 1885 engraving of the Flapping Bird

  These Individual Design pages contain information about individual paperfolding designs taken from verifiable sources. The information provided should be accurate but, in some cases, it may not be all the information available.

Some designs, mostly those which only occur once in the literature (or in multiple books by the same author) are not recorded separately in this section. You can, however, locate information about them through the relevant Topics and Indexes page.

 
 
 
Traditional Designs / Designs whose original designer is unknown
 
  Abd-El-Krim     How to Drop a Strip of Paper to Land on One Edge     Le Petit Papier / El Papelito
                     
  The Afghan Bands / Les Anneaux Mysterieuse     The Spanish Elephant     The Pig
                     
  The Air Force Cap     The Fifth Pig and similar propaganda fold-ins     The Pipe Cap / Bishop's Mitre / Bishop's Crown / Traditional Ingot
                     
  The Albatross     The Flapping Bird     The Plaited Belt
                     
  The Paper Banger (both the single-barrelled and double-barrelled versions)     The Flapping Butterfly      
                     
  The Primitive Paper Banger     The Flapping Dove     The Playing Card Cube
                     
  The Basic Box     The Flat Bottomed Boat     The Playing Card Monk / Capuchin de Carte
                     
  The Basket with Handle     The Flexatube      
                     
  The Hand Basket     The Flying Fly     The Paper Pop Gun
                     
  The Bed           Le Porte-Allumettes / La Violetera
                     
  The Bellows     The Folding Box     The Postman
                     
  The Bench and the Bench wth Arms     The Fox Face     The Postman's Hat
                     
  The Blintz Box or Masu     The Fox Mask     The Propellor / Helice
                     
  The Blotting Paper Holder / Le Sous-Main Buvard     The Frame and the Picture Frame     The Puff Ball
                     
  The Blowpipe and Darts     The Froebel Star / Moravian Star / German Star / Swedish Star / Paper Rosette     The Three-Piece Purse
                     
  The Blunt Ended Boat / Canoe     The Blow-Up Frog / Japanese Jumping Frog     The Puzzle Purse / Pinwheel / Thread Container
                     
  The Paper Boat / Paper Boat with Three Sails / Paper Boat Hat / The Captain's Shirt     The Jumping Frog     The Pyramidal Hat
                     
  The Boat with Fishbox     The Walking Giraffe / Le Girafe Marchant     The Japanese Rabbit
                     
  The Boat with Sail / Trick Boat / Cradle with Hood / Oil Lamp     The Blow-up Goldfish     The Rectangular Packet
                     
  The Square Hat / Le Bonnet Carre     The Hexagonal Packet     The Japanese Robin (Cut)
                     
  How to Cover a Book     The Hexagonal Sachet     A Purse in the Shape of a Rose with Twelve Leaves
                     
  The Pair of Boots     The Hibachi     Sake Bottle Covers and Decorations
                     
  The Box with Handles / La Boite a Anses     Footsoldiers / Horses and Riders / Ross und Reiter     The Sailboat
                     
  The Buddha Papers and the Fold and Switch Effect     The Hot Air Balloon     The Salt Cellar / The Pepperpot
                     
  The Blow-up Bunny     The House     The Inside Out Boat (Fune) / The Sampan / The Rainy Day Sampan
                     
  The Butterchurn     The Incense Box     The Sanbo
                     
  The Fold and Slit Cage, the Fold and Slit Fishing Net and the Fold and Slit Trellis     The Incense Packet     The Sanbo on Legs and its derivative designs
                     
  The Cake Basket     The Inkwell     The Scent Bottle
                     
  The Cake Box     The Immovable Card     The Sedan Chair / Kago / Palanquin
                     
  The Carrier Pigeon / Bird Flies Off Your Hand     The Improvised Brassiere     The Shanghai Star and Basket
                     
  The Catherine of Cleves Box     The Jacket / The Trousers (Hakama) / The Suit of Clothes / The Doll / The Dog     The Ship
                     
  How to Make a Chain from a Playing Card           The Ship's Wheel Magical Effect
                     
  The Chair     The Japanese Box / La Boite Japonaise     The Hat / The Shirt
                     
  The Chameleon Game / Jeu Cameleonien     The Japanese Purse     The Short Sleeved Shirt
                     
  The Cheesecake of Cards     The Japanese Vase     The Shovel
                     
  Cherchez la Femme / The Trick Book            
                     
  The Cherries Puzzle / The Three Pieces Puzzle / The Card Puzzle / The Liberty Bell     The Jumping Bean     The Paper Snapper (Cut)
                     
  The Chickenwire Letterfold     The Junk Box     The Paper Boat Snapper
                     
  The Gondola / Chinese Junk / Takarabune     The Kabuto / Japanese Helmet / Samurai Helmet / Goldfish / Nagakabuto / The Party Hat     The Soldier's Cap / The Poke Bonnet
                     
  The Chinese Wallet / Jacob's Ladder     The Keelboat     The Solid Box
                     
  The Chrysanthemum Box     The Kettle and the Open Top Box     The Sofa / Organ / Piano / Chair
                     
  The Kabuto Base Cicada / La Mosca     The Kikuzara / The Japanese Ornamental Bal     The Sonobe Module
                     
  The Crossover Cicada     The Kimono     The Sou'wester / Gorro de Aguas
                     
  The Cigar Case     The King's Crown / The Battleship     The Spanish Box
                     
  The Claw     Le Kiosque Japonais     The Fat Sparrow
                     
  How to Climb Through a Playing Card     The Kite (non-flying)     The Slit and Assemble Cube and Sphere
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Western Europe 1800 to 1849     Kite Bows     The Spiral Snake
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Western Europe 1850 to 1874     Komoso / Yakko-san / Fukura Suzume     The Paper Spring
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Western Europe 1875 to 1899     The Fold and One Cut Ladder     The Square Letterfold
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Western Europe 1900 to 1924           The Squid / Drachen / Pez Raya
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Western Europe 1925 to 1970           The Stand / The Crib / The Seat
                     
  The Cocotte / Pajarita in Japan     The Fold and Cut Lantern     The Star-Shaped Box
                     
  The Cocotte in a Boat / Pajarita in a Boat     The Long Lantern     The Steamship / The Well / The Battleship
                     
  The Folded Code     The Large Box     The Sugar Tongs
                     
  Big Coin Through Small Hole Magic Trick     The Fold and One Cut Latin Cross / Altar / Ticket to Heaven     The Lazy Susan
                     
  The Coin Fold Magical Effect     The Lily / Iris     The Swallow (paper plane)
                     
  The Collar     The Lotus / Waterlily     The Cut Swallow (bird)
                     
  The Paper Cone / Grocer's Cone     Lock 'em Up Puzzle     The Fold and Switch Effect
                     
  The Corner Cabinet / The Shelf (L'Etagere)     The Love Knot Letterfold     The Table and the Tablecloth
                     
  The Court-Plaster Case     The Lover's Knot     The Tachibana / Persimmon
                     
  The Cradle     The Magazine Cover Box     The Talking Fish
                     
  The Paper Crane / Orizuru / Sadako Sasaki     The Magic Hat / Bonnet de Magicien / Bonnete de Magico     The Teapot Stand
                     
  The Simple Crane     Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross     The Cubical Box / Tematebako / The Japanese Hexagon Puzzle Box
                     
  The Nesting Crane     The Mirror and the Looking Glass     The Tenjin Shrine
                     
  The Plump Crane     The Mitre / The Pencil Case     Tetrahedron from a Tube or Envelope
                     
  The Crane Envelope     The Tuck-in Mitre     How to Melt Tin in a Playing Card
                     
  Le Cri du Veau / Trumpet / Flute     The Mobius Band     The Three Scrolls
                     
  The Cross / The Double Cross     The Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane     The Three-Cornered Note / Cocked-Hat Note / Triangular Letter Fold
                     
  The Cross Star     Le Moineau (The Sparrow)     The Travel Bag
                     
  The Simple Crow     The Monster Fish     Troublewit
                     
  The Crow with Legs     The Morning Glory / Carnation     The Trough
                     
  The Paper Cup     The Muff / The Lantern     The Turban
                     
  The Cup and Saucer / The Japanese House     The Mushikago     Turning a Bank Note Upside Down
                     
  The Curate's Hat     The Mystery Box     The Urn
                     
  How to Write Accurately in the Dark     The Newspaper Hat     The Vase / The Cravat
                     
  The Paper Dart / The Arrow     The Newspaper Ladder     Verdi's Vase
                     
  The Paper Doily     The Newspaper Sword     La Voiture de Cartes
                     
  The Chain of Dolls     The Newspaper Tree     The Wagon / El Carro
                     
  The Donkey with Panniers / Pack Mule with Panniers     The Nightingale     The Wallet
                     
  The Donkey Eared Dunces Hat     The Novelty Purse     The Wall Pocket
                     
  Don Simon     The Nurse's Cap / Russian Cap / Billfold     The Waterbomb
                     
  The Double Boat (Nisobune) and the Double Hulled Boat     The Pagoda     The Wild Man From Borneo / Le Diablotin / El Gatito / Cat's Head
                     
  Another Double Boat     The Game of Paper, Scissors, Stone     The Windmilll and the Bicolour Windmill
                     
  The Double Boat with Sail     Ocho and Mecho Butterflies     The Cut and Fold Windmill
                     
  The Double Boat with Two Sails     The Fold and Cut Paper Parachute     The Wind Wheel
                     
        The Patisserie Box     The Winnowing Box / Dustpan
                     
  The Double Fishbox / The Portfolio     16th Century Dutch Patriotic Pamphlets     The Witch's Ladder / Devil's Staircase / Hexentrappe / Harmonika
                     
  The Dove     La Pelle     The Workman's Hat ( aka the Carpenter's, Printer's or Pressman's Hat)
                     
  The Dragon / The Flounder     La Peniche / Le Bateau Ponte     The Woven Basket
                     
  The Drinking Bird     The Pentagonal Knot and the See-Through Pentagram     The Woven Cross
                     
  The Duck     The Fold and One Cut Pentagram / Five-pointed Star / Betsy Ross Star     The Woven Heart and Woven Heart Basket
                     
        Persimmon     The Yacht
 
Selected Designs by Known Designers
 
  Yoshizawa's Butterfly