Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Cut Designs
 
This top level Index Page provides links to other Index Pages containing information about paperfolding designs in which the paper is cut as well as folded. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

Cut designs can be divided into two main categories, Cut and Fold Designs, ie those in which the paper is first cut, then folded, and Fold and Cut Designs, ie those in which the paper is first folded, then cut (and then often folded again). For the sake of keeping things simple both types of cut design are included on this page.

There is a separate page for Cardboard Modelling / Cartonnage in which designs are not only cut, then folded, but also need to be joined together with glue or tape.

There is also a separate page for Fold, Cut and Fold Animals.

Information about Paper Flowers, which are rotationally symmetric designs where the paper is first folded, then cut to create the petals, then opened out to reveal a flower, has not been added to this site at present.

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Fold and One Cut Designs - 1721 onwards

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Playing Card Monks / Capuchins - c1760 onwards

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Fold and Cut Friezes - 1833 onwards

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Paper Doilies - 1833 onwards

These are rotationally symmetric designs cut from squares that have been folded into, generally, a sixteen layer triangle.

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The Froebelian Occupation of Ausschneiden und Aufkleben / Cutting Out and Mounting - 1855 onwards

These are rotationally symmetric designs, where the paper is first folded, then cut, and opened out. Both the main piece and any other pieces separated by the cuts are then mounted on paper or board to create a pattern.

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Fold, Cut and Fold Chevron Designs - 1863 onwards

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The Cut and Fold Windmill - 1864 onwards

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The Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane - 1886 onwards

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1932

A fold, cut and fold design for a 'Paysanne' (Peasant), intended to be made from a visiting card appears in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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