Origami Originals

Origami models by Robin Glynn

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Mountain Garland

This model was the result of folding with no plan in mind. In other words, doodling. My playing around resulted in something with a lot of points, that just might turn into something. At first, I tried to make 4 people in a group hug, which did not quite work. A day later, the idea came to me to make each point into a petal shape and after a bit more experimenting I came up with this flower. I did not want to just call it flower, so I asked on a forum, what flower it most resembled. It was suggested that it was quite like ‘Clarkia unguiculata’, which is also known as mountain garland.


This owl started life as a talking puppet head. I liked the eyes, and have tried and failed to make an owl model quite a few times. It is surprising (and part of the magic of origami) how one model can turn into something completely different.


I wanted to make a model that symbolised the Coronavirus pandemic. I had a few tries at a multi-coloured modular version, but without success. As is often the case, simpler is better, and this minimalist model is the result.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

A favourite mode of mine is the dragon by Robert Neale. It is a clever use of a bird base to create four extra points to make the legs. I wondered what else could be done using that method, and came up with this T Rex model. Why not experiment yourself and turn this T Rex into a kangaroo!

Origami Sunflower

I was asked to design a sunflower model, and after a few failed attempts I came up with this. It's very simple to fold, and despite requiring 16 units, it does not take very long to make.

Origami Quilt

I like origami tesselations, but I don't think I would be very good at creating my own designs. Rather than using a single sheet, I thought I could "cheat" and do a modular equivalent. This is the result. Apart from being easier to fold, it has the added advantange that both sides of the paper can be seen, and can therefore be very colourful.

Expanding Cube

Inspired by an expanding geometric plastic toy. I could not achieve something quite as sophisticad as the toy, but after a lot of experimenting, I am happy with this.

Robin's Wheel

This is an novel use for a fish base. It is also unusual in that this is a 7 sided shape and is therefore constructed from 7 units. The final move from flat to 3D is very satisfying.

Craig's Crazy Cube

Craig’s Crazy Cube started life as just a name. I have named a few models after family members, so it was time to dedicate one to my son. After Sally’s Stackable Star Bowl, I needed an equally corny title. I tried a few different approaches, but the intention was to create something that was unnecessarily complicated, but was not that hard to make. I am pleased with the result, the cube is fun to make and assemble, holds together very well, and I managed to avoid making a Sonobe variant.

Debbie's Star



This is a simple and effective modular 8 pointed star designed in June 2018.

Sunflower Bowl

I was trying to make a model that spins really well. I thought about the old push down spinning tops I saw as a child and tried to make something similar. This model does spin, but is not what I was aiming for, so I am calling it a bowl! Not given up on spinners yet though.


Here is a crow model. This is a reworking of an earlier model that I originally intended to include in my book. Not sure why I chose not to include him. He is a fun action model that is enjoyable to fold.

Spider Leg Star

Here is a decoration for Halloween. This works very well with other colour schemes. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions, or if you wish to show me how a version you have folded.


Here is another Halloween model. I have been going a bit crazy with modular folds, so it is nice to go back to using single square. If my origami models could be said to have a "style", then I would say that this witch definitely looks like one of mine .

Sally's Stackable Star Bowl

This is a very easy and minimalist model. Each bowl is made from 14 sheets, 7 each of two slightly different modules. The name came about after my daughter Sally observed that I had created models called "Robin's Wheel" and "Debbie's Star", but there was nothing named after her. I have now put that right and my son Craig will not be left out either.