World's Best Origami Book for Beginners and Adults



World's Best Origami was one of the very first books on this fun, paper folding craft that I could actually understand, coming to this paper craft as an adult. I looked at a lot of books when I was first started out with this form of paper folding.

World's Best Origami is a book for beginners and more. It is good for adults as well as older children with the step by step layout. It will take you all through the basics up to more advanced intermediate origami skills.

Here is my own review of this book and why I believe it is very good for older paper crafters to use. There are lots of origami books but beginner versions are often very simple ones aimed at kids.

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World's Best Origami Book for Beginners as Well as Adults


World's Best Origami Book for Beginners and Adults paper folding craft review

Although this book is written by Nick Robinson who has over 30 years of experience to draw on, it is clearly written and aimed at adult beginners. Older kids will also be able to work their way through some of this guide.

World's Best Origami Paperback Book by Nick RobinsonWorld's Best Origami Paperback Book by Nick Robinson

World's Best Origami is very much aimed at people who are new to this type of paper folding craft. It doesn't assume, as some instructional books do, that you already know lots about origami before you start to read it.

I really love how, as my own confidence and origami skill level has expanded from a beginner level, the book has actually grown with me.


It now provides more intermediate level projects for me to try out. I love how it goes from very simple projects to get you hooked into it and works up to more advanced ones. You can read my personal review of this below.

Get the Paper Version of World's Best Origami and NOT the Digital Kindle One


I love that this book is aimed at adult beginners and not really at kids. I have personally found it to be the best book on learning the essentials of this paper folding craft and it comes packed with projects too.

However, do get the paper version and not the digital Kindle one which is apparently hard to navigate. You really want to be able to sit down and flick through this with ease so you can find a project that you want to fold.

World's Best Origami has More Than 100 Projects to Get You Folding


World's Best Origami has More Than 100 Projects to Get You Folding including these fun sailing boat designs

Image Credit: photo belongs to the author.

I have the paperback version of this book. I do normally get Kindle versions but I've read that it is harder to follow the instructions on and I can believe that from looking through the book.

This origami for beginners book is written and aimed at adult and older kids who are new to this craft. It assumes that you know nothing and has lots of projects from beginner to intermediate I would say. This one guide can last you for a long time.

What I Think of My Paperback Version of This Book


The first chapter gives a beginner paper folder all the basics that they really need to know. It also acts as a refresher for someone who hasn't done any paper folding for a long while.

This chapter takes you through the basics of folding, what paper to use (very useful to someone new to this craft) as well as an explanation of the origami symbols, how to create common shapes and key origami techniques like bases that you really need to know.


You really should read this explanatory first chapter before you start, even though some if it might have you wondering why you need to know that. Read it one time and then you might need to dip in and out of it again as you work through different projects in the book.

The rest of the book is laid out a little differently to how many origami beginner books are and, though a minority of people don't seem to like this, it's the main reason why I love this book so much.

Instead of simply working from the easiest project to the hardest, the book now splits into chapters focusing on the types of origami designs that you can create. It starts with chapter 2 (my favorite) which is devoted to folding birds. Each bird design is graded from an easy to a harder level of folding so you know which you might be able to attempt.

Other chapters in the book include: animals, flowers, people, containers, geometric, modular, practical and fun. Every reader will have their own favorite chapters and projects to complete.

There are over 100 diagrams for origami projects in this book which is more than ample to keep a beginner going for a really long time. I've had this book for a couple of years and I still love completing projects from it.

This World's Best is really aimed at adults. There are no color pictures on the inside nor completed photos that might appeal more to a younger audience. While, I'd appreciate seeing glossy color photos of the finished designs, it doesn't actually need to be in color and, of course, it would cost more to produce if it was.

The instructive diagrams are all incredibly clear and they come with descriptive text too. It's a really fun book and has some fantastic designs inside. You could even look inside a copy of this on the product page to see if you might enjoy it half as much as I do.

One of the Projects I Made from this Beginner Origami Book


boat sailboat paper folding origami envelope design craft from The World's Best Origami Book by craftymarie.com

Image Credit: photo belongs to the author.

A charming sailboat origami envelope design which you can fold from The World's Best Origami Book.

Other Origami Items I Would Recommend


An Origami Fold-a-Day Calendar

I get a page a day origami calendar every year and this type of boxed set is pretty good for people who are fairly new to the craft. The sets come in a neat box and there are lots of clear instructions provided.

Origami Kit for Beginners by Dover

I also have this beginner kit. It's a great set and what is really nice is that it comes with a load of nice paper too. However, I don't think it really qualifies as a beginner set as many of the designs are quite hard.

It's more of an intermediate set with a few starting designs thrown in. But it's still good to get hold of as it's a great kit altogether.

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