Traditional Origami Cup

Traditional Cup
“For you the cup isn’t half full or half empty, you’re always topping it up.”
― Rowena Cory Daniells

About the Origami Cup

The traditional origami cup is about as simple as it gets, so it is a great origami model for beginners or children!  There are only seven folds in the origami cup instructions. It is a bit of a test of your folding accuracy though. If you’re reasonably accurate you can actually use it & drink out of it without water pouring out of the bottom. Probably only once or twice before the paper gets too wet and falls to bits.

You could also fold an origami teapot to accompany your cup, but this one doesn’t hold any liquid.

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Folding the Traditional Origami Cup

You can use just about any paper for this one, although something reasonably robust might be a good idea if you don’t want the cup to collapse into a soggy pulp as soon as you put water in it. Paper that is coloured differently on each side isn’t necessary, but I think makes the cup look more interesting.

Click here to get Folded Square Origami Paper on Amazon US.

Click here to get Folded Square Origami Paper on Amazon UK.

This 3D origami cup model takes only a minute or two to make.  There aren’t any complicated folds, so I would classify this as a very simple model.

My advice  Fold slowly, drink quickly.

Origami Cup Diagrams

The origami cup is one of the models included in my new book, Origami Made Simple.  If you are new to origami, this book is perfect for you because it includes written instructions along with the diagrams.  The 40 models in the book progress in difficulty with each chapter, starting at 10 steps or less, up to a maximum of 25 steps.

origami made simple book by russell wood

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I’d love to hear your views on this origami cup or any other beginner origami models.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!


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About the Author


Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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