Traditional Origami House and Furniture

Written by RussellBeginner, Objects


easy origami house

“Architect: n. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money”
-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

About the Traditional Origami House

When I’m teaching people origami for the first time, this is often one of the traditional models I introduce them to quite quickly because it’s simple, child-friendly and there are some interesting variations to play around with.

The basic ‘out of the box’ model is what you might expect a child to draw if you asked them to draw a picture of a house – a rectangular box with a triangular or trapezoidal roof. However, if you fold the sides out, you can convert your house into the rudimentary skeleton of a doll’s house with two ‘rooms’.

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Folding the Origami House

You can use rectangular or square paper for this house, depending on the proportions you are looking for. Square paper that is red or grey on one side (for the roof) and white on the other will be best, but A4 or letter size paper will work well as an alternative. Standard 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) origami paper will produce a house that is 15cm wide and 7.5cm tall. It takes less than five minutes to fold this model.

There are no complex folds in this model, which makes it ideal for children. Kids may also like to draw on windows and doors.  Find more origami for kids to fold here.

Many Variations for the Origami House

Once you’ve folded the house, you might want some furniture to put in it! Lifting the central layers of the house makes the model 3D so that it looks like a box with a flap at the back. If you make a variety of these out of paper that is smaller than the original house and different shape rectangles, you can decorate them as ovens, cupboards, chairs, beds, and sofas! You can even fold the sides in and make a piano.

origami bed
origami chest of drawers
origami piano

Origami House Instructions

This is one of the traditional models that is featured in my book, Origami Made Simple. This book is aimed at people who are new to origami or like folding simple models. There are 30 traditional models and ten of my own designs. Every step in each model is diagrammed and accompanied by instructions on how to understand and follow the diagram.

origami made simple book by russell wood

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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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