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No money for real pools of koi? Make this instead.
My friend saw a wall hanging of origami koi that she really liked, but the etsy shop that was selling it had it priced at over $1000. Thus, I set out to make this for her birthday/Christmas present, and after countless hours of folding while walking, an art that I have mastered, I finally finished the koi and attached them to the friend's bedroom wall.

Posted by Conn from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See Conn's 94 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 1
    Step 1

    I used online diagrams (whose link doesn't work anymore for some reason) and a stop-motion video of the folding process (http://www.mabonaorigami.com/en/videos/the-making-of-an-origami-koi.html) so have fun! It's pretty tricky, especially the swivel folds, but feel free to comment below if you have difficulties and I'll try to help. Fold as many as you want, but I folded 39 of them: 1 white, 2 bright yellow, 3 yellow-orange, 2 dark orange, 2 light orange, 7 red, 2 pink, 5 purple, 2 dark blue, 5 medium blue, 4 sky blue, 1 dark green, and 3 leaf green.

  • Step 2

    For people stuck on the swivel folds (the small folds for shaping the left and right sides of the fish), go to this link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Wall-of-Rainbow-Koi/
    and see step 3.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 3
    Step 3

    To mount the koi on the wall, you need to make wire connections for each fish. To do so, I used pliers to shape two triangles perpendicular to each other. First, cut out 5.5cm of wire and make a sharp bend.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make another sharp bend to create your first triangle. This triangle should be fairly small, and the next one will be bigger.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 5
    Step 5

    Bend the triangle so that it's perpendicular to the rest of the wire. (basically, bend it down 90 degrees)

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is the side view of the perpendicular triangle.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make another 90 degree bend about 1 inch down.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 8
    Step 8

    Hold the wire like this before the next step.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make a sharp bend.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 10
    Step 10

    Make another sharp bend to complete the triangle.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 11
    Step 11

    This is what you should have.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 12
    Step 12

    On flat surface, arrange your fish how you want it to look on your wall. Take a picture and save it or print it out for guidance when you actually attach the fish to the wall.
    To be honest, even though I did this step, I ended up winging the design. And I like how everything turned out so skip this step if you want.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 13
    Step 13

    Hot glue the small triangle to the underside of a koi and apply tape to the larger triangle.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 14
    Step 14

    On the taped end, attach the koi to the wall. Rinse and repeat until all your koi are attached to the wall.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 15
    Step 15

    Keep going...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 16
    Step 16

    This was my first version, but I didn't like it because the fish looked too cramped together. So I took off some fish and rearranged them.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 17
    Step 17

    This was my final version.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Wall Of Rainbow Koi - Step 18
    Step 18

    I liked the final version, but I thought the koi looked too restricted to one area and looked like it fit a perfect rectangle even though there was plenty more space next to it. This being so, I decided to outline that imaginary rectangle with dark green yarn (no blue available). I liked this result a lot better so do this If you think it would help. If not, then you're done! Enjoy the new wall art!

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C K.
C K. · 1 project

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!! :D

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Thank you for your nice comment!

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B*
B* · 55 projects

Wonderful!

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Thank you! ^^

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sunshinerose0
sunshinerose0 · Perth, Western Australia

These look great, thanks I must try this.

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Phoenix M.
Phoenix M. · 1 project

Is there a better way to stick them to the wall? I've tried to stick origami swans to the wall before and they stayed on for maybe 3 days! xD

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

I don't really know of any "better" ways. The simple tape method that I used works pretty well, as the koi are still attached to the wall. The koi are pretty small and light so they shouldn't fall off easily.

Phoenix M.
Phoenix M. · 1 project

Ok, thank you!

Helen S.
Helen S.

Ypu could try hot gluing them to fishing cord (transparent plastic and very fine) strung across an empty picture frame. That way they'd still seem to float, but you could hang the frame the "regular" way. I would drill evenly spaced holes in the frame and weave the cord back and forth both vertically and horizontally.

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Interesting idea.. perhaps I'll try it someday. Or you could! Anyway, thanks for sharing your idea!

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kangataroo ..
kangataroo ..

What inches was the paper you used?

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

I used 3in x 3in paper.

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danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

thats awesome. but could you make a tutorial for the koi-folding? i tried to use a video i found but somehow i cant manage to fold it. this would be so awesome. thx. !!

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

The origami pattern isn't mine so I'm not sure if it's "okay" for me to make a tutorial of it. But tell me the time (e.g. 36th second) of the step that you're having trouble with in this video (http://www.mabonaorigami.com/en/videos/the-making-of-an-origami-koi.html), and I'll try to give you some pointers. Hope I can help you!

danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

thx. it was a bit too complicated to show/tell you where it was and what it was. but i found a good video which helped me a lot. i will post my version soon.

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Ok. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing your version!

danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

i tried yours again. but as soon as i have to turn around the paper and make those tiny folds until the end, i get stuck. :(

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Those are swivel folds, and yes they are extremely tricky. To be honest, for the first few koi I just pressed the paper until it looked about right. I added an MS Paint image for help with it though. (see above)

danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

i cant see the image:(

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

I added it as a new step in the tutorial.

danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

i can see step 18 but i cant see an image.

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

It's at step 2.

danieljossen
danieljossen · Ebikon, Lucerne, CH · 3 projects

now! i can see it! but it wasnt there before...

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Oh that's weird. I'm glad you can see it now though, and I hope it helps. :)

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

I added tips on how to fold the fins here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Wall-of-Rainbow-Koi/ . Good luck, and don't forget to post a picture of your finished masterpiece. ^^

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Libby W.
Libby W. · Castle, Wales, GB · 78 projects

Wow what a unique idea and looks fantastic. I hope your friend was pleased with it.

Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 124 projects

Thanks! Yep; she really liked it.

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