Copyright 2014  Marcia Joy Miller

The Projects of
Origami for Busy People


​Origami for Busy People: 27 Original On-the-Go Projects 
includes fourteen projects that are at beginner folding level and thirteen that are at intermediate folding level, one of which is at high intermediate folding level.  All the models can be made from origami paper (which is included in the book) or commonly available papers such as bond paper. Bond paper is the type of paper that is used in printers. Many of the models can  also be created from discarded papers such as junk mail or pages from old magazines. 

Back cover of Origami for Busy People: 27 Original On-the Go Projects. All models photographed were designed by Marcia Joy Miller, except for Placard Bird which was designed by Barry B. Miller.

Front cover of Origami for Busy People: 27 Original On-the Go Projects. All models photographed were designed by Marcia Joy Miller, except for Blossom Blow-Top which was designed by Gay Merrill Gross. 

Book-signing presentation at Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ  for Origami for Busy People displays the following models  designed by Marcia Joy Miller unless otherwise specified  (clockwise starting with upper left): Morph Ball, Trigon, Spring Flower, Fluted Vase, Morph Ball, Duck Glider, Carnival Spinner, Blossom Blow-Top designed by Gay Merrill Gross, Aquatic Plant, Seahorse, Morph Ball, Noisemaker, Trophy Bowl, Placard Bird designed Barry B. Miller, Name-It Box, Parrot Page Clip, Name-It Box, Crater, Extraterrrestrial, Ghost, Twirlie, and Jack-O'-Lantern. 

Trigon designed by Marcia Joy Miller.

Trophy Bowl designed by Marcia Joy Miller

The twenty-seven projects that are included in Origami for  Busy People along with their descriptions are listed below. All projects were designed by Marcia Joy Miller unless otherwise specified. Look to the left to see photographs of the completed projects: 



Duck Glider
is an action model. Propelled by a puff of air, the duck coasts across a table or the surface of water.

Lake Monster is a standing display model.

Placard Bird is a place card holder that may be included in a table setting. It was designed by Barry B. Miller.

Seahorse is a display model. It can be shown with Aquatic Plant which is also taught in the book.

Aquatic Plant is a display model.

Parrot Page Clip is a decorative item that can fasten a few sheets of paper together.

Ghost is a Halloween decoration that can stand on a table.

Oval Leaf is a display model. It may also be used as a component of Foliage which is taught later in the book.

Topsy-Turvy is a puzzle composed of three pieces. The puzzle can also be made with four pieces.

Friends is a modular display model. It is a stylized representation of two children holding hands and can stand on a table.

Twirlie is a modular design. The model spins on a pencil when propelled by a puff of air.

Floating Star is a modular design that is a nine-pointed puffy-shaped star. It may be displayed as a hanging ornament.

Trigon is a triangular modular design that can be displayed on a table or as a hanging ornament.

Noisemaker is an action model that has a sculptural shape.

Extraterrestrial is a standing display model. It can be shown with Crater which is also taught in the book.

Crater is a display model. The model may be modified to vary its appearance.

Blossom Blow-Top is a flower that spins like a top from a puff of air. It was designed by Gay Merrill Gross.

Reversible Star is a flat model that can be displayed showing its front or its back which differ in appearance. It can be used as a hanging ornament.

Jack-O’-Lantern is a Halloween decoration that may be displayed flat or standing. The facial characteristics of the model can be varied to suit one’s taste.

 Name-It Box is a container that has two label-shaped areas of contrasting color on which the contents of the box or a greeting can be written.

Carnival Spinner is a top that spins. It is a modular design.

Trophy Bowl is a modular triangular-shaped dish with a self-contained pedestal.

Morph Ball is a modular display model that can be spun or rolled. It is also a toy that may be easily transformed into an eight-sided object that rolls.

Spring Flower is a blossom that connects to a paper stem, which is also taught by the instructions.

Foliage is a leafy plant that may be used together with an origami flower, such as Spring Flower. Foliage is composed of a leaf component which is Oval Leaf and a stem which is taught in the instructions for Spring Flower.

Fluted Vase is an ornamental vessel that may be used to display origami floral arrangements.

Starry Sky is a modular design that represents a star filled sky. It is flat and may be displayed on a wall.