DC Super Heroes Origami Review, Or Kendall Sucks at Paper-Folding

When I got the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of DC Super Heroes Origami by John MontrollI was so incredibly excited. I mean, just check out this book trailer:

Looks like a TON of fun, right? I couldn’t wait to get my copy of the book. When it finally arrived, I was thrilled to see that the book itself was not only SUPER thick (meaning LOTS of fun origami stuff to try), but the lovely folks at Capstone had also included a pre-made origami Bat-Signal to get me inspired.


I couldn’t wait to get my origami on. I flipped through the table of contents and saw that they had designs for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. Because I had just seen the amazing Gal Gadot in the Dawn of Justice trailer, I felt it only right to give the Wonder Woman designs a shot. Of course, because I’m a moron, I didn’t pay close enough attention to notice that they provide you with colored paper for your origami endeavors. Full disclosure, I just noticed this about three minutes ago…


Just a note, it not only mentions the origami paper in the table of contents, but also on the cover, and in the press release Captstone sent me. Sherlock would have been so ashamed at my lack of observation… Regardless, because of my lack of perception, I ended up doing my origami on printer paper. My first endeavor into the world of super hero paper folding was Wonder Woman’s tiara.

Tiara attempt

Of course, because I was using printer paper, the dimensions were out of whack. So after a few failed attempts at following directions and just general trouble folding, I realized the problem and worked to remedy it. Happily, I cut my paper just right, and was able to work my way through the instructions. The final instruction was my personal favorite:

After you've finished all of your folding, the book helpfully reminds you to make sure your tiara is facing the correct direction...
After you’ve finished all of your folding, the book helpfully reminds you to make sure your tiara is facing the correct direction…

Finally, I finished the tiara, for better or for worse. Behold!

Tiara Collage

So, it wasn’t perfect by a long shot. The front was quite a bit too tall, and I couldn’t master the folding necessary to make the back hold together on its own–so I cheated and taped the back. Regardless, I was pretty stoked about how my first foray into paper folding turned out. I was ready to try another design, and I knew just the one:


Yes, I was going to try a paper star. I was certain I could pull it off. However, I didn’t notice this on the bottom of the page of the tiara instructions:

level 1

Which means I also didn’t notice this on the first page of the star project’s instructions:

level 2

For someone who has literally never done any serious origami in her lifetime, that jump from level one two level two is a pretty significant jump. So I did not experience the same level of success that I experienced with the tiara. There was a serious disconnect for me between what the instructions were trying to tell me, and what I was actually doing with the paper. When I finally gave up, my “design” was not even close to a star.

Star Collage
Seriously. Look at all those arrows and dotted lines. How am I supposed to keep that straight?!?

But before I could get too down on myself, I reminded myself quickly of my success with the tiara. For someone who was never able to fully grasp the concept of folding notes in middle school in those cool designs, and someone who couldn’t make one of those paper fortune tellers very efficiently, I was quite proud of my efforts. I had a LOT of fun playing around with the projects, and will most definitely be trying others in the future.

All I could think as I goofed my way through each project was how much I wish I had this book back when I was a nanny. It would have been a hoot to try to work through the origami designs with the kiddos I watched. These projects are a hoot to try, and with the paper in the back of the book, it’s a perfectly portable project for kids or crafty adults.

What I love the most about this book is that it has origami projects for all levels of paper-folders. If you’re an origami n00b like me, there are origami projects just for you, and if you’re an origami superhero, there are plenty of designs in the book to challenge your skills. Because the book covers so many skill levels, it’s also great to give someone who is trying to improve in their origami. Basically, there’s something for everyone in this one.

UPDATE: If you want to get a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the origami Bat-Signal, Capstone has released just such a video! Origami enthusiast Chris Harbo will walk you through the process in the video below. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to work with a person rather than a diagram!

If you want to get your hands on one of these bad boys, you can pre-order yourself a copy of DC Super Heroes Origami by John Montroll, or you can wait until the book officially hits stores on September 1. Have you ever tried origami, or any fandom origami projects? How did you do? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced copy of this book for my honest review. Capstone Publishers did not influence my review in any way. 

3 thoughts on “DC Super Heroes Origami Review, Or Kendall Sucks at Paper-Folding

  1. Haha! That sounds so much like me when I’m excited about something new…jumping right in without bothering to read all the fine print first…. 😛 Who has time to notice things like preprinted paper sheets and difficulty levels when there are all the nerdy things to make?!?

    I hadn’t origami’d in a good decade and a half until I stumbled upon this and HAD to immediately drop everything to make my own origami Firefly ship. I think I did all right, consdering how rusty I was! 😛

    Hope you continue enjoying your book! If I were at all into comics, it looks like it would be fun…I’ll have to keep it in mind for when my kids are a bit older, if either of them take up an interest in DC and/or origami! 🙂

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