Robert J. Lang's Tree Frog...mine is blue.

Robert J. Lang Tree Frog
Blue Tree Frog designed by Robert J. Lang

I finally decided to try out the tree frog designed by Robert J. Lang. The diagrams for this model can be found in Origami Design Secrets by Robert J. Lang. I remember watching Robert Lang deliver a presentation on origami at TED a bunch of years ago (check it out here). During his talk, he flashed an image of an origami tree frog with toes and little rounded finger tips. I was amazed at the detail and the life-like quality. So recently I decided that I should give it a try. Unfortunately, I found this model to be really...boring. I am not sure why, but this model was really tedious to fold and shape. I can't really see myself folding this model again anytime soon. That having been said, I am really happy with how it turned out.


I folded this model from a blue/blue square of double tissue. Because of how boring it was to fold this model I made the decision to reduce the number of toes on the back legs of the frog from five to four. A real tree frog has four toes on its front legs and five toes on its hind legs. It is one of a very small set of animals that has a different number of toes on its hind legs than on its front legs. Despite the usefulness of the additional toe to the frog, I didn't think it was crucial to include it in the paper it didn't.

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