Realistic Insects Made From One Sheet of Uncut Paper

Even with a second glance, these amazingly intricate origami designs by Brian Chan still look like real insects. The 31-year old has been working with paper since his youth, making other’s designs and perfecting is craft. In recent years he’s started creating his own designs, carefully planning exactly where folds need to be in a flat sheet of paper… transforming it into a miniature, lifelike sculpture. I’ve included one of his plans below to show how astounding the detail in his planning actually is… remember, these are all one sheet of uncut paper!!

Considering the near impossible detail that goes into each of his pieces, it might not come as a surprise when I tell you that Chan is an instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches crafts. The designs featured here are his hobby and are created in his spare time.

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What draws him to this challenging art form? “As an artist,” he says, “I am particularly drawn to Origami because it adds the extra challenge of folding from a square (and I like challenges, sometimes) and incorporates a lot of geometry, which was my more favored sector of mathematics.” See Chan in action at the bottom of this post, then for more of his astounding pieces, see his website.

Above: Flying Katydid
Below: Flying Grasshopper


The detailed design behind the mayfly above.


Allomyrina dichotoma

Goliath beetle

Dorcus curvidens

Locust nymph

Samurai Helmet Beetle


Hissing Roach


Water Strider

Chan doesn’t just make insects… here’s his version of Wall-E out of one sheet of paper.

Brian Chan at work on another impressive creation.

Below, Chan shares his genius for folding paper… as well as making swords and musical instruments.


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. Briansays:

    If you think those are amazing check out the documentary “Between the Folds”

  2. Shelleysays:

    Wholly crap!

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