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Three Origami Projects to Make
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Three Origami Projects to Make

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

Origami is a papercraft technique that has been in existence for many years, and little has changed since it's inception. Today there are a million and one different projects that you can try your hand at, that can be made any size you like, all you need is a square sheet of paper! If you're just starting out it's best to make your first few models with origami paper or a paper that is no more than 75gsm as this will allow you to get a feel of working with paper and  how it moves, and it can also be easily manipulated. As you grow in confidence try experimenting with different types of paper; vellum, patterned and handmade papers all work a treat!

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Beginner: How to Make an Origami Fox

Step-1

Take a square of paper, coloured side down, and valley fold diagonally in half corner to corner. Unfold.

Step-2

Valley fold diagonally in half in the other direction, corner to corner.

Step-3

Fold one of the side points up to meet the top-middle corner. Repeat with the other side point.

Step-4

Mountain fold in half along the centre diagonal crease.

Step-5

You should now have a right-angle triangle. One of the shorter sides has three open points at one end. With that end pointing upwards, valley fold only the top two flaps with a crease parallel to the edge.

Step-6

Flatten the fold, but allow the top-most point to come down a little. Do not flatten the point, let it remain three-dimensional. This will be the fox’s head.

Step-7

To complete the design, valley fold the remaining side point to form the tail.

Intermediate: How to Make an Origami Butterfly

Step-1

Take a square of paper, coloured side up, and valley fold it in half vertically side to side. Unfold.

Step-2

Valley fold in half horizontally side to side. Unfold. Turn the paper over.

Step-3

With the coloured side facing down, valley fold diagonally in half corner to corner. Unfold.

Step-4

Fold diagonally in half the other way, corner to corner. Unfold.

Step-5

Holding one side of the square, coloured side down, fold a neighbouring side along the diagonal line, but only up to the centre of the paper. Once flat, fold it back on itself using one of the non-diagonal creases. Repeat these steps with the other neighbouring side, then squash flat to form a triangle. This is known as the waterbomb base.

Step-6

With the long side facing down, fold just the top flap of the right-hand corner down to meet the bottom point. Repeat with the top left flap.

Step-7

Turn the model over, keeping the triangle pointing upwards. Valley fold all layers of the bottom point up, so they overhang the top a little.

Step-8

Bring the left-hand flap down, allowing the outer edge to come in slightly. Squash it flat. Repeat this step with the right-hand flap.

Step-9

Fold the top point down so the crease lines up with the top edge of the wings.

Step-10

Take the point you just folded down and fold it up again to meet the top edge.

Step-11

Mountain fold the whole butterfly in half along the centre crease.

Step-12

To form the butterfly’s body shape, fold one wing down along a crease that goes a slightly diagonal line. Repeat with the other wing.

Advanced: How to Make an Origami Crane

Step-1

Take a square sheet of your chosen origami paper, with the coloured side facing down, fold the unit in half horizontally, unfold, then fold in half vertically and unfold.

Step-2

With the coloured side facing up, fold the sheet in half diagonally, unfold, then fold diagonally in the other direction.

Step-3

Collapse the unit along all four creases that have just been made, bringing all four points together and keeping the coloured side on the outside, creating a square shape. This is called a preliminary fold, and is the starting point for many origami creations.

Step-4

With the open points facing down, fold the top layer of the two lower edges in to the centre vertical crease.

Step-5

Fold the top point down along the top of the edges you have just created, then unfold all three folds.

Step-6

Pull the uppermost point up and, creasing along the folds you just made, squash it to create a large diamond shape.

Step-7

Turn the unit over and repeat these steps on the other side.

Step-8

Take the two lower side edges and fold them into the centre.

Step-9

Repeat on the underside.

Step-10

Partially open-up the left side and fold the bottom point up before squashing the side flat. This will be the crane’s tail.

Step-11

Repeat this step on the right side, but before squashing flat fold the point down a short distance, to create the head.

Step-12

Fold the top point down to the create a wing. Repeat on the other side to create the second wing. Gently pull the wings apart to inflate the body.

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