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Origami – paper folding techniques

Introduction

In order to make figures from paper, you will need paper which is thin as possible. The thinner the paper, the lighter the paper.
Japanese paper is the best type for this. The art of Origami does come Japan after all. The information on the following pages describes how fold the different figures and shapes from paper.

Whether all of the figures really are original Origami figures is subject to discussion. The examples can be used for the game stations and possible forms are that the certain figures (following the example) must be folded within two minutes or that a group must fold as many figures as possible with the 2 minutes. The illustrated boats can also be used for a swimming/boat race competition.

Steam boat

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat1. First of all, fold a square piece of paper in half and open it up again.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat2. Now fold the paper in half in the other direction so that a + sign is made of folds in the paper when it opened up again.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat3. Each corner is now folded down into the centre point so that a kite shape is produced. The sheet is now turned over.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat4. The corners are also folded down into the centre on this side.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat5. The paper is now turned over again and the corners are folded down into the centre a third time.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat6. The top and bottom corners are now folded outwards. This should lead to openings pointing outwards.

Origami paper folding techniques Steam boat7. The right and left hand corners are now folded outwards to make the bow and stern of the steam boat. The openings at the top and bottom are automatically flipped upwards and make the boat’s chimney.

8. The steam boat is now finished.

Frog

Origami paper folding techniques Frog1. First of all, a piece of square paper is folded vertically and horizontally.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog2. Now the whole sheet is folded once again on both diagonals.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog3. The outer horizontal seams are now folded inwards so that they are touching. The top triangle which is shown by the seams is now folded downwards. Now the top and bottom triangles should be lying on top of each other.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog4. The top left hand corner is folded so that it meets up with the centre line.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog5. Now the triangle which has just been folded is flipped over to the right and then folded back so that the edge meets up with the centre line again.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog6. Now the whole thing is flipped over to the left and the last two folds mentioned are repeated with the right hand corner. Once both sides have been worked on, the whole thing should look like this:

Origami paper folding techniques Frog7. Now the whole thing is turned over to make the frog’s legs. The left corner is folded into the middle so that it meets up with the centre line.

Origami paper folding techniques Frog8. This corner is now folded half over back away from the centre line to make a leg. The whole thing is repeated on the right hand side and the frog is finished.

Shirt

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt1. To make a shirt, you will need a square piece of paper first of all. The paper is laid down upwards. Fold it in half along the centre line and open it up again.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt2. The left side is now folded into the centre to the centre line. The same is done on the right side and then the whole thing is turned over.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt3. The collar of the shirt will now be made by folded the bottom end up by approx. 6cm. The result should look like this and then it is turned over.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt4. Taking the turned over sheet, the lower outer corners are folded inwards so that it looks like the following illustration.

Origami paper folding techniques ShirtOrigami paper folding techniques Shirt5. Then the right hand corner is third folded down from top to bottom and then folded down again so that a little square is made.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt6. The whole thing is unfolded once again to make the sleeves of the shirt. From the inner right hand corner a triangle is now folded outwards. This triangle meets up with the second horizontal fold. If the top square is now folded down again, the shirt sleeve to point outwards to the right.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt7. After the whole thing is repeated on the left side, you have now produced the 2 shirt sleeves. The square with the sleeves is now folded downwards again.

Origami paper folding techniques Shirt8. If the artwork is now turned over the shirt is finished.

3 prong serviette

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette1. First of all a serviette is folded horizontally and vertically into a square.

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette2. The bottom right hand corner is now folded diagonally up to the top left corner.

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette3. Now the bottom corner and the right corner are folded into the inner square. Another square is produced from doing this.

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette4. The shape is now turned over on the visible diagonal so that it is now lying on the reverse side. It is now folded up to the left on the visible diagonal.

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette5. The top right corner and the bottom left corner are now bend over into the middle so that they are pushed into each other and provide each other with stability.

Origami paper folding techniques Serviette6. The whole thing is turned over onto it's back and the two triangles at the sides are flipped outwards. This makes a serviette shape with 3 prongs which makes a pretty table decoration.

Beaker

To make a beaker with origami you will need a sheet of Japanese paper in a colour of your own choice.

Origami paper folding techniques Beaker1. The paper is folded once diagonally.

Origami paper folding techniques Beaker2. The next step is to fold the triangle which has been made inwards along the marked line.

Origami paper folding techniques Beaker3. The same thing is done on the right hand side and has this shape.

Origami paper folding techniques Beaker4. On both sides, the top points are now folded downwards. These points now lie on the side wings which were already made.

Origami paper folding techniques Beaker5. Now the shape is pulled apart a little at the top to make an opening. Now the drinks beaker has been produced and we could fill it with a liquid.



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An interesting link with videos and stories round about paper crafts: www.howtocraftpaper.com


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