Learn to Fold

Origami Animals

Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................................................................... 2 Fish .................................................................................................................................... 4 Hopping Frog.................................................................................................................. 9 Snake .............................................................................................................................. 12 Tiger ................................................................................................................................ 14 Frog................................................................................................................................... 18 Flapping Bird ................................................................................................................ 25 Elephant......................................................................................................................... 28 Dog .................................................................................................................................. 36 Crane............................................................................................................................... 38 Cow .................................................................................................................................. 40 Cat.................................................................................................................................... 46 Butterfly ......................................................................................................................... 48 Bird Base ....................................................................................................................... 50 Square Base ................................................................................................................. 53 Water Balloon Base ................................................................................................... 55 End................................................................................................................................... 58
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Introduction
This is our first ebook of origami, from the makers of the Origami Instructions website. This set of animal folding instructions is our free gift to our website members. Thank you for being a part of our origami community! After making origami with this book, visit our website and post some pictures in the gallery, we would love to see them! To give us feedback on this ebook, or to suggest other ebooks, contact us.

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Fish
This origami fish is relatively easy to make. It builds into an oceandwelling angel fish. Start with a single piece of brightly colored origami paper. First make a bird base, shown below. Review our instructions for the bird base if needed.

Fold the top points of the bird base down, to make a kite shape, as shown in the next two photos.

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Now fold one of the lower points of the kite upwards, to meet the top point. Fold that point across to the left corner of the kite.

Now fold that corner across to the right, as shown in the sequence of the next three pictures. This creates one half of the fish tail.

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origami-instructions.com 6 . and repeat the last six photo-steps to make another fish tail half. www. The flip the origami piece over.Fold the fish tail down.

We're almost there. Hold each bottom point of the kite. one in each hand. www.origami-instructions.Now fold the Left and Right corners of the kite onto the centerline as shown. Repeat on the other side.com 7 . and pull gently to unfold the fish.

Below we see our origami fish living "under the sea".com 8 .origami-instructions. pencils. Also optional is decoration with pens.You can apply a small amount of glue or tape to hold the tail together. markers or crayons. www.

so it's a fun action toy. Next fold two of the squares edges onto the centerline: Now fold the short corner of the kite up. green makes the best frogs (Kermit would agree). it is simple to make and can hop considerably further. Then fold the lower corners of the triangle onto the centerline: www.Hopping Frog The hopping frog is not quite as realistic-looking as the other origami frog shown in this book. make valley folds along the North-South and East-West lines as shown in the second photo. With the colored side face down.origami-instructions. Start with a square piece of paper. to make another square.com 9 . However. As always. Now fold each of the four corners into the center point.

.origami-instructions.then fold it back down.com 10 .Next fold the lower edge up.. Then fold the www. top corner down as shown.

You can decorate it with pens or markers if you like. To make the frog hop. huh? Turn the frog over and it's ready to go. press down near the back end the back and let your finger slide off. www.com 11 .And that's all! Simple.origami-instructions.

and begin rolling the paper into a tube. Tighten the roll by holding one end in each hand. you will need to roll the other corner of the paper in towards the main roll.Snake The origami snake is very simple to make. Loch Ness monsters. You now have a rectangle. etc. in the original direction. The point of doing this is that the end of the roll will now stay put.origami-instructions. Make that roll tight also. Then continue with the original roll.com 12 . With some imagination. Try to roll as tightly as possible. without needing tape or glue. Start with a square of origami paper. You will roll diagonally as shown in the photo. then tear along the crease. www. Start at one corner of the rectangle. it can be used as a base for spiders. down the center. and twisting (gently!) in opposite directions. Near the end of the roll. Fold it in two. dragons.

www.origami-instructions.Now take your origami tube. The resulting origami snake can sit up on flat surface and rear its head. and gently shape it into a series of curves.com 13 .

we will flatten (broaden) the tiger's face. At the same time. Looking at the pictures below. with our thumb and fingers (third photo below). you're doing a white tiger). Orange makes a good base color (unless of course. stop. we are actually going to fold the ears across each other.com 14 .Tiger This origami tiger is folded from two pieces of origami paper. Start by making the head of the origami cow. Right before you fold the ears forward. www.origami-instructions.

as shown below. Go slowly and keep the roll as tight as possible. Now start rolling the paper diagonally.com 15 .origami-instructions. start a roll from the opposite corner. Unfold the torn part and lay it flat. (The roll on the end piece will allow it to overlap the main paper tube.) You can tighten the final tube a bit by holding the ends and turning your hand in opposite directions.You may prefer a small piece of tape between the ears to hold them in place. Now complete the roll in the original direction. without needing tape or glue to prevent unrolling. Now crease and tear off about half of the lower part of the tiger's neck. we'll use it to make the tiger's tail. When you get near the end of the roll. Use a key or similar object to open the tiger's ears slightly. from one corner. www.

origami-instructions. Place the tiger's head and tail into the body (we used tape). www. Again we recycle an origami design. Bend it into a gentle "S" shaped curve to form the tiger's tail.com 16 . Now decorate with pens and markers if you like.The paper tube will be fairly flexible. using the body of the origami cow. Now all that's left is to make the tiger's body.

Origami. yellow on the same sheet).Below is Tony the Tie-Dye Tiger.com 17 . it's Greeaaat!TM www. Made with sheets of multicolored origami paper (white.origami-instructions. red.

Move the pocket around to the front. This classic origami move is known as the squash fold. Photo below shows one of the squash folds completed..origami-instructions. Now make a square base. then flatten and crease it.Frog The origami frog looks neat and can also be made to hop.. www. Now perform the squash fold three more times. Next insert your finger in one of the pockets in the square base. Start with a square piece of paper (green makes convincing frogs).com 18 .

.origami-instructions. to make crease marks.com 19 . Next fold and unfold the corners as shown.until the piece has the diamond shape shown below... www.

Then fold the lower edges of one layer into the centerline. The next photo shows the completed petal fold.com 20 .Next comes another classic origami move. Fold the frog base down the centerline as shown. to create the frog base.origami-instructions. Now perform the petal fold three more times (on the other three faces of the diamond). the petal fold. www.

3 more times. Now it's time to turn the tadpole into a frog! I like to pre-crease the leg. The perform the previous three steps again.Now fold edge A to edge B as shown by the arrow.com 21 .origami-instructions. then use reverse folds to create the two front legs (reverse folds are explained in the flapping bird instructions here). www. until the piece looks like below right.

as shown in the photos below. Apply reverse folds again.Now use reverse folds to stretch the back legs.com 22 .origami-instructions. twice each on the front and back pairs of legs. www.

to inflate the frog's body.Now you'll need to blow where shown.origami-instructions.com 23 . www.

com 24 .You can make the frog hop for short distances by pressing on the rear of the body. then sliding your finger off onto the table: O-ribit-gami! www.origami-instructions.

in preparation for reverse folds. Crease both lower "legs" of the bird base. and they both start with the bird base. Start with the bird base.Flapping Bird The origami flapping bird is another neat and fun action piece. they are different (the crane will not flap).origami-instructions. The crane is of ancient Japanese origin. below left. However. but the origin of the flapping bird is uncertain. We show the sequence in detail for the left "leg" of the bird base. It looks a bit like the origami crane. www. The next two photos show what the reverse fold looks like after completion.com 25 .

com 26 . www.origami-instructions. and the paper brought inwards and upwards.Note how the folded leg is opened up.

origami-instructions. one wing then the other. and the spot below the front of the wings with the other hand. Enjoy your flapping bird! www.Here is the piece with both reverse folds completed. Now do a reverse fold to make the head of the bird. below left. Hold the tail with one hand. Next start folding the wings downwards.com 27 . The bird is now complete. Move your hands back and forth rapidly (but gently. this will cause the wings to flap. it's only paper!).

If you have trouble making an origami crane. you'll see why later).origami-instructions. you can learn about these folds right here. dining partners and waitpersons. this one might be a bit much. Place the bill in front of you. then you are in way over your head :) Actually.com 28 . one dollar bill. Start with a U.Elephant The origami elephant from a dollar bill is sure to amuse and delight your friends. as well as the top corners. Other currencies or denominations would work. twice as shown in the next two photos. Now make valley folds at the halfway points of the bill. but this one has a special "feature" that will show up later.S. face up but upside down (again. Now valley fold the top corners. It should be considered somewhat advanced origami. If you do not know what these are. www. We'll make frequent use of the terms valley fold and mountain fold.

origami-instructions. The fold the right edge back again. as shown in the two photos below. until the bill is doubled as shown..then B and C. www. With us so far? Good! Now fold the right edge of the bill back behind.Then fold the top pointed corner down. Now fold along crease A. Make another crease.com 29 . at the white line shown. until it lines up with the crease you made in the previous step. Crease the fold.. Next unfold the bill.

You will now make a valley fold approximately where the white line is in the photo below.origami-instructions. This stage is shown from the backside in the next photo. www. For clarity.The following photo shows what the backside should look like. Now turn the folded bill back over. This will give the result below. we're showing this stage from the side also. The idea is to get the distance "x" to be equal to the distance "y".com 30 .

Whew! This would be as good a time as any to break for drinks :) www. A car key might help. so that this piece overlaps the channel. Now flip the piece over. Make valley folds on the outside of the center channel. Also make a mountain fold just in front of the channel.com 31 .Now fold the 4 corners of the center channel as shown below. Now unfold the top pointy part. you may need help from a rounded tool as shown.origami-instructions. It can be a little tricky to get these small pieces folded and creased. Next. squash fold the top and bottom as shown.

origami-instructions. Fold the point of the trunk www. And a mountain fold a short distance in front of that. The idea is to overlap the front legs by about half their width. using a mountain fold.Ready again? OK. These next two photos show those folds: Now fold the whole thing in half down the centerline as shown.com 32 . make another valley fold at the front edge of the front legs. Next you will make the ears.

check out our instructions for the origami flapping bird. Next. Note the ear is angled forward slightly. crease then reverse fold the trunk so that it points down. www.origami-instructions. The trunk crease lines will end up in contact with the front edge of the front legs. Next push the trunk into the body.back as shown to make the ear crease line (ignore the trunk crease for now). If you're drawing a blank on reverse fold.com 33 . Now unfold the trunk. It should look something like the photo below. making two valley folds (one on either side) along the trunk crease shown below. Unfold the trunk then use the crease line to make a reverse fold inside the body of the elephant.

Do a couple more reverse folds to get the trunk pointing up. and the trunk tip pointing slightly back. Now your elephant is ready to stand on his own four legs! Note that the floating eye in the pyramid from the backside of the dollar bill lines up quite nicely to be the eye of the elephant. Valley fold out a small tail.com 34 . Neat! www.origami-instructions. Now turn the elephant over and open the legs a bit.

com 35 .If you're performing this little stunt at a bar.origami-instructions. www. we hear that these little fellas like peanuts.

put the colored side face down on the table as shown below. a nose and a mouth.Dog The origami dog is a simple animal that you can make from folded paper. using the crease line as a guide.origami-instructions. www. Then fold along the diagonal to give a triangle. The dog is done! If you like. If it is colored paper. you can draw eyes. Now fold the corners together and unfold. to give a crease as shown. away from you. Start with a square piece of paper. It looks a lot like a dog with floppy ears. Next fold the top and bottom of the head.com 36 . Then fold the dog ears down.

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below left. Now crease each lower "leg" of the piece as shown.com 38 . Now fold the wings down. Use a reverse fold to make the head of the crane. Fold the outside corners to the middle. their wish will be granted. So what are you waiting for? Follow our instructions below to get started on your first crane! Start with the bird base. www. This states that if someone makes one thousand cranes.origami-instructions. as shown. one at a time. in preparation for reverse folds. Using the reverse fold. make the neck and tail of the crane. Flip the piece over and repeat the fold.Crane There is a legend concerning the origami crane.

Now you're ready for the next nine-hundred and ninety-nine cranes! www.origami-instructions. Pull the wings gently apart to open up the crane.com 39 . and push down on the back of the bird to flatten it a bit.Almost there.

The tip should cover about half of the folded length.com 40 .Cow The origami cow is so life-like you can practically hear the "moos". Now unfold the balloon base and squash fold it as shown. Start with a square piece of paper. We'll try to not milk this one for laughs. www.origami-instructions. Then make a water balloon base. Next fold the tip of the balloon base down the centerline.

You will end up with the pattern in the next photo. Now simply fold this in half to make the cow's body. www.com 41 .origami-instructions.

The next three photos show how the head is folded. www.origami-instructions. use another square of paper. as shown in the next two photos: Now crease the end of the folded rectangle. Fold it in half with the colored side (if any) on the outside. Next fold each half upwards.com 42 . Each outside layer of the folded rectangle is squash-folded backwards. as shown below.To make the cow's head.

as shown in these two photos: www. Then fold the cow's ears forward. Then do a reverse fold.origami-instructions. crease the neck of the cow at right angles to the head. Next.Now reverse fold the nose of the cow (reverse folds are explained in the flapping bird instructions here).com 43 .

To make the neck fit into the body. too much and the head will be front heavy and fall forward. It can be decorated with pens. www.com 44 . Now your cow is done. reverse fold the bottom of the neck as shown below.origami-instructions. You may want to use a small piece of tape or glue to keep the head in place. markers or crayons. It can be tricky to get the right amount of fold: too little and it won't fit into the body.

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Then fold each corner upwards to make the ears: www. to make it your very own.Cat This origami cat is one of the simplest animals that you can make out of folded paper. Fold and crease it along the diagonal like so: The fold the left corner on top of the right.com 46 .origami-instructions. and crease the fold: Now unfold the triangle so it lays flat again. Start with a square piece of paper. It is easy to customize the final look of the cat.

Optional: draw eyes. to make an origami cat in the hat.origami-instructions.Now fold the top corner over towards you: Now flip the cat over. What could be simpler! You can also combine this with a hat.com 47 . www. a nose and whiskers on the front.

If it is colored paper.com 48 . Then fold along the diagonal to give a triangle. Then fold one corner upwards to make the first butterfly wing.Butterfly The origami butterfly is easy to make. and is also a fun action toy.origami-instructions. Next fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. You can decorate it with colored pencils or crayons. Then fold the second wing upwards. put the colored side face down on the table as shown below. Now open the butterfly out as shown. Start with a square piece of paper. and it's done! www.

com 49 . You can also decorate your butterfly to look like a real one or a picture that you've seen. there's more! By gently pressing up and down on the body of the butterfly.But wait.origami-instructions. www. the wings will flap up and down. as shown below.

such as the crane and the flapping bird.Bird Base The origami bird base can be used as a starting point for different types of birds. www.origami-instructions. Start with a square base (below left). Now begin the petal fold. and fold along the crease lines as shown. Lift the bottom corner upwards. This is to create crease marks. then unfold.com 50 . Fold the corners inwards as shown in the next two photos.

origami-instructions. Flip the piece over. Now lift the bottom corner and do another petal fold.Your bird base is now half-done. to make crease marks.com 51 . then fold in the three corners on the backside. www.

Now your bird base is complete! www.com 52 .origami-instructions.

A mountain fold means folding the halves away from you. A valley fold means folding the halves away towards you. below left. www. as well as on the North-South and East-West lines. Place the colored side of the paper upwards.Square Base The origami square base is a starting point for many neat origami pieces. Start with a square piece of paper. and the N-S and E-W folds as mountain folds. as shown below. so that the fold sticks up from the table. such as birds and frogs. Note that the type of fold is important. It is simple to learn and to make.com 53 . like a valley. so that the fold is lower than the halves. then fold the diagonals as valley folds.origami-instructions. like a mountain. Fold it on the diagonals.

com 54 . It will collapse right into a square folded piece of paper.origami-instructions. This is your square base! www.Now it will be very easy to simply collapse the piece of paper along the fold lines.

Water Balloon Base The origami water balloon (also called water bomb) is an easy to make.com 55 . You will end up with the folded triangle shown below. the balloon base (or water bomb base).origami-instructions. Start with a square of paper. The difference is that the mountain and valley folds are reversed when compared to the square base. This piece occurs so often in origami that it has its own name. Then make mountain and valley folds as if you were making a square base. www. working toy. Now start to collapse the pre-folded piece of paper.

the flap must first be folded in two to make it small enough for the pocket.com 56 . You are going to tuck the flap into the pocket. www.Now fold each of the four corners upwards as shown in the next three photos: Now fold the four horizontal corners into the center as shown: Use your finger to expand the little pocket as shown below.origami-instructions. However.

then tucked in...origami-instructions. First unfold the balloon partially. Now fold and tuck in the other three flaps. At our school. www. Finally expand the balloon as shown below. we actually filled these with water for some recess hijinks. then blow gently into the hole at one end.com 57 .This sequence shows the flap folded.

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