How to Make an Origami Pokemon

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Origami has been around for centuries. It originated in Japan in the early second century and remains a beautiful art form today. The popular show Pokémon is also originally from Japan. Satoshi Tajiri created Pokemon in the early 1990s. The show began as an idea from his childhood and morphed into a worldwide phenomenon. Pikachu is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known Pokemon of the series. With just a piece of paper, you can make your own origami Pikachu.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors (if needed)

Making a square

Lay your paper out with the short side to you.

Fold one corner over to the opposite edge and crease.

Cut off the excess piece of paper and open up.

Beginning of Pikachu

Lay the paper out, making sure the patterned or colored side is up.

Fold the paper diagonally corner to corner and crease (making a right triangle).

Open the paper up (colored side on the bottom) and bring the right corner to the middle line and crease.

Repeat step 3 for the left side. You should now have something that resembles a kite.

Fold the top triangle down and crease.

Flip the project over and bring one corner to the middle and crease.

Repeat step 6 for the other corner.

Unfold the corners and flip over-it should now look like this.

Unfold the top and the right side, fold and crease as shown. A triangle of paper should pop up.

Fold the triangle down as shown and crease.

Repeat steps 9-10 on the other side.

Push both triangles down. Fold the two shown creases in and crease.

Push the paper down and crease. A diamond shape should form on the top.

Bring the two corners up to the middle and crease. A kite shape should form.

Fold the top down and crease.

Open up the diamond and pull the top layer of the bottom corner up. Fold along the two creases to make a diamond. Crease.

Fold the top piece down. Take the right corner of the diamond and fold to the left. Bring the right flap up and crease.

Repeat step 17 for the left side. The two triangle flaps are now behind the diamond shape.

Flip the project over. Bring a corner to the middle line and crease.

Repeat step 19 for the remaining corner.

Flip the project over. Fold the overhanging edge of the kite shape under itself. Repeat for the remaining side.

To make the ear, unfold the back flap and pull a section of the middle flap out-crease. Do the same to make the other ear.

The piece should now look like this. Fold the top triangle back on the crease as shown.

Fold the top layer up and crease.

Fold the flap back down and tuck back underneath itself (it forms a pocket underneath the head). Crease. The head is now complete.

Finishing Pikachu

To make the tail, push back and pinch the creases as shown.

Fold to the back and stick the tail to the right. Crease.

Pikachu should now look like this.

Flip the project over. Fold the top layer of the tail in half and crease.

Fold the tail to the right. Fold the top layer of the tail in half (shown with the dotted line) and crease.

Flip the project over and fold the tail to the right.

The final additions

Make a mountain and valley fold on the tail as shown.

Flatten the rest of the tail as shown.

Fold it up and crease.

Pikachu is now complete.

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