How to Make Simple Origami People

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Origami can be used to make thousands of different creatures
Origami can be used to make thousands of different creatures (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Origami is the traditional Japanese craft of folding paper in order to make figures. These figures can range from animals to inanimate objects. Some origami folding instructions are very intricate and may be hard for beginners. You can even make a simple origami person, though you will need to do the head separately from the body in order to make an easy but realistic person out of folded paper.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 sheet origami paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons

Fold one corner of the piece of origami paper over to the adjacent corner to make a triangle.

Unfold the triangle back to a square.

Lay the triangle flat in front of you so that it looks like a diamond, with one corner pointed north and one pointed south. Take the other two corners (pointed east and west) and fold them in until they touch together at the center of the paper. The will leave a small triangle at the bottom.

Fold the small triangle up. The point of the small triangle should now be around the very center of the paper.

Fold the triangle part up once again so that it is now covering the center point.

Flip the entire piece of folded paper over. There should now be two triangular flaps, one on each side of the paper.

Fold each of the triangular flaps inwards so that they are touching in the center.

Draw a face at the top point of the paper to make the shape look like a person. Include eyes, mouth, nose and hair in the face. You can even fold the tip backwards to make a flat top instead of a pointed one.

Draw all over the rest of the origami figure. You can color in solid colors or make patterns to represent clothes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any color of square paper can be used. To make the origami person more realistic, use paper in tones that match your skin color.

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