How to Make an Origami Anchor

Origami, also known as the ancient art of paper-folding, is a tradition that has lasted over several centuries. This craft can be enjoyed by people of all ages from all over the world. Patterns range from complex modular models to the figures so simple that they require almost no effort at all. Origami can be used for gifts, decor or even for the therapeutic effects of paper-folding alone. Among the more unusual origami ideas is the anchor.

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Bird Base

Fold the paper in half from top to bottom. Repeat from left to right. Unfold

Fold the paper in half diagonally from the top left to the bottom right corner. Unfold. Repeat from the top right to the bottom left corner. Keep it folded.

Grasp the left and right edges of the triangle, and tuck them in to the center, allowing the figure to collapse into a diamond shape.

Fold the left and right edges of the figure inward to align with the vertical center. Fold the top back and forth. Unfold back to its original diamond shape.

Pull the bottom corner upward and press flat. Turn over and repeat. Your figure should now resemble an elongated diamond.

Remaining Folds

Pull the top flap down over the legs. Flip over and repeat. Your figure should now resemble a kite shape.

Pull each leg upward and press flat (they can be found in between the two flaps of the kite). They should protrude at a 45 degree angle, as if you were creating a crane's neck and tail.

Fold the left and right edges of the kite inward. Flip over and repeat.

Grasp the bottom corners of the kite on the front and back of the figure and pull them outward to create a four-pronged figure (it should resemble a flower or a star). Continue to pull them in the opposite direction until their tips align. Your resulting figure should be an inverse kite, with the kite shape facing upside down.

Fold the left and right edges of the kite inward to make the shape more narrow. Flip over and repeat.

Fold over the top of the flaps on both sides of the left leg. Repeat with the right leg. The result should be narrower legs.

Inside-reverse fold the tips of each leg upward to create the hooks at the end of the anchor.

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