How to Make an Origami Dog Bone

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Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding believed to have originated in the 17th century. Practitioners create everyday objects, animals and birds from paper. If you are a dog fancier or are interesting in folding an origami dog, you also may wish to create an origami dog bone. The bone can a whimsical complement to other dog-related origami items you might have on display around your home.

Lay a piece of paper flat out in front of you. Fold the paper in half vertically and then fold it in half vertically again so that the paper is one-fourth of its original size. Open up the paper fully.

Fold the two side creases into the middle. Fold each of the two flaps in half again back over themselves.

Press the crease slightly to the right of the left small flap you have just created. Fold the crease over the crease in the middle. This will create an "S" shape.

Flip the paper over. Take hold of the top left corner and fold it over slightly towards the side of the paper so that it lines up with the left edge. Repeat this on the right side.

Take hold of the crease pocket made in the left corner of the paper and pull it down slightly. This will create one side of the bone. Fold down the pocket. Repeat the process on the right side. One end of the bone will now be complete.

Flip the paper 180 degrees and repeat Steps 3 through 5 on the other side of the paper. This will complete the dog bone.

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