Master the Art of Paper Folding With These Easy Ideas

Shashank Nakate Apr 19, 2019
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Though the art of paper folding originated in countries like Japan and China, it has become popular in the Western world too. The easy techniques explained here are just a few of the numerous ones used to create masterpieces by folding paper. Take a look!
The art of paper folding is known as 'origami' and 'zhezhi' in Japan and China, respectively. The term 'origami' is commonly used in Western countries too. Many techniques and methods have been developed to create beautiful artworks from paper.
The art of origami can be used to make intricate and complex paper objects like insects, animals, birds, and various other objects.
Let us try to understand a few commonly used techniques in origami by making a paper heart and paper plane. Just click on the arrow on the slideshow to view the step-by-step method of making these objects. Hit F5 to reset the slideshow, in case you need to refer to a folding technique again.

Simple Paper Heart

There is a lot to learn from the art of origami. Let us have a look at the method of creating a heart-shaped paper craft.

Step 1

● First, take a square-shaped paper and fold it in half along the diagonal. Unfold the paper to reveal the creases.

Step 2

● Now, again fold the paper along the other diagonal and unfold it. Creases divide the paper into four sections.

Step 3

● Next, fold the top point of the paper such that it meets the crease in the center

Step 4

● Fold the bottom point to meet the top edge.

Step 5

● Next, fold the right as well as left side to meet the center crease.

Step 6

● Then, turn over the paper to the opposite side.

Step 7

● You can already see a heart shape. Now, make folds on the sides as seen in the picture.

Step 8

● Next, fold the top points along the dash lines on both left and right sides.

Step 9

● Flip over the paper and your origami heart is ready!

Simple Paper Plane

Let us understand how to make a simple paper plane.

Step 1

● Take a rectangular piece of paper. It's length should be more than double of the width.
● Fold the paper into 2 halves along the width to form a central, vertical crease; then unfold it back.

Step 2

● Fold down the left and right corners of upper part of the rectangle so that their top edges align with the central line.

Step 3

● A triangular shape in the form of these upper folds is formed.
● Fold the paper along the bottom line of this triangle; this fold inverts the triangle completely.

Step 4

● Now, again fold down the left and right top corners of the paper.

Step 5

● You will notice a small trianglar portion. Fold that upwards along the vertex and flip over the paper.

Step 6

Step 7

● Now, fold the paper from center crease into two halves.

Step 8

● Fold each wing down along the center crease.

Step 9

Step 10

Step 11

● Lastly, unfold the wings a little away from the body.

Step 12

● Now, you are ready to fly
Another origami object that is sure to be a hit with kids is a bunny box. All you require is a double-sided origami paper and these step-by-step instructions to make a bunny box.
Besides the few techniques mentioned, there are numerous other paper folding techniques that can be used to create stunning paper craft. The key to mastering this art form, as is the case with any art, is practice and patience. So, what are you waiting for try these techniques and marvel at your own creativity.