How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

The origami crane is one of the most celebrated paper folding projects of all time. It’s often the first project that beginning paper folders learn how to make once they decide they’re interested in origami.

The origami crane motif is so popular that it can be found on paintings, posters, wall decals, trinket boxes, and T-shirts. Some people even get origami crane tattoos to symbolize peace and harmony.

Gather Your Supplies

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To fold a traditional origami crane, you will need a square sheet of origami paper. If you do not have a lot of origami experience, start with larger papers. Smaller sheets are hard to work with because of the detail required in folding the steps of the crane.

Origami cranes look pretty folded from patterned paper, but you might find it easier to practice the folding the model with a light-colored solid paper first. Sometimes, it can be hard to see the creases when folding dark or busy patterned papers.

The crane in this tutorial is made using an 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch paper cut into an 8 1/2-inch x 8 1/2-inch square.

Make a Square Base

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An origami crane begins with a square base. Place your paper colored side up. Fold in half diagonally and open. Then fold in half along the diagonal the other way. Turn the paper over to the opposite side. Fold the paper in half, crease well and open. Then, fold again in the other direction.

Using the creases you have just made, bring the top three corners down toward the bottom of the paper. Flatten the model to complete your square base.

Start a Bird Base

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The origami crane is created using a bird base. A bird base is a square base plus two petal folds.

To turn your square base into a bird base, fold the top left and right flaps into the center and unfold. Fold the top of the model downward to create a horizontal fold that connects the diagonal folds you just made. Crease well, and then unfold. When you are finished, your paper should look like the photo to the left.

Finish the Bird Base

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Open the upper flap, pressing the sides of the model inwards at the same time. Flatten down, creasing well. When you are finished, your crane should look like the photo to the left.

To complete the bird base, turn the model over and repeat the petal folds in Step 3 and 4 on the other side.

Fold into the Center

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Fold top flaps into the center as shown in the photo. Flip your origami crane over, then repeat this step on the other side.

Crease the Legs

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Fold both “legs” of your origami crane up as shown in the photo. Unfold.

Your Origami Paper Crane Is Complete

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Inside reverse fold the legs along the creases you just made to create a head and tail for your crane. Fold the wings down to complete your origami crane.

Folding a Senbazuru

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Once you get proficient at folding origami cranes, you might want to fold a Senbazuru. This is a group of 1,000 paper cranes. According to Japanese tradition, folding a Senbazuru is said to grant you one wish or eternal good luck. The individual cranes are often strung along a string so they can be hung from the ceiling. The cranes are typically made from many different colors and patterns of paper, so they are a bright and cheerful decoration.

The most common reason for folding 1,000 origami paper cranes is to show support for a loved one suffering from a serious illness. However, many nonprofit organizations have used the folding of 1,000 cranes as fundraising or public awareness tool.

Making a Money Origami Crane

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With a few small adaptations, the origami crane design can be folded from paper currency.

You can find other variations of the crane project, such as a crane envelope and a crane bookmark.

These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami turtle. If you’re new to paper folding we suggest to take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 3) Open the paper out over to the right.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 6) Open the paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 7) Fold the sides in along the dotted lines and unfold. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and unfold.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 8) Lift up the top layer of paper along the crease at the top.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 9) Fold in the sides along the existing creases into a Petal Fold.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 10) Make a cut along the top flap down to the start of the dotted lines. Then fold out both sides.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 11) Make a Pleat Fold along the dotted lines.

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Step 12) Make an Outside Reverse Fold along the dotted lines.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 13) Fold the top flaps of paper out along the dotted lines.

How to make an origami turtle

Step 14) Fold the sides and bottom in along the dotted lines.

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Step 15) Fold the bottom back out making a Pleat.

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Step 16) Turn the paper over.

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The complete turtle

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6 Comments

Yellow turtle friend
Now keeps me company while
I sip my green tea

Had a lot of fun learning something new this morning. Glad to have put a few wrinkles in my brain as well as some paper. Thanks!

Thx, I liked this, but isn’t it technically not origami if you use scissors?

Yes, it is technically called kirigami I believe, but still cool turtle.

it’s ok but it’s not really origami if you use scissors and it’s a bit flat it should be a bit more 3D

I had to do this turle 4 times over again because I kept messing up by making a “square” XD
But over all it’s COMPLETLY worth it and I absolutely LOVE IT SO MUCH!
I even named HIM Jeremy Jr. And gae him a tiny tiny little hat :’)

Introduction: Origami Box Turtle

How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

This is my fourth installation of origami, the box turtle. This is another piece I learned from my girlfriend, and is twice as more difficult than my Angel Fish Instructable. This s as much for my remembrance as it is for your learning, so enjoy it!

Step 1: The Turtle Begins

Start with making the Water Bomb base. Fold the uncolored side edge-to-edge in half, then fold the corners of the colored side together to get the creases shown in the picture. Pinch the four sides together and sandwich them together to take the shape of a triangle.

Step 2: Structure

Fold the bottom edges of the upper layer to the center, unfold and then fold down the top corner to the bottom of the model and unfold it again. With this done, proceed with a Petal Fold — Take hold under the top layer’s pocket and fold it to the top corner of the model. Allow the sides to come into the center, and repeat on the other side. You should get something that looks like a house.

Step 3: Next Level. . .

This is an easy step. Squash Fold — or just squish — the bottom two corners to meet the topmost corner. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Like a Samurai

This part literally looks like a samurai helmet. . . For the most part, anyway. Fold the top flaps down to touch the horizontal crease in the middle of the model, then double them up against their own edge. This should look like an origami samurai helmet, at least the simple one (I just might post it sometime. You can also turn it into a goldfish).

Fold the outermost edges to the center of the piece. Don’t freak out if you fold the samurai-like horn — that’s supposed to happen. Repeat on the other side (Symettricity is vital).

Step 5: The Puff

This is a very important step.

Fold the top layers over (On each side). Fold the topmost corners as far as they will go to the bottom edge. Rotate the model 180 degrees.

Now sink the top part to puff up the turtle. It helps to use its feet as an anchor, just be careful not to tear it.

Step 6: The Origami Box Turtle

Now you’re lookin’ cool. Crimp an end in the shape of a head, and your turtle is now a turtle!

Enjoy this product, as always, and remember to take the paper out of the fortune cookie!

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In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make an easy origami turtle. For children in preschool or kindergarten/first grade, you’ll want to help. For children in the upper elementary grades, the origami project should be fine for them on their own.

Origami is great craft for kids. It has a long history with distinct paper-folding traditions arising in Europe, China, and Japan. They seem to have been mostly separate traditions until the 20th century.

In China, traditional funerals often include the burning of folded paper, most often representations of gold nuggets (yuanbao). The practice of burning paper representations instead of full-scale wood or clay replicas dates from the Sung Dynasty (905–1125 CE), though it’s not clear how much folding was involved. Traditional Chinese funeral practices were banned during the Cultural Revolution, so most of what we know about Chinese paperfolding comes from the modern-day continuation of these practices in Taiwan.

In Japan, the earliest unambiguous reference to a paper model is in a short poem by Ihara Saikaku in 1680 that mentions a traditional butterfly design used during Shinto weddings. Folding filled some ceremonial functions in Edo period Japanese culture; noshi were attached to gifts, much like greeting cards are used today. This developed into a form of entertainment; the first two instructional books published in Japan are clearly recreational.

In Europe, there was a well-developed genre of napkin-folding, which flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Today, origami is popular across the world and the benefits for children is well establish. Hope you enjoy making this origami turtle!

How to make an origami turtle

Turtles are some of the oldest living reptiles, and have been used to symbolize everything from endurance to fertility. Making an origami turtle is a great way to pay tribute to these unique creatures.

How to Make an Easy Origami Turtle

This origami sea turtle is an easy project for novice paper folders. Children ages six and up should be able to fold this origami animal with a bit of assistance.

To make your turtle, you will need one square piece of paper. You can use origami paper that is colored on one side and white on the other or cut a sheet of construction paper to the right size.

If the paper is only colored on one side, begin with the colored side of your paper face down. Fold your paper in half diagonally. Unfold. Fold in half along the other diagonal. Your paper should now be a triangle

How to make an origami turtle

Bring the left and right sides of your triangle up so they meet the top point. Your paper should now be in the shape of a tiny diamond.

Fold the lower flaps of the triangles down so they touch the lowest point of the paper.

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Fold the top of the flaps out. This forms the front legs of your turtle.

How to make an origami turtle

Carefully cut a straight line along the middle crease, starting at the top of your diamond and stopping at the middle of the paper. If you are making this origami project with a child, have him or her use safety scissors.

Fold the flaps you’ve just cut outward in the same direction you folded the flaps in the previous step. This forms the back legs of your turtle.

How to make an origami turtle

Fold the left and right sides in. This creates the sides of your turtle’s shell.

How to make an origami turtle

Fold the bottom point upward, then fold downward leaving a small gap. In origami, this is called a step fold. The step fold forms your turtle’s head and completes this origami project.

How to make an origami turtle

If desired, you can decorate your turtle with markers, colored pencils, or crayons. Decorating origami animals is a fun way for young children to express their creativity. Most children love to add wiggle eyes to their origami animals for a bit of pizzazz.

Since the origami sea turtle is a traditional model, it appears in many origami kits that include patterned paper to help crafters fold realistic looking figures. The sea turtle in the picture at the upper right hand corner of this page was folded using paper from an “Origami Sea Animals” kit by LPF Puzzle. This kit includes papers and directions for four different simple origami figures and sells for $1 at Dollar Tree stores nationwide.

Advanced Origami Turtle

If you’re an experienced paper folder, this origami turtle designed by Robert J. Lang is a very lifelike model. It is featured in the book Origami Design Secrets and presented in this video tutorial by Jo Nakashima with the permission of Mr. Lang.

Money Origami Turtle

Folded money origami figures are a clever way to give a cash gift or tip. This tutorial demonstrates how to fold a money origami turtle from a single dollar bill.

Make an Origami Water Scene

Origami turtles pair well with other sea creatures to make a pretty display. Once you’ve mastered folding an origami turtle, try folding a few fish. Money origami fish are a fun place to continue your paper folding adventures.

How to make an origami turtle

The origami tortoise is a great little model: its easy to make and it will stand there and look cute!

You will need some scissors to make this model.

For a printable Pdf of the tortoise instructions, click here.

You will need Adobe Reader installed to open the Pdf file. You can get it here.

How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

1. Start with your paper white side up.

Fold in half, as shown, and open.

2. Now fold the top corner down to the bottom corner

3. Fold the outside corners in to the centre line.

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4. Fold these same triangles upwards to the top point

How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

5. Fold only the uppermost layers outwards as shown

6. Cut ONLY the top layer up to the centre of the model

How to make an origami turtle

How to make an origami turtle

7. Fold out the bottom flaps as you did in Step 5.

8. Fold the 2 sides in to the centrew, and the top point downwards as shown.

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21 Jul How to fold Origami – Turtle – Japanese Culture and Traditional Craft

    Written by Mr. Karakuri Categorised Featured articles

Introduction of How to Make a Turtle by Origami.

Hello, I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Yonosuke!

This article is about a traditional Japanese culture, origami! Please read it with watching the video above.

Now, It’s an Art! One of Japanese Play, Origami

Origami has been played with since long time ago in Japan.

I guess all Japanese have played with it when they were children.

How to make an origami turtle

And it has become a trend, because it has been recognized as an art. More and more new works have been made.

Now there is a qualification for an instructor of origami authorized by Nippon Origami Association in Japan, and even a meeting named The International meeting of Origami Science and Technology is held.

Standard Origami Works are Usually Animals and Planes

How to make an origami turtle

What does origami remind you at first?
I think most people think of a crane or a plane. Crane is really standard.

As well as planes, animals are most standard among origami works. They look complex, but not so difficult to make. And you can get calm just by putting them on your desk.

From these animals, I’ll introduce how to make a turtle!

How to Make a Turtle

Let’s make it! Please watch the video, and you can understand easily.

1.Fold it in Half to Make Creases

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▲At first, fold it in half to make creases only on ends. Be careful not to fold it around the center.

2. Fold it in Half to Make a Crease Normally

How to make an origami turtle
▲Fold it in half normally to make a crease.

3.Fold it to Put Together with the Crease

How to make an origami turtle

▲After making the crease, fold it to put the sides together with the crease you made to make a rectangle.

4. Make Creases and Make Inside Reverse Folds

How to make an origami turtle

▲ Make inside reverse folds on both ends. An inside reverse fold is like this.

5.From the Point of the Crease you Made First, Turn over and Fold it so that the Side can Touch the Apex.

How to make an origami turtle

▲This is the most difficult point! From the point of the crease you made first, turn over and fold it so that the side can touch the apex. And do same for four corners.

6. Make a Pleats Fold

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▲This is the last. To make a head of the turtle, make a pleats fold only on one side.

A Turtle is Completed

How to make an origami turtle

How was it? It might look difficult, but it’s easy! And cute!

I introduced how to make a turtle, one of animals. Please try making!