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How to Make a Paper Rabbit (Origami Style)
A Paper Rabbit is an easy but good looking little origami project. It will take you about ten minutes to learn how to fold it and all you need is a square of paper. The size of the paper can vary and to make a large paper rabbit use a six inch square and for a small one use a three inch square.
Here are a couple of paper rabbits that I made. You have plenty of options when making your rabbit. The size is variable and you can use colored paper or color your rabbit after it is done. You simply start with a square of paper. This follows the traditional rule of origami where you are not allowed to cut the paper and you have to start with a square.
The Folding Procedure
Start With a square of paper. If you are using colored paper put the colored side down. If you have paper with a variety of colors the left side will be the nose. The brown areas on my paper will be the body of the rabbit.
Fold the right side of the paper like this. It should go right to the centerline of the paper. So if your paper is 6 inches wide the edge of the folded part should go to the three inch mark.
Now fold up the top and the bottom like this. They should go right to the center line - the three inch point if your square is six inches.
Fold up the two ends of the left side. It ends up looking like a point.
Reach inside the right side and pull on each point one at a time and pull it out so it looks like this.
This is a little tricky. Pull out the triangles on the left side so it looks like this.
Now just grab both ears on the left and fold it right over so it looks like this.
Now fold the left side as shown. Fold it right to the horizontal centerline.
Now just grab the points on the left side and pull them up toward you then fold them right over onto the body of the rabbit.
Now fold the rabbit in half along the horizontal center line. Think of it as taking the very top part and tucking it under. You are folding the top half under the bottom half.
Now grab the nose and neck of the rabbit and push toward the right. This will push the ears so they stick up. Fold this nicely and make a nice crease.
Now tuck both legs into the body of the rabbit. There is a folded paper section in between these legs so make sure you fold that too. The bottom surface of the legs should run exactly at the same edge as the bottom edge of the body.
Now fold one of the legs back out so it forms a little tail.
Fold in a little bit of the nose and puff out the ears and the tail and you are done.
Interested in learning more about Origami? Amazon has some wonderful books on this ancient art.
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