Introduction: How to Fold an Origami Star Wars X-wing Starfighter

Like Star Wars 7? Learn here how to make the Origami Star Wars X-wing Starfighter! It can be a little tricky, but with a little practice anyone can do it! Watch the video above for the best instruction, and refer to the instructable for extra tips along the way!

Step 1: Fold in Half Both Ways, Then Fold in Both Diagonals

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Line up the corners before creasing, that way you'll get a perfect fold every time. Once you've done this, unfold completely.

Step 2: Form the Bird Base

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Have the color you want your X-wing to be facing down. Then mountain fold on one of the diagonal creases. When you press your finger down in the middle, the two corners should pop up. Draw them inwards and down as shown in the pictures, then press flat into the complete bird base.

Step 3: Squash Fold All Four Flaps

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The bird base should be made up of four flaps. Take one of these and hold it up vertically. While holding it up, press down on it with one hand until it flattens out. It is very important that the center crease remains in line when this is complete. Repeat on the three remaining flaps.

Step 4: Fold the Top Two Edges Onto the Center Crease, Then Unfold.

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Crease firmly, then when you unfold leave both flaps standing upright.

Step 5: Finish the Rabbit Ear Fold

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Grab the top layer of paper between the two upright flaps and pull outwards as shown in the pictures. Then fold the flap upwards as shown in the second to last image. Repeat these last two steps on all sides. Your paper should look like the last picture once all four sides are done.

Step 6: Position Your Paper

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This is a very simple step. Rotate the paper until its upside down (180 degrees), then fold one layer over so that the side facing up does not have a flap that you made in the previous steps.

Step 7: Form the Wings

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Now it gets a little tricky. Take the top layer and mountain fold on its center crease. Then fold the layer to one side (as shown step by step in the pictures) and press flat. Repeat on all four sides until it looks like the last image.

Step 8: Shape the Body

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Fold the two opposite edges inwards as shown in the pictures. This should cause part of the wings to naturally fold down. Once this is completed on both halves of the starfighter, fold the bottom corner up as shown in the last image. Flip the paper over and repeat on the opposing side.

Step 9: Orientate the Starfighter

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Open the model up to the side you have not worked on yet. There are two of these sides, one should face up and one should face down. When you have oriented your paper correctly, it should appear like the last image.

Step 10: Shape the Body: Part 2

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First, fold the top point down. Then, just like done before, fold the edges inwards. Only this time, pull the edges as far over the center crease as they will go. Do this on both halves, then repeat on the other side.

Step 11: Form the Wing-blaster Things

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I have no idea what they are called, but I know that all X-wings have them! Each wing should open up allowing you to perform an inside reverse fold. This is demonstrated step by step in the images.

Step 12: Make the Engines!

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Remember the edges that I told you to fold as far over the center crease as possible? There should be four of those edges, two on the bottom and two on the top. Bend them and roll them into little circles, just like the engines on the back of the "real" X-wings.

Step 13: You're Done!

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Now go show it off to everyone! If you liked this tutorial, you should definitely check out my youtube channel How To Origami to see other videos on how to make awesome origami stuff! Don't forget to subscribe! :)


juliaalessi9 made it! (author)2017-08-26

The instructions were a little tricky, but I tried again and got it the second time.

Great model!

Justin Tyler Tate (author)2016-12-24

Wow! really nice!

While searching for this, I also came across a resource with many other Star Wars Origami designs:

Yeah, starwarigami has some free diagrams which I have done, but all the cool ones he has not released because he is trying to publish a book. Arrgh! Cool job folding that x-wing though. I made one too.

Justin Tyler Tate made it! (author)2016-12-29

I got a bit lost around step 10 because of confusion due to the origami terminology and photos...I don't think my paper x-wing turned out exactly right...but overall I think it was a nice little project.

Folda Fett made it! (author)2016-06-10

Just finished creating your awesome model! I used gold wrapping paper and it turned out pretty good.

Islander to death (author)2016-04-18

this is hard

ShadowDroid (author)2016-03-24

This X-wing is awesome. It's easier than the rest

fred23 (author)2016-03-21

oh my gosh, i love star wars. this is so cool!

СтаниславД1 made it! (author)2016-03-15

x‬-wing attack wiredestroyer

gbushta made it! (author)2016-03-13

Saw this origami while on vacation. Had to go buy paper just to make it. It's a very easy folding project and nice looking. I really like it. Thank you for posting it.

kirillre4 made it! (author)2016-03-11

Next time I'll make it from a3 or bigger. And won't take thickest paper I've found

jepitie made it! (author)2016-03-10

great rebel ship

thataintworking made it! (author)2016-03-04

Close enough :-)

necocoa made it! (author)2016-03-03

It's AWESOME! My first one (I used packing paper for it, ) is a little chubby and ugly but I love it! Thank you so much!

MakerBoysACE made it! (author)2016-02-27

Love it! I found some glittery paper so I did it with that. I meant to make it look like Poe's, but no such luck. Still, pretty proud! Thank you so much!

GavynO made it! (author)2016-02-25

I made it awesome!

rgonzalez57 made it! (author)2016-02-20

Great squad!

prickly_stegasaurus (author)2016-02-19

awesome!!! this is the best and the clearest tutorial i've ever seen!!!( and trust me, i've seen many others before, and i spent like... 1 hour trying to figure it out...) thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

caityjay (author)2016-02-19

This is such a clear tutorial, thank you so much!

Benstar made it! (author)2016-02-18

Awesome! I made a fleet!

williamkbelcher made it! (author)2016-02-18

great instructions. thank you for the video! here is my first try

INKulas made it! (author)2016-02-18

Yup, ugly... but fun! Good use of a conference call!

MelquisedecA made it! (author)2016-02-18

Well that's my first one... a little ugly

patate douce made it! (author)2016-02-18

I'm no professional origami folder, but I made it nonetheless! (With a tidbit of frustration.) Thanks for the tutorial!

lisa_albers (author)2016-02-18

Thanks for sharing, really neat!

PKM made it! (author)2016-02-18

Printer paper is not ideal for making these, it turns out :)

Purple_Matter (author)2016-02-18

This is awesome

TeresaM7 (author)2016-02-18

Well, dang! A modified crane. I definitely need to do this.

WayneNJLocksmith (author)2016-02-18

I can do it...

Osaka_black made it! (author)2016-02-18

I made it from stick notes) Ugly? But little!)

lglira (author)2016-02-17

Cool !!! I want one

paddyding (author)2016-02-17

So cool!

SEKTHEBOSS (author)2016-02-17

freaking epic

lj1vukoder (author)2016-02-16

There is so much detail in this, it's amazing!

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