Introduction: How to Origami an X-Wing Starfighter

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Hi there!
Ever wanted your own starfighter to destroy a giant paper Deathstar? You're in luck!

Step 1: The Base

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Make a base by starting with a square piece of paper.
Fold diagonally on each side, then turn the paper over.
Fold in half twice, then turn over again and pull corners together. It should form a diamond shape. If yours is a triangle, you forgot to turn it over!

Step 2: Make a Diamond

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Lift one fold so that it is pointing upwards, then open and flatten it. Turn the left side of the diamond to the right side and repeat with the next flap.  Turn it over and repeat with the other two.

Step 3: The Hard Part

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Find a side where the edge of the paper goes across the point like the end of step one, the open side should point downwards. Fold each side into the middle, then unfold. Lift the edge that runs across to the top, allowing the sides to fold inwards. This should make an elongated diamond shape. If the sides do not meet in the middle, the side corners of your new diamond shape are not at the points you made earlier. If you still can't get it, try folding the top point of the paper down to make a crease in the middle. It will be easier to fold the elongated diamond shape. Repeat on the other 4 sides.

Step 4: The Cockpit

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A nice easy step. Fold the top of the diamond down on 3 sides.

Step 5: Erm... Step 5!

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You should see four legs at the bottom. Fold each leg halfway, allowing it to turn inside out do that it looks like a mountain from the side. It is easier when you are starting to fold it to the top by pulling it gently sideways and up, then pulling it down. Flatten it. This is similar to making the tail and neck to a paper crane.

Step 6: Shaping It

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This step gives the starfighter a more slim (aerodynamic) shape. Fold one leg to the side so that it flattens out at the bottom. Fold one of the top sides so that the bottom follows the crease from the leg and the top isn't quite at the point. Repeat on other sides.

Step 7: The Cockpit and Lasers.

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Find the side that looks different from the others, this is the cockpit. Pull it up and fold it in so that it is three dimensional like the pictures.

To make the lasers, point the starfighter towards you and on each of the legs, flatten the tip and bring it towards you. Flatten it down and you should have a nice 90-degree angle.

Step 8: Kudos!

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You now have your very own X-Wing starfighter (I hope)
These do not fly, but are very cool. You could make a bunch and hang them from your ceiling if you really wanted. These aren't my own design, but I hope you had fun making them! Please ask if there is a step you don't fully understand.


jpayton1 (author)2011-10-09

Very nice variation on the frog base, and not nearly as complex as other x-wing designs I've seen. I could teach this one to grade-school kids.

chewacca (author)2016-05-27

I was doing awesome until i hit step 6 and I got sooooooooooo lost. can u explain it better please? Mine looks ok, but its a little lopsided and becuz i was befuddled on step 6 it messed up 7, too. thx!

Paulo EduardoM made it! (author)2016-01-08

Hell Yeah i´ve done it

XWDave (author)2016-01-04

Great, thanks ! I also found a site to print your own coloured template for this xwing origami. The result is just amazing !

monkeys in a tv (author)2015-03-20

can u make a video?

dormint (author)2014-04-01

very good amd not too camplicated like some others! thx for the help!

awesomecreations (author)2013-03-27

Whoa! I have already folded one of these without ever seeing this instructable or instructions! Great minds...

LikeANinjaBossMan (author)2013-01-14

It is so easy

LikeANinjaBossMan (author)2013-01-14

This is known as a preliminary base. NOT A DIAMOND OR SQUARE!! And the other is a waterbomb base. NOT A TRIANGLE!!

likeaninja (author)2013-01-14

I think this is a squash fold

likeaninja (author)2013-01-14

People it is just an umbrella base

hoghuntingdude384005582 (author)2011-12-18

got it finnaly

I am lost

AlmightyFduffle (author)2011-10-08

i dont get this step, can u post more photos

im right there with you

zeagan (author)2011-11-09

how did you come up with this?

Xenobia (author)zeagan2011-11-08

As I said at the end of this instructable, it is not my design. I learnt this from a friend a while ago but I'm not sure of the source.

Xenobia (author)2011-10-09

I have read all of the comments and updated a few of the steps. Please let me know if there is anything else that needs more/less detail.

Xander 7990 (author)Xenobia2011-11-08

I soooooooooo dont get step one!!!Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!respond soon please

Xenobia (author)Xander 79902011-11-08

After you have made all of the creases, fold it in half along the straight edge. Pinch the two sides and push them into the middle. The paper should look like pic two. If you still can't get it, look up how to make a "square base"

hyruler_ (author)2011-10-25

this is pretty cool....i never got to finish it..make it clearer what to do please... :)

jholst (author)2011-10-09

I can't figure out how one gets to pic 3 in Step 3. When I fold the edge in as described in the first two pics, they meet in the middle at an angle, not straight across as shown in pic 3. And the bits sticking out in pics 3-5...from the directions, all I come up with was another elongated diamond.

Maybe I need Origami for Dummies.

Xenobia (author)jholst2011-10-10

It might just be the blurry photo, because you have it correct. The edges should slant slightly downwards and meet in the middle. I'm not sure what you are asking with the second part of the question, but are you making sure that you are using a side like in pic 1 and not a smooth side? Let me know how it goes.

screeching crow (author)Xenobia2011-10-13

yah i think he was seeing an existing crease (happened to me too)

jholst (author)Xenobia2011-10-11

In the second part of the question, I'm referring to the pictures as if they were numbered 1 through 5, from left to right. In Picture 5 (the far right picture), there are what looks like little wings on the right side of the project, sticking out from the previously folded inward sections. After folding everything inward and then reversing the folds as indicated, I still end up with an elongated diamond shape rather than the arrowhead sort of shape pictured. I have also found it impossible to continue past this point without ripping the paper.

screeching crow (author)2011-10-13

A video would be exellent, or more pics

razzintown (author)2011-10-11

I started this and failed it too. has a MUCH better photo guide...

Xenobia (author)razzintown2011-10-11

Hurtful, but it is actually a different X-wing design.

Green Geek (author)2011-10-10

I love the concept, and I think it might be doable, but I think something that might clarify things a bit is a video. Just make a quick video of how you did it so that we might not be confused and bewildered.

pasettodavide (author)2011-10-10

i did it!!!

kodiaktau (author)2011-10-09

Looks like there are some missing steps and confusing instruction. Also looks like some of the pics are out of order. I made it to here and then I was totally lost. I would really like to use this instructable. Hopefully you can update and make corrections.

bparry1 (author)2011-10-09

I think you've made a mistake here - based on the later pictures you appear to have folded down all but one of the sides, rather than only one.
Also, I assume "repeat step 2" ought to read "repeat step 3".

Besides that, lovely instructable. I now have a lovely X-Wingoid sat by my keyboard.

pedistrarian (author)2011-10-09

you forgot to add, that after you have all the flaps done in the last step, to turn the 'page' so that it looks like the right side of picture one.

pedistrarian (author)2011-10-09

for those of you who turn out with a triangle instead of a diamond, just turn it inside out and fold along the creases already made.

jstarkmuth (author)2011-10-09

Am I right to assume that after flattening, each of the four "pockets" must be folded to the inside at the center fold? Otherwise I can't seem to achieve the last picture.

I'm having great difficulties with the descriptions and the unsharp photos ...

stuuman (author)2011-10-09

I can get to photo 2 of this step (3), but I cannot duplicate any folding to move on to photo 3 or beyond.

bbonsen (author)2011-10-09

Step by step pictures or more detailed steps would be helpful, I am having trouble getting my paper to look like the last picture.

Xenobia (author)2011-10-08

Added extra pictures to step two and step three, hope they help.

cbarrios1 (author)2011-10-08

My son and I are having difficulty with this step. We get it to look exactly as it should by the end of step 2 but are not understanding how you get it to look like the first picture in Step three from the last picture in Step 2. A little help or more pictures would be appreciated! My son is super excited to fold this fighter.

KentsOkay (author)2011-10-08

These are way too awesome!

dave spencer (author)2011-10-07

thanks for the 'ible, my son and I just built two together!

slugfritter (author)2011-10-07

I like the angular shape. It reminds me of the Arwings from Star Fox.

mikeasaurus (author)2011-10-06

If you put a picture of the final project as the intro picture I'd be happy to feature this awesome Instructable!

Kiteman (author)mikeasaurus2011-10-07


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Xenobia (author)mikeasaurus2011-10-07

Thanks! This is my first instructable so I'm still learning =)

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