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One of the biggest animals on earth has just been reduced to the size of a piece of paper? This Instructable will show you how to make your very own origami elephant using origami paper or a piece of 8x10 cut to square.
 
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Step 1: Getting the right paper

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You need origami paper or a manually cut square from a 8x10 sheet of paper like I did.
To begin lets make the basic folds first, fold the paper in halfs both diagnol and horizontal, vertical.

Step 2: Collapsing the folds

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This creates a square with inside flaps. Have the opening facing you exacty like its shown in the pictures.

Step 3: Making the bird base

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First take one corner from the flaps and fold each one to the center forming a 'kite' shape on both sides. Then, take the kite's top and fold it down creating a triangle shape, this will ensure that the next step will be easier. FLIP OVER.

Step 4: Petal fold

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With the largest point of the triangle facing you, unfold the creases made previous like a jacket. This will look like a pentagon now. Next take the flap cover and pull it up to the point where you have folded the guide forming a diamond. Press down and crease firmly, then repeat on the other side.

Step 5: Star Shape

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Congrats you completed the bird base! This base has 3 layers, take the first layer opening it up and you will find 2 seperated segments. These will be the legs. Fold both of them diagonol to the center of the piece. Then reverse fold both crevices, opening them up and firmly pressing and creasing to create a star shape. You should have a 4 pointed star, if not you messed up, FIX IT THEN MOVE ON! :D

Step 6: Creating the front legs

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With the star, USING the segmented folds you have made.. fold them to touch their points to the center. Then fold both sides of the new legs forming to its center making the legs much smaller. FLIP OVER. Fold the triangle tip to its center then FLIP OVER again and fold both legs in half. Ready for the next step??
owengulick7 months ago
I made one with a sticky note
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ljbaxley012 years ago
awesome!!! sooooo cute
schubertt3 years ago
I made this from a 2inch square piece of origami paper...it ended up tiny tiny and I definitely didn't have space for a tail or two bends in the trunk!
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zjschafer (author)  schubertt3 years ago
Heres my extra small one, i used 2inch this time like you did but with notepad paper! I got the tail and the trunk, try this type of paper its easier to fold and better creases so it wont be so thick. Try it! :) I FORGOT THE EYES :O He is momentarly blind lol
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zjschafer (author)  schubertt3 years ago
Woah! Thats Awesome! Thanks for making it, im gonna have to try and make one small as yours!
ZyZZyvette3 years ago
For some reason I find it funny that an elephant is made with a bird base. :) He looks really good, though.
zjschafer (author)  ZyZZyvette3 years ago
Very true, Horton Hears a Who. :D
ChrysN3 years ago
Cute elephant! Can't wait to see more of your origami tutorials.
zjschafer (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thankyou! I will be making more soon.