Introduction: Origami Rabbit

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Happy Chinese New Year to all!

Today we’ll learn to craft this cute piece of origami to usher in the year of the rabbit 2011 (extremely exciting for me as I was born in the year of the rabbit! XD).

You might take some time to master the craft. But once you get the hang of it, the bunnies will multiply really fast! Practice makes perfect!

Origami Rabbit Template

(adapted from Origami Rabbit by Stephen O’Hanlon)

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Step 1: Materials

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1. Coloured Papers
(preferably 80gsm)
2. Pen Knife
3. Ruler

Step 2: Download & Print

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Download and print template over coloured papers. Fit to A4 size when printing.
Then cut along dotted lines. You should have 1 big , 1 medium and 2 small square cutouts.

Step 3: Fold

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Take any one of the square cutouts (use bigger piece for beginners).
Fold it into halves. The printed side should be facing out.
A T character and a dot should be seen on each side of the folded paper.

Step 4: Fold

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Unfold. The unprinted side of the paper should be facing you.
Fold the edges of the paper in towards the center crease.
You should see 2 T characters facing you.

Step 5: Fold

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Fold all 4 corners to the center line.
Following that, mountain fold the edges to the center.

Step 6: Fold

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Unfold. Squash fold all 4 corners.

Step 7: Fold

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Fold the 2 resulting flaps over to the other side and turn over.
You should see the 2 printed dots forming the rabbit’s eyes.

Step 8: Fold

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Turn over and fold the model in half to make a crease.

Step 9: Fold

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Make 2 valley folds on the unprinted half of the model.
This will form the rabbit’s ears.

Step 10: Form Head

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Turn over. Mountain fold the head.

Step 11: Form Head

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Valley fold the model in half.
You’ll begin to notice the rabbit taking shape.
Gently pull the ears of the rabbit away from the body
and then crease on each side so that the head stands up straight.

Step 12: Form Nose

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Make a pre-crease on the rabbit’s nose and then make a inside reverse fold.

Step 13: Form Legs

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Pre-crease and make reverse fold at the back end of the rabbit.
This will form the legs of the rabbit.

Step 14: Form Back Side

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Pre-crease and make another reverse fold at the bottom back end of the rabbit.

Step 15: Form Ears

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Pinch the head together at the bottom of the ears. Then shape ears.

Step 16: Voila!

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Voila! Now, try making the rest of its family!
Happy bunny crafting! :)


OrigamiPerson made it! (author)2017-04-10

Very cute!

weny001 (author)2017-03-28


two3and4 (author)2015-12-05

Thank you. Very nice!

Sasuke uchihaa (author)2015-09-21

awesome great job of teaching ma frieeeend;-)

Meherjot (author)2015-08-14

hey great instructable! I'm trying to make it now but I'm a little confused with step 13 - making the legs?

Akanksha345 (author)2015-08-08

Hey! I made this rabbit but from a different paper.

Duckiebob (author)2015-05-28


DemolisionWolf (author)2014-04-16

These look great!

fhernández21 made it! (author)2014-03-10

Great :DD

Goodhart (author)2012-07-03

Oh how did I miss this ? I really love these, they are so cute, and your instructions are well written.

Alberta Leong (author)Goodhart2012-07-04

Thanks! :)

jacq01uk (author)2012-04-11

how tall are the little ones exactly

Alberta Leong (author)jacq01uk2012-04-11

If you print the template on A4 paper, the biggest rabbit is ~7cm H and the smallest ~ 2cm H. Cheers.

schubertt (author)2011-07-22

I was a little confused on this step until I realized that (of course) you have to end up with the bottom edge of the legs parallel to the bottom edge of the body! And now I got it! So cute!

smacrae (author)2011-07-20

Great instructions! My first bunny has turned out great.

Alberta Leong (author)smacrae2011-07-20

Great to hear! XD

gewalop (author)2011-07-14


JohnJY (author)2011-06-26

Beautiful design, photo quality, and English. I love Origami, very peaceful, very symmetric.

username252 (author)2011-03-08

I like how you organized the pictures into one to demonstrate the folds. This kind of idea will really help in making my own origami Instructables.

MakingWorld (author)2011-01-21

Wish you happy, healthy and prosperous in the coming year


SeaLion (author)2011-01-18

Great instructables, though I had qutie a fair bit of difficulties with the leg bit.
By the way, it's not Chinese New Year yet...

Alberta Leong (author)SeaLion2011-01-18

comeon.. its just 2 weeks away! :D

SeaLion (author)Alberta Leong2011-01-19

Aww...ok...:3 I'll let it slide then :P

stuffedbears (author)2011-01-17

i'm making a pair for my mom and dad!
they're both born in the year of the rabbit :D

wq2315563 (author)2011-01-16

Year of the Rabbit Year of the Rabbit to wish you all good luck, good luck, Year of the Rabbit down!

ChrysN (author)2011-01-07

Cute bunny, what do the characters say?

Alberta Leong (author)ChrysN2011-01-08

The characters 金兔迎春 literally mean "golden rabbit welcoming spring". In mandarin, it is read "Jin Tu Ying Chun".

For the Chinese, this upcoming Chinese New Year is the year of the rabbit. Enjoy! :)

ckrFai (author)Alberta Leong2011-01-16

This show u how to read in cantonese. :)

praetorian.tmotc (author)ChrysN2011-01-08

The symbol "toi" (Cantonese) means "Rabbit".

ChrysN (author)praetorian.tmotc2011-01-08


Hinata17 (author)2011-01-08

it's a nice !

bloods (author)2011-01-08

Oh wow! Thanks!!


ijibang (author)2011-01-07

perfect for the coming year of Rabbit (Chinese Lunar Year)

instruct39 (author)2011-01-07

great job, i enjoy origami very much too!

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