Dragon Origami/ Kirigami

Introduction: Dragon Origami/ Kirigami

Today you will learn how to make this dragon origami piece!

Comment if you have any problems understanding the questions, thanks!

Supplies

One sheet of square (preferably origami) paper

Scissors

Step 1: Square Base: Pre-Folds

***ATTENTION***

IF YOU KNOW HOW TO FOLD A SQUARE BASE YOU MAY SKIP TO STEP 4

***ATTENTION***

Fold a diagonal mountain fold and two horizontal valley folds, each covering half of the sheet of paper.

Step 2: Square Base: Folding Pt. 1

Pull one corner on the end of the diagonal fold up and onto it's neighbor. Do not crease.

Step 3: Square Base: Folding Pt. 2

Fold part of the side back, as shown, so there is a crease from the corner to the middle.

Step 4: Square Base: Folding Pt. 3

Fold the other corner into the same corner in the same fashion. As before, do not crease yet.

Step 5: Square Base: Finishing

Squash down the fold into the square shape shown.

Step 6: Dragon Base: Prefolds Pt. 1

Fold the corners in and out as shown, with the square base in the same orientation.

Step 7: Dragon Base: Prefolds Pt. 2

Repeat on the other side, so that the square base looks as shown.

Step 8: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 1

Open up the side of the square base by holding a corner and pulling it out.

Step 9: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 2

Using the prefolds, fold in the side of the opening.

Step 10: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 3

Repeat on the other side.

Step 11: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 4

Fold the new triangle shape into the square base.

Step 12: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 5

Fold the triangle slightly inwards and squash it shut.

Step 13: Dragon Base: Folding Pt. 6

Repeat on the other side

Step 14: Dragon Details: Wings - Prefolds

Prefold as shown. The angles of the folds are up to you.

Step 15: Dragon Details: Wings - Folds Pt. 1

Pinch the two sides together using the prefolds, and push the triangular shape to one side. (In this case, left.)

Step 16: Dragon Details: Wings - Folds Pt. 2

Repeat on the other side, with the wings going in the same direction.

Step 17: Dragon Details: Tail - Folds Pt. 1

Push the tail down with an inside reverse fold.

Step 18: Dragon Details: Tail - Folds Pt. 2

Fold up the tip of the tail in an inside reverse fold.

Step 19: Dragon Details: Head - Folds Pt. 1

Push the head to the opposite direction of the wings (in this case, right) and flatten.

Step 20: Dragon Details: Head - Folds Pt. 2

Fold the head out in an inside reverse fold.

Step 21: Dragon Details: Head - Folds Pt. 3

Square off the head by folding the tip in with an inside reverse fold.

Step 22: Dragon Details: Legs - Cuts

Cut along the up-and-down lines of the bottom of the dragon, separating it into four right triangle shapes.

Step 23: Dragon Details: Legs - Folds Pt. 1

Fold up one of the triangles fully.

Step 24: Dragon Details: Legs - Folds Pt. 2

Fold the triangle down so that the farthest side from the cut is parallel with the cut.

Step 25: Dragon Details: Legs - Folds Pt. 3

Lift up the pocket and move it toward the cut. Press down to complete the leg.

Step 26: Dragon Details: Legs - Folds Pt. 3

Repeat with all other legs.

Step 27: Finished!

You are finished! The dragon can stand on its four legs, or you can display it flat.

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    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you! I didn't know the term kirigami existed.