Introduction: Origami Devil Mask

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This decorative mask is perfect for devil worshipping origami enthusiasts, or for those of you who would just like to decorate your home for Halloween.

I have included origami diagrams, detailed instructions and a video.

(Note:Some of the images may be recycled from my previous origami instructable).

Step 1: What You Need


You can use any paper that you like; origami paper, printer paper, tissue paper etc. I like shiny paper; if you don't have any you can use the wrapper from a chocolate bar.

If you are not using origami paper or paper that is perfectly square you will need scissors to cut it.

Making a square
To make a square from a rectangular piece of paper, fold the bottom left corner up to meet the top edge and cut off the bit of paper that is left over (see images below).

Step 2: Bird Base: Crease Paper

To start out making the bird base it is always good to make creases so that subsequent folds are easier to make.

  • Place paper colour side down.
  • Fold bottom edge up to meet top edge, unfold.
  • Fold right edge over to meet the left edge, unfold.
  • Fold bottom left corner up to meet top right corner, unfold.
  • Fold bottom right corner to meet top left corner, unfold.

Tip: One of the keys to making great origami models is to be precise with your folding, making sure that the edges meet perfectly. If you are a sloppy folder (like me), use paper that has the same colour on both sides so that it hides the poorly made folds.

Step 3: Bird Base: From Square to Triangle to Square

The next few steps will take us to the "bird base" which is a precursor to a number of origami bird models (hence the name), but its not just limited to that, other models are derive from this base as well.

(note each numbered step corresponds with an image).

Starting with an open sheet . Fold bottom right corner up to meet top left corner forming a triangle.

Fold the bottom left corner to meet the top right corner, bringing the dots together
forming a smaller triangle.

Open out the top flap and pressing down to form a square by
bringing the top right corner over to the top left corner ( the pink dots come together) and
the centre of the top edge (the yellow dot) becomes the lower left edge of a square.

Flip over.

Repeat step 3 on this side by bringing the top left corner over to the top right corner ( the pink dots come together) and the centre of the top edge (the yellow dot) becomes the lower right edge of a square.

Step 4: Bird Base: From the Square to a Bird Base

We continue on from this folded square to our bird base.

We are making creases again in this step.
- First of all, you need to make sure you have your square facing the right way, such that the corner on the right side can be opened up (its the corner with the pink dot from the previous step).
- Now fold the top tip and upper right edge down on an angle to the centre (yellow dashed) line.
- Then fold the bottom tip and lower right edge up to the centre (yellow dashed) line.
- Fold the left corner (now shaped like a triangle) to the left. See image below.
- Unfold. Your creases should look the same as in the picture.
- Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.

Grab the top layer of paper from the right corner, and pull it towards the left, folding on the crease running vertically. Press the edges down so that they meet at the centre and fold where the creases were made.

Flip over

We are repeating step 7 on the other side by pulling the left corner to the right
which opens it up and then press to fold on the creases

This forms our bird base.

Step 5: After the Bird Base: the Devil's Nose and Brow

From the bird base, we form the basic structure of the face; the nose and eyebrows.

10 Pocket fold the two bottom flaps up at an angle.

11 Fold the back flap down towards the back.

12 Fold the front flap part of the way down the front.

13 Fold the front flap part way up to the centre crease to form the nose.

14 Fold the top flap down along the centre crease over the nose to form the brow.

15 Fold the brow up at an angle, forming individual eyebrows.

Step 6: Devil's Beard and Forehead

In the following steps the beard and the forehead are formed.

16 Fold bottom flap up towards the front to centre line.

17 Fold the same flap down from the point that it meets the bottom of the nose, forming the beard.

18 Fold the top centre forehead peak down toward the back.

Step 7: Devil's Horns and Jowls

Next, the horns and jowls emerge.....

19 Pocket fold the horns downward at an angle.

20 Pocket fold the horns back upward at slightly lower crease.

21 Fold the bottom left and right corners back forming a rounded face.

22 Fold the face in half, crease the forehead by folding it forward and back, open face and fold the forehead towards the back.

Step 8: Devil's Mask

The next few steps, are not really folds, you are just shaping the paper with your fingers to give the mask a three dimensional appearance.

  • Fold part of the nose under forming lips.
  • Curl the beard.
  • Bend the horns forward.
  • Curl the tips of the horn forward.

That's it!

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