Introduction: Origami Fox

This Instructable will help you learn how to fold a simple origami fox. When it comes to origami, some shapes can be quite complex and difficult to complete. This project is a good starting point for anyone looking to get into the art of folding paper. As you follow the steps to come, be patient with your self and take your time. Origami is an art that requires lots of practice before becoming an expert.

For this project you will need:

  • A common pice of 8.5" x 11" printer paper
  • A marker

If you get stuck during any of these steps there is a video at the end of this Instructable you can refer to for help.

Step 1: The Makings of a Square

A lot of origami shapes require a square piece of paper as the initial starting point. If all you have is rectangular shaped paper you will need modify it to create a square starting point.

Start by taking out your regular 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper (common printer paper)

Step 2: First Fold

Fold the top corner down to form a triangle. Be sure to take your time lining up the edge before applying pressure on the fold. This will ensure that you get an accurate triangle before making the final crease.

Step 3: Second Fold

Fold along the bottom edge of the triangle. You will need to remove this long skinny rectangle. An easy way to remove this bottom portion without scissors is to bend the rectangular section back and forth (about 3 to 4 times) to weaken the paper before attempting to tear it away.

Step 4: Unfold and Tare

After bending the skinny rectangle back and forth 3 or 4 times, unfold your paper completely and lay it on a hard flat surface. Starting at the top of the skinny rectangle begin to slowly tear it away to form a square. This part can be frustrating if you try and tear the paper apart to fast. It helps to keep the paper flat as you use your fingers to completely separate the two pieces.

Step 5: Form a Triangle

The process used to create the square left a diagonal fold from corner to corner. For this step simply fold along that same crease, the way it natural wants to fold; thus forming a triangle.

Step 6: Fold the First Ear

With the longest side of the triangle facing up fold along the dash lines shown in the image. This will form the first ear for your fox.

Step 7: Fold the Second Ear

Repeat the previous step, following the dashed line shown in the image. This will form the second ear of your fox.

Step 8: Turn It Over

Turn over the paper to reveal the fox head shape with completed ears

Step 9: The Nose

Using your marker color in a small triangle at the bottom to form the nose.

Step 10: The Eyes

To Finnish your fox draw two upper portion semicircles to form the eyes as shown in the image.

Step 11: Congratulate Yourself!

Congratulations! Hopefully you have been successful at making a paper origami fox. If you ran into any struggles or would like to see some techniques used to complete this project feel free to watch the video.