How to Fold an Origami Star Wars X-wing Starfighter

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Like Star Wars 7? Learn here how to make the Origami Star Wars X-wing Starfighter! It can be a little tricky, but with a little practice anyone can do it! Watch the video above for the best instruction, and refer to the instructable for extra tips along the way!

Step 1: Fold in Half Both Ways, Then Fold in Both Diagonals

Line up the corners before creasing, that way you'll get a perfect fold every time. Once you've done this, unfold completely.

Step 2: Form the Bird Base

Have the color you want your X-wing to be facing down. Then mountain fold on one of the diagonal creases. When you press your finger down in the middle, the two corners should pop up. Draw them inwards and down as shown in the pictures, then press flat into the complete bird base.

Step 3: Squash Fold All Four Flaps

The bird base should be made up of four flaps. Take one of these and hold it up vertically. While holding it up, press down on it with one hand until it flattens out. It is very important that the center crease remains in line when this is complete. Repeat on the three remaining flaps.

Step 4: Fold the Top Two Edges Onto the Center Crease, Then Unfold.

Crease firmly, then when you unfold leave both flaps standing upright.

Step 5: Finish the Rabbit Ear Fold

Grab the top layer of paper between the two upright flaps and pull outwards as shown in the pictures. Then fold the flap upwards as shown in the second to last image. Repeat these last two steps on all sides. Your paper should look like the last picture once all four sides are done.

Step 6: Position Your Paper

This is a very simple step. Rotate the paper until its upside down (180 degrees), then fold one layer over so that the side facing up does not have a flap that you made in the previous steps.

Step 7: Form the Wings

Now it gets a little tricky. Take the top layer and mountain fold on its center crease. Then fold the layer to one side (as shown step by step in the pictures) and press flat. Repeat on all four sides until it looks like the last image.

Step 8: Shape the Body

Fold the two opposite edges inwards as shown in the pictures. This should cause part of the wings to naturally fold down. Once this is completed on both halves of the starfighter, fold the bottom corner up as shown in the last image. Flip the paper over and repeat on the opposing side.

Step 9: Orientate the Starfighter

Open the model up to the side you have not worked on yet. There are two of these sides, one should face up and one should face down. When you have oriented your paper correctly, it should appear like the last image.

Step 10: Shape the Body: Part 2

First, fold the top point down. Then, just like done before, fold the edges inwards. Only this time, pull the edges as far over the center crease as they will go. Do this on both halves, then repeat on the other side.

Step 11: Form the Wing-blaster Things

I have no idea what they are called, but I know that all X-wings have them! Each wing should open up allowing you to perform an inside reverse fold. This is demonstrated step by step in the images.

Step 12: Make the Engines!

Remember the edges that I told you to fold as far over the center crease as possible? There should be four of those edges, two on the bottom and two on the top. Bend them and roll them into little circles, just like the engines on the back of the "real" X-wings.

Step 13: You're Done!

Now go show it off to everyone! If you liked this tutorial, you should definitely check out my youtube channel How To Origami to see other videos on how to make awesome origami stuff! Don't forget to subscribe! :)

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Joe_Tutorialsmickotron2

Reply 4 months ago

Step 8 is rather tricky, but don't give up! You have to control two folds at once. Start by folding the side towards the center crease slowly and the wing fold should start to form on its own. When you are halfway done folding the side in, use another hand to fold the wing as desired. Go slowly. Good luck!

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Folda FettJustin Tyler Tate

Reply 1 year ago

Yeah, starwarigami has some free diagrams which I have done, but all the cool ones he has not released because he is trying to publish a book. Arrgh! Cool job folding that x-wing though. I made one too.

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ShadowDroid

2 years ago

This X-wing is awesome. It's easier than the rest

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fred23

2 years ago

oh my gosh, i love star wars. this is so cool!

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prickly_stegasaurus

2 years ago

awesome!!! this is the best and the clearest tutorial i've ever seen!!!( and trust me, i've seen many others before, and i spent like... 1 hour trying to figure it out...) thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

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caityjay

2 years ago

This is such a clear tutorial, thank you so much!

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lisa_albers

2 years ago

Thanks for sharing, really neat!

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TeresaM7

2 years ago

Well, dang! A modified crane. I definitely need to do this.

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lglira

2 years ago

Cool !!! I want one

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lj1vukoder

2 years ago

There is so much detail in this, it's amazing!