How to Make an Origami Dog? - Origami is the Japanese art of creating different shapes and things with colorful origami paper. We can make different animal shapes using origami which is an exciting hobby.
Not only for you but for making your kids engaged, you can introduce them to your kids. That’s why you need to know how to make an origami dog.
If you are a dog lover interested in origami art, then nothing can be better than an origami dog. You need some square origami papers, scissors, and color pencils. Make the folds to create the dog’s body. You can use regular thick papers instead of origami sheets too.
You can quickly learn to make an origami dog using a step-by-step guide. One can make different breeds or parts of the dog or other animals. It is easy and engaging!
What are the Benefits of Dog Origami?
Origami is not only fun for the kids, but also for the adults. It will be entertaining and induce creativity for your mind, especially when it is about a dog. Origami might sound only about folding colorful papers for the sake of spending some time, but it’s more than that.
Scientific researches have concluded that origami can help build cognitive and mathematical abilities. It will also aid in developing problem solving traits as well as heighten creativity.
How to Make an Origami Dog?
Origami is not just a hobby but a way of improving your creativity and art skills. If you are a beginner and want to learn to make your favorite dog's origami shape, just follow some simple steps with careful moves.
- Origami paper
- Color pencils
Steps for Making Origami Dog
The first step is to make folds and parts of the dog's body. Get ready with a square-shaped origami paper. You can choose any color of your choice you want to give to your dog.
If you want to make a square shape, then fold the top corner of the paper to the opposite side. After doing this, you will get a triangle. Then, cut the excess part around the triangle shape. You will get a square after opening.
Take the square paper, and you have to create two diagonals or ridges across your square. For this, fold the top left corner of the report to the bottom right corner, creating a triangle. Create a ridge across the diagonal formed by pressing the paper. After unfolding, repeat the same process with the opposite sides.
For the next step, flip the paper and get a diamond shape. Then fold the bottom point to the middle diagonal.
After this step, turn the paper and take the other bottom point of the diamond. Fold the bottom point to the middle diagonal. Repeat the same step with the third bottom point of the diamond.
Don’t fold the last point and flip the shape towards the back.
Position the square side of your paper towards the left side and the triangle side towards the right. Fold the half part of the square from the bottom (not the triangle side) towards the middle ridge.
Follow the same step with the other side. You will get a horizontally long shape and two diamond shapes (by folding the square from the bottom), and on the triangle side, you will get a small diamond shape.
The next step is to create the body of the dog.
Flip your shape. The largest diamond should be on the top, and the small diamond should be downwards.
There are two small right triangles on the large diamond on each side. Open and make the top left side of the triangle on the right side meet the end of the shape you have created. Repeat the same step with the right triangle on the left side.
You will now get a shape with a straight top side, and two triangle-shaped points will be pointing out from both sides. Below this, there must be a large diamond shape. Two large points will be pointed out to both sides.
Below that, you will get two triangles; underneath those triangles, you will get a small diamond shape. If this is not your desired figure, you must repeat the steps carefully.
Pull the right side of the large diamond shape upwards. This creates a triangle. The ridge formed on it gets folded on top of the diamond shape by pulling this triangle upwards.
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side (left side).
Make sure you get a large diamond shape, with the top point in a V shape and two small squares above the diamond shape.
Fold the two squares you got in the previous step to get a long upside-down trapezoid.
Flip the shape you have got until now. Your shape should have a long rectangle with two triangles on the top and bottom sides. The top triangle will have its point downwards. Flip it and make the point upwards.
Fold and make the outer point of the right wing of your shape meet the left point of the wing of your triangle. Make a ridge along the fold you just made.
Open the folding you made in the previous step, and repeat the same with the other side (follow the previous step).
The next step is making the final form.
In this step, fold both of the wings at the same time. Here, you will get the shape of an airplane's front side. Fold the airplane shape to the right.
After this, fold the airplane shape underneath your work.
The next step is to fold the front part of your shape (the part above the airplane shape) and make the top right point of the triangle meet the left point. Fold and make a ridge there.
In the airplane shape, you should see three triangles, in which the middle triangle will be pointing upwards while the others point downwards.
Fold the middle triangle and make the triangle base meet the rest of the overall shape. Flip and repeat the same with the opposite side.
The next step is creating the dog's head. Flip your shape in such a way that the airplane shape will be on the right side, pointing towards the top.
Fold the middle triangle of your airplane shape. The triangle's height should equal the top of the airplane shape. Flip and repeat the same step with the other side. Finally, your origami dog will be ready!
The folds made the dog's head, the airplane shape made the dog's mouth, and the rest made the legs of the shape.
Can You Use Normal Paper if You Don't have Origami Paper?
You don't need to use origami paper. But it is highly recommended to use origami paper for better results. Because you can fold it easily as it is and make good ridges without getting damaged.
The origami dog you are going to make needs so many foldings, so you should choose a standard paper to get a good outcome. The paper should be lightweight, thin, and easily foldable.
Tips to Remember While Making an Origami Dog
To make a creative origami dog, you must remember and take care of certain factors. For that, some of the tips include:
- Your hand shouldn’t be wet while doing so. Even though wet origami is a thing and you might be thinking of trying the same for your dog, if you are a beginner, dry origami is a recommended way. Wet hands will make the paper soggy and tear them off.
- The paper you are taking should be square. Square papers will make the measurements accurate, and easier to fold. They are also easier to fold too. Making of the flaps or folding the corners will become convenient for the process.
- Be patient and do it slowly. You need to understand that origami is an art and time-consuming. Art doesn’t happen in the second, and that too in the first try. Sorry to disappoint you, but it is a fact, after all. Now, that you are making something for your beloved fur friend, you got to have some hold on yourself.
- Refold with a new paper if the previous one is not made better. Crumbled paper will make the thing worse. Even if you become successful in the second attempt, the end result will be a bit weird as it won’t be neat and clean. That’s why take your time and make a beauty out of a new paper each time.
- If it is not made good, don’t give up. Art indeed teaches you a lot of life lessons. Origami masters tell that the first rule of Origami is not to give up. Just like the previous point, you need to have some patience throughout the process. It will come out good eventually.
It is great fun to make origami dogs. Kids who have dogs would love it. It's an easy and engaging hobby and helps in improving your creativity. You can also try making origami dogs of different breeds after learning how to make an origami dog.