Instructions on how to make a paper car

Updated February 21, 2017

Origami can be a fun, inexpensive and easy hobby. The only thing you will need to make an origami car is a square piece of paper, crayons and child-safe scissors. It should only take a couple minutes to make an origami car. Origami cars are easy to make, and fun for children to play with. This craft is also easy enough that children can do it, too. Parents will appreciate this craft as well since it is mess-free. If you have children you can teach them how to make several paper cars to play with.

Fold the piece of paper in half. Unfold it again to reveal a crease.

Fold the two sides of paper half way to the crease. There should be space in between the two folds.

Fold out each of the four corners to make little triangle shapes. These are the four wheels of the car

Fold the paper in half once again. This time do not unfold it.

Fold inward the top of either corner to create the bonnet of the car.

Cut a 2.5 cm (1 inch) long diagonal line using child-safe scissors on the opposite side of the paper from the corner you just folded. The line should be small. Keep in mind that dimensions will change depending on the size of the paper you are using. You want to proportionately create a line to become the windscreen.

Fold in the section you just cut. There should be a hole where the scissors cut the line.

Draw windows and doors along both sides of the car with crayons.

Decorate your car using crayons to create various patterns or details.


You can buy paper specifically designed for origami at many craft shops. Other types of paper you can use is construction paper, drawing paper, wrapping paper or thick tissue paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Square piece of paper
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Crayons
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