How to make paper tents

Written by ainsley patterson
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Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, allows you to transform a square piece of paper into several different things. Through origami you can transform a simple sheet of paper into animals, plants and almost anything you can imagine. Fold a piece of paper into a tent using origami. Give the origami tent to the child when you are done and they can use it to host a camp-out for their dolls or action figures.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Square piece of lightweight paper (the bigger the paper the bigger the tent)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold the upper left hand corner diagonally down to the lower right hand corner. Crease the fold and unfold the paper. Fold the upper right hand corner diagonally down to the lower left hand corner. Crease the fold and unfold the paper.

  2. 2

    Flip the paper over. Fold the left edge over to the right edge. Crease the fold and unfold the paper.

  3. 3

    Pull the centre of the paper up to form a point utilising the diagonal creases to do so. You should have a sort of mountain made of your piece of paper now. Push the crease on the sides of the mountain, the crease you made by folding the paper in half vertically, into the centre of the mountain. The paper should flatten into a triangle. Place the triangle in front of you with the flat open edge facing you.

  4. 4

    Take the edge of the top flap of the bottom of the triangle and bring it up to the point of the triangle. Bring the outside points in and down to the centre of the bottom edge of the triangle. Crease these folds. This should hold the part that you brought up to the top point of the triangle in place.

  5. 5

    Fold the points that you brought to the centre of the bottom edge of the triangle up at a 45-degree angle to create the door flaps of the tent.

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