How to Make 3D Paper Animals

Updated February 21, 2017

The art of folding three-dimensional (3D) paper animals is a form of origami. There are many origami animals that you can make by folding paper such as foxes, snakes, rabbits, frogs, horses and birds. Origami is a generally easy, safe and mess-free craft for kids. You can use origami animals as toys, ornaments, or 3D cards. After you make your origami creations, you can draw in faces to make the animals more personalised.

Diagonally fold the square in half. Diagonally fold the square in half a second time and unfold once.

Bring both ends of the triangle to meet each other and make a square.

Diagonally fold in half once again. Fold one whole side of the triangle inward about 1/2 an inch. Unfold. In the fold you just made, you will see three inner folds. Take the middle one and push it down. This will form the head and the two ears will be the folds you did not push down. Draw in the fox's face with the marker.

Make a fold at the opposite end to create the tail. The tail will also help the fox become sturdy enough to stand up.

Fold paper in half diagonally across. Unfold.

Turn the paper to look like a diamond. Fold the sides in to look like a kite. Fold the sides in again to look like a smaller kite.

Turn it over and fold the paper multiple times as if creating stairs.

Choose a side and fold that side down slightly to create a "beak."

Fold the point of the beak so that it becomes a snake's head and draw the eyes in with the marker.

Fold the paper diagonally in half.

Unfold and bring both sides to the centre to create a kite shape. Fold the top down to create a smaller triangle.

Fold up half of the top you just folded down.

Cut a half inch slit into the opposite end and fold entire paper in half.

Fold up both halves of the cut on opposite sides. These are the bunny ears. Draw in the face. Slightly fold open the bottom of the rabbit so it can stand up sturdily.

Things You'll Need

  • Origami paper (or cut any paper into a perfect square)
  • Markers
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