How to Make Paper Kimonos

Updated March 23, 2017

Kimonos are traditional Japanese garments, most often worn by women. Using origami paper folding methods, you can make your own paper kimono that looks just like the traditional T-shaped robe. Follow these instructions to begin. It's best to use origami paper, which you can buy from craft stores in a variety of colours and patterns.

Fold the piece of square paper in half.

Cut along the fold so you have two rectangles. You only need one of the rectangles to begin the kimono.

Lay one of the rectangles lengthwise on a flat surface.

Turn the paper over (white side up), and fold in half from left to right. Crease and unfold.

Take the left edge and fold inward, forming about a 1/2 inch or so to make the collar. The collar should be the only coloured side of the paper showing.

Fold the left edge (collar side) in to meet the centre crease. Crease and unfold.

Turn the paper over, so the coloured side is facing up.

Fold one corner of the collar edge and fold it in to meet the crease you just formed in Step 6. Fold the other corner of the collar edge as well. You will have two folded triangles with a small amount of space in between them.

Turn the paper over so the white side is facing up. Take the collar edge and fold it inward toward the centre of the paper. Form a crease about 3/4 inch from the edge of the two triangles. You'll have a bottom strip that is slightly wider than the width of the collar. Crease well.

Take the opposite edge of the paper (not collar side), and fold it in half to the back.

Position the paper so the triangular shape is pointing up, with the bottom strip you made in Step 9 facing you.

Fold the left edge in to meet the outermost edge of the collar. Do the same on the right side.

Open up the left fold you just made. Squash it along the crease, forming a small, white triangle at the top. This is known as a squash fold. Do the same on the right side. Crease well.

Take all the white parts that are showing at the top and fold horizontally over to the back. Now, the centre collar part will extend above the rest of the paper, and the two sides will have straight edges at the top.

Take the outermost layers on each side and fold the bottom up in half, to the back. This forms the sleeves, completing the kimono.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece of square origami paper
  • Scissors
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