How to make a 3D car out of paper

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How to make a 3D car out of paper
The ancient art of paper folding. (origami composition image by wildman from Fotolia.com)

Origami, the traditional art of paper folding, originated in China by the 1st century AD. The art of origami spread to Japan by the 6th century, but before trade with other countries made paper available and affordable, origami was confined to the wealthy nobility. Origami today is a relaxing pastime enjoyed by children and adults alike. Through a series of folds, the origami artist is able to create three-dimensional shapes resembling animals, cars, hearts or just about anything.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Square sheet of origami paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay a square sheet of origami paper face down on a flat working surface.

  2. 2

    Fold the square in half from top to bottom. Crease the fold well and reopen it.

  3. 3

    Fold the bottom edge up two thirds of the way to the centre crease. Ensure the fold is parallel to the bottom edge of the paper and crease the fold well.

  4. 4

    Fold the left corner of the flap you just created down at a 45 degree angle. Ensure the point of the angle extends about an inch beyond the bottom edge of the paper. Fold the tip of the point up to round off the edge.

  5. 5

    Fold the right corner of the flap down at a 45 degree angle so the point of the angle extends about an inch beyond the bottom edge of the paper. Fold the tip of the point up to round off the edge.

  6. 6

    Fold the top edge down two thirds of the way to the centre crease. Ensure the fold is parallel to the top edge of the paper and crease the fold well.

  7. 7

    Fold the left corner of the flap you just created up at a 45 degree angle. Ensure the point of the angle extends about an inch beyond the top edge of the paper. Fold the tip of the point down to round off the edge.

  8. 8

    Fold the right corner of the flap up at a 45 degree angle so the point of the angle extends about an inch beyond the top edge of the paper. Fold the tip of the point down to round off the edge.

  9. 9

    Fold the paper in half at the centre crease bringing the top half to meet the bottom half.

  10. 10

    Fold an angular pocket into the top right corner of the paper car. Use the centre crease as a guide to push the right corner into the inside of the car.

  11. 11

    Cut a short slit in the paper one quarter of the way from the left edge of the paper. Tuck the flap inside the car.

  12. 12

    Draw windows on both sides of the car.

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