How to Make an Origami Treble Clef

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How to Make an Origami Treble Clef
Create music-inspired origami shapes such as a treble clef. (treble clef image by Andrey Ivanov from Fotolia.com)

Create different shapes using origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. With lightweight paper or origami sheets, paper artists can create a variety of objects such as musical notes or the symbols at the beginning of musical staffs. The treble clef appears like a stylised letter g. To create an origami treble clef, fold a paper rectangle into a lengthwise flat tube. Make angled folds at specific points to create the treble clef.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Lightweight paper 2 1/2 inches by 11 inches

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold the rectangle-shaped paper at 1/2-inch intervals until the paper looks like a flat tube. Sharply crease the folds. The treble clef involves many folds to create the shaped "g."

  2. 2

    Fold the flat tube lengthwise in half again. Crease the folds sharply.

  3. 3

    Position the flat tube vertically on your work table. Fold the tube on an angle to the right about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom end. The folded end will appear like an extension. A portion of the vertical tube will remain lengthwise on the table. Crease the fold sharply.

  4. 4

    Fold the extension on an angle to the left toward the vertical tube. Crease the fold. The bottom of the treble clef will form.

  5. 5

    Fold the tip of the extension down to close the bottom portion of the treble clef. Crease the fold sharply.

  6. 6

    Fold the vertical tube on an angle to the left, making it look like a horizontal extension. Hold the bottom portion of the treble clef and crease the fold sharply.

  7. 7

    Fold the horizontal extension on an angle to the right, forming the upper portion of the treble clef. Crease the fold to cross it over the bottom portion of the treble clef from step 4. The vertical extension appears longer than the bottom portion.

  8. 8

    Insert the extension end carefully through the bottom treble clef opening. Overlap the tip of the bottom clef from step 5 onto the extension to secure it in place. Crease the folds sharply.

  9. 9

    Fold the bottom tip of the vertical extension on a slight angle to the left. Fold the tip again to the right and set it behind the extension. These are small folds to ensure a clean tip finish for your completed origami treble clef.

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