How to make an origami SpongeBob and origami Patrick

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How to make an origami SpongeBob and origami Patrick
Origami designs may take a few tries to perfect. (origami image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

Origami SpongeBob and Patrick are both basically just simple geometric shapes: a star and a box. Details like eyes and clothes are easy to colour on at the end of the paper folding. Remember that you cannot cut the paper; that is an entirely different hobby called kirigami, so cutting in origami is considered cheating.

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Things you need

  • One yellow piece of 15 cm by 15 cm (6 inch by 6 inch) origami paper
  • Five pink pieces of 15 cm by 15 cm (6 inch by 6 inch) origami paper
  • Pencil crayon set

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Instructions

    SpongeBob

  1. 1

    Fold the 15 cm by 15 cm (6 inch by 6 inch) paper along each diagonal line and then unfold the piece.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper along the north, east, south and west lines and then unfold. The paper should now be divided into eight equal triangular sections.

  3. 3

    Raise the piece using the centre of the folded lines as the peak. Place the risen paper on its side and collapse into a smaller 3-D square, completing the basic shape for SpongeBob.

  4. 4

    Colour the paper square to look more like SpongeBob by using the pencil crayons. The body of SpongeBob is usually shown as a porous yellow and his trademark trousers are brown. SpongeBob usually wears a white dress shirt and red tie as well as a black belt and pair of shoes.

    Patrick

  1. 1

    Fold the 15 cm by 15 cm (6 inch by 6 inch) origami paper along the north, south, east and west lines and unfold the paper.

  2. 2

    Fold the sheet's corners into the centre of the paper, making a smaller paper square.

  3. 3

    Fold two of the square's parallel corner points into the centre of both sides, forming a kite shape. Flip over the piece of paper.

  4. 4

    Fold the top point of the kite shape into the centre of the paper. Fold the result in half to yield one point of a five-point star shape. Repeat the above steps four more times and interlock by the inserting the corner edge into the corner fold of the joining piece into a five-point star resembling the character Patrick Star from the SpongeBob SquarePants series.

  5. 5

    Colour the result using the pencil crayons to resemble the character more accurately. Patrick is often shown wearing lime green shorts, and his body is pink.

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