How to Make an Origami Navi From "Zelda"

Updated February 21, 2017

The character Navi, from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" game for the Nintendo 64, is particularly memorable for the phrase, "Hey, Listen!" Countless times throughout the game, when something needed your attention, she would say that to attract your attention. She was a tireless sidekick and Link's best friend throughout the game. To honour that friendship, you can quickly make an Origami version of her character. You can also display her in a handful of ways.

Fold the top left corner of the sheet of origami paper down to the bottom right corner. Unfold and repeat with the other two corners.

Flip the sheet over and fold the top edge of the paper down to the bottom side of the paper. Unfold and flip the page back over.

Bring the centres of the left and right edges in to the centre. This will bring the top edge of the paper down to the bottom of the page as well, creating a triangular piece. This is referred to as the Water Bomb base. If you need help with this fold, consult the first link in References.

Point the piece of paper so the long edge of the triangle faces you. Bring the left corner of the triangle, the upper layer, up to the top point of the triangle. Repeat on the other side, then flip the piece over and repeat. You should have a square piece of paper.

Fold the upper layer's left side of the square in to the centre crease. Repeat on the other side, then flip over and repeat with the other two corners.

Push your finger into the slit formed at the top of the side triangles. Pull the loose flap from the top corner down and tuck it into that flap. Repeat on the other four flaps on the piece.

Blow air into the piece of origami through the hole at the bottom. It should puff up to form a balloon shape. This makes Navi's body.

Print out the Navi papercraft template from the website listed under Resources. Print onto heavy card stock.

Cut out the wings from the template.

Glue two pieces of large wing together, repeat with the other three wings. Leave the pieces to dry for a few minutes.

Glue the wings to the back of the balloon in an X shape. Leave the wings to dry overnight.


You can display the model using a piece of fishing line to hang her from. See Resources for four other coloured sets of wings to make other fairies from the Nintendo 64 "Zelda" games. Using purple or yellow paper, you could use these directions to make Tatl or Tael from "Majora's Mask." The generic fairies, which were green appeared sometimes in jars, so you could display them hung from the top of a clear glass jar.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue origami paper
  • Navi papercraft template
  • Card stock
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue
  • Fishing line (optional)
  • Clear glass jar (optional)
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Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.