How to Make an Origami Paper Doll

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How to Make an Origami Paper Doll
Origami dolls start with a square piece of paper. (découper image by corinne matusiak from

Origami is the art of folding paper to create something new. Create an origami paper doll for a child from a regular piece of paper or enjoy teaching a child how to make one. This craft lends itself to several projects. A variety of dolls could be individually decorated. To add character, crafters can embellish them with stickers, sequins and coloured pens. Origami dolls can be mounted to a larger piece of paper to create a colourful picture.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Lay your paper out flat in front of you. Take hold of the right top corner and fold it over diagonally until it touches the left edge of the paper. Press the fold flat to make a triangle.

  2. 2

    Cut off the rectangle of leftover paper beneath the triangle. Unfold your triangle and you have a perfect square.

  3. 3

    Imagine there is a centre line running from the top right corner, straight through the middle of the square to the lower left corner. Bring the top edge and the right edge of the square together, so that they meet along the centre line. Press flat.

  4. 4

    Fold the leftover triangle from beneath the diamond, upwards, so that the new crease runs perfectly along the bottom of your new triangle.

  5. 5

    Fold the bottom straight edge of your triangle upwards about one third of the way up. Press it flat. You should have the top third of your triangle still visible.

  6. 6

    Turn the whole thing over. Fold in the left and right triangles perfectly along the edges of your large triangle to make arms.

  7. 7

    Fold a little bit of the top point of the large triangle down. This way you can make a flat top to the head.

  8. 8

    Decorate your doll as you wish. Add a face and a colourful outfit with coloured pens and stickers.

Tips and warnings

  • To make each doll unique, choose papers in different colours and patterns.

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