How to Make Ribbon Origami Fish

Updated February 21, 2017

Strip folding, also known as origami fringe, is a technique of paper folding that uses long strips or ribbons of paper to create origami designs. The ribbons are woven together and folded in various patterns to make a wide combination of objects. Two of the most popular origami ribbon patterns are the lucky star and the fish. To create the fish you will only need two long strips of paper that are 11 inches long and ½ an inch wide.

Fold the two long strips in half and interlace the two strips together so they form a letter "L" shape. You will have four separate ribbons of paper. For the purpose of this tutorial we will give them each a letter. "A" is the topmost horizontal piece and "B" is the bottommost horizontal piece. "C" is the topmost vertical piece and "D" is the bottommost vertical piece. It might be helpful to write the names of each strip in pencil on the pieces.

Fold the "C" strip down so that it goes between "A" and "B."

Weave the "B" strip so it goes left, underneath the loop formed by the "C" strip.

Weave the "C" strip up through the loop created by the "B" strip. It should go up over "A" and under the "B" strip.

Pull each end of ribbon so the weave is tightened. Turn over the paper.

Weave the "B" strip toward the left so it goes through "D" and under "C". You should be doing the same "over-under" pattern to create a checkerboard look.

Pull the weave tight by pulling on each strip. Trim the tail and fins on an angle to finish the fish.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 strips of paper (11 by ½ inch)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
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Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.