Animal Origami Instructions for a Tiger

Updated March 23, 2017

Origami is an Asian art form, having started in China or Japan. Not much is written about the earliest beginnings of the craft, so it isn't known which country first developed it. The first written document on origami surfaced in 1797 and is called "How to Fold One Thousand Cranes." Since then, people have created many different origami creatures and objects, including paper tigers. Start yourself off with a simple paper tiger before moving onto those other more complex patterns, like cranes and cats.

Lie a square sheet of origami paper on a table with the coloured side down. Turn the sheet 45 degrees so you see it as a diamond.

Fold the diamond in half width-wise. You now have a triangle.

Fold the triangle in half lengthwise. This creates a smaller triangle. Unfold the smaller triangle to return to the first triangle, now with a vertical crease.

Fold the two bottom points of this triangle up toward the top point, but not covering it. Fold the two bottom points at a 45 degree angle. This creates a small diamond shape with two vertical triangles on the outer edges.

Fold down the middle point of this new shape until the crease meets the inside edges of the two outer triangles. This creates a flat top for the head of your tiger.

Fold the outermost points of the two outer triangles in at about a 75 degree angle. The points should not quite touch the inside edges of these two triangles. Flip your origami tiger over. This is the face of your tiger.

Try folding down the points of the ears to create a rounded ear. Leave them up if you prefer a more devilish looking cat.

Draw in some stripes, mouth, eyes and teeth to complete your simple tiger.


Use orange coloured paper for a more authentic looking tiger. Practice with a sheet of scrap paper before using the origami paper. This origami pattern is versatile. Use it to make simple tigers, bears, pandas and other creatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Origami paper
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