How to Make an Origami Maple Leaf

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How to Make an Origami Maple Leaf
A folded origami maple leaf is more impressive decoration than a cut-out. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

For many people, their first taste of origami -- the Japanese art of paper folding -- is the fortune catcher many children learn to make in grade school. Later in life, they may become acquainted with the Japanese legend stating that a wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes. Unfortunately, this is the extent of many people's origami knowledge. There are many items that can be created with a single sheet of paper. Once you have mastered down a few of the basic folds, a maple leaf should be a simple project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Origami paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Lay a sheet of origami paper on a flat surface. Turn the paper so the coloured side is down. Rotate the paper so it looks like a diamond, not a square.

  2. 2

    Bring the top point down toward you and fold it over to meet the bottom point. Crease sharply along the fold. You should now have a triangle that points downward.

  3. 3

    Fold the right side of the triangle over toward the left and bring the points together. Crease down the fold along the right side. Gently open the top flap of the new triangle and press it down to form a square.

  4. 4

    Turn the paper over. The paper should look like a diamond on the left side with an upside-down triangle attached to the upper right edge. Open the flap of the triangle carefully and fold it down into a square like you did on the other side.

  5. 5

    Look at the paper and ensure that it has a diamond shape. Fold in the top, right, and left points of the diamond in toward the centre. Crease along the folds, then unfold all three again.

  6. 6

    Lift the top flap from the bottom point and pull it up gently. Flatten the paper to create a pocket. Turn the paper over and do this same thing on the other side.

  7. 7

    Fold both sides in toward the centre and crease well. Fold in both top edges toward the centre and crease again. Create a pocket fold in the rear back flap.

  8. 8

    Repeat step 7 three more times. You will have five "spikes." Hold the maple leaf with the flat edge facing left.

  9. 9

    Hood fold the bottom "spike" into the centre of the straight edge. Turn the maple leaf over. Attach a paper or pipe cleaner stem to your leaf with a dot of glue.

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