How to Make an Origami Octagon

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How to Make an Origami Octagon
Origami is paper art. (Patrick Ryan/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Origami or paper folding is a Japanese art that has existed for centuries. Origami is the process of taking a sheet of paper and turning it into a shape, model or sculpture. It often is used to create everything from geometric shapes to animal figures. The hobby also is widely practised by people in many other countries including, China, Spain and Africa. Creating an origami octagon is a good choice for a beginner because it requires minimal folds and cuts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold the width of a piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper in half to form a crease and then unfold.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner to form a crease and then unfold.

  3. 3

    Mark a "x" at the centre of the paper.

  4. 4

    Move the bottom left corner of the paper over the top centre of the paper, creasing at the "x" mark so that a small triangle forms past the top centre of the paper. This also will form other triangles around the edges of the paper. Keep the paper folded.

  5. 5

    Cut off all of the triangles around the edges of the paper.

  6. 6

    Unfold the paper and you will have an octagon.

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