How to Make an Origami Banana

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How to Make an Origami Banana
Paper boats, paper planes and "cootie catchers" are common forms of origami in North America. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Origami is a traditional Asian art form that has been practised for centuries. While it is believed to have originated in China during the first or second century, it was later adopted and popularised by the Japanese. The word origami is a portmanteau of the Japanese words "oru" which means to fold and "gami" which means paper, and this well describes the art as it is the technique of folding paper into intricate shapes. While origami is often quite complex and time consuming, making an origami bunch of bananas can be done using a simple technique.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Yellow origami paper
  • Brown marker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the sheet of paper on a flat surface, white side facing up. Rotate it so that you now have a diamond shape in front of you.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper in half horizontally. The top and bottom corner should be touching and the paper should now be the shape of an upside down triangle.

  3. 3

    Fold the top corner so that the tip extends above the base of the triangle. Fold the tip over the base.

  4. 4

    Fold the paper in half vertically to form a smaller triangle. Notice that the side of the triangle that is farthest away from you is made up of two flaps.

  5. 5

    Fold the first flap forward on a slight angle so that it doesn't completely cover the other side of the triangle.

  6. 6

    Fold the second flap forward on an angle, so that it doesn't completely cover the first flap. You should now see three distinct sections of paper, which are the bananas.

  7. 7

    Fold the corner on the left side of the top "banana" backwards.

  8. 8

    Colour the white portion of paper at the top of your bananas brown to complete the craft.

Tips and warnings

  • Regular, white paper cut into a perfect square can be used instead of origami paper.

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