Girls' Day is a special day where girls celebrate being female. A project for girls of all ages is making an origami paper doll. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. No tape, glue or staples are used to hold the doll's shape so even small children can make a simple paper doll with the guidance of an adult. A square piece of paper is used to make a paper doll. Origami paper is 6 inches square, but any size square will work.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 6-inch square of paper
- Crayons, colour pencils or markers
Place a 6-inch square piece of paper on a flat, smooth work surface. Position the paper so it is in the shape of a diamond with a top, bottom, right and left point.
Fold the left point to the right point and match. Crease along the fold line. Open the crease and lay the diamond flat.
Fold and match the top left edge to the centre line. Crease along the fold. Repeat the process with the top right edge.
Locate the triangle beneath the two folded sides. Fold the bottom point up and crease the paper just below the edge of the top two folded sides. This creates a flat bottom of the triangle shape.
Fold the flat bottom edge up 2 inches. Crease the fold.
Turn the origami over so the folds are to the back. Position the origami paper doll so the point is at the top and the straight edge is on the bottom. The large triangle is the body of the doll, and the two small triangles pointing to the right and left are the doll's arms.
Fold the point of the triangle to the left toward the middle of the paper doll. Crease the triangle where it meets with the outside edge of the large triangle. Repeat the process with the right small triangle.
Draw two eyes, a nose and mouth in the area above the arms. The point of the large triangle is the head. Decorate the clothes with dots, squiggly lines and/or colouring it a solid colour. Add sleeves to the arms if desired.
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