How to Make Music Notes Using Origami

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How to Make Music Notes Using Origami
Create an origami symbol of a music note. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Origami involves folding square pieces of paper into intricate shapes. Origami uses a series of folds known as valley and mountain folds. A valley fold brings the edges of the paper upwards while a mountain fold brings the edges of the paper downwards. To create the simplest origami music note, fold a square piece of origami paper into an eighth note. Add the eighth note to a set of origami music instruments such as an origami guitar.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Square origami paper or foil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the paper with the white side up. Crease the paper at the vertical centre. Crease the paper in fourths by creating a crease between the edge of the paper and the centre line. Crease the paper in eights by creating a crease between each quarter-line and the line to its right.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper along the creases so that the right and left edge face you. You should see the coloured side of the paper. Grasp the right-edge of the bottom of paper and pull the edge towards the centre of the paper to create a crease. This crease should take all of the layers of paper towards the centre. Create a similar crease on the left side. Grasp the right and left edge of the bottom and create a valley fold. This folds centre should sit at the place where the diagonal crease meets the edge of the paper.

  3. 3

    Unfold the tab at the bottom of the paper. Grasp the right side of the paper, at the centre. Create a fold on the top three layers. This fold should extend from the place where the first diagonal line hits the side of the paper. The new fold should be the same length and angle as the first crease. Fold the top two layers of the left side.

  4. 4

    Bring the right and left edge of the paper together by creating a valley fold down the centre of the paper. Grasp the paper and set it on its side so that it looks like a left-facing "L." Grasp the right edge of the paper and fold the bottom corner under the paper. This fold extends along the current crease.

  5. 5

    Grasp the top of the paper. Fold the top of the paper towards the right. The centre of the fold should rest at the midpoint of the rectangle and should be diagonal. Grasp the right edge and create a new fold. This fold brings the edge of the paper towards the bottom of the paper and creates a diagonal crease symmetrical to the current crease.

  6. 6

    Fold the bottom edge of the paper to the right. Create a fold at the top edge of the paper. This fold should be parallel to the fold above it. After creating this fold, bring the right edge of the paper down, creating another parallel fold. Grasp the right edge of the paper and fold this edge vertically, bringing the edge of the paper behind the note.

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