How to Make a 3D Origami Monkey

Updated February 16, 2017

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into three-dimensional objects. Originally the small paper figures accompanied gifts or were included with purchases to indicate the authenticity of the item. Paper was expensive and the art was restricted to the upper classes. Today paper is easy to obtain, so paper-folding can be done by anyone. Animals such as cranes, frogs or monkeys are popular origami subjects. All you need to create your own origami monkey is a small square of paper.

Fold a paper square in half vertically to make a crease, then unfold. Fold the paper in half horizontally.

Fold the bottom-right edge of paper back from a point about one-third of the way from the bottom edge of the paper. The fold will be diagonal, slanting up to the right. Flatten the flap you have created.

Fold in the bottom corner of both the front and back flap.

Fold the paper underneath vertically about a quarter of the way from the left side of the paper.

Draw a face on the head formed by the first folds. You now have a monkey.

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Jill Kokemuller has been writing since 2010, with work published in the "Daily Gate City." She spent six years working in a private boarding school, where her focus was English, algebra and geometry. Kokemuller is an authorized substitute teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa.