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Platypus Origami Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The term comes from the Japanese words oru, meaning to fold and kami, meaning paper. Through the technique of origami you can learn to fold a single sheet of paper into myriad different interesting objects and decorative pieces.

Place your sheet of paper on a hard surface, white side facing up. For these instructions, each side of the square, beginning with the left hand side and continuing clockwise, will be referred to as Sides A, B, C and D. Each corner, beginning with the upper left hand corner and continuing clockwise, will be referred to as Corners 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Fold and crease side B over to side D and unfold. Repeat fold with sides A to C and unfold. Your square will now be separated into four smaller squares. Turn your sheet of paper over, so the coloured side is now facing up.

Fold each corner of the square into the centre.

Make a rabbit-ear fold with each quadrant. Turn paper over.

Rabbit-ear fold the top half and then the bottom half. Mountain fold the project in half.

Fold the large flap inside and repeat behind. Squash fold each of the four small flaps.

Inside reverse fold the left most and right most tips. Sink the top point approximately one-sixth of the way down. The left hand side will be the tail, the right hand side, the bill.

Double rabbit ear fold the bill and then mountain fold under the corners. For the tail, inside fold at the point where the tail meets the back legs.

Things You'll Need

  • Square sheet of paper, white on one side, coloured on the other
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Jessica Cohen is a professional freelance writer who graduated with honors from the New School University in New York City, earning her bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Cohen specializes in writing music reviews and related articles, and most recently worked as a grant/technical writer for a nonprofit music organization in New York City.