How to Make an Origami Hercules Beetle

Updated November 21, 2016

Origami is a paper-folding technique that has been popular for generations. This technique originated in Asia but has spread across the world. Using origami, you can create a variety of paper crafts including animals, symbols and even insects. One popular origami paper craft design is the Hercules Beetle.

Set the paper on a flat surface with one corner facing up, one down, one left and one right. Fold the paper in half diagonally (with the top corner coming down to meet the bottom corner), then fold it in half again symmetrically (with the right corner coming to meet the left corner).

Take the flap that was created in the previous step (at the upper left hand corner) and fold it down to the lower corner, creating a squash fold so that the shape looks like a diamond with a triangle in the upper right corner.

Flip the paper over so that the triangle is on the right side, and repeat the squash fold from the previous step with the upper right flap.

Fold the left corner in so that the lower left edge is flush with the centre line. Repeat with the right corner, then fold the top corner down to the middle of the shape. Crease all and unfold.

Lift the lower corner flap, and crease the paper so that the shape looks like an elongated diamond with one triangle on each side of it. Flip the paper over and repeat until the shape just looks like and elongated diamond.

Fold the right flap over to the left side. Flip the shape over and repeat with the other flap.

Find the end that has a separated tip, and fold those pieces outward. Fold the outer half back inward; this will create the pincers of the beetle.

Fold the bottom tip of the bottom flap under to make the back end of the beetle. Flip the shape over.

Cut the bottom flap into four strips, and fold outward to create the legs. Flip over to reveal the beetle.

Things You'll Need

  • Square paper
  • Flat surface
  • Scissors


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