How to Make a Naruto Origami Katana

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How to Make a Naruto Origami Katana
Naruto's katana has a blue and gold hilt. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

First written as a Japanese comic, also known as a manga, the tale of the ninja Naruto was then turned into an anime series that has become beloved among the fans that follow the show. A tale about an adolescent ninja, the series has found a growing fan base in America. A "Naruto" fan with a passion for origami will be pleased to find that, with a little creativity, he can turn an ordinary origami katana into Naruto's own sword.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1-inch by 3-inch sheet of dark blue origami paper
  • Gold paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brass-coloured origami paper
  • Glue

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Instructions

    Folding the Katana

  1. 1

    Lay sheet of blue origami paper white-side up. Fold from left to right lengthwise equally eight times, then unfold.

  2. 2

    Fold the top of the paper down to the centre of the sheet. Turn entire sheet over so only the blue side shows. Fold over the two folded sections on the left to the right, and the three folded sections on the right to the left.

  3. 3

    Slip the remaining two sections, one on the left and one on the right, beneath the top folds. Roll the origami over twice, creasing after each roll. Fold the left section over on top, and the right section underneath. Fold entire tube in half and crease firmly. Turn over, and crease one more time.

  4. 4

    Unfold the all folds completed in Step 3. Take the bottom of the blue flap and fold it upward. Crease both sides of this fold flat. Carefully begin to fold the blue side, the katana hilt, down to the white section, the katana blade, at a right angle, and gently open up the tube that forms. Pinch the tube corners to keep them from opening, and gently spread the blue section along the creases you made earlier. Gently press the blue section down flat once fully spread.

  5. 5

    Collapse the hilt just as you would close a fan. Slip parts of the blade upward and into the hilt until it lays as flat as possible. Take the tip of the blade and fold both ends inward, creasing them together to form the typical katana blade end.

    Decorating Naruto's Katana

  1. 1

    Paint the hilt of the katana with the gold paint, leaving patches of the blue paper peeking through. The patches should resemble the markings on a leopard's fur. Let the paint dry.

  2. 2

    Measure a 1/2-inch wide piece of brass-coloured paper, long enough to wrap around the butt of the sword hilt, and 1/3-inch wide piece to wrap around the area where the hilt and blade meet.

  3. 3

    Cut out the brass paper pieces, and glue each piece in the appropriate place on the butt and the base of the hilt. Let the glue dry before touching or moving your "Naruto" katana.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment making an origami katana with plain origami paper before attempting the final "Naruto" katana.
  • Practice learning the basic origami folds, such as the mountain, valley, crane and lotus folds.
  • Use caution when folding paper to avoid cuts.

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