Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to depict just about any object imaginable.
Many traditional origami models cups, boats, boxes, flowers, etc. – are instantly recognizable as elements of the everyday lives of average people from any time or place. Other models, however, are very specific to particular segments of Japanese culture. The instructions below are for one such item a samurai warrior helmet.
This hat is very simple to make and should take approximately five-ten minutes to complete. Practice with a square of plain white copy or typing paper first and then experiment with colored or patterned paper to create an authentic-looking model. Gold or silver paper-backed foil and bright reds and yellows are popular colors for this model.
Before you begin folding, make sure that your work surface is hard, flat, and stable. This will help you produce sharper creases – essential elements of any successful origami project. A ruler or pencil edge run over your creases will also add to their sharpness.
Place a square of paper in front of you on your work surface. Make sure your paper is cut into a true square with neat edges. This will contribute to the successful completion of your model.
Position the square so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Bring the left point down to meet the bottom point to form a flap. Crease and leave folded. Repeat with the right point.
Bring the bottom point of the left flap up to meet the top point of the model. Crease and leave folded. Repeat with the right point. You should now see two triangles formed at the top portion of the model and one large triangle (two layers of paper) at the bottom portion.
Place one index finger at the center of the model so that all paper layers are secured.
Bring the top point of the left triangle straight out to the left as far as you can without moving it downward. This should result in the center edge of the triangle being turned back just enough to create another very narrow wing shape. The point of the left triangle that you are securing with your finger should also be included in the crease. Repeat with the right triangle so that both sides of the model have symmetrical wings.
Bring the bottom point of the model top layer only up toward the top point, approximately Âľ of the distance between the two points. Crease and leave folded.
Fold up the bottom edge of the top layer as far as it will easily go. Crease and leave folded. This forms the brim of the helmet.
Turn the model over and fold its bottom point up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded. This forms the back of the helmet.
Turn the model over again. Place your thumb and forefinger between the layers of paper and gently open the helmet. Decorate or embellish as desired.Turn the model