Origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, allows for the depiction of just about any object, from simple geometric shapes to incredibly complex flowers and animals. These two versions of the origami house are traditional models and are very easy to complete. It shouldn’t take a beginner more than a few minutes to fold both versions.
In order to complete most origami models, you don’t need anything except a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square and an appropriate place to work. Your surface must be hard and flat in order to attain the sharpest creases possible. This is very important – the sharpness of your creases will play a major role in how well your model keeps its shape. Avoid soft, cushioned surface such as couches, pillows, or even your lap. A table is preferable as a work surface, but even a hardback book will do.
The paper you use for your origami project should be approximately the same weight as a sheet of copy or typing paper. The plain, white paper will do for practice. Once you have mastered a particular model, though, you might want to make a duplicate for display. Use any color paper you want for your displayed model. There is specialty paper available at paper stores and online shops made just for origami. These packs of paper are pre-cut into perfect squares and are two-sided. One side is white and the other is brightly colored. You can make your own version of this specialty paper by substituting gift wrapping paper or wall posters.
- Place a square of paper on your work surface, white side up (if using two-sided, origami-style paper) and position it so that the paper’s edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded so that the model is now rectangular in shape.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the center crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the right edge.
- Open up the right edge a bit by placing a finger in between the paper layers. Hold the bottom layer’s lower right point in place through the following step.
- Bring the top layer’s lower right point over to the center of the model. A triangular pocket will form at the top right side of the model as a result.
- Press the newly formed pocket flat.
- Repeat Steps 5-7 for the left side of the model.
- Draw windows or doors on the front of the model as desired. Turn the outside flaps in a bit in order to allow the house shape to stand on its own.
- Complete Step 8 above. Turn the model over.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the center crease line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right side of the model. Turn the model over.
- Open the left and right flaps. Stand the model up and open the flaps made in Step 2, as well.