The most common, everyday items are often the source of inspiration for origami designs. The table described below is one example of this. While not a terribly complex model, the table does take a bit of patience to complete. You should be able to successfully fold this model in 10-15 minutes.
All you really need in the way of equipment is a square of paper and a hard, flat surface upon which to work. Choose any color paper for your table practice with a white copy or typing paper and then move on to colorful, more expensive paper if desired. Special paper made just for origami is available, but any sturdy square of paper will do.
Follow these steps
- Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the edges are facing up and down, left and right. If your square is two-sided, then the color you’ve chosen for the exterior of the table should be facing down.
- 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 unfold.
- Bring the upper left point down to meet the lower right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the upper right point down to meet the lower left point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the upper left point to the center of the square. Crease and unfold. Repeat for each of the remaining 3 points.
- Bring the upper left point down to the first crease that you made in Step 6. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for each of the remaining 3 points and corresponding crease lines.
- Fold-down the upper-left edge of the model along the crease line made in Step 6. Re-crease and leave folded. Repeat for the upper right, lower left, and lower right edges. The result will be a diamond-shaped model. Turn the model over and position it so that the edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- Repeat Steps 6-8. The result will be a square-shaped model with one triangular pocket at each of its points.
- Grasp the model between thumb and forefinger at the center of the left and right edges. Push inward so that the center point of the square moves downward. At the same time, pull up on the left and right corner pockets that are closest to you. Now squeeze these pockets so that they collapse along the existing crease line. The result should be a very angular heart shape. Repeat for the remaining corners and flatten the model. The flattened model should still resemble a heart shape.
- Reach under the top layer of the model and pull down the small triangle hidden there. The top layer of the model will now be made up of two flaps. Turn the model over and repeat.
- Bring the leftmost point of the heart-shaped model over to its center. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the opposite right point.
- Hold the model so that one forefinger is anchoring each of the flaps at their centers. Separate the flaps a bit and use your thumb to bring the bottom point (top layer only) up toward the top of the model. The model should collapse along pre-existing fold lines and you should be able to see a rectangular flap overlaying the heart shape. Press the model flat. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Steps 11-13.
- Bring the leftmost point of the model to the center, using the pre-existing crease line made in Step 12. Re-crease and leave folded. Repeat for the opposite right point. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 15.
- Lift up the resulting left flap just a bit and pull out the triangle hidden beneath it. Push the triangle into the pocket located at the bottom of the left flap. Repeat for the right flap. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 17. Rotate the model 180 degrees.
- Open up the model so that the top point lowers to form a flat tabletop.