Many origami models depict objects we see around us every day. Common items, such as the bench described below, are turned into objects of art, folded into any size or color we like. This bench is simple to fold and makes a wonderful beginner’s project.
Always use paper that has been cut into a perfect square. Your model will not fold properly if the paper’s dimensions are not appropriate. You can use any paper you like paper that is a heavier weight than the average notebook paper is recommended. Practice with plain white copy or typing paper first and then move on to colored or patterned paper once you have mastered the model. Paper made especially for origami is available, as well. Each package of this two-sided paper comes in an assortment of colors and patterns and each paper is pre-cut into a true square.
The type of work surface you use is also an important factor in the success of your completed model. In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases (integral to a correctly folded model), your work surface needs to be one that is hard, flat, and stable. Avoid soft or cushioned surfaces. Consider keeping a ruler or pencil on hand, as well. One of these objects run along each crease as you work will make your creases even sharper.
- Position your square of paper on your work surface so that the edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the bench is face down.
- Bring the left edge of the square over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left edge of the resulting rectangle over to meet its center vertical crease. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the right edge.
- Insert a finger between the model’s two paper layers at its lower right edge. Hold the bottom layer of paper in place through the step that follows.
- Bring the lower right point of the model (top layer only) over to its center. As you perform this step, notice that a triangular pocket appears at the top right of the model as a result. Press the pocket flat.
- Repeat Step 6 for the left edge so that the model is symmetrical.
- Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up to meet the top edge. Steps 6 and 7 created this bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left edge of the model to meet the center vertical crease line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right edge.
10 Open up the flaps you made in Step 9. This creates the sides of the bench.
- Pull down portion of the model folded up in Step 8. Only bring it halfway down, however. This creates the seat portion of the bench.