How to make an origami cradle

This baby’s cradle is a very simple project and will take the beginner less than five minutes to complete. You’ll need a piece of paper that has been cut into a perfect square and a place to work. Experiment with squares of different dimensions to find your desired cradle size.

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 sheet of 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 folded the model successfully once or twice. 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 an important factor in the success of your completed model. In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases (important in order to get a correctly folded model), your work surface needs to be hard, flat, and stable. Avoid soft or cushioned surfaces and choose a table or hardback book instead. 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.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the body of the cradle is facing down.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  4. Bring the left point over to the center of the model. Use the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as a guide. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point and turn the model over.
  5. Bring the top point down to the center of the model. Use the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as a guide. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the bottom point and turn the model over.
  6. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right edge.
  7. Bring the upper right corner of the model down toward the center. The left half of the upper edge should come down to lie along the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the remaining three corners. Turn the model over.
  8. Pull apart the two flaps at the top of the model. These flaps form the top and bottom of the cradle. The corners folded down in Step 7 should come own to form the legs.
  9. Push the model in at the edges to form the center of the cradle. You can bend the top and bottom points of the model to create a more rounded headboard and footboard if desired.

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