How to make an origami cross

This origami cross is one of the few projects not made from a square of paper. The project presented here is made from a 13” X ½” strip of paper that has been cut from a sheet of legal-sized paper. If folded according to the directions below, you will end up with a cross that is approximately 3 ½” long. You can vary the paper dimensions as desired once you have mastered the model. Practice folding your cross with plain, white paper first and then move on to more expensive paper if desired.

Make sure that you fold your cross against a flat, hard surface. This type of surface will give you the sharpest creases and help you make accurate folds. Avoid soft, cushioned surfaces such as pillows, beds, or carpets. Use a ruler or pencil edge to make crease even sharper by running either over each crease as you work.

  1. Position the strip of paper on your work surface so that the short ends are facing up and down. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the cross is face up.
  2. Bring the top edge of the paper strip down and to the left so that the top third of the strip is now jutting straight out to the left. Crease and leave folded.
  3. Bring the strip folded down in Step 2 behind the model and straight out to the right. Crease and leave folded.
  4. Bring the strip over to the left to occupy the same position it had in Step 2. Crease and leave folded. In the previous steps, you are essentially wrapping the folded strip once around the top of the model.
  5. Bring the free edge of the folded portion of the strip back toward the center of the model. Do not bring the strip all the way to the right, however. Bring it over to the right just enough to create a one-inch, folded left arm for the cross.
  6. Fold back the edge of the strip that is now positioned to the right of the model’s center. The resulting right arm of the cross should be the same length as the left. Crease and leave folded. When you fold the edge back, make sure that it is inserted between the two existing paper layers. The model should now be “T” shaped.
  7. Fold the “T” portion of the model down. Crease and leave folded. Locate the loop that is now formed between the two arms of the cross.
  8. Insert the bottom edge of the model through the loop and slide it through all the way.
  9. Bring the free edge of the model to the back and down far enough so that the top of the cross is formed. The top of the cross should be only slightly longer than either arm. Crease and leave folded.
  10. Insert the free edge of the model into the pocket formed at the center. Press flat to finish the cross.

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