Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, provides us with models that depict both live and inanimate objects. The origami fish described below is one of the simpler models and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You can display your fish anywhere and can even string a few in order to create a colorful and inexpensive mobile.
You don’t need much in the way of equipment to do origami. All you need is paper that has been cut into a true square and a hard, flat surface to work on. The creases that you make need to be as sharp as possible, and working on an appropriate surface will help you achieve this. You can also sharpen the creases by running a ruler or pencil over them as you work.
Use any color paper you desire for your fish. It’s probably best, however, to practice with a plain copy or typing paper first and then move on to any special paper once you’ve mastered the model. Paper made exclusively for origami is available at some paper stores and online shops. This paper is pre-cut into perfect squares and is white on one side and brightly colored on the other. You can also use heavier gift-wrapping paper and posters for your origami projects, as well. This gives a look similar to that of origami paper, but for much less money.
- Place a square of paper on your work surface, colored side up (if using two-sided, origami-style paper), and position it so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold
- Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
- Bring the upper-left edge down to meet the center horizontal crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat this for each of the edges. Folded correctly, the creases create a diamond shape at the center of the paper.
- Bring the top-right edge down to meet the horizontal crease line. Re-crease and leave folded.
- Bring what remains of the upper left edge down to meet the horizontal crease, as well. Re-crease and leave folded.
- Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for the lower right edge and the lower-left edge, respectively, so that the model is symmetrical.
- Position the model so that the smaller, triangular flaps are at the bottom of the model, facing toward you.
- Flip the model over.
- Bring the bottom point up towards the center of the model, midway between the bottom of the model and the horizontal crease line. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and leave folded.
13 Fold the top point backward and to the right so that it sticks straight out from the model. Crease and leave folded. This forms the tail of the fish.
- Display the fish by propping the model up on what is now the left, straight edge.