How to make an origami hood

Origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, is an extremely popular hobby in the United States and around the world. While most origami models can be classified as decorative, there are many that fall into the functional category, as well. The hood project presented here is definitely among the latter.

You can fold this hood from a small square of paper for practice or to create a display model; or, fold a wearable paper version from a large square that has been cut from a newspaper. You can practice folding this model with just about any paper you have on hand – a standard sheet of copy paper works well for this. Any paper you choose should be able to crease well and hold its folded shape. Move on to colored or patterned papers, if desired, after you have mastered the folds of the model.

This particular model can be also be folded from alternate materials such as fabric or plastic sheeting. A fabric hood would make a great wind barrier, while one made from plastic would serve as a very effective rain bonnet.

Follow each step carefully and only move on to the next step when you are certain that all previous steps have been correctly completed. It may take a couple of attempts in order for you to accurately complete this model, so make sure you have plenty of practice paper on hand.

  1. Position a square of paper (or cloth, plastic, etc.) 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 hood is facing down. Likewise, if using a printed scarf or square of fabric, place the decorated side down.
  2. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  3. Bring the bottom edge (top layer only) up to meet the folded top edge. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  4. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  5. Bring the upper left corner of the model down to meet the midpoint of the bottom edge (use the crease line made in Step 4 as a guide). The left half of the model’s upper edge should come down to lie along the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Bring the upper right corner of the model down to meet the midpoint of the bottom edge as you did with the upper left corner in Step 5. The result will be a triangular-shaped model. Turn the model over once again.
  7. Roll the bottom edge of the model upward in small increments. If using paper, crease each fold as it is made. Roll the edge upward until you reach the model’s midpoint.
  8. Hold the layers of the model secure at the midpoint of the bottom edge and lift up the bottom edge of the triangular flap located at the top of the model.
  9. As you perform step 8, fold the model in half from right to left. Keep pulling up along the bottom edge of the triangular flap to form the rectangular hood and to complete the model.
  10. For a wearable version, place the rectangular portion over your head and keep the hood in place by tying the long ends together under your chin.

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