This origami model, the horned demon face is a beginner-intermediate level project that should take approximately ten minutes to complete. Follow all the instructions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are sure that all prior steps have been correctly completed. The only items you’ll need in order to begin folding this model is a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square, pens, or markers to decorate the face and a suitable place to work.
Use any paper you have on hand for practice a square cut from a standard sheet of copy paper works well. Make sure that the dimensions of the square are accurate. Otherwise, the model will not fold correctly and you may not be able to inflate it. Once you have successfully completed the model once or twice, then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired. Experiment with different square sizes to get smaller or larger models.
You will also need to find a flat, stable surface (table, floor, hardback book, etc.) upon which to work. This type of surface will allow you to make the even folds and sharp creases necessary for an accurately folded model. Try running a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work to make them even sharper.
Follow these steps
- Position a 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 model is facing down.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Turn the square over and position it so that its points are now facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
- Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. This will cause the model to collapse along the folds you just made. The result will be another triangle shape with a folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
- Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. Position your model so that it is flat against your work surface and the open end is facing toward you.
- Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) up to meet the triangle’s top point. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point.
- Turn the model over and repeat Step 9 to form a diamond-shaped model.
- Bring the lower-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge.
- Bring the upper-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the upper-right edge.
- Turn the model over and repeat Steps 11-12.
- Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) up and pinch it in half so that its edges come up. As you pinch, move toward the center of the model. The upper left edge and lower left edge of the model should fold up and over along the crease lines made in Steps 11-12. The result will be a long triangular flap on the left side of the model with a folded point sticking straight up from its center.
- Repeat Step 14 for the right side of the model. Turn the model over (fold the resulting points flat while you work the other side of the model).
- Repeat Steps 14-15.
- Lift the model up and hold on to the first set of points created in Step 14. These should be pointing down.
- Blow into the hole located at the bottom of the model. This is the back of the demon’s head. The top points should separate to form horns as the model inflates and the center should rise up to form the top of the head. You may find this easier to accomplish if you pull up and the horns as you blow.
- Turn the model around so that the front of the demon is facing you. Flatten the head and shape the horns as desired.
- Locate the two pointed flaps below the center of the demon’s face and pull them outward to create a forked tongue.
- Mark the demon’s face with pens or markers, as desired, to complete the model.