How to make an origami inflatable rabbit

This rabbit is one of several inflatable origami projects. You can leave the rabbit as is, or you can draw a face onto it for a more realistic look. A square of paper and a suitable work surface are the only materials you’ll need for this project.

Practice with a square of plain white copy or typing paper first and then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired. Any paper that you use should be heavier than the average sheet of lined notebook paper.

Before you begin folding, make sure that your work surface is hard, flat, and stable. This will help you produce sharper creases – essential elements of any successful origami project. A ruler or pencil edge run over your creases will also add to their sharpness.

  1. 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 rabbit is facing down.
  2. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  4. Turn the square over and position it so that its points are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  6. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Bring the left point (top layer only) up to meet the triangle’s top point. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point. The model will now resemble a diamond shape sitting on top of a triangle.
  10. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point.
  11. Bring the left top point of the model (top layer only) down into the pocket formed at the top edge of the left triangular flap created in Step 11. Crease and leave folded. There will be excess that did not fit into the pocket. Bring the top edge of this excess down into the same pocket. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right side of the model. Turn the model over.
  12. Bring the upper-left edge of the model down to lie along the vertical center crease line. The left point of the triangular shape will also come down to extend past the model’s bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right side of the model.
  13. Bring the bottom left point of the model up and to the left to create a triangular flap. Approximately 1/2 of the flap should extend past the model’s edge. The flap’s left point should point straight out to the left. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right side of the model.
  14. Bring the bottom left point of the model up as far as it will easily go. The tip should point up and out to the left. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the bottom right point. This will create the rabbit’s ears.
  15. Hold the ears in place while you blow into the model’s opening to inflate the model. After the rabbit is inflated, you can secure the ears in place with a piece of tape, if desired.

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