This origami kettle gets its shape when you blow into the open end of the finished model. Follow all directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are sure that all previous steps have been correctly completed. This beginning-intermediate level project should take approximately five minutes to complete. To begin, you’ll need a square of paper and a suitable surface upon which to fold.

Practice folding your kettle with any paper you have on hand. Start out with a plain, white copy paper (or similar) first and then move on to special patterned or colored paper if desired. Any paper you choose should be heavier in weight than the average sheet of notebook paper.

Make sure that your work surface is stable, hard, and flat. The appropriate surface will allow you to make the accurate folds and sharp crease needed for successful completion of your model. Run a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work for even sharper creases.

  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 kettle 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.
  10. Turn the model over and repeat Step 9.
  11. 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 and turn the model over.
  12. Repeat Step 11.
  13. Position the model so that the open end is pointing away from you.
  14. Grasp the model lightly between your left thumb and forefinger at its right, center, triangular-shaped flap. Your left thumb should be on top.
  15. Grasp the tip of the model’s top-left point (top layer only) between your right thumb and forefinger. Your right thumb should be underneath the point and your forefinger on the top.
  16. Bring the point down toward the bottom of the model while simultaneously twisting to the right. Your right thumb will now be on top and your forefinger will be under the flap. The newly formed flap will be pointing toward the right. Press flat.
  17. Secure the center of the model between thumb and forefinger and then bring the flap formed in Step 16 to the left as far as it will easily go. Crease and leave folded.
  18. Repeat Steps 14 -17 for the right half of the model so that the sides are symmetrical. Turn the model over.
  19. Repeat Steps 14-18.
  20. On both sides of the model, bring the two flaps together. Each set will form a kettle spout.
  21. Hold on to the kettle spouts and blow into the opening of the model. This will inflate the kettle.

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