How to make an origami knight's helmet

This knight’s helmet is simple to fold. Just follow the directions and only move on to the next step when you are sure that all previous steps have been correctly completed.

Most origami models require that you begin with a square of paper. This model is different. Instead of a square, you’ll need to start with a rectangle. Paper that is the same size as the standard sheet of copy or typing paper works well for this model. You can practice with a plain, white sheet of paper and then use a special paper for your display version. A silver foil-backed paper of the appropriate dimensions would be a good choice for this particular model.

The only other thing to consider before you begin folding is your work surface. In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases, you have to fold against a hard, flat surface. Avoid soft, cushioned surfaces and choose a table or hardback book for this purpose. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work to make them even sharper.

  1. Place a rectangular piece of paper on your work surface so that the short edges are facing up and down. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the helmet is face 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 leave folded.
  4. Bring the upper left point of the model over to meet the vertical centerline. The left half of the model’s top edge should come to lie completely upon the vertical centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Bring the upper right point of the model down to meet the center vertical line as you did in Step 4. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up as far as it will easily go. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Bring the remaining bottom edge to the back of the model so that its folded edge is even with the edge folded up in Step 6. Rotate the model so that its point is facing toward you.
  8. Unfold the flaps made in Step 4 and 5 without unfolding the top strip.
  9. Bring the folded-under layer of paper from the back of the model to the front and unfold the bottom strip, as well. The paper should be entirely open except for the folded strip at the top.
  10. Bring the upper left point of the model over to meet the vertical centerline. The left half of the model’s top edge should come to lie completely upon the vertical centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  11. Bring the upper right point of the model down to meet the center vertical line as you did in Step 10. Crease and leave folded. The flaps created in Steps 10 and 11 should form a triangle.
  12. Bring the top point of the model to the back on the pre-existing crease line so that the entire triangle formed by the two flaps in Steps 10 and 11 is to the back. Crease and leave folded.
  13. Bring the upper left point of the model over to meet the vertical centerline. The left half of the model’s top edge should come to lie completely upon the vertical centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  14. Bring the upper right point of the model down to meet the center vertical line as you did in Step 13. Crease and leave folded. The flaps created in Steps 12 and 13 should form a triangle.
  15. Bring the bottom edge of the model up to meet the base of the triangle created in Steps 13 and 14 to form a narrow strip. Crease and leave folded.
  16. Fold the narrow strip up twice so that the tip of the model’s bottom pointed layer is visible. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  17. Bring the model’s narrow, right strip over to slip into the interior of the left strip. You may have to narrow the top edge of the right strip in order for it to fit.
  18. Bring the bottom point of the model up to create the visor of the helmet. Adjust until the model’s joined strips are secure.

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