How to make an origami man at prayer

This origami figure of a man at prayer is an advanced level project that should take approximately twenty minutes to complete. If you do not have much experience doing origami, you may want to practice with some fewer complex models first. Read through each step before attempting it and move on to the next step only when you are certain that all previous steps have been correctly completed.

In order to begin this project, you will need a piece of paper that has been cut into a perfect square. Any type of paper you have on hand will do for practice, although paper that is at least as heavy as a standard sheet of copy paper works best. Once you have completed one or two practice models, then move on to special colored or patterned paper for your final display version.

In order to achieve a correctly folded model, you will also need an appropriate work surface upon which to fold your model. Folding against a hard, flat, surface like a table or hardback book will help you line up edges and points evenly and will also help make your creases sharp. Running a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you go will make your creases even sharper.

  1. Position a square of paper on you work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure the color you want for the exterior of the model is facing down.
  2. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  4. Turn the model over and position it on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  6. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  8. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing toward you.
  9. Bring the lower-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the model’s vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Fold the lower left edge backward along the crease line you just made. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge of the model.
  10. Bring the top point of the model down toward the bottom of the model, to a point that just past the model’s center. The resulting horizontal crease line should touch the top of each of the crease lines made in Step 9. Crease and unfold.
  11. Bring the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top of the model, opening up the top layer as you go. The top layer should collapse along the crease line made in Steps 9-10 and the bottom point should come behind the top point to touch your work surface. The left and right points of the model will meet at the center. The result will be a narrow diamond shape at the top of the model. Press flat.
  12. Turn the model over and Repeat Steps 9-11.
  13. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to meet the bottom point. Press flat. Turn the model over and repeat. The result will be a kite-shaped model.
  14. Grasp the model by its lower points and pull to open it up. Locate the square that is formed by crease lines at the top of the model. You will be refolding the model into the same form it had at the completion of Step 13, so only unfold the model as far as needed to identify the square shape. The model should have a star shape.
  15. Turn the model over and bring the top edge of the square shape in to meet the center. Crease and unfold. Repeat for each edge of the square. The result will be a smaller square shape at the center of the larger square shape. This step will require your manipulating the model a bit. Turn the model over again.
  16. Push in at the center of the smaller square you created in Step 15 so that it collapses down into the center of the model along its crease lines. At the same time, begin to re-form the model by pushing in at all sides. The crease lines of the smaller square will become the blunted, top edge of the model. Press flat.
  17. Position the model so that the point is facing away from you.
  18. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to form a diamond-shaped top layer. Press flat.
  19. Bring the lower-left edge of the model up to meet the horizontal center crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge.
  20. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 18-19.
  21. Pinch the very bottom point of the model so that the lower left and right edges turn upward. The crease line you make should extend from the tip of the bottom point to the intersection of crease lines made in the previous step. As a result, the point will stick straight up from the model and the upper portions of the lower left and right edges will come up and in to meet the horizontal centerline.
  22. Hold the bottom point of the model along the pinched crease line you made in Step 21 and bring the point straight out to the right to lie flat. Press flat. The long edge of the pointed flap just created should lie along the model’s horizontal center crease line.
  23. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 21-22. This time, however, bring the bottom point to the left to meet the corresponding point that will be protruding from behind the model.
  24. Bring the tip of the pointed flap folded over in the previous step up and to the right, stopping just short of the model’s vertical center. Most of the flap’s lower left edge should come up to lie just to the left of the model’s vertical center. Press flat to form a triangular flap that points straight up.
  25. Open up the left edge of the triangular flap and press in at the midpoint of the flap’s right edge. Press until the upper half of the flap flattens out and points straight out to the left. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease line and press flat so the base of the point is now enclosed within the flap’s paper layers and a smaller triangular flap is formed.
  26. Open up the top edge of the triangular flap created in the previous step and push up at the midpoint of its bottom edge. Push until the upper half of the flap flattens out and points straight up. Reverse the flap’s crease line and press it flat so the base of the point is now enclosed within the flap’s paper layers. This forms one of the man’s hands.
  27. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 24-26 to create a symmetrical, opposing hand – the finished hands should be in the same position on each side of the model. Turn the model over and position it so that the two sharply pointed flaps are facing away from you and one hand is at the bottom left.
  28. Hold the layers of the model together at the bottom, just to the right of center. Open up the left edge of the model and push out and down along the right edge of the pointed left flap. Push until the flap flattens out and point straight down. Reverse the flap’s crease line and press flat so that the base of the point is enclosed within the flap’s paper layers. Both of the man’s hands should now be visible.
  29. Hold the layers of the model together at the hands. Open up the left edge of the flap that was folded down in the previous step and push out and upon its right edge. Push until the flap flattens out and points straight out to the left. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease and continue to push it upward, in between the model’s paper layers, so that the point sticks straight up. Press flat.
  30. Hold the layers of the model together at the bottom left side. Open up the left edge of the model and push out and down along the right edge of the pointed flap that was folded up in the previous step. Push until the flap flattens out and points straight out and to the left. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease and press flat so that the base of the flap’s point is enclosed within paper layers and its tip is angled down and toward the left.
  31. Hold the layers of the model secure at the hands. Open up the top edge of the pointed flap that was folded down in the previous step and push up along its bottom edge. Push until the flap flattens out and points straight up. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease keep pushing it to the right until all but the very tip is fully enclosed within the flap’s paper layers. The very tip creates the man’s nose.
  32. Use your thumbnail to make an indentation in the paper edge, just below the nose. This creates the man’s mouth and chin.
  33. Rotate the model 180 degrees so that the man’s head and hands are at the top. The remaining pointed flap should point toward the right.
  34. Hold the layers of the model together at the center. Open up the bottom edge of the remaining pointed flap and push down along its top edge. Push until the flap flattens out. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease and press flat so that the base of the flap’s point is enclosed with paper layers and its tip is pointing straight out to the left. You will now be able to see the man’s bent knees.
  35. Hold the layers of the model together at the knees. Open up the bottom edge of the model and push down on the pointed flap created in the previous step. Push until the flap flattens out. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease and press flat so that the base of the flap’s point is enclosed within paper layers and its tip is pointing straight down.
  36. Hold the layers of the model together at the base of the point folded down in the previous step. Open up the left edge of the pointed flap and push up along the right edge. Push until the flap flattens out. Reverse the direction of the flap’s crease and press flat so that the base of the flap’s point is enclosed within paper layers and its tip is pointing up and to the left.
  37. Hold the layers of the model together at the base of the point folded up in the previous step. Open up the left edge of the pointed flap and pushdown along its right edge. Push until the flap flattens out. Reverse the flap’s crease and press flat so that the base of the flap’s point is enclosed within paper layers and its tip is pointing down. This creates the man’s feet and completes the model.

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