How to Make an origami man with a bowed head

Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, uses paper to depict a multitude of objects. Both humans and animals have traditionally been very popular subjects for origami model designers. This model is one of the oldest of the human representations.

This origami project is a simple one and should take approximately five minutes to complete. Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been correctly completed. You may have to go through this project two or three times before you are successful.

Before you begin, you will need to acquire a square piece of paper and find a suitable place to work. A sheet of plain, white copy or typing paper works well for practice. Move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired, after you’ve successfully folded this model once or twice. The paper you use should be at least as heavy as a standard sheet of copy paper.

Before you begin folding, you’ll need to find a suitable place to work. Folding against a hard, flat surface works best for making the sharp creases and accurate folds needed for a successfully completed model. A table, hardback book, or even a floor will do nicely. Make creases even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work.

Follow these Steps

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points 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.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  4. Bring the top point down to the center of the model. Use the intersection of the crease lines made in Step 2 and 3 as your guide. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for the remaining points of the model. Turn the model over.
  6. Bring the upper left corner of the resulting square shape down to the center of the model. Use the intersection of the pre-existing vertical and horizontal crease lines as your guide. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Repeat Step 6 for the remaining three corners. Turn the model over.
  8. Bring the top point of the resulting diamond shape down to the center of the model. Use the existing folds as your guide. Crease and leave folded.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for the remaining three points. Turn the model over. The top layer of the resulting diamond-shaped model consists of 4 diamond-shaped flaps.
  10. Open up the right flap a bit and then push its interior point outward. The flap should open up all the way and collapse into a rectangular shape. Press flat.
  11. Repeat Step 10 for both the bottom and left flaps. The remaining flap becomes the figure’s bowed head.

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