Many traditional origami models depict a variety of hat styles. This G.I, or army, the cap is instantly recognizable as part of a military uniform. You can fold this cap for display or as an inexpensive part of a military-style costume. It’s an easy origami project for anyone and can be completed in a few minutes.
As with most origami projects, you need to begin by acquiring a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square. For the wearable costume version of this hat, practice with a standard newspaper page that has been trimmed into the largest square possible. After you have successfully completed the model, then adjust the paper size as necessary. For a costume, try using fabric that has been stiffened with the appropriate solution.
If you are making a small version of this cap for display, start with a sheet of plain, white copy or typing paper. Then, after you have mastered the folds necessary to complete the model, move on to colored or patterned paper if desired.
An appropriate work surface is the only other item needed for origami. In order for you to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases (integral elements of a successful origami project), you must fold against a hard, flat, and stable surface. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work to make them even sharper.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. The exterior color of your cap should be face down on the surface.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. The result is a rectangular shaped model.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the center crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the right edge.
- Open up the right edge a bit by placing a finger in between the paper layers. Hold the bottom layer’s lower right point in place through the following step.
- Bring the top layer’s lower right point over to the center of the model. A triangular pocket will form at the top right side of the model as a result. Press the pocket flat.
- Repeat Steps 5-7 for the left side so that the model is symmetrical. Turn the model over.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the center vertical crease. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right edge. Turn the model over.
- Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up to meet the horizontal center. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 10.
- Bring the bottom edge up to fold along the horizontal center of the model. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 12.
- Insert a finger into the open end of the model and open out the cap. Also push down along the closed top edge of the model to form the crown of the cap.