How to make an origami noisemaker

How to make an origami noisemaker

This traditional origami model, made from a rectangle instead of a square, is a very simple project to complete. A beginner should be able to fold this noisemaker, or banger, in less than 5 minutes. Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when all previous steps have been completed correctly.

A sheet of plain, white copy or typing paper works well for this project. Practice with the plain paper first and then 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 crease and accurate folds needed for a successfully completed model. A table, hardback book, or even a floor will do nicely. Make crease even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work,

Follow these Steps

  1. Position a rectangular piece of paper on your work surface so that its short edges are facing left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of your noisemaker is face down.
  2. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  4. Bring the upper right point of the model down to meet the horizontal centerline. The top half of the model’s right edge should come down to lie completely on the horizontal centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Bring the lower right point of the model up to meet the horizontal centerline as you did with the upper right point in Step 4. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Bring the upper left point of the model down to meet the horizontal centerline. The top half of the model’s left edge should come down to lie completely on the horizontal centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Bring the lower-left point of the model up to meet the horizontal centerline as you did with the upper left point in Step 6. Crease and leave folded.
  8. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  9. Bring the right point of the model down to meet the vertical centerline. The right half of the model’s top edge should come down to lie completely on the vertical centerline, as well. Crease and leave folded.
  10. Bring the model’s left point down to meet the vertical center line as you did with the right point in Step 9. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  11. Bring the model’s left point over to meet the right point. Crease and leave folded.
  12. Grasp the model by its lower points and position it so that the left point is facing away from you. Snap the model downward. The inner layer of the model should unfold with a popping sound.

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