This inflatable, traditional origami persimmon project can be folded in just a few minutes. Follow each step carefully and only move on to the next when you are confident that all prior steps have been correctly completed.
You’ll need a square of paper for this project and a suitable surface upon which to fold. Use any paper you have on hand plain, white copy paper works well for practice. After you have completed the model successfully once or twice, then move on to colored or patterned paper.
In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases, you should fold against a hard, flat surface. A table or hardback book will do nicely. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work to make them even sharper.
Follow these steps
- 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 persimmon is facing down.
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
- Position the square so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- 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.
- Grasp the resulting rectangle at its left and right sides and push inward. The folds you made previously should allow the model to collapse into a diamond shape with one folded flap sticking out towards the front of the model and one sticking out towards the back.
- Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Re-crease and flatten the model. The open end of the model should be facing away from you.
- Bring the lower-left edge of the model over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Bring the lower left edge backward to fold along the same crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 9.
- Open up the top layer of the model a bit at the upper left edge and push the left point in toward the model’s center. The left side of the top layer should collapse into a kite shape along pre-existing crease lines. Press flat.
- Fold the kite shape in half lengthwise from left to right. Press flat.
- Repeat Step 11. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Steps 11-13.
- Open and close the folds of the kite shape (as you would the pages of a book) until the model is smooth on the surface of both the front and back. There should be an even number of paper layers on either side of the model.
- Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down as far as it will easily go to create a triangular flap. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the upper left point of the triangular flap backward to meet the vertical center of the model. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the triangular pint’s upper right point. There will now be a small kite shape sitting on top of the larger kite-shaped model.
- Turn the model over and repeat Steps 16-17.
- As you did in Step 15, rotate the layers of the model so that both the front and back have smooth surfaces.
- Repeat Step 16-18.
- Blow into the model’s opening to inflate the persimmon.