How to make an origami pig

Animals are often the subjects of traditional origami models that range from the very simple to the very complex. This pig is an easy one for beginners to try out start with the simple models first! It should take you about 5 minutes to complete this project.

You can fold your pig from pink paper or any color you choose. Just make sure that it is cut into a perfect square and is heavier than the average notebook paper. Start with plain, white copy or typing paper first and then move on to your special paper once you have mastered the model.

The only other item you need for your project is a hard, flat surface upon which to work. This is really the only way to end up with a sharply creased model. Without sharp crease, the model will not hold its shape. Consider keeping a ruler or pencil on hand to run along each crease as you work. This will help make your creases even sharper.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, start with the exterior color of the pig facing up.
  2. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold. Turn the square over.
  3. Bring the top edge down to meet the center horizontal crease line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the bottom edge.
  4. Bring the upper left corner of the resulting rectangle down to the center of the model so that the upper half of the left edge lies along the horizontal crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the corresponding upper right corner.
  5. Bring the lower-left corner of the rectangle down to the center of the model so that the lower half of the left edge lies along the horizontal crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the corresponding lower right corner. Turn the model over.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5.
  7. Push the left corner of the model down and to the center so that the paper layers separate and the model collapses along the pre-existing creases. This should result in a small triangular shape being formed at the top left of the model. Press the model flat and repeat for the remaining three corners. Turn the model over.
  8. Bring the bottom edge of the model up to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.
  9. Bring the right edge of the left triangle over to the left, just enough to include the top point of the triangle in the resulting crease. Crease and leave folded. This forms one of the pig’s legs. Repeat for the right triangle so that the model is symmetrical. Turn the model over.
  10. Repeat Step 9.
  11. Hold the layers of the model together at its top.
  12. Push the lower-left point of the model up and inward so that just the point is enclosed within the model’s paper layers. Pull the point out so that it protrudes from the folds a bit. Press flat. This forms the pig’s snout.
  13. Repeat Step 12 for the lower right point of the model, but push the point farther up inside the folds. As done for the snout, pull the point out so that it protrudes from the folds. This forms the pig’s tail.

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