These origami slippers are a beginner-intermediate level project.
Each slipper is made from one double sheet of a standard newspaper and should take approximately five minutes to complete. You may have to fold this model once, compare it to your own foot measurements, and make any necessary adjustments to future models. The instructions given here are for one slipper. After you have completed the first, then repeat these steps for a second slipper.
Your model will fold more accurately and your creases will be sharper if you work on a hard, flat surface such as a table or floor. Make your creases even sharper by running a ruler or pencil edge over each one as you work.
Follow These Steps
- Position a double sheet of a standard newspaper on your work surface so that the pre-existing center crease is vertical.
- Bring the left edge of the newspaper to meet the right edge. Press flat.
- Bring the top edge of the folded newspaper down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the bottom edge of the newspaper up to a point that is approximately halfway between it and the horizontal crease line made in Step 3. Crease and leave folded. This step determines the width of the shoe’s upper, so you may have to experiment and adjust this particular fold.
- Bring the top edge of the flap folded up in Step 4 down to form a very narrow flap, less than 1/4 the vertical width of the first flap. Crease and leave folded. Turn the paper over.
- Bring the left edge of the paper so that the resulting flap is equal to 1/3 the width of the paper. Crease and leave folded. The small folded strip created in Steps 4-5 will appear at the model’s bottom left.
- Bring the right edge of the model over to meet the left edge. A narrow folded band will appear at the bottom of this flap, as well. Tuck this flap’s bottom edge into the folded band at the model’s bottom.
- Reach into the pocket at the bottom of the model and bring the interior folded band’s free edge out to fold over the exterior folded band. Press flat.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to a point that is approximately halfway between the folded band and the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. This step determines the overall length of the slipper so you may have to adjust this fold to achieve the correct size.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the left edge of the model (top layer only) over toward the center. At the same time, push in at the model’s top left corner. Bring as much of the edge to the center crease line as is possible. As you do this, a peak should form at the top left of the model. Press this flat to create a triangular shaped pocket. Crease and leave folded.
- Lift the bottom edge of the model’s top and tuck it into the pocket located at the bottom of the second paper layer.
- Bring the lower-left point of the model up to meet the top edge of the folded band located at the bottom of the model, just left of the model’s vertical center. The resulting crease line should run from the left edge of the model, just below the folded band to a point just above the bottom right corner. At the same time, push in the bottom left and right corners to round out the bottom of the model. This step creates an angled upper to match the angle of your toes. When you make the second shoe, bring up the right point instead to create an opposing slipper.
- Tuck the point folded up in Step 13 into the model’s folded band. Press flat and turn the model over. Position the model so that the folded flap is facing you.
- Bring the model’s top edge down until two triangular pockets appear at the top of the model. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left edge of the model (including the portion that lies under the folded flap at the bottom) over toward the center to form one side of the slipper. Crease and leave folded so that the edge sticks straight up from the model.
- Repeat Step 16 for the right edge of the model.
- Hold the layers of the model secure at the center of the top flap. Open up the triangular pocket at the model’s upper left and push upward at its bottom point. Push until the pocket is turned inside out. This creates one corner of the slipper’s heel.
- Repeat Step 18 for the model’s right triangular pocket to complete one slipper.