How to make an origami snail

How to make an origami snail

The origami snail described below is an intermediate-advanced level project and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt takes a little longer than this, however, complex models take patience and time. Once you master the folding process, you won’t be able to resist making more of these little creatures!

The only material that you absolutely need for origami is paper that has been cut into a perfect square along with a suitable work surface. Practice folding this model with plain white copy or typing paper (or something similar) first. Once you have mastered the folds of this model, you may want to make a display version from colored or patterned paper.

In order for any origami model to fold correctly, the crease you make with each fold should be as sharp as possible. This can best be accomplished on a hard, flat work surface. Make creases even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over them as you go.

Follow these Steps

  1. Position your square of paper on your work surface so that the points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, then the desired exterior color of the snail should be facing down.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  4. Position the square so that the edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. 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. You should now have a rectangular-shaped model.
  6. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  7. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing away from you.
  8. Bring the lower right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the center vertical crease. Crease and unfold. Now turn the same edge back along the crease line you just made. Crease and unfold.
  9. Open up the upper-right edge of the model (top layer only) by inserting a forefinger there. Place your thumb on the lower right edge and push it toward the center of the model. The paper should collapse along the crease lines made in Step 8 and result in a kite-shaped flap.
  10. Bring the lower right edge of the new flap over to meet the left edge. Crease and press flat.
  11. Repeat Steps 8-9. Turn the model over.
  12. Repeat Steps 8-10.
  13. Repeat Steps 8-9. The entire model should now be kite-shaped
  14. Bring the upper-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the center vertical crease. Crease and leave folded.
  15. Bring the upper-right edge of the model (top layer only) over toward the center, just far enough so that the top right point is included in the resulting crease. Crease and leave folded.
  16. Bring the upper-left edge created in Step 14 over to meet the center vertical line. Crease and leave folded.
  17. Bring the upper right edge created in Step 15 over to meet the center vertical line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  18. Repeat Steps 14-17.
  19. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) over to meet the right point. Press flat and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  20. Repeat Step 19.
  21. Bring the upper-right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the center vertical crease. Crease and leave folded.
  22. Bring the upper-left edge of the model (top layer only) over toward the center, just far enough so that the top-left point is included in the resulting crease. Crease and leave folded.
  23. Bring the upper right edge created in Step 21 over to meet the center vertical line. Crease and leave folded.
  24. Bring the upper-left edge created in Step 22 over to meet the center vertical line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  25. Repeat Steps 21-24.
  26. Bring the right point of the model’s top layer over to the left so that a smooth surface is created at the top of the model. Turn the model over and repeat.
  27. Locate the two points at the top of the model’s second layer. Bring each of those points out to each side of the model so that they extend straight out from the model. The base of each extended point should be manipulated so that it is enclosed within the folds of the second layer. Press the model flat.
  28. Bring the top layer’s point down into the center of the model, just far enough so that it is held securely by the interior folds. Crease and leave folded. Repeat with the bottom layer’s top point. The top of the model will now resemble a snail’s head with “horns” sticking out from each side.
  29. Bring the bottom point up toward the top of the model and fold it in half. Make a sharp a crease as possible.
  30. Anchor the top half of the model against your work surface while you pull out all of the folds of the bottom half to create the rounded shell of the snail.

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