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Simple Origami Pets To Create With Your Children

Simple Origami Pets To Create With Your ChildrenDays at home with the kids provide endless opportunities to be creative. Folding origami is a fun and interesting craft idea you can do with your children. Origami pets are cute and customizable, so your kids can make their animals unique and really let their personalities shine through their art. They are also fairly simple to make, and require no glue or cutting — both plusses when crafting with young children. Next time you and the kids are bored, pull out some paper and try folding up one of these little critters. 

Cat

Create one of these friendly felines in a flash!

  • Begin with a perfectly square piece of paper.
  • Fold the paper in half diagonally so you end up with a triangle.
  • With the longest side of the triangle facing you, fold the bottom right corner up so what was originally the bottom right side of the triangle is facing the center of the page and the corner pokes out above the top of the page. You want this point to be very near, but not overlapping, the top point of the triangle. This will create the first ear.
  • Repeat the instruction above with the bottom left corner. This should leave you with three points at the top of the project.
  • Fold the middle point down to create the top of your cat's head.
  • Turn the paper over and draw a cute kitty face on the front.

 

Dog

Conjure up this cuddly canine in no time at all!

  • Begin with a perfectly square piece of paper.
  • Fold the paper in half diagonally so you end up with a triangle.
  • With the longest side of the triangle facing you, fold the bottom right corner up so what was originally the bottom right side of the triangle is facing the center of the page and the corner pokes out above the top of the page. This will be the bottom of the first ear. You want this point to be further from the center point in order to create the look of hanging ears. Keep in mind that during this step your dog is upside down.
  • Repeat the instruction above with the bottom left corner. This should leave you with three points at the top of the project. The two outside points should be lower down than the center point.
  • Turn the whole project around so the points are on the bottom.
  • Fold the center point up so the tips of the ears hang lower than it.
  • Draw a sweet puppy face on the front using the folded center point as the nose of the pup.

You can change your doggie's ear type and either animal's face shape by tweaking the location of each fold. Experiment with scrap paper until you find the perfect combination of folds. Once you have it down just right, you can use pretty or colorful paper for the final product. 

When drawing on faces, it is best to use a sharpie or other black permanent marker. Add special touches, such as a bow on the ear or a ribbon glued under the chin for a collar, to make your animal unique. Buttons and glitter are also great for decorating your little pets.

These are just a couple of the simplest origami pets out there. If you enjoy making these, be sure to expand your horizons and find new creations to make with your kids. If you have more creations than you know what to do with and you are looking for uses for your finished products, try using them in scrapbooks, to decorate greeting cards, or as an addition to a floral bouquet.

Get creative, and have fun coming up with your own creations and ideas!

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