Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Make Origami Snails

Here's a super quick and easy origami craft that's perfect for spring or summer!  Lately, we've been bitten by the gardening bug.  My youngest and I keep sticking things into the dirt to see if they'll grow.  My oldest is not as keen on gardening as we are, but he loves folding origami.  So today I'm sharing how to fold these really easy and fun origami snails. 

Easy Origami Snail Tutorial

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families

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How to Fold Origami Snails

To do this craft, you'll need:  


  • Origami paper
  • Scissors 
    • Special note for the origami purists:  My eldest has already informed me that real origami doesn't use scissors.  (He is a stickler for rules, so I get it.)  But I'm still labeling the craft as origami because we're just making one teensy-weensy cut.
  • Sharpie markers  (Or really, use any markers. I just like Sharpies because they make nice, clean, bold lines.  Plus, they don't smear on Origami paper.  Sometimes our normal kid-friendly markers do that.)


Let's Make Some Snails!

1. Grab a sheet of paper.  Place it white side up and fold it into fourths.  (So fold it in half and then in half again to create four mini squares.) 

2. Unfold your paper so that you just have the creases.  (Sorry, I know the folds are faint in the photo, but trust me. They're there!)

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families


3.  Fold up two corners to meet in the middle.  (Use the creases made in step 1 to guide your folding.)

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families


4.  Flip the origami over, so that the colorful side is now facing up.   (It should look like a house with a pointy roof.)

5.  Fold up the other two corners to meet in the middle. 

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families


6.  Now fold your origami in half so that you see a solid color triangle on top.  (If your paper is oriented like mine, fold the bottom behind of the colorful triangle.)

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families

7.  Now fold your left and right bottom corners up.    (These will make the face and tail.)

8.  Now fold your top corner down.  (This will make your shell curved.)

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families

9.  Make a tiny cut on your head side.

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families

10.  Fold down your two pieces to create the snail's eyes.

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families


11. Grab your markers and decorate!  Go wild!

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families


Yay! You're all done.


If you enjoyed this nature-themed paper craft, definitely check out these crafts below:


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Happy making, friends!

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families



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