Monday, July 29, 2019

Easy Origami Emoji Face Changers

Ever look at an origami project and think... gosh, that's cool but way too difficult to fold? Well, today's origami project bucks that trend. It's unique AND easy to fold.  These origami face changers show emoji faces flipping expressions from fold to fold! (Neat, right?)  The kids are sure to have fun folding, drawing, and changing their faces around!

How to Fold Easy Origami Face Changers


how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

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Who came up with this Origami craft?

Not me! I gotta give credit to my eldest son. :) He loves origami and came up with this fun idea after folding an origami windmill.

Also, if you want to see the origami face changer in action, watch this short video!



Materials Needed:

  • Origami paper (This is my current favorite brand. We love Daiso!!)
  • Sharpie Markers (I like these because they tend not to smear on the origami paper.)

Let's Fold some Origami Face Changers!

First, we're going to do a lot of folds that seem inconsequential, but serve the important purpose of creating fold lines for future folds.

1. Fold your paper in half horizontally.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

2.  Open it up and fold it in half vertically.
how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

3. Open up your fold and your paper will look like this:

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

4. Fold both sides vertically to the middle.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

5.  Unfold the folds made in step 4.

6. Fold your paper horizontally so that the ends meet the middle.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

7. Fold it in half so the left and right ends meet in the middle.
how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

8. Unfold the folds you made in step 7.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

9.  Fold your upper left and upper right corner to the bottom middle. You'll see a triangle like this:

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

10. Unfold the folds you made in step 9.
11. Then, fold the bottom left and bottom right corners so they meet in the top middle, creating this triangle:

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

12. Unfold the folds you just made in step 11 and you'll get this.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

 Ok! Now we're going to do a "squash fold." (This is tricky to explain, but not tricky to do.) Here goes!

13.  Let's squash fold the right side. Open up your ride side like so... (see where my finger is?)

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

14. Use that finger to push that open edge to the middle. (It should fold alone one of your previously folded diagnoal creases.)

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

15. Do the same thing for the bottom portion. Push the edge to the middle as well...

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

16. Now it's time to "squash" the side over...

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

Squashed! Yeah!

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

Now do the same "squash fold" to the other side.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

Squashed!

Let's Draw Our Emoji Faces


Grab those Sharpies. It's time to draw the 2 faces you'll flip between.

Note: To make sure the faces align, draw your face shape all the way to the edges. Also, put your eyes in a specific spot (I put mine on the diagonal fold lines.) And, if you're going to show a tongue sticking out, make sure to draw it on one side.

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

Fold down those top two flaps and fold up the bottom two flaps.

Draw your second face!

(Remember to spread your face to the edges.)

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

Then, flip your flaps around to make different funny faces.

Looking for More Unique Origami Crafts?

We have a ton of quirky and fun origami crafts on the blog.  Here are my 10 projects:


Happy folding, friends!

how to make super easy origami face changers- great craft for kids - one flip and you change faces from one emoji to the next

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