Thursday, August 8, 2019

Balancing + Rocking Origami Tutorial

Did you enjoy playing with those balancing bird toys (aff link) as a kid? Well, if you did, today's origami project will be highly satisfying. We're balancing a piece of paper on our hands... using the power of origami! Fold and then place your creation on your finger. It will balance, rock back and forth, and even turn... without falling!

How to Fold Balancing, Rocking, and Turning Origami!


easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

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Today's tutorial comes from the book Folding for Fun: Origami for ages 4 and up. It contains quite a few simple projects that even beginners can do.

Materials Needed:


  • Computer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers

How to Fold Balancing Origami


1. Cut out a strip of paper 1 1/2" x 11" (Along the length of your computer paper.)
2. Optional: Decorate one side of your paper now (Or you can decorate if once you've folded.)

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids


3. Fold your paper in half lengthwise. (Decorated side out if you decorated it)
easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids


4. Open up your fold. Then, fold it in half again like a book (decorated side in)


easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

5. Fold down the upper left corner of your paper to the middle line. Then, unfold it. (This will create a crease to help with the next squash fold.)

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

6. Then, fold your paper like this and squash it down!
easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

7. Flip your paper over. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the other side.

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

8. Rotate your origami so it looks like this. 

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

9. Fold down your "wings" so they are behind the body. 

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

10. Then, unfold your wings so they are back where they started. (This will create a crease to help with the final squash folds.)

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

11. Push down on the center of one "wing" and then fold it so the center crease becomes a valley fold.

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

12. Repeat for the other side. Your origami should look like this from the middle.

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

13. Fold down the flaps of your wings on both sides. (4x in total for both sides of each wing)

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids



And now... balance it!
You got it!

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids


More easy and cool origami projects:


Happy making and playing, friends!

easy instructions showing how to fold balancing origami for kids


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