Thursday, April 16, 2020

Easy Origami Pokemon: Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle

Another day... another origami craft!  Years ago, I designed this super easy origami Pikachu for my preschooler to fold. Well, our love for all things Pokemon has only grown. Pokemon books. Pokemon toys. Pokemon clothes. Pokemon the TV show. Pokemon the movie. Pokemon Go... ooof. So today I'm sharing these super nifty Pokemon Origami Crafts. I'll show you how to fold a simple Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu too!

How to Fold Easy Origami Pokemon: Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle! 


how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu


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Materials Needed:

  • Origami Paper (I like this brand a lot because there is a variety of colors AND they are not colored on both sides. I've purchased a couple of other types from Amazon that weren't white on one side and that totally bummed me out.)
  • Scissors
  • Makers (I used Sharpies because they don't smear)
  • Tape


How to Fold an Easy Origami Pokemon Body:


Step 1: Fold the origami paper along a diagonal.
Step 2: Unfold your fold and then fold again along the other diagonal.
Step 3: When you open up your paper you should see this. (We did these initial steps to help with a trickier step later on.)
Step 4: Fold the paper in half.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu




Step 5: Fold the rectangle in half again to make a smaller square shape.
Step 6: Remember those initial diagonal folds we made before? Here's where they come in use! Put your hands into the open side of your mini square. Push down....
Step 7: Keep pushing down and your paper should collapse into a triangle shape.
Step 8: Do the same thing (Steps 6+7) to collapse the other side into a triangle shape.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Step 9: Fold up the left and right corners of the top triangle.
Step 10: Take your top right triangular flap and fold it over to the left.
Step 11: Fold the side of the larger back triangle over so that the slanty side meets the middle.
Step 12: Return the triangular flap that you moved in step 10 back to its original place.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Step 13: Repeat steps 9-12 with the other side. You should now see this.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Step 14: Fold down the two top sides to make your Pokemon's arms a bit more slender.

(I did this for Pikachu and Charmander, but I thought Squirtle looked cuter with bigger arms.)

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Step 15: Now fold the bottom two corners like this to create little feet.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu


Flip your paper over and you'll see this cute origami body!

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu




How to Fold an Origami Pikachu:

You have a body already. All you need to do is fold a Pikachu head!

Let's fold an origami Pikachu head:

Step 1: Fold a sheet of yellow paper in half and then in half again. Use those folds as guides for cutting out 4 identical small squares. Each one will make a Pikachu face. 
Step 2: Fold your small square paper in half along the diagonal.
Step 3: Fold up a small portion of the triangle.
Step 4: Fold up both sides and then fold down the top corner.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu


Now you have a head and a body. You'll also need to cut out a tail from one of the smaller squares.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Tape the pieces together and decorate with Sharpies.
how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

How to Fold an Origami Squirtle:

Fold the body according to the directions above, but keep the arms larger.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Let's fold a Squirtle head and stomach:

Step 1: Fold your blue paper in half and then in half again. Use those folds as guidelines for cutting out 4 identical small squares. Each one will make a Squirtle face. 
Step 2: Grab one of your mini squares and fold it in half two times. Open up your folds.
Step 3: Fold your corners into the center.
Step 4: Fold down the tips of your square.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Repeat these same steps with a yellow sheet of paper to make a Squirtle stomach. Now you will have these 3 parts:

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Tape the pieces together and decorate to make a Squirtle!

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu


How to Fold an Origami Charmander:

Follow the steps above to fold a body.


Follow the steps above to fold a head shape. (Use the same steps as Squirtle's head, but just make the folds in step 4 a little different to create a longer rectangular shape instead of a squarish shape.)

Cut out an orange tale.

And then tape the head, body, and tail together. Use Sharpies to decorate.

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

And that's it!

how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

If you enjoyed this craft, you'll enjoy these other Pokemon crafts!


5 More Pokemon Crafts:


how to fold super easy Pokemon Origami with kids: step-by-step directions to craft Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu

Want to keep folding? How about making these adorable origami paper dolls?

How to fold origami paper dolls and Origami Pokemon (PIkachu, Charmander, and Squirtle)- a super fun and easy kids craft


Happy folding, friends!


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