5 top tips: origami animals to make

parent and child folding origami birds with brightly coloured paper on a wooden table

Try out some simple crafting without specialist supplies – paper folding with art teacher Jackie

It’s a bit of a strange situation we find ourselves in lately, and without all our normal activities to keep us occupied we need to get creative! While we’re in lockdown our wonderful staff are sharing their 5 top tips of things to do, whether it’s a new way to experience old favourites, or the chance to try something completely novel.
Today’s tips are a way to get crafty at home with just paper, and create a menagerie of origami animals.

1. Butterfly

These butterflies are a quick and easy way to get started with origami. Craft a butterfly (or 10!) to brighten up your room or put around the house.

Feeling especially creative? Check out some of the UK’s most common butterflies at the Woodland Trust and add some authentic patterns to your paper creations.

2. Hummingbird

You may not see them in the wild in the UK, but you can still bring some beautiful wildlife inside by creating a paper hummingbird. Don’t forget to make some paper flowers to go along with it! You can find an easy flower tutorial here.

3. Dinosaur

Bring the past back to life with a paper dinosaur. Is this a T-Rex? A velociraptor? Allosaurus? We’re not sure, but we’d love to see what you make of these dinos. Once you’ve mastered this one, give a pterodactyl a try.

4. Fox

Who can resist a pair of orange ears? Create for yourself a family of foxes that won’t be sneaking off at night to steal the chickens.

If you’re up for a challenge after making a fox, you could branch out to other members of the canine family and give their distant cousin the wolf a try.

5. Penguin

A little cutie to round us off – who says you can’t add a little artwork to your creation? An adorable little face certainly adds a finishing touch!

Want to check out the real thing? See Edinburgh Zoo’s 100+ strong colony on their Live Penguin Cam.

Happy folding, everyone!

We hope you’ve found these top tips helpful, and we’d love to hear your top tips via facebook and twitter. We’ll be sharing more tips over the coming days.

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