How to Make a 3D Origami Apple

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    3D Origami Apple

    This origami project almost looks good enough to eat. Make it for seasonal fall and back-to-school decor; it would even make a great little gift for your child's new teacher!

    Supplies Needed

    • 1 sheet of square paper (in the example, 21cm x 21cm was used)
    • Scissors
    • 1 sheet of smaller square paper for the leaf, about 7cm x 7cm or similar.
    • A small strip of paper for the stalk
    • Glue
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    Make a Pentagon

    If you'd prefer, you can use a diagram for this first step.

    • Fold your paper in half by bringing the bottom edge up to the top edge.
    • Next, bring the lower right corner diagonally up, as if you were going to fold it, but instead–make a small mark in the middle.
    • Do the same with the top layer of the top left corner, make a small crease and unfold.
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    Continue Making the Pentagon

    • Fold the lower right corner diagonally to the left; it should reach the middle of the X you made in the previous steps.
    • Fold the left edge of the flap you just folded, back to the right and align it with the right edge.
    • Bring the lower left corner diagonally up to the right, aligning it to the edge of the right section.
    • Finally, fold the left section behind.
    • Cut along the edge of the front-most flap.
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    Begin Folding the Apple

    Now that you have your pentagonal shaped paper, we will fold it into an apple!

    • Start with your paper 'apple color' side up.
    • You need to make all of the folds that end at the points of the pentagon, mountain creases. Pick up the paper and reverse any that need to be.
    • Push all of the corners together and flatten the paper to become a triangular shape. Flatten and straighten out any uneven creases.
    • Fold the bottom right corner up diagonally, aligning it with the vertical central crease.
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    Continue Folding the Apple

    • Fold that flap over to the left and repeat that step on all of the other flaps, you can flip the sections around to the right from behind so that it is not uneven.
    • Use a blunt knife, a bone folder or your fingernail to smooth out the edges.
    • Rotate the paper clockwise.
    • Fold the bottom point of one of the flaps up to meet the central crease. This new edge at the bottom should match the level of the central crease.
    • If you angle this new crease slightly off, you will end up with an apple that is thinner or wider at the base!
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    Continue Folding the Apple

    • Flip the section above down on top of the previous one and repeat the steps.
    • As you are doing so, flip the sections up from behind so that it is not uneven.
    • Rotate the paper so that the inner triangular flaps are pointing downwards.
    • Unfold one of the left sections.
    • Fold the front-most corner up, starting from the bottom of the crease on the left and aligning to the central crease.
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    Continue Folding the Apple

    • Flip that triangular flap you just created diagonally up to the left again.
    • Re-fold the left section.
    • Using something pointy such as a chopstick, open out the flap on the left section.
    • Insert the small triangular flap with your pointy tool.
    • Repeat these steps on the other four sections.
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    Finish the Apple

    • Pick up your model and arrange the flaps so that they are spread out evenly.
    • Carefully blow up your apple. Hold on to the edges of the apple so that none of the flaps pop out.
    • Now you can shape the bottom edge if desired.
    • If the top of your apple didn't blow up completely, you could use a blunt object such as the end of a round pencil to pop them out from the inside.
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    Make the Leaf

    Grab your smaller square paper to make your leaf.

    • Fold the paper in half.
    • Cut the shape of half a leaf.
    • Imagine the lines of the leaf are diagonal. Fold the bottom section up, along your imaginary line.
    • Fold the leaf back down and keep folding up and down until you have a concertina.
    • Open the leaf out.
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    Add the Stalk

    • You can place the stalk of the leaf inside the apple now!
    • If you would like to make a stalk for the apple, you can make one by rolling up a piece of paper, gluing it at the end.
    • Use some glue to attach the leaf to the stalk, leaving a little gap so that it can rest inside the hole.

    You could also cover a straw in washi tape for this! There are many ways to make a leaf out of paper, including one method where you don't need to cut the paper.