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Make an Origami Elephant
This is an intermediate-level origami project, made from a single sheet of square paper. If you are a beginner at origami, you may find this project tricky.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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The First Folds
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- Start with your paper white side up if it has one. Fold the paper in half, from left to right and then bottom to top.
- Next, fold the top and bottom edge to the horizontal central crease and unfold.
- Fold the left and right edges to the vertical central crease and unfold.
- You now have a neat grid of 15 equal sections.
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- Rotate the paper so that it is a diamond.
- Fold the top, bottom and left corner to the central crease–not the right corner (keep this corner on the right side–this will become the elephant's head).
- Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top-most horizontal crease. Unfold.
- Repeat the last step, fold the top corner down to the lowest horizontal crease, and the right and left corners to their opposing creases.
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Flip and Fold
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- Fold the paper as shown, creasing only where indicated.
- Repeat for the other diagonal crease.
- Flip the paper over, from top to bottom, keeping the right (uncreased) section on the right.
- Fold the left corner to the right, to the point indicated. For thick paper, avoid the middle diamond.
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Fold the Corners In
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- Fold the corner back over to the left.
- Flip the paper over, from top to bottom.
- Fold the bottom right section diagonally up to the left, followed by the top right section.
- Fold the right section over to the left, squashing the diagonal folds you just made.
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Rotate and Fold
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- Rotate the paper.
- Now you can grab the bottom section and flip it under and behind. The top flap will come down to the bottom.
- Next, you'll fold the left and right corners of the lower section to the central crease.
- You can flip the flaps up to make it easier to see.
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The V-Shape Fold
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- Flip the paper over to the other side.
- There is a V-shaped crease on the top of the front-most flap–these creases need to be re-folded as valley creases.
- Flip the model over and rotate as shown.
- Fold the model in half, from top to bottom.
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Forming the Trunk
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- Hold onto the elephant's trunk and the back of his head, push gently. A new crease will form.
- There should be a diamond shape on top of the elephant. Open out the bottom of the model and push on that diamond, flattening it.
- Pinch the diagonal edge that appears on the left.
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Shaping the Other Side
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- Fold the flap over to the right.
- There is already a crease here; fold it over and tuck it behind.
- Now you need to repeat these steps on the other side of the elephant.
- Find the back of the elephant and pinch it, keeping that diamond intact.
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- Make a small, thin fold.
- Open the flap that was under the tail-end of the elephant.
- Hold it as shown.
- The left of the diamond shape needs to be folded into pleats over to the right.
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