Traditional Origami Menko Cards Tutorial

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    Traditional Origami Menko Card Tutorial

    Origami Menko Tutorial
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    Learn how to make some traditional origami menko cards with this easy to follow step by step tutorial. 

    The Japanese Menko Card game is very simple to play, you need two or more players, and about six or more cards each―one player places a card face down, each of the other players takes turns trying to flip that card over by throwing a card down to hit it. The player who flips the target card over keeps all of the cards that are on the ground.

    In this tutorial, we will be using square paper that has been cut into thirds, we will show you how we measure and cut the paper.

    Usually, the traditional model describes that you fold the paper into thirds first, leaving the paper quite thick, which can make it difficult to fold and get clean lines.

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    Step 1

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    Start with your square paper, we're using two different colors.

    Start by making a mark at a third way in from the left.

    To work out what a third is, take the width of your paper and divide it by three.

    This paper was 20 cm so a third is 6.6 cm.

    Now fold the right side over to meet the mark.

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    Step 2

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    Unfold the right side.

    Fold the left side over to the crease that you just created.

    Now your paper is divided into thirds.

    You need to cut the paper along the creases.

    You can use paper trimmers or scissors.

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    Step 3

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    Starting with one of the strips, white side up if yours has one.

    Fold the top right corner down as shown, followed by folding the bottom left corner up.

    Do this to all of the strips. Place the dominant ​color down first with the other color on top.

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    Step 4

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    Fold the right point (purple) over the top of the center, creating a straight edge on the right.

    Next, fold the bottom corner into the center, then the left, and finally the top.

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    Step 5

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    After folding the top corner down, you can tuck it into the first corner you folded.

    Now it is finished!

    Don't worry if it didn't work out the first time, just try again, it can take practice.