Bunny Origami

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So this week, it’s all about the bunny. With Easter around the corner I thought this would be a nice project to do. Plus it allows me to continue with my current obsession: Origami

As with all the creature origami we are highlighting, they are simple enough for younger children to make. Depending on your child’s ability, if they do end up needing help, it will be minimal.

Place your origami paper in front of you. I used a 4.5 inch wide paper.

Create a right angle triangle by folding the square diagonally. Make sure the edges and the corners line up exactly. Press down on the folded edge and then create a sharp crease by running your nail on the crease.

Fold the large triangle in half to create a smaller triangle. Line the corners and edges and then create a sharp crease on the new folded edge. Unfold. Place the right angle triangle in front of you so that the right angle is pointing away from you and the folded edge is pointing towards you.

Using the folded edge as the starting pointing, measure up 5/8 inch from the fold.

Create a score line.

Fold up from the score line and create a sharp crease.

For the next steps, you will have be using the guides as shown above. This is to create bunny ears.

Next, fold the right section bringing the bottom fold edge to line up with the center fold line. Looking at the photo with the guidelines above, that means folding the section with the dashes to line up with the center fold lime that has the dots. Also make sure that the two corners that are circled line up exactly.

Repeat on the left side. Make sure to create sharp creases on the newest fold lines.

This is what it should look like when done.

Turn bunny upside down. Moving forward this will be the face of Bunny.

You can either use a ruler or just eyeball it to fold about half an inch or until the top of the fold lines up with the outer edge of Bunny’s ears.

This is what it looks like when the ruler is removed.

Unfold the just created triangle and fold it over to the inside of Bunny. Create a sharp crease.

Next turn Bunny up side down and fold about 3/8 of an inch from the corner up to create a small triangle as shown above. At this point because you are dealing with multiple layers of paper, you may find it hard to create a sharp crease by just using your fingers and nails. I often will use a bone folder or a nail file or a spoon. Something that is not sharp but helps to really create that sharp crease.

Turn Bunny right side up again. Now comes the really fun part: drawing in the features. For this tutorial, I have included my version of eyes, mouth and nose but you don’t have to draw it exactly the way I did it.

Maybe you want to add eyelashes. Or you want to do a different nose and mouth. Be creative and put your own spin on it.

I would love to see your version of Bunny.

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