How to Make an Origami Santa Claus

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I have another Origami craft for you today.  This time it is an Origami Santa Claus perfect for the Christmas Holiday.  Origami and other paper folding crafts are challenging, but they are also a ton of fun.  You don’t need much in the way of materials…. Simply grab a piece of red origami paper and you are good to go.  You will also need some crayons or colored pencils if you want to give your Santa a face…. but that is it.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make an Origami Santa Claus



 

Materials Needed

Origami Paper – Red

Crayons or Colored Pencils (optional)

 

Step 1



Start off with a red piece of origami paper.



Start off with a red piece of origami paper.


Step 2



Fold paper in half... connecting the bottom point to the top point



Fold paper in half… connecting the bottom point to the top point.

 

Step 3



Open back up to reveal a crease.



Open back up to reveal a crease.

 

Step 4



Now fold paper in half from left corner to right.



Now fold paper in half from left corner to right.

 

Step 5



Now open up to reveal both creases.



Now open up to reveal both creases.

 

Step 6



Now turn over to the red side.



Now turn over to the red side.

 

Step 7



Fold both the left and right corners to center of creases.



Fold both the left and right corners to center of creases.



Like this.



Like this.

 

Step 8



Take each triangle and bend bottom of it over to form a red triangle.



Now you have two white triangles.  Take each triangle and bend bottom of it over to form a red triangle.



It should look like this.



It should look like this.  Notice that the red triangles are perfectly straight across as well as on the sides.

 

Step 9



unfold yet again



Sounds crazy…. but unfold yet again!

 

Step 10



Fold over left corners so that it looks like this



Fold over left corners so that it looks like this.  Do it on the right too.

 

Step 11



Now bend over the paper again so that it looks like this.



Now bend over the paper again so that it looks like this.  Do it on right too.

 

Step 12



Now fold paper in half



Now fold paper in half… top corner touching bottom corner.

 

Step 13



Fold bottom corner up to top of paper



Fold bottom corner up to top of paper.

 

Step 14



Fold only the front sheet of paper down at the top



Fold only the front sheet of paper down at the top… not quite to the bottom.

 

Step 15



Now fold back sheet of paper forward too



Now fold back sheet of paper forward too… but not quite as far down… leaving a bit of white outline like so.

 

Step 16



Now fold a bit of the tip (of front sheet) up.



Now fold a bit of the tip (of front sheet) up.

 

Step 17



Fold tip of it behind big triangles.



Fold tip of it behind big triangles.

 

Step 18



Fold left side up in a diagonal



Fold left side up in a diagonal so it meets the top edge and the left side of the middle triangle.



Do the same thing with the right side



Do the same thing with the right side.  Unfold left side to reveal the crease.



Unfold right side too... so creases are on both sides.



Unfold right side too… so creases are on both sides.

 

Step 19



Now fold down on diagonal



Now fold down on diagonal so each side touches top corners of middle triangle.

 

Step 20



Fold them over towards the center like this.



Fold them over towards the center like this.

 

Step 21



Use your fingers to push the right side to the back of Santa.



Use your fingers to push the right side to the back of Santa.



See now it is behind Santa and coming out the bottom like a leg.



See now it is behind Santa and coming out the bottom like a leg.



Push the left side behind Santa



Push the left side behind Santa like you did on the right.

Step 22



For the right leg push your finger up under the leg and push part of it up and to the right to form a sleeve.



This is the tricky part.  You might have to play around till you figure out what I’m talking about.

For the right leg push your finger up under the leg and push part of it up and to the right to form a sleeve.  Some of the leg will remain sticking out.

 

Step 23



Do the same with the left leg.



Do the same with the left leg.  You are now done.  Unless you want to…

 

Step 24



draw a face on Santa



… draw a face on Santa.

Awesome job…. you just finished your Origami Santa Claus.  Did you decide to draw a face on Santa?  Take a picture of your Santa and post it in the comments below.  I would love to check out your Origami Santa Claus.

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