Origami Dragon created by Eric Ha
I designed this origami dragon so I may be biased ;), but I have to say that this is one of the coolest looking ones while being one of the easiest to fold. Besides being entirely foldable and not too complex, it can also flap when you pull its tail! It looks awesome, it’s easy to fold, and you can play with it. You must fold it today!
The pictures really don’t do it justice. Yes, there’s the neat little horned head and cool dragon tail, but the wings stand out above all with it’s mid flight curvature and gothic form. Fold it and see for yourself how this origami dragon can be so simple, yet so awesome.
The folds are pretty simple and the pictures are pretty self explanatory. The trickiest fold is probably the wing, but the step by step instructions should guide you through it because it’s really not hard at all. Read the steps and look at the images carefully and you’ll get this awesome origami dragon flapping in no time.
Step 1: Start with a square piece of origami paper. If you only have regular 8.5×11 paper,
follow these instructions to make a square sheet.
Step 2: Fold the paper in half by folding the top corner to the bottom corner.
Step 3: Now fold the triangle in half by taking the left corner and folding it to the right.
Step 4: Open and spread the top flap, then crease the left and right sides so you can flatten the flap down.
Step 5: Turn the paper over so we can repeat the last step.
Step 6: Make the left flap stand vertically, then open and squash down.
Step 7: Fold the top layers of both sides to the center.
Step 8: Now fold the top triangle down. You’re on your way to making an origami dragon!
Step 9: Unfold the top and both sides.
Step 10: Do a petal fold. Using the top layer only, lift from the bottom all the way up. Fold in the sides along the crease.
Step 11: Turn the figure over.
Step 12: Fold the sides to the center like before.
Step 13: Fold the above flap down like before.
Step 14: Unfold the top and sides.
Step 15: Do another petal fold like step 10.
Step 16: Let’s make the head. To do this, open the left side so you can perform an inside reverse fold, then flatten down.
Step 17: Inside reverse fold the bottom right flap and make it extend straight out. This is the tail.
Step 18: Back to the head. Fold the tip down as shown, then unfold.
Step 19: Hold the “neck” with one hand, and push the jaw against the neck with your other hand. Once you get it like the picture, flatten down.
Step 20: Fold the tip of the head back and unfold as shown.
Step 21: Open the head so you can fold the tip back at the crease, then flatten down.
All that’s left is the tail and wings!
Step 22: The neck is too thick. Beginning at the jaw, fold in both sides of the neck as shown.
Step 23: Now for the tail. Open the tail so you can fold up the tip as shown.
Step 24: Fold most of the tail back out, leaving a small crimp.
Step 25: Re-close the tail.
Step 26: The tail is too thick. Beginning at the tip of the tail, fold the rest of the tail inside to conceal the “fat”.
Step 27: Fold the wing down to the corner as shown, then unfold.
Step 28: Open the left flap of the wing, then fold down the entire wing and tuck inside the loose flap. Close the loose flap over the wing.
Step 29: Fold the loose flap to the left.
Step 30: Open the wing and fold along the left and right corners.
Step 31: With your thumb, push in the right (colored) side of the wing so that it pops in.
Step 32: You’ll have to re-crease the left side, beginning at the left corner and stopping at the colored side. Do not crease the colored side because it has to remain popped in.
I recommend you keep a thumb over the colored side to keep it popped in while you crease the left side with the other hand. I would show this in the picture, but I need the other hand to take the picture.
Step 33: Repeat Steps 27-32 for the other wing. When you are done, the top should look like this if you popped the wings right.
Step 34: Open the wings. Your dragon is ready to take flight. Hold the chest of the dragon in one hand and pull the tail with the other, then watch it come to life!
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