Practice your folding skills with this Easy Origami Mushroom Craft! Perfect for kids of all ages, as well as beginners to Origami!
With animated movies, the strangest things have become popular characters, like penguins, meerkats, warthogs, crabs, and snowmen. While it doesn’t seem that strange for animals and birds, no one would have ever thought that a fungus could become popular, but with mushrooms, that’s exactly what happened!
A common doubt is this: are mushrooms plants? Well, the thing about mushrooms is they can be both a prop as well as a real character. For instance, they were houses in Smurf Village, but Goomba villains in the Super Mario series!
With the Mario movie releasing soon, mushrooms are rising in popularity and we’re joining in on the trend – with a super easy Origami mushroom craft for kids!
Easy Origami Mushroom Craft for Kids
- 6×6 Square Origami paper
How to make the Origami Mushroom Craft:
1. Fold the square along the diagonal and open it up so you get a diagonal crease running from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
2. Take the other two corners of the square (top right and bottom left) and fold it inwards towards the diagonal crease. The corners should meet along the crease and the folded edges should line up along the crease as well.
3. Turn the folded paper upside down so that the folds are facing down and the ‘clean’ side is facing up. Your Origami Mushroom Craft is now a diamond shape with shorter edges on top and longer edges at the bottom.
4. Fold the shorter edges over the ‘clean’ side, and turn the entire paper by 180 degrees so the long edges are facing upward and you have a flat edge at the bottom.
5. Turn the paper upside down, so the first folds you made in Step 2 are now visible, and the fold made in the previous step is underneath.
6. Holding on to the bottom flat edge, bring the top corner all the way down, folding over a 1″ section. Now you have two new corners on the left and right.
7. Imagine a line running from the right corner to the center crease, and fold down along this line. Repeat with the left corner so you get two, small new folds.
8. Unfold the fold you just made, and adjust it till you can get the edge to fall along the center crease. Press down to flatten the fold.
9. Repeat the same process on the other side. Now your Origami Mushroom Craft looks something like a rocket! This ‘rocket’ has a top corner and a bottom corner, as well as left and right corners.
10. Fold the bottom corner upward, meeting the center crease.
11. Now fold the left and right corners inward.
12. Finally, fold the top corner downward. Turn the mushroom upside down, so that all the folds lie underneath and are not visible. Your basic mushroom shape is ready!
13. You can of course leave your mushroom as it is, or you could paint the top part red. Another option is to cut out a piece of red paper the size of the mushroom’s upper portion and stick it in the appropriate position. Don’t forget to add some details like white spots!
The instructions may seem like a lot, but this little Origami Mushroom Craft is actually easier than it looks! Kids of all ages can easily attempt it, even if it’s their first attempt at Origami. If you’re wondering what to do with this mushroom, we have a few ideas. You could use it as a DIY bookmark, or stick a magnet on the back and decorate your fridge with it. Or you could sneak in a little note within the folds and give it to your special someone! Then wait to see them find it and watch the smile spreading on their face!