Here’s an Origami Apple Craft that’s easy enough for even young kids to make! The perfect Origami project for beginners to the craft!
For many of us, making crafts means a trip to the craft store. While entering that world of craft supplies is a moment of joy, it isn’t really necessary (as much as you’d like to convince yourself otherwise!) If you want to create something beautiful with your hands, all you need is one thing and one thing only – paper!
When we say paper, we mean only paper – not even scissors and glue. And the art that helps us use paper in this manner is Origami – the Japanese art of paper folding.
We call it Japanese, but the origin is believed to be Buddhist monks from China, who brought it to Japan from where it took off. The Chinese called it ‘zhezhi’. There is also a story of Chinese prisoners in the United States, who made several paper creations while imprisoned. Later, many of these sculptures were displayed at the Museum of Chinese in America.
Origami has many amazing stories in its history, and many countries have their own version of paper-folding art. Take some time out to find more of these tales, and while you’re at it, try out this easy Origami apple craft for kids!
Easy Origami Apple Craft for Kids
- Origami or craft paper in red and green
- Glue stick
How to make the Origami Apple Craft:
1. If you’re using Origami paper, it is probably already in a square shape. However, if you’re using regular craft paper, you’ll have to cut it into a perfect square to make the Origami apple craft.
2. Fold the square in half vertically, so you get a rectangle.
3. Fold this rectangle in half, folding upward so you get a little square.
4. Open this latest fold and turn the rectangle 90 degrees to the left, so the fold is now on top and the crease is visible in the middle.
5. Take the two edges on the left and right and fold them towards the center.
6. Unfold, so you can now see three creases.
7. Make a fold along the third crease (from the left), but this time in the opposite direction.
8. Flatten this side along the fold.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the first crease, so it looks like two rectangles lying side by side.
10. Turn the paper upside down so the rectangles are now facing down and the folded portion is facing up.
11. Fold down the top edge so you get a slim border on top.
12. Unfold the left part of this border, lifting from the middle.
13. Press down on the fold in the middle so the unfolded edge lies flat.
14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 on the right part of the border. Your Origami apple craft is coming along well!
15. Now fold the bottom edge upward so you get a slim border on the bottom.
16. Repeat steps 12-13 on the left and right. You’ll end up with a rectangle, having little notches in the middle, on the top, and bottom.
17. Fold in the top left and right corners of the rectangle.
18. Fold in the bottom left and right corners, making these folds larger than the folds in the earlier step.
19. Turn the paper upside down so the folds are facing down, and you have an apple shape facing up.
20. Cut out a stem and leaf from craft paper and stick them to the apple with glue. Your Origami apple craft is ready!
If you’re wondering why the apple here is in two shades of the same color, well, that’s because of the Origami paper. If you plan on doing a lot of Origami, we recommend getting a pack of Origami paper. It’s inexpensive and will make a difference in your final product. But if you can’t find any specialty Origami paper, don’t let it stop you from creating beautiful crafts – just take regular craft paper and cut it into squares!
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