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How To Make An Origami Dragon

How To Make An Origami Dragon

This instructional video shows you, step by step, how to fold an origami dragon from a single piece of paper.

My name is Origami Mark. You can contact me on my website, which is origamimark.co.

uk. This session, I'm going to show you how to make a paper dragon. I'm starting off with a suitably colored piece of paper.

It's orange on one side, black on the other. In our particular case, we're going to have a black dragon. So, we fold the paper in half, diagonally.

You can put the other diagonal in, as well. We've got two flaps, and he's kind of dragony-looking already. You can imagine that being his head and these being his wings.

But, we're not going to stop there. We're going to do more. We flatten each of these flaps that we just created.

And we create a thing that's known in origami circles as a preliminary base. It's called preliminary because a lot of models start off with this as their base. The next thing we're going to do is put some petal folds in.

And to do that, we take the raw edges at the bottom of the model and fold the raw edge into the center so that it lines up with the center. Nice firm crease. Repeat on the other side.

Nice firm crease there, as well. Don't get too fussed about making all these edges butt up to each other. If you leave a little gap, it'll actually make the paper easier to handle in later stages.

If you butt them all completely, then you get a little bit of paper slip. And you end up with paper sticking out where you don't intend. So there we've made a petal fold, which was just a process of folding in the edges, unfolding them, and opening up the flap so that it all joins together like that.

Fold it down. Do the same on the other side. And so we finish up with what is called, traditionally in origami circles, the bird base because a lot of birds and bird-like creatures start off like this.

Now you can have a hunch back dragon, if you want. If you want your dragon not to have a hunch back, you're going to have to get rid of his hunch, which is this point here. We're going to pull that point down, along the center line just past half way and make a nice firm crease through all the layers.

Follow that the other way. Nice firm creases, all through the layers. And then what we're going to do is we're going to sink that point.

So that means pushing it inside the model, along with those creases that you've just made. And it should disappear, quite neatly, like that. So now we have the makings of our dragon.

We've got some wings. We have somewhere for his head to be. And we have somewhere for a tail prong.

So to form the head and the tail, we'll reverse the fold as far as it will go to the right hand point. Kind of all is to suit, to taste. Do whatever you want.

And we can fold back the bottom layer to thin that neck, even more. Repeat on the other side, just thin the neck. Reverse again.

We have a nice neck, like that. Same on the tail side, tail end, reverse the paper as far as it will go. And again.

Now with the tail. Both sides. You can pull the tail down a little bit, so it adopts more of a flying posture.

You can see these are the wings. At the back end of the dragon is a point where the wing joins the body. From there, make a crease to bring the wing along this line here, along the middle of the body.

And that will form one of the wings. Same on the other side, to form the other wing. So we've got a dragon with wings.

All we need to do now is give him a head. And we do that by simply reverse folding the end, that point. And you can play around with this head end, to make him more dragon-like, folding him in different ways.

We can give him a forehead. And there we have a dragon.