These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami beetle. If you’re just starting out we recommend that you check out our Beginner’s Guide first to learn all the basic folds.

Beetle Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half and then unfold it.

Beetle Step 2

Step 2) Fold both sides of the paper to the centre along the dotted lines.

Beetle Step 3

Step 3) Fold the two sides at the bottom of the paper to the centre along the dotted line.

Beetle Step 4

Step 4) Pull out the paper underneath.

Beetle Step 5

Step 5) Flatten the paper on both sides into a Fish Base. There should be a Rabbit Ear Fold on each side.

Beetle Step 6

Step 6) Fold the top part of the paper down and behind the model.

Beetle Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides at the top to the centre along the dotted lines.

Beetle Step 8

Step 8) Make a Pleat along the dotted lines. Take a look at the next step to see exactly how the folds look.

Beetle Step 9

Step 9) Make a Pleat along the dotted lines. Look at the next step to see how the final folds look.

Beetle Step 10

Step 10) Fold the two flaps of paper at the top out to the sides along the dotted lines.

Beetle Step 11

Step 11) Fold the points of the paper up along the dotted lines on each side.

Beetle Step 12

Step 12) Fold both sides in and the bottom up along the dotted lines.

Beetle Step 13

Step 13) Turn the paper over.

Beetle Step 14

The complete origami beetle

What do you think about this beetle? Were you able to fold it? Let us know in the comments!