These instructions will show you how to fold an easy origami crab. If you find any of these steps difficult take a moment to check out our Beginner’s Guide to learn all the basic folds and techniques.

Begin with a square sheet of paper with the white side facing up.

Crab Step 1

Fold and unfold the paper in half both vertically and horizontally.

Crab Step 2

Fold both sides of the paper to the centre along the vertical dotted lines.

Crab Step 3

Fold the top and bottom of the paper to the centre along the dotted lines and then unfold.

Crab Step 4

Fold the top layer of paper out along the dotted lines, fold the top down along the existing crease and flatten everything.

Crab Step 5

Fold the top layer of paper out along the dotted lines, fold the bottom up along the existing crease and flatten everything just like the previous step.

Crab Step 6

Fold the top right and left flaps up along the dotted line.

Crab Step 7

Fold the right and left flaps of paper on the bottom up along the dotted lines.

Crab Step 8

Fold these flaps of paper back down along the dotted lines.

Crab Step 9

Fold the bottom part of the paper up along the dotted line.

Crab Step 10

Turn the paper over.

The completed origami crab

The completed origami crab.

How did you do? Post a photo of your crab in the comments. If you had any trouble with any of the steps feel free to ask for help in the comments as well.