These instructions will show you how to fold a somewhat simple origami giraffe starting with a Bird Base. If you’re new to paper folding you should probably take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic techniques.

Giraffe Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Giraffe Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Giraffe Step 3

Step 3) Open the top flap of paper over to the right.

Giraffe Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold this flap flat.

Giraffe Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Giraffe Step 6

Step 6) Open the top flap of paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Giraffe Step 7

Step 7) Fold and unfold the paper along the dotted lines. You’ll use these creases in the next step.

Giraffe Step 8

Step 8) Lift the paper up along the crease from the previous step.

Giraffe Step 9

Step 9) Fold in the sides along the existing creases into a Petal Fold.

Giraffe Step 10

Step 10) Turn the paper over.

Giraffe Step 11

Step 11) Make a Petal Fold on this side like you did on the other side.

Giraffe Step 12

Step 12) Fold the top down a bit on each side opening up the paper a little bit.

Giraffe Step 13

Step 13) Close the paper back up folding on the dotted lines.

Giraffe Step 14

Step 14) Finish closing the model back up.

Giraffe Step 15

Step 15) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Giraffe Step 16

Step 16) Fold the tip of the top flap of paper down along the dotted line.

Giraffe Step 17

Step 17) Fold the paper in half.

Giraffe Step 18

Step 18) Pull the long section of paper on the right down along the dotted line making an Inside Reverse Fold.

Giraffe Step 19

Step 19) Make an Outside Reverse Fold along the dotted line.

Giraffe Step 20

Step 20) Make Inside Reverse Folds on the tips of the legs.

Giraffe Step 21

The completed giraffe

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