These diagrams will show you how to fold an easy origami hippo. These model requires one small cut with scissors but you can omit that step if you want. If you’re new to paper folding we recommend you take a moment to review our Beginner’s Guide which will show you all the basic skills and techniques.

Hippo Step 1

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

Hippo Step 2

Step 2) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Hippo Step 3

Step 3) Fold the paper in half.

Hippo Step 4

Step 4) Fold the paper over to the side along the dotted line.

Hippo Step 5

Step 5) Open the flap of paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Hippo Step 6

Step 6) Fold the bottom part of the head under along the dotted line and then make 3 Pleat Folds along the other dotted lines.

Hippo Step 7

Step 7) Make an Inside Reverse Fold along the dotted line.

Hippo Step 8

Step 8) Fold the top behind the model along the dotted line.

Hippo Step 9

Step 9) Make a small cut though both layers of paper to make the legs.

Hippo Step 10

The complete hippo

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