These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami shark that’s actually folded from a Bird Base. If you’re new to paper folding we recommend you check out our Beginner’s Guide first which will teach you the basic folds and techniques.

Shark Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Shark Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half.

Shark Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper over to the right.

Shark Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Shark Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Shark Step 6

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

Shark Step 7

Step 7) Fold the sides in to the centre and then unfold them. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and then unfold that.

Shark Step 8

Step 8) Open up the top layer of paper along the crease at the top.

Shark Step 9

Step 9) Push in the sides along the existing creases, make a Petal Fold and push everything flat.

Shark Step 10

Step 10) Turn the paper over.

Shark Step 11

Step 11) Repeat steps 7-9 on this side making another Petal Fold. The result will be a Bird Base.

Shark Step 12

Step 12) Fold the top flap down making a Pleat along the dotted lines.

Shark Step 13

Step 13) Fold the top flap of paper on the right over to the left.

Shark Step 14

Step 14) Make a Pleat Fold along the diagonal dotted lines.

Shark Step 15

Step 15) Fold the flap of paper on the back of the left side over to the right.

Shark Step 16

Step 16) Pull the long thin flap of paper out to the left.

Shark Step 17

Step 17) Fold all layers of the paper in half over to the left.

Shark Step 18

Step 18) Rotate the paper about 90 degrees.

Shark Step 19

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

The complete shark

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