These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami turtle. If you’re new to paper folding we suggest to take a minute to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

Turtle Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Turtle Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Turtle Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper out over to the right.

Turtle Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Turtle Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Turtle Step 6

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

Turtle Step 7

Step 7) Fold the sides in along the dotted lines and unfold. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and unfold.

Turtle Step 8

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

Turtle Step 9

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

Turtle Step 10

Step 10) Make a cut along the top flap down to the start of the dotted lines. Then fold out both sides.

Turtle Step 11

Step 11) Make a Pleat Fold along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 12

Step 12) Make an Outside Reverse Fold along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 13

Step 13) Fold the top flaps of paper out along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 14

Step 14) Fold the sides and bottom in along the dotted lines.

Turtle Step 15

Step 15) Fold the bottom back out making a Pleat.

Turtle Step 16

Step 16) Turn the paper over.

Turtle Step 17

The complete turtle

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