In this tutorial, we will show 2 ways of making origami frogs. We think the first one is the coolest paper frog on the internet, and the second one is the easiest jumping origami frog. Let’s learn how to make origami frogs with step by step instructions and a video tutorial.
Hello crafty people, we’re back with another origami project but this we’re sharing something fun, kid-friendly, and educational. In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you how to make an origami frog that jumps!
Did you know an interesting fact about a belief about frogs in Japan? It’s quite common in Japan to keep mini frog figures in a purse or bag because they believe that the money kept inside that purse or bag will be spent wisely and will return soon. So, if you want a tiny frog to protect your money, you may learn how to make an origami frog from our tutorial.
This origami frog pattern is an intermediate-level origami project. You can craft one easily with the help of our tutorial, even if you’re a beginner at origami crafts.
What we love the most about these jumping origami frogs is that you can involve kids and teach them a fun and educational craft. Besides, origami is excellent for developing a child’s motor skills and brain development. And they will surely love to play with the paper frogs.
Things You’ll Need to Make an Origami Frog
- Craft glue
You will need a ruler, pencil, and a pair of scissors to measure and cut the paper required for crafting the jumping origami frog.
Craft paper – lightweight
The ratio of the paper should be 1:2 and the cost for crafting around 10 frogs would cost less than a dollar.
Origami Frog Folding Instructions
Tutorial 1: How to Make a Cool Origami Frog That Jumps
Step 1: Preparing the Paper
Prepare the paper as told in the supplies section.
Fold and align a short side with a long side. We’ve started from the left side of the rectangle paper. This would create a diagonal fold. Unfold before moving to the next step.
Step 2: Base Folding
Now, fold the same side by aligning it with the opposite long side.
Step 3: Base Folding
Similarly, fold the right side of the rectangle paper.
Let’s start from the left side. Consider the inner creases of the left X crease. Fold the paper along the inner creases.
Step 4: Folding the Left Part
Fold the paper along the crease and flatten it with the paper.
Now, fold the outer crease of the left X crease.
Step 5: Working on the Right Part
Flatten the folded parts of the left side.
Similarly, fold and flatten the right side of the rectangle paper.
Step 6: Forming the Legs (Front)
The current pattern should have 4 flaps on 4 sides. Join any one of the open ends of the flaps with the outer corner of the pattern.
Do the same for the adjacent flap of that side.
Step 7: Forming the Legs (Front)
Now, fold the parts into half (the parts we folded in the previous step).
Do the same for the adjacent part. These are the legs (either front or back) of the frog.
Step 8: Working on the Right Part
Similarly, fold the right side of the pattern
Flip the pattern to the other side.
Step 9: Folding the Bottom and Right Side
Fold up either side (adjacent to the legs) of the pattern.
Fold the right side of the pattern by aligning the outer edge with the middle part of the current pattern.
Step 10: Folding the Left Side and Flip Pattern
Now, fold the left side of the current pattern, just like we did for the right side.
Flip the current pattern to either side.
Step 11: Forming the Jumping Mechanism
Fold the current pattern in half, by matching the legs together.
Now, fold the straight-edged part down, in half. This part will make the frog jump.
Step 12: Adding the Eyes
You can create round eyes from paper or use googly eyes. Add the eyes on both sides of the pointy side of the pattern to complete the craft.
Video Tutorial: How to Make a Jumping Origami Frog
Tutorial 2: How to Make an Easy Origami Frog
Step 1: Base Folding
Take a piece of square paper and fold it in half.
Alight any one of the short sides with the adjacent long side by creating a diagonal fold. Unfold and do the same with the opposite side. This will form an X crease.
Step 2: Base Folding
Flip the current paper to the other side. Create a crease along with the intersected point of the X crease. Flip the paper to the other side again.
Fold the straight crease inwards and the diagonal creases (X crease) outwards. Once the straight crease is inside, press it against the rest of the pattern.
Step 3: Forming the Front Part
Flatten the triangle side, this will be the front side of the origami frog. Fold up the top layers (flaps on both sides of the triangle part) diagonally. These are the front legs of the paper frog.
Fold the square part of the current pattern in half and align its open side with the bottom side of the triangle part. Now, fold the 2 sides of the half-folded square part. Align the open edges of the sides along the middle.
Step 4: Forming the Backside
Fold the square part in half again and then unfold it to leave the crease.
Open the bottom layer and draw the 2 corners towards both sides (right and left). Flatten that part with the rest of the pattern.
Step 5: Completing the Frog Pattern
Fold the 2 bottom triangular parts to the opposite side by folding them to somewhat 45 degrees. Fold the pattern along the center hole.
Fold the top part in half and outwards. Now, turn the pattern to the other side. The frog paper pattern is complete.
Step 6: Draw the Eyes
Use a sharpie or gel pen to draw eyes on the front top part of the paper frog.
Folding Origami Frog: Tips for Beginners
Here are some tips if you’re having difficulty crafting an origami jumping frog.
- Use a piece of rectangle paper with a 1:2 ratio for the origami frog pattern.
- It is very important that the base folds are neatly done.
- Make sure to follow the steps where we show how to create the jumping mechanism fold.
- You can add eyes made from paper or simply use googly eyes.
- Add the eyes to the front part (opposite to the jumping mechanism fold).
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- How to Make Origami Shark
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- How to Make Origami Roses
- How to Make Origami Envelope
- How to make Origami Maple Leaf
This origami pattern is quite easy and requires basic origami foldings. If you’re looking forward to involving and teaching kids origami projects that are fun and educational, then this paper frog craft is perfect! If you re-create this origami jumping frog, please do tag us on Facebook or Instagram (use #thecraftaholicwitch).