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Origami Animal Sculpture
The moose is the largest living member of the deer family, and is easily distinguished by its distinctive antlers. This was a fun and challenging model to design, particularly since my approach focused on simplicity, on the animal’s posture, attitude, and essential character rather than technical complexity. The design came together quickly as my initial idea turned out to be a good one. The model also has the virtue of standing well on four legs without wanting to tip forward or buckle, since the legs are developed from points in the middle of the paper.

Recommended paper: 131⁄2” square or larger.

Begin with a square, white side up.

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  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 1
    Step 1

    Valley fold and unfold on the diagonals.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold a corner to the center and make a mark; unfold. Fold a corner to the mark and make a second mark; unfold. Turn the model over.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the opposite corner to the second mark.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn the model over.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 5
    Step 5

    Valley fold on the diagonal.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 6
    Step 6

    Valley fold one corner to the other, then unfold. Turn the model over.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 7
    Step 7

    Perform a preliminary fold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 8
    Step 8

    Petal fold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 9
    Step 9

    Turn the model over.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 10
    Step 10

    Petal fold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the flap down. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold a near flap to the left. Fold a far flap to the right. (A “minor miracle.”)

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 13
    Step 13

    Fold a flap up and then down again. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold a near flap to the right. Fold a far flap to the left. (A “minor miracle.”)

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 15
    Step 15

    Pull the tip up, opening up the model as in a stretched Bird Base.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 16
    Step 16

    Mountain fold the model in half, leaving the two flaps at the top.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 17
    Step 17

    Reverse fold two flaps along the hidden creases.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 18
    Step 18

    Reverse fold the two flaps back out so their edges lie parallel to the model’s edges.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 19
    Step 19

    Valley fold a flap up as far as it will go without stretching the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 20
    Step 20

    Pull out a layer on each side and squash fold it flat.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 21
    Step 21

    Squash fold a layer underneath on each side.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 22
    Step 22

    Fold and unfold, creasing only on the left side of the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold and unfold, creasing only on the right side of the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 24
    Step 24

    Valley fold a flap up. Rotate the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 25
    Step 25

    Fold the model in half.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 26
    Step 26

    Reverse fold. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 27
    Step 27

    Reverse fold again. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 28
    Step 28

    Mountain fold. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 29
    Step 29

    Mountain fold again. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 30
    Step 30

    Double outside reverse fold (crimp).

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 31
    Step 31

    Reverse fold the hidden flap in and out again.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 32
    Step 32

    Squash fold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 33
    Step 33

    Unfold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 34
    Step 34

    Crimp fold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 35
    Step 35

    Reverse fold. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 36
    Step 36

    Crimp the hidden flap.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 37
    Step 37

    Slide the flap down.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 38
    Step 38

    Valley fold perpendicular to the edge.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 39
    Step 39

    Valley fold perpendicular to the edge and unfold.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 40
    Step 40

    Fold and unfold the corner. Unfold steps 38 & 39.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 41
    Step 41

    Collapse on existing creases.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 42
    Step 42

    Slide the flap back up.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 43
    Step 43

    Valley fold on the ear. Repeat behind. Outside reverse fold on the snout.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 44
    Step 44

    Valley fold on the ear. Repeat behind. Outside reverse fold on the snout.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 45
    Step 45

    Valley fold on the ear. Repeat behind. Make reverse folds on the nose and the flap at the throat.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 46
    Step 46

    Crimp to form the hind legs. Crimp at the snout.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 47
    Step 47

    Mountain fold to narrow the head. Repeat behind. Slide the flap at the throat upward.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 48
    Step 48

    Swivel fold at the hip. Repeat behind. Valley fold the antler forward. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 49
    Step 49

    Crimp to form the tail. Valley fold the antler back. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 50
    Step 50

    Spread the antler like a squash fold. Repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 51
    Step 51

    Sculpt the antlers.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 52
    Step 52

    Raise and spread the antlers.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 53
    Step 53

    Sculpt the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Adirondack Moose - Step 54
    Step 54

    The completed Adirondack Moose.

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Comments

Kler A.
Kler A.
Hi ! And thanks for your explain.
I try to do your moose project, but I don't understand beetween step 15 and 16... I don't undestand how to do the base bird beetween both steps...
Could you explain a little more for a novice like me please ?
Thanks a lot !
Claire from France
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Delluattack
Delluattack · Paris, Île-de-France, FR · 16 projects
So perfect with christmas coming ! thaaaanx
Kler A.
Kler A.
Bonjour,
Vous êtes française comme moi et je voudrais savoir si vous pouviez m'expliquer le passage de l'étape 15 à 16 stp ? Merci beaucoup
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