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Origami Animal Friends
Although the mouse is very friendly to people and has become one of the most popular animals to keep as a pet, we are not so happy if we find that one has sneaked into the house and is living behind a hole in the wall. Start with the diamond shape, one of the basic origami techniques, then straighten the tail and adjust the shape of the ears if you want to make him cuter.

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© 2019 Mari Ono / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Origami Animal Friends by Mari Ono, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography by Geoff Dann © CICO Books For more information please visit https://makeetc.com/
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  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 1
    Step 1

    With the design side facing down, fold the paper in half from corner to corner through the design and open out, then fold the two left-hand edges in so that they meet along the central crease.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now fold over the right-hand sides in the same way.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Open up the top flap just made and lift the corner of paper out. Turn it across to the left and place it back on the center line, pressing it down to form a new triangular shaped flap.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat the process on the bottom flap.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Turn the newly made flaps back to the right, then fold the diagonal edge of the top flap back to the left...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 6
    Step 6

    so that it runs down vertically from the top point.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the upper flap to the left, then turn the flap’s bottom point up over the horizontal edge of the flap.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 8
    Step 8

    ...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat the last two steps on the lower flap.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Turn the paper over and fold over the left-hand point, making a crease just where the design of the nose becomes visible...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 11
    Step 11

    then fold over the left-hand sides so that the vertical edges meet along the central crease.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the model in half along the central crease.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 13
    Step 13

    Fold the ears back, ensuring that the vertical edges now run along the top edge of the model, and making new diagonal creases.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold over the right-hand end at an angle to make a crease, then open up the model and refold the point inside...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 15
    Step 15

    reversing the direction of the creases where necessary.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold the right-hand end back up, making the new creases as high up as possible inside the model.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 17
    Step 17

    Fold the back of the tail inside itself, running the edge along the crease in the middle of the tail, to give it a straight edge. Repeat on the other side of the tail.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Origami Mouse - Step 18
    Step 18

    Finish by opening up the ears and pressing them flat.

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