Dinosaur Crafts

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Origami Dinosaur Craft

Use different sizes and shapes of paper for your origami dinosaurs.
Use different sizes and shapesof paper for your origami dinosaurs.

Anyone can fold simple origami, which is the Japanese art of paper folding, but you can amaze your friends with an origami dinosaur craft. The dinosaur looks like it takes special skills to make -- only you will know how easy is.

What You'll Need:

  • Squares of lightweight paper (letter paper or gift wrap will do.)

How to Make an Origami Dinosaur:

Step 1: Fold a paper square from corner to corner in both directions. Unfold the paper flat after each crease. Fold the four edges to the middle crease. Unfold the paper flat each time.


Step 2: Pinch the top of the creased corners between your thumb and forefinger. Press down so that the paper folds on the pre-folded lines. Repeat the step with the opposite corner. Fold both paper creases up and press flat.

Step 3: Fold the paper shape in half so that the open sides are on the outside and the folded creases form a flap on the outside.

Step 4: Take the top corner (on the side without the flaps) and fold it down twice to make the dinosaur head.

Step 5: Fold the paper in half lengthwise, hiding the head inside.

Step 6: Grasp the neck and pull it out. Rub your finger over the paper to flatten it and make the neck stay in place.

Folding its legs will help your origami dinosaur stand.
Folding its legs will helpyour origami dinosaur stand.

Step 7: Pull the head forward and flatten it at the back to make it stay in place. Fold the two flaps forward to make legs. If you bend the bottom of the legs out a little, the dinosaur will stand up.

Keep reading to find out how you can house your own plastic dinosaur.

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