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How to Fold Origami

Paper Scoring

Advanced Origami Folding
Advanced Origami Folding
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Learn how to use paper scoring to create fancy paper-folding projects. This advanced origami folding technique turns a flat piece of paper into three-dimensional art.

What You'll Need:

  • Heavyweight paper or index cards
  • Scoring guides such as a ruler, compass, or French curve ruler
  • Blunt scissors
  • Transparent tape

Scoring creates an impression on paper to use as a folding guide. This makes it easier to fold the paper into straight, curved, or wavy lines.


To score a piece of paper, use a ruler to guide the point of your scissors as you "draw a line" on the paper. To make curvy or wavy lines, use a compass or French curve ruler. Here are some paper-folding ideas to get you started.

How to score paper:

Step 1: Cut out a big circle from a piece of paper. Use a compass to score two circles inside it.

Step 2: Cut a slit from the outer edge into the center. Fold one inside circle, pinching it along the score line. Turn the paper circle over, and fold the other inside circle.

Step 3: Overlap the cut ends, and tape them together to secure.

Another idea:

Step 1: Cut out a curved shape from a piece of paper. Use a compass to score four curved lines on the shape.

Step 2: Fold each line, turning the paper over after each fold to alternate the fold direction.

Or, try this:

Step 1: Score some straight lines on a piece of paper.

Step 2: Fanfold the paper along the score lines, then fold in the corners.

Step 3: Open the fanfold, and pinch the top and bottom triangle folds in the opposite direction of each fanfold crease.

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