How To Make An Origami Bunny

Make your own paper bunnies with this simple DIY.

Video Transcript

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- To make these cute little paper bunnies, all you need are some sheets of origami paper in fun colors. I'm using sheets that are about 8 inch square. I find it's easier to work a little bit larger when you're learning this project, and then when you get more confident, you can use some smaller pieces. And your hands. That's all you need.

So I'm going to grab this pretty lavender color, and we'll get started. So the first thing you're going to do is you're going to start with your paper diagonally, and you're going to fold the top corner to the bottom corner. And then make a nice, clean crease. Then you're going to take the right corner and bring it down to the bottom corner. And then repeat on the left side.

So now we have a smaller square shape. Next we're going to take this corner and fold it into the center. And give it a good crease, and the same on this side. Bring this corner into the center. So now we have sort of a kite shape.

Then next, we're going to take this inner corner that we just folded in and fold it out to the edge, so like so. And then the same on this side. Kind of looks like we gave it a little collar. And then we're going to refold those two flaps that we just made. And then here's where it gets a little tricky. You're going to open up that side flap, making sure that you have two pieces of paper, two layers of paper on either side. So we have one, two here and one, two here. And I find it's easy if you stick your finger inside. And then we're going to fold this flat.

And then we're going to do the same thing on this side. So we're going to unfold this, open it up. Make sure we have two layers of paper on either side. Stick your finger in and then flatten it down. We're going to flip it over and fold this whole thing in half along the middle like so.

Now I'm going to turn it so we have this nice, clean line on top. And now is when we're going to start making our bunny ears. So if you stick your finger underneath here, you'll see you have a flap. And what we're going to do is we're going to actually fold this flap from this side to this side.

So we're going to hold this flap and twist it to the other side and fold it down. And now we're going to flip it over and do the exact same thing on the other side. So stick your finger underneath, grab the flap, and fold it the other side, releasing it right along here. It doesn't look like a bunny yet, but we're getting there.

So now we're going to really define the ears. So we're going to take this whole flap here and fold it onto itself. And then we're going to do the same thing. It's a little bit easier the second time around because you can match the other side. So we're taking this whole flap, folding it over, and kind of lining it up with where we folded the other side, and then creasing it all the way down.

So you can start to see we've got some ears, and then this is going to become our bunny's face. So in order to define that a little bit more, we're going to fold this whole front face along this line that we just created. So we fold this over. There's a lot of layers and paper here, so you have to push down a little bit harder to get a good crease. And then fold it back, and then we're going to flip it and do the same thing on the other side, folding this whole piece along this line that we just made.

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And then we're going to take the front part of our face and fold this point back along this line here, right where the ears start, so here to there. Give it a good crease, unfold it, and do the same thing on the other side. So taking this point and folding it along this top line here. And then unfolding it. Now, this is where the magic happens. You're going to stick your finger inside this middle fold here, hold onto the ears, and then push these two flaps around.

And it magically turns into this funny shape. Give that another good crease. We're not done yet. So we want to soften this shape a little bit because bunnies have a little bit more of a rounder face. So to do that, we're going to open it up this way and just take the very point and just fold it in a little bit. You can decide how far you want to go. Crease that there, and then we fold it. And now we've just kind of softened the bunny's nose a little bit.

And then lastly, the bunny has to have a tail, of course. So we're going to go to this back point here, and we're going to fold this point in along this line. So I'm going about half an inch in. Give that a good crease, then reopen it, and then you're going to fold this point to that crease that you just made up top right up there. And then unfold it.

Then you're going to stick your finger inside, and you're going to pinch in where you just folded. And then with your thumb, push up this bottom section. You're basically just pinching along the lines that you already folded. And now our bunny has a cute tail.

So at this point, you can open up the ear flaps a little bit by just sticking your finger in and finessing them. I like to give my bunny a little floppy ears, so I just give it a little extra fold for personality. And these are really fun because they stand up by themselves. So you can make a whole bunch of these to decorate a table or a mantle or a windowsill or any little place where you want to add a little bunny action in your house.