(Edit: I now have a video to show these steps- Go to my post with video instructions)
This was a really long project for me to make. I’ve made origami dragons many many times, but never this big.
I taped a whole bunch of spam newspapers that I constantly get in the mail to create a HUGE origami sheet. Sorry about some of the pictures being blurry.
Here is a step by step picture guide on how I folded my origami dragon:
STARE AT THE PAPER REAL HARD. Let it know who’s boss.
(Some of these steps are pretty frustrating for beginner origami artists.)
These first steps are to establish good strong creases that will help you fold the following steps easier.
Step 3: Unfold then fold diagonally in the opposite direction.
Step 4: Unfold then Flip your square over.
Open the triangle while keeping the left edge closed and lined up with the other side of the paper.
Step 10: Fold the bottom edge from the picture above to the position shown below to meet the left edge.
Step 11: Turn the paper so that the left edge from the previous picture is now the bottom edge in the next picture.
Peek inside and see your previously folded triangle on the left. You want to make the same shape on the right side.
Step 14: Ok now close the shape, enough peeking. These are the same folds (except mirrored) as in steps 8 – 11
Open the pointy triangle side while keeping the square part closed.
Then you grab the corner that formed the point. (its the part with the makeup lady.)
If you did it right you should have this shark fin shape, which you will crease into a triangle.
Open your square and make sure that the two triangle shapes inside are separate from each other, meaning that there should be a gap between them as shown in the image below.
Its a simple thing to mess up on and will cause you to have to start all over if they are connected.
Now fold the top layer’s right side inward to the center line, making a tall triangle.
Step 18: Fold the top layer’s left side to make a mirror image of the triangle you just made.
Step 19: Notice how in the image above there is a triangle on top of the two folded triangles?
Fold that triangle downward and make a very solid crease. Then return it to its original position.
open them up and notice how the space in between those two folds creates yet another triangle.
The sides that look like walls will be folded inward to match the triangle folds you had previously.
Like this:Step 22: Now flip it over and repeat the same steps for this side.
Step 23: Fold the right side in towards the center line.Step 24: Fold the left side in to mirror the right side.
Step 25: Fold down that top triangle again to form a solid crease then unfold to its original position. Step 26: Unfold the two triangles again and grab the inner layer Step 27: Lift it up and fold the two triangles on the left and right back down.It should now look like this:
(Sorry about the blurry picture) Step 28: Fold the top layer’s right side inward to meet the center line Step 29: Fold the top layer’s left side inward to mirror the right side. Step 30: Flip it over and repeat step 28 and 29. Step 31: Fold the right side inward to the center line Step 32: Fold the left side inward to mirror the right.
Now you have a tall thin diamond shape with a split going from the bottom to the center forming two separate “legs” Step 33: Grab the left “leg” and unfold it then refold in the opposite direction. It should look something like this depending on the angle at which you creased it.Step 34: Do the same to the right “leg” Step 35: reverse fold the right side in the same way.
Leave enough length at the base to resemble a neck, I chose this side to be the head of the dragon. Step 36: fold the right side one last time to make the horn on the top of the dragon’s head It should look similar to this: The final steps are the same reverse fold type over and over until you have as many crimps in the dragon’s tail as you like. And that is that. I hope my instructions weren’t too complicated or unclear for those of you who wanted to make this.What a HUGE DRAGON!!! Since he is made out of newspaper he even flaps his wings when I move him up and down 😀
I’m pretty exhausted in this picture because we are still having pretty warm weather and it took me so very long to make this >_<;