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Run For Your Lives! Origami Monsters Are Here To Devour Us All!

Crickle … crackle … crickle … crackle … what’s that sound?

Siobhan Adcock · 8 months ago

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Crickle … crackle … crickle … crackle … what’s that sound? It could be someone crumpling up a piece of paper. It could be somebody chewing their cereal really, really loud. Or it could be the sound of an approaching origami monster!


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Origami is the word for the Japanese art form of folding paper into recognizable shapes. And origami is how you’ll make the fierce-but-also-kinda-friendly paper craft we’ll show you how to make on this page. Keep scrolling — if you dare!

How long does this take? About 10 minutes. (Longer if you want to create lots of monsters, or a defenseless cityscape for your monster to mow down.)

What do we need?

  • Construction paper in a variety of colors, including black (for eyes) and white (for fangs)

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Googly eyes (optional, but hilarious)

Warning: This is the part where we show you how to create origami monsters that might just chomp down your entire house. Still sure you want to do this? Positive? OK, then...


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Step 1: Make The Origami Monster

  1. 1.

    Fold one corner of an 8½ x 11” piece of paper over to meet the opposite edge of the sheet.

  2. 2.

    Cut off the unfolded part. You should now have a square piece of paper folded in half to create a triangle … kind of like a pointy taco shell.

  3. 3.

    Fold this triangle in half to create a smaller triangle, run your finger down the fold hard, then unfold. You should now have a triangle with a center crease.

  4. 4.

    Pinch the top of the triangle, and separate the two layers of paper with your fingers. Then fold the top point of the upper layer of paper down to the base of the triangle. You should now have a pointy taco shell with two uneven sides: The top of one side pointing up, the top of the other side pointing down.

  5. 5.

    Fold both side points of the triangle in toward the center so the paper looks like a little envelope with the flap open. Run your finger down the folds hard, then unfold. You should have created two creases.

  6. 6.

    Now fold both those same side points of the triangle up to meet the top point, so that you’ve created a little folded-up square.

  7. 7.

    Tuck both side points of the triangle down into the pocket created by the center fold. You should now have a folded square made of four triangles. The thicker part is the top of your monster’s face, and the thinner part is the bottom.


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Step 2: Create The Origami Monster Fangs, Eyes, And Ears

  1. 1.

    Cut and glue shapes. Use white construction paper to cut out jagged teeth and crazy ears, and black construction paper to cut out round eyes. Glue them into place on your monster.

  2. 2.

    Use googly eyes. If you have them, you can glue googly eyes onto your monster’s face, for that extra-googly look.

  3. 3.

    Draw features. You can also use markers to draw stripes, scales, eyes, fangs, or whatever other features you’d like your monster to have.


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Step 3: Unleash The Origami Monster

  • Make a paper city of skyscrapers for your monster to terrorize. You can cut rectangular strips of paper to make skyscrapers for a cityscape. In fact, remember the rectangle you cut off in Step 1 to make the square piece of paper for your origami monster? You can use that! (Whoa, the monster was made by the city … that’s a deep origin story.) Fold a flap at the bottom of the strip to help the paper stand up, then draw long, tall windows to create a skyscraper effect. You can make a bunch of these and stand them up together to create a little cityscape, then set your monster loose on the hapless populace … muahahahaaaa ….

  • Make a city (or a monster’s lair) from building blocks or other materials. Got some Legos? You can build the monster’s fortress, or a different kind of city for your monster to knock down into rubble.

  • Make a monster movie. If you have permission to use a phone or tablet with a video camera, you can film your monster’s antics to make a funny monster movie. (Actually, you can make a monster movie without any technology at all — just pretend!)

  • Use your monster as a bookmark. Your monster can help you keep your place in your favorite book: Slip him onto the corner of whatever page you’re on. See, he’s not all bad!


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You’ve created a monster! Everybody run!

Safety notes: Cutting should be supervised by a grownup.