There are many origami elephants, but this one, created by Mr. Fumiaki Kawahata, is one of my all-time favorite origami animals! It’s one whose folding steps I memorized years ago at an origami convention in New York City.
The folding sequence for this particular elephant is a delight and the resulting figure has a delicious, lively three-dimensional quality to it. I promise that you will find yourself folding many of them for your friends and family. And total strangers will quickly turn into friends when you hand them one of these origami elephants!
This elephant can be made with different types of paper. Tant paper or onion skin paper are great paper choice to make this model. Here you will find instructions to color onion skin paper to use for this and many other origami models.
With permission from Mr. Fumiaki Kawahata, I’m pleased to share a video featuring a step- by-step demonstration of how to make his lovely elephant.
Tips and Suggestions to Make the Origami Elephant
- Making this origami elephant does require some prior folding experience.
- If you are a complete beginner in the art of folding paper try folding simpler models before attempting to make it.
- To make your first elephant use a relatively large square (7 x 7 inches) of thin paper.
- Onion skin paper or any other paper can be colored following suggestions on this post.
- To give volume to the origami elephant hold it by the tail at the end of the folding process and tuck the thick flap inside its body.
I hope you enjoy this little elephant as much as I have. When you have practiced and folded a whole herd of elephants, try folding a miniature origami elephant like this one!
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