Make an Easy Origami Sheep

If you make this origami sheep I guarantee you will fall in love with this charming paper creature. You’ll probably end up folding a flock! I had shown this origami sheep previously on Origami Spirit as part of an Artist Trading Card (ATC) event. And now I am so pleased to be able to share it as a video tutorial. Thank you Tony O’Hare, creator of this delightful origami sheep, for giving me permission to present your model.

The year 2015 is the Chinese Year of the Sheep, or Goat, and runs from Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016.  If your birth year is: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 then, following the Chinese calendar, you are a Sheep/Goat. People born in the year of the sheep or goat are characterized as creative, elegant, tender, sympathetic and sometimes, shy.

Make a sheep for yourself, for someone born in the year of the sheep, or just for the joy of making this delightful paper sheep creation.

Tips and suggestions for making Tony O’Hare’s origami Sheep

  • Thin Kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”, works well –6 x 3 inches (15 x 7.5 cm)
  • Cut a square in half to make two rectangles for two sheep.
  • Paper that is a dark color on one side, white on the other, is most effective.
  • The origami sheep can be made with white office paper partially colored on the reverse side. The video shows how and when to apply color.
  • Look for a magazine page that is dark on one side and light on the other. Use it to make the sheep.
  • To make a colorful sheep, use wrapping paper on one side, black paper on the other. Place the papers back to back then fold together as a single unit.
  • Use the sheep to make a mobile, or as gift tags on presents.

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24 thoughts on “Make an Easy Origami Sheep”

  1. Gracias Leyla por este precioso modelo de una ovejita que nos has bridado ésta vez.
    Siempre se encuentran en tus páginas modelos fáciles de hacer, y tan bien logrados.Un afectuoso abrazo para ti desde Santiago de Chile, Aída Urrutia.

  2. Thank you Leyla! I love your tutorials and look forward to learning new ones all the time. I share what I learn with children at the hospital. You have a big share in bringing them some joy and pleasure in their hospital stay. Thank you for everything!

  3. Leyla I am new to folding and have just subscribed to your website. I just wanted to say thanks for your generosity I have made my first sheep using your tutorial – love it. So much easier than a book when you are a beginner!

  4. Thank you for the adorable sheep, especially those funky-patterned ones. But strictly speaking, the zodiac animal for 2015 is the goat or ram (I’m one!). I will certainly be folding a flock of these sheep, but please could you also share a tutorial for a goat or ram?

    Me e e e er ci…

    • If I design or find a suitable goat, I’ll be happy to post it!
      I understand that in the Chinese language they have one generic word (yáng) describing a ruminant mammal, generally with horns on its head. The “yáng” is divided into a number of types, including shānyáng, miányáng, língyáng, etc.
      shānyáng (‘mountain yáng’) = goat
      miányáng (‘cotton yáng’) = sheep
      língyáng = gazelle
      In other words, goats, sheep, and antelopes are all different types of yáng. Since only the goat and the sheep have been domesticated, the Chinese generally divide yáng into two types: shānyáng (‘goats’) and miányáng (‘sheep’).

      Given that yáng is a general term for both sheep and goats, this year could be represented by either one of those animals.

  5. Hi, Leyla! I also just learned this model, from the diagram that was published in Crease Magazine No. 11. I love it. I will use your tutorial as my reference when I teach it at my local meetings (I hope) in Feb.

  6. Perfect choice to start the New Year 2015! I have always admired Tony O’Hare’s: “Sheep.” As always Leyla, a spectacular tutorial to teach this model. I particularly love the photo of “the flock.” Thank you so much!



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