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Touch the soft huge paws of a lion, tremble as you hear it roar! Brush the long thick mane, place a crown upon his head. Embrace this strong and regal creature!

The lion symbolizes strength, honor, courage, royalty, and leadership.

For many of us not living in Africa or Asia, a lion -like an elephant too, is a thing of fable, lore, movies or zoo. But no matter how we might have experienced this incredible creature, the lion is universally recognized as one of the great icons of the animal kingdom.

The origami lion presented here was created by my friend Nick Robinson (UK) in tribute to Cecil, a lion that was needlessly killed in Zimbabwe by a recreational hunter.

Nick has posted diagrams for this lion on his website and has generously allowed me to show it in a video as well –Thank you Nick!

My step sequence in the video is a little different than is shown in Nick’s diagrams, and I’ve also demonstrated how to narrow the tail and make a tuft of hair at its tip. When you’re all done, you’ll see that there is more than one way to make a lion ;-)

As you make this delightful origami lion you will notice that one of the steps in making the head shows the shape of a heart. That’s “Origami Lion Love” right there, in action!

Tips and suggestions for making the origami lion

  • In the video, the lion is demonstrated using “Kami” paper, a thin paper made specially for origami.
  • A good size paper to learn the model is one that’s 6×6-inch (15×15cm)
  • Many papers can be used to make this origami lion. I made it with using the paper from a brown bag, which I colored on one side using this technique.
  • The finished paper lion shows both sides of the paper. One color creates the mane; the other is for the rest of the body.


“LOVE is a four-legged word”

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  • Jeannie Comcowich February 28, 2016, 11:40 pm

    I’d been wanting the directions for this lion since I saw it on your yearly video journal of your year’s work. Thanks so much. My nephew loves lions and has been asking me for a lion. Now I have a great one. Thanks. Jeannie Comcowich

    • Leyla Torres March 9, 2016, 10:53 am

      Hi Jeannie, I’m very glad you like the lion and I hope your nephew enjoyed it!

  • Elsa Lucia Cabrera February 20, 2016, 1:30 pm

    As usual great video. Very clear directions.
    Elsa Lucia

  • Ella February 19, 2016, 8:01 am

    I simply love this lion! After I finished folding it, I fell in love with it!! This is a very adorable piece of origami and I loved it! Thanks for the amazing videos Leyla!!!

    • Leyla Torres February 19, 2016, 9:30 am

      Dear Ella,
      I’m so happy you made and liked this origami lion.
      Thank you for writing and sharing about how much you liked it!

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