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How to Make an Origami Tiger

Were you born in the Year of the Tiger? Maybe you have a family member or special friend who was born under the powerful Tiger sign.

I have three Happy Tigers in my tribe, all born in a year of the Tiger. What do you think they’ll soon receive to celebrate their special year? Hint: stripes are involved!

Whether you were born under the Tiger sign or not, you can celebrate the Chinese year of the Tiger (February 1, 2022 – January 21st, 2023) by making an origami tiger head.

To create this origami Tiger model I used a puma head designed by Román Díaz as a point of departure and inspiration to adapt. I omitted some folds on the cheeks and added some to the ears to make them shorter and rounder.

Left: Puma by Román Díaz • Right: Adaptation into a Tiger by Leyla Torres

The Tiger is third in the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the years 20222010199819861974196219501938, and 1926 are born under the sign of the Tiger.

Tigers stand for strength, power, courage, and ambition. The animal represents a symbolic release of fears and standing for truth, justice, and integrity.

The following step-by-step video shows how to make this origami tiger.

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Tips and suggestions for making the origami tiger

  • In the video the rooster is demonstrated using Kami paper.
  • A good paper size to learn this model would be 8×8-inch (20×20cm)
  • Practice first by using solid color paper so that you can clearly visualize the landmarks. Then, you can try folding the tiger with patterned papers.
  • The finished paper rooster shows two sides of the paper. For best effect, use paper of yellow color on one side and different color on the other side.

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