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Video:How to Make an Origami Elephant

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Bring a bit of the zoo into your home with this cute origami elephant. Watch how easy it is to make an origami elephant.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make an Origami Elephant

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Parenting, and I am going to show you how to make an origami elephant.

For this project you will need two sheets of origami paper.

Form the Origami Elephant's Head

We will use the first sheet of paper to make the head of the elephant. Begin by folding it into a triangle to form a crease down the center. Then, fold it the opposite way to make another crease.

Take the top corner and fold it down so that it hits right in the center. Take the bottom corner and fold it up just a tiny bit.

Form the Origami Elephant's Trunk

Now, take the outside corners and fold them in right along this line here, and do the same on the other side. Now we will take this corner and fold it out like so. Do the same thing on the other side.

Flip the paper over. Fold the bottom part up here so that we have a straight edge along the bottom. Now fold it down, leaving a little space right here. This will be the trunk of the elephant.

We will fold it accordion style just to give it some texture and some creases.

Soften the Shape of the Origami Elephant's Head

At the top of the paper, take the corners and fold them just slightly back like so, so that our elephant does not have quite such a square head.

If you want now, you can take a pen and draw some eyes on the elephant.

Make the Origami Elephant's Body

Now we will use the other piece of paper to make the body of the elephant. Fold it in half to make a rectangle. This will give it a nice crease up the center.

Then fold it in half the other way to get another crease. Take the bottom edge of the paper and fold it up about halfway toward the center. Now flip the paper over.

Fold the edges in so that they meet up in the center.

Assemble the Origami Elephant

Now we will put the elephant together by just sliding the body right in underneath this flap in the head. And there you go, you have an origami elephant.

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