HOW TO MAKE AN
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Start with your paper pointed diagonally, so it’s the shape of a diamond.
If your paper has a white side, have the white side facing up.
Bring the bottom corner up to the top corner, crease well and then unfold.
Next, fold the right corner over to the left corner and unfold.
Fold the lower left and right edges to the central crease.
If your paper is thick, leave a tiny gap in between the two edges.
Unfold the previous step. Fold the top left and top right edge to meet the
central crease. Again, if your paper is thick, leave a small gap in the middle.
Tip: Make your folds as precise as you can, this will ensure the result is crisp and clean.
Focus on the flap on the right side. Pull the inside corner up and at the same time,
push on the lower right side.
Flatten the flap that’s now formed in the middle.
Repeat the same process on the left side.
Rotate the paper to the left.
Fold the little flaps to the vertical crease, one on top of the other.
Then, fold them both over to the right. The little flaps which are trapped there will end
up being the mouse’s ears.
Take the very right corner and fold it over to where the little red dot is (refer to image).
Unfold the last step and fold that flap behind.
Flip the paper over to the other side. Fold the top right and bottom right corners
diagonally to the central crease.
Fold the paper in half, from top to bottom, flattening the flaps inside
(the top right corner is the mouse’s nose).
Fold the left corner (the tail) diagonally down to the right, aligning the new right edge of
the tail with a crease that was created earlier.
You should now have a shape that resembles the fourth image in this step.
Tip: You can achieve many different body shapes and tail lengths by changing these folds.
Bring the tail back over to the left, making a new crease that is at the same angle as the
left edge (the mouse’s back).
Flip the mouse over to the other side. If you want it to sit with it’s tail resting on a
surface (not sticking up or down), make sure that the bottom edge of the mouse aligns
with the very end of the tail.
Open out the tail end of the mouse, and fold the back of the mouse inside, bringing the
tail back out.
Fold the remaining part of the tail underneath the mouse.
Now will fold the mouse’s ears! Fold one of them back (you can do different angles here
Use a pencil or chopstick to open out the ears. Use your thumb to push them into a
If you’d prefer your origami mouse to be looking straight ahead instead of up, you can
fold the lower section underneath as well.
Tip: If you’re folding this origami mouse with kids, they can draw some eyes and whiskers to
make it more fun!
Mail your mouse!
Make as many mice as you like
and post them to:
Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
PO Box 4105
Photos and tutorial by Chrissy K/Paper Kawaii