Unicorn Origami

Unicorn Origami

Today, we are back with a tutorial to learn how to make Unicorn Origami ! 😊

What is an Origami ?

Origami is "the art of folding paper". Its name comes from the Japanese words "ori" ("folding") and "kami" ("paper"). Traditional origami consists of folding a single square sheet of paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping or even marking it.

origami

The History of Origami

Creators from many countries have contributed to making origami the practice it is today. 😉

CHINA

Paper was invented in China around 105 AD, and folded paper - or zhezhi - probably appeared soon afterwards. In 900 AD, paper yuanbao, or gold nuggets, were a basic element of traditional Chinese funerals.

They were created by meticulously folding gold or yellow paper into coin bars, these precious ephemeral ornaments were made to be thrown into a fire at the end of the year during a famous ceremony. 🔥

Eventually, paper folding will become common practice. Although similar to Japanese origami, the more modern Chinese paper folding shows an interest in the representation of inanimate objects, such as boats and boxes.

origami story

JAPAN

Paper was first brought to Japan in the 7th century. At that time, the practice of paper folding emerged as a ceremonial Shinto ritual. It was not until the Edo period in Japan (1603 - 1868) that origami was also considered a leisure activity and an art form. 😌

Like Japanese woodcuts, an art form that was also popular at the time, origami works often feature flowers, birds and other nature-related motifs. These subjects are also very present in contemporary origami, which remains faithful to traditional Japanese practice in all but one respect : originally, this practice allowed artists to strategically cut sheets of paper. ✂️ Today, however, true origami is entirely sculpted by folds, an attribute that the Japanese have adopted in Europe.

history japanese origami

EUROPE

In Europe, paper folding is thought to have evolved from napkin folding, a practice popularized in the 17th century. Like Japanese origami, napkin folding used different methods and techniques that resulted in a multitude of abstract and figurative forms.

Eventually, this interest in folding went beyond napkins at dinners and found its way into schools, particularly in Friedrich Fröbel's revolutionary program.
As a founder of kindergartens, Fröbel integrated several practical activities into his "games and activities" institutes, including paper folding. This introduced the children to origami, and eventually allowed this art form to flourish across the continent. 🧐

history origami europe

Unicorn Origami : The material to be provided

  • 1 square sheet of paper
  • Scissors ✂️
  • Pencils (if you want to add eyes for example) ✍️
  • Felt-tip pens, coloured pencils (if you want to colour his cheeks)
  • Use half the size you used for the horse's body.
  • Example: 15 x 15 cm for the body
  • 7.5 x 7.5 cm for this attachment !

Creation workshop : Let's make this Unicorn in Origami !

Come on, let's go ! 😆 Learn with us how to make an Origami Unicorn ! This cute little origami unicorn is made with 2 square sheets of paper. It stands upright and looks lovely on both sides ! 😊

If you're a beginner in origami, take your time, some parts will be more difficult than others, but you'll get there !

This Origami Unicorn looks simplistic but is super Kawaii, isn't it ? For the horn, you'll need glue if you want to make it stick ! You'll see, in the end, there's a way to make it stick if you use thick, textured paper like we did ! 😉
For your information, the paper used is "Kraft" paper and both sheets are A4 sheets cut square.

paper unicorn origami

Here is another version of an Unicorn Origami, this time cream and gold coloured paper was used! It looks good, doesn't it ? 😃 The ears can be the colour of the mane or the colour of the horn.

origami unicorn tutorial

Come on, let's get practical, we've prepared a great video tutorial to teach you step by step how to make your own Origami Unicorn ! 🦄 Follow the steps and don't hesitate to pause the video to understand how to do it !


Madison Keys

As a writer by trade and passionate about the unicorn, I like to share my knowledge and offer advice to all those new to the field.


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