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Fantastic beasts and how to make them: Origami Unicorn (Part 1)

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Do you know that Unicorns had appeared as early as in the Mesopotamian era? Even until today, children and adults alike are captivated by the unique look of this magical creature. Their beauty, pureness, and magic are amongst the traits that help Unicorns dominate the world of human’s imagination, expressed in visual arts, literature, motion pictures and more. With a long, pointed, spiraling horn on his forehead and the smooth and wavy mane on his neck, Unicorn impresses us and awes us by being nothing less than majestic. Unicorns symbolize pureness and innocence, and with these traits, they have become appealing to people of all ages.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have noticed that everything Unicorn is popping up literally everywhere you go: from Unicorn food, Unicorn clothes, Unicorn accessories, Unicorn décor and so on. It’s not surprising to find something-Unicorn on the top of the list of best selling products for 2018.

If you have children, friends, or even yourself infected with the Unicorn fever, this article is just for you! Learn how to make an Origami Unicorn and then you can make a bunch give as Unicorn gifts, or you can have your own unique collection of this magical creatures! Down below is a step-by-step tutorial with pictures on how to make an Origami Unicorn, and we promise you it’s going to be super easy!


This design looks like a Disney or a DreamWorks character. because the Unicorn’s body is really short, kind of chubby and stumpy, with a really big head!

Also, unleash your creativity with learning more useful unicorn tips from our site.

What you’ll need (material and tool):

Before we show you how to make an Origami Unicorn, let’s go through the material and tool list and make sure that you have everything ready. This is one of the simplest designs and you do not need a lot other than a square sheet of paper to get started. Here’s the detailed list:

Must-haves:

  • 1 square sheet of paper. You can use standard Origami paper, gift wrapper, or plain white office paper.
  • Your crafty hands. This is the most important!
  • Some patience. It’s super easy, guaranteed.

Optional: anything you can use to decorate your Origami Unicorn and make it really colorful, unique, sparkly and magical, such as...

  • Pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons
  • Watercolor
  • Sparkles
  • Your imagination. This is perhaps the second most important.

Now, are you ready? Let’s get down to it right below!

Step-by-step: how to make an Origami Unicorn

Step 1

 

First fold the sheet in half, diagonally. Then open it up to create a crease.

Step 2

Next, we need to fold the edges in on both sides.

Just like this:

Step 3

Then make creases by folding the top edges so that they align with that diagonal line in the center.

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Open them up.

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Step 4

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Now fold the two longer edges towards the center and then open them to create two long creases.

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Is yours looking like this?

Step 5

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You will end up with a shape with creases like in the picture below. Where the creases meet is where we should pay attention to. We have highlighted it with pink so it’s easier for you to see.

Take a closer look. The pink line is what we want to create now.

Step 6

Using the creases that we have created before, fold the two adjacent edges in to create a flap.

Step 7

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Then create creases on both sides of that flap we just created.

Step 8

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Repeat steps 5, 6, 7 on the other side. The result should look like this, with two flaps:

Step 9

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Now just focus on this small detail: the flaps. Fold the longer edge of the flap so that it lies along the crease at the bottom of the flap.

Step 10

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Do the same to the shorter edge.

Step 11

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Pinch it to create a mini flap.

Step 12

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Repeat on the other side. Tada! Two mini flaps just like in the photo below. These are going to be your Origami Unicorn’s front legs.

We are about halfway through now! Phew! Be patient and stay with us, we’ll get there.

Step 13

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Now we fold the shape in half, lengthwise, along the middle line. Like this:

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And this is what we get.


Step 14

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Fold the flaps down so that they’re sticking out the bottom. These are going to be the front legs of the Unicorn!

Step 15

Now we fold the shorter end up and tuck it in, just like this:

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Step 16

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Then fold it and tuck it in again, this time downwards.

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This is the back legs of the Unicorn. So we want to make sure that it’s in line with the two front legs that we have created before.

Step 17

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Now fold the remaining longer end upwards. 

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And make sure it's nice and close to the front legs. 

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Just like this.

Step 18

 

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Now fold and tuck this pointy end so that it points to the front.

Step 19

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Fold back and tuck in one more time. This is the head. We’re starting to see the shape of a Unicorn now!

Step 20

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Fold it back, tuck it in, point it up, to create the horn. We’re almost there!

Step 21

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Make sure the horn is nice and straight up.

Step 22

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You can twist it too if you want.

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And here you are… Your magical Origami Unicorn is DONE!

Great job! We’re glad you stick with us to the end. It was fun, wasn’t it? We hope that you enjoyed making this easy, fun and cute craft! Now you can go on to decorate your Origami Unicorn, make more of them or learn how to make different Origami Unicorn designs. Be careful though, before you even realize it you might end up with a whole Origami Unicorn zoo! Check out our tutorials for other Unicorns tips here.

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