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How To Make An Origami Angel


Are you ready for an exciting paper challenge? Let’s make an origami angel! This origami is perfect for older kids during quiet hours since it will keep them busy for hours on end as they focus on getting every crease nice and crispy. Let’s get started!

Finished result of an origami angel made with orange paper standing on top of a yellow background.
Who doesn’t love origami crafts?

Because of the complexity of this project, we recommend this origami tutorial for older kids and adults. If you want a simple origami for younger kids, give this origami ghost a try.

Steps To Make an Origami Angel 

Step 1:

Start with a square piece of paper.

Step 1: Origami Angel - There's a square piece of paper. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s get started with our origami adventure!

Step 2:

We’re starting by setting the main creases before making the origami angel! So fold in half lengthwise.

Step 2: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded in half lengthwise. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
The first steps are always simple.

Step 3:

Open. 

Step 3: Origami Angel - The folded paper is being opened up. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Undo the last step.

Step 4:

Fold in half in the opposite direction.

Step 4: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded in half in the opposite direction. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Continue folding, in the other direction.

Step 5:

Open again.

Step 5: Origami Angel - The folded paper is being opened again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Origami is a fun way to pass the time.

Step 6:

Fold diagonally. 

Step 6: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded diagonally. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
KEEP FOLDING!

Step 7:

Take the left and right corners and fold to the middle line.

Step 7: Origami Angel - The left and right corners are being folded to the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
jUST FOLLOW THE PICTURES.
Step 7: Origami Angel - The left and right corners are being folded to the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
fOLD BOTH SIDES DOWN.

Step 8: 

Open the last two folds.

Step 8: Origami Angel - The last two folds are being opened. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Open again.

Step 9:

Cross-fold the right corner to the left side.

Step 9: Origami Angel - The right corner is being cross-folded to the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Folding paper can be so relaxing.

Step 10:

Open and repeat on the left side cross-folding to the right side. Open again.

Step 10: Origami Angel - The left side is being cross-folded to the right side, and then opened again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Look at what we’re creating together!

Step 11:

Accordion fold one time on the right side towards the middle line.

Step 11: Origami Angel - Accordion fold one time on the right side towards the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Your origami angel will take shape in a few steps.

Step 12:

Repeat on the left side. Your figure should look something like this.

Step 12: Origami Angel - Accordion fold one time on the left side towards the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Origami is a fun way to pass the time.

Step 13:

Unfold so your origami angel will have these new creases.

Step 13: Origami Angel - Unfold so your origami angel will have these new creases. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Right now, we’re just making new creases.

Step 14:

Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there’s a space not-too-far between the two. 

Step 14: Origami Angel - Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there's a space far between the two. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Accordion folding is key.
Step 14: Origami Angel - Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there's a space far between the two. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog
Repeat on the left side.

Step 15:

Fold the right side toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, accordion-fold it.

Step 15: Origami Angel - The right side is being folded toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, it's accordion-folded. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Enjoying every fold and crease.
Step 15: Origami Angel - The right side is being folded toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, it's accordion-folded. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Remember to press down to crease properly.

Step 16:

Repeat on the left side as well, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers.

Step 16: Origami Angel - The left side is being folded toward the right side, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Origami is a great activity for kids of all ages.
Step 16: Origami Angel - The left side is being folded toward the right side, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Origami helps with hand dexterity and control.

Step 17:

Extend the last few creases on both sides.

Step 17: Origami Angel - Extend the last few creases on both sides. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Look at those intricate creases!

Step 18:

Lift the right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side.

Step 18: Origami Angel - Lift right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
such a relaxing activity.
Step 18: Origami Angel - Lift right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
It may look complicated, but this origami angel is easier than expected.

Step 19:

Fold each triangle halfway down.

Step 19: Origami Angel - Fold each triangle halfway down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Fold away!
Step 19: Origami Angel - Fold each triangle halfway down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
And repeat on the other side.

Step 20:

Undo the last step.

Step 20: Origami Angel - Undo the last step. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
I can already see an angel shape…

Step 21:

Fold the right and left sides inward, up until the middle crease.

Step 21: Origami Angel - The right and left sides are being folded inward, up until the middle crease. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
patience is so important when it comes to origami.
Step 21: Origami Angel - The right and left sides are being folded inward, up until the middle crease. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
So keep going!

Step 22:

Undo the last step.

Step 22: Origami Angel - The last step is being undone. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
The creases are adding character to our angel.

Step 23:

Take the right side and squash-fold it inwards.

Step 23: Origami Angel - The right side is being squash folded inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
squash-folding is a common origami term.
Step 23: Origami Angel - The right side is being squash folded inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Pry open the paper and flatten the paper to make the fold.

Step 24:

Repeat on the other side.

Step 24: Origami Angel - The squash fold is being repeated on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Of course, we have to squash fold it on the other side too.

Step 25:

After pressing down to crease, open both sides. 

Step 25: Origami Angel - After pressing down to crease, both sides are being opened. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
These will be our origami angel’s wings.

Step 26:

Flip over.

Step 26: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
We must work on both sides.

Step 27:

Using the last crease on the right side as a guide, fold down the top part of your paper.

Step 27: Origami Angel - Using the last crease on the right side as a guide, the top part of the paper is being folded down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Halfway there, keep up the fantastic folding!

Step 28:

Repeat on the left side.

Step 28: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Our origami angel is taking shape, don’t you agree?

Step 29:

Flip it over.

Step 29: Origami Angel - Opening again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Turn your figure around.

Step 30:

Fold the right side upwards.

Step 30: Origami Angel - Folding the right side upwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
the angel wings are looking more and more like wings.

Step 31:

Fold the left side upwards.

Step 31: Origami Angel - Folding the left side upwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
so graceful!

Step 32:

Squash fold the right corner inwards.

Step 32: Origami Angel - Squash folding the right corner inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
and even more squash folds…

Step 33:

Repeat the squash fold on the left side.

Step 33: Origami Angel - Squash folding the left corner inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
make a crisp fold on the left side.

Step 34:

Flip over.

Step 34: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s continue working on the front.

Step 35:

Turn upside down and fold the right upper layer inwards. 

Step 35: Origami Angel - Turning upside down, folding the upper layer on the right inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
The details are what make our origami special.

Step 36:

Take the same-side tip and fold outwards.

Step 36: Origami Angel - Folding the tip outwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
every fold is important!

Step 37:

Repeat the last two steps on the left side.

Step 37: Origami Angel - Repeating the last two steps on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
try to keep the folds symmetrical.

Step 38:

Open the right side upper flap and push down.

Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
another squash fold in here.
Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Just keep following the image tutorial.
Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Your fold should look like this.

Step 39:

Repeat on the left side.

Step 39: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Both sides will look like this now.

Step 40:

Flip over.

Step 40: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Continue on the other side of the origami angel.

Step 41:

Take the right side and flip the bottom part to the middle line and crease.

Step 41: Origami Angel - Taking the right side and flipping the bottom part to the middle line and creasing. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
we’re almost done!

Step 42:

Repeat on the left side, your figure will look like a tie at this point.

Step 42: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side, resembling a tie at this stage. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
just a few more folds…

Step 43:

Flip it over. Take the right flap and fold it down, behind the shorter upper layers.

Step 44: Origami Angel - Folding the right flap down behind the shorter upper layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
oUR ORIGAMI ANGEL’S WINGS ARE ALMOST DONE TOO.

Step 44:

Repeat on the left side.

Step 45: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
JUST REPEAT ON THE LEFT SIDE.

Step 45:

Using your index finger and thumb, open the top corner and slightly push down, so the tip will take a more circular shape. 

Step 46: Origami Angel - With index finger and thumb, opening the top corner slightly and pushing down, shaping the tip more circularly. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Folding down to give our angel a lovely head.
Step 46: Origami Angel - View from the back. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
Origami angel view from the back.

Your origami angel is ready!

Final result - origami angel done with pink paper and placed on top of an orange background.
Feeling accomplished as we finish our origami angel.

Phew, that was a lot of steps – but wasn’t it worth it too? This origami angel is ready to adorn your Christmas tree, dinner table, or bedroom!

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes

Difficulty
Medium

Estimated Cost
$1

Instructions

  1. Start with a square piece of paper.
    Step 1: Origami Angel - There's a square piece of paper. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  2. We’re starting by setting the main creases before making the origami angel! So fold in half lengthwise.
    Step 2: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded in half lengthwise. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  3. Open. 
    Step 3: Origami Angel - The folded paper is being opened up. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  4. Fold in half in the opposite direction (note that the paper here is rotated, but you can see the previous step’s crease so you know it’s in the other direction).
    Step 4: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded in half in the opposite direction. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  5. Open again.
    Step 5: Origami Angel - The folded paper is being opened again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  6. Fold diagonally. 
    Step 6: Origami Angel - The paper is being folded diagonally. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  7. Take the left and right corners and fold to the middle line.
    Step 7: Origami Angel - The left and right corners are being folded to the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 7: Origami Angel - The left and right corners are being folded to the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  8. Open the last two folds.
    Step 8: Origami Angel - The last two folds are being opened. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  9. Cross-fold the right corner to the left side, and open.
    Step 9: Origami Angel - The right corner is being cross-folded to the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  10. Open and repeat on the left side cross-folding to the right side. Open again.
    Step 10: Origami Angel - The left side is being cross-folded to the right side, and then opened again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  11. Accordion fold one time on the right side towards the middle line.
    Step 11: Origami Angel - Accordion fold one time on the right side towards the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  12. Repeat on the left side. Your figure should look something like this.
    Step 12: Origami Angel - Accordion fold one time on the left side towards the middle line. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  13. Unfold so your origami angel will have these new creases.
    Step 13: Origami Angel - Unfold so your origami angel will have these new creases. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  14. Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there’s a space not-too-far between the two. 
    Step 14: Origami Angel - Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there's a space far between the two. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 14: Origami Angel - Accordion fold the left and right sides again, this time making sure there's a space far between the two. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog
  15. Fold the right side toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, accordion-fold it.
    Step 15: Origami Angel - The right side is being folded toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, it's accordion-folded. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 15: Origami Angel - The right side is being folded toward the left side, until it meets the first crease on the left. Then, it's accordion-folded. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  16. Repeat on the left side as well, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers.
    Step 16: Origami Angel - The left side is being folded toward the right side, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 16: Origami Angel - The left side is being folded toward the right side, until it looks similar to a paper plane with more layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  17. Extend the last few creases on both sides.
    Step 17: Origami Angel - Extend the last few creases on both sides. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  18. Lift the right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side.
    Step 18: Origami Angel - Lift right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 18: Origami Angel - Lift right and left sides up, to create triangles on each side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  19. Fold each triangle halfway down.
    Step 19: Origami Angel - Fold each triangle halfway down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 19: Origami Angel - Fold each triangle halfway down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  20. Undo the last step.
    Step 20: Origami Angel - Undo the last step. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  21. Fold the right and left sides inward, up until the middle crease.
    Step 21: Origami Angel - The right and left sides are being folded inward, up until the middle crease. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 21: Origami Angel - The right and left sides are being folded inward, up until the middle crease. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  22. Undo the last step.
    Step 22: Origami Angel - The last step is being undone. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  23. Take the right side and squash-fold it inwards.
    Step 23: Origami Angel - The right side is being squash folded inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 23: Origami Angel - The right side is being squash folded inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  24. Repeat on the other side.
    Step 24: Origami Angel - The squash fold is being repeated on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  25. After pressing down to crease, open both sides. 
    Step 25: Origami Angel - After pressing down to crease, both sides are being opened. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  26. Flip over.
    Step 26: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  27. Using the last crease on the right side as a guide, fold down the top part of your paper.
    Step 27: Origami Angel - Using the last crease on the right side as a guide, the top part of the paper is being folded down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  28. Repeat on the left side.
    Step 28: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  29. Flip it over.
    Step 29: Origami Angel - Opening again. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  30. Fold the right side upwards.
    Step 30: Origami Angel - Folding the right side upwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  31. Fold the left side upwards.
    Step 31: Origami Angel - Folding the left side upwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  32. Squash fold the right corner inwards.
    Step 32: Origami Angel - Squash folding the right corner inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  33. Repeat the squash fold on the left side.
    Step 33: Origami Angel - Squash folding the left corner inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  34. Flip over.
    Step 34: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  35. Turn upside down and fold the right upper layer inwards. 
    Step 35: Origami Angel - Turning upside down, folding the upper layer on the right inwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  36. Take the same-side tip and fold outwards.
    Step 36: Origami Angel - Folding the tip outwards. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  37. Repeat the last two steps on the left side.
    Step 37: Origami Angel - Repeating the last two steps on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  38. Open the right side upper flap and push down.
    Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 38: Origami Angel - Opening the upper flap on the right side and pushing down. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  39. Repeat on the left side.
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  40. Flip over.
    Step 40: Origami Angel - Flipping over. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  41. Take the right side and flip the bottom part to the middle line and crease.
    Step 41: Origami Angel - Taking the right side and flipping the bottom part to the middle line and creasing. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  42. Repeat on the left side, your figure will look like a tie at this point.
    Step 42: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side, resembling a tie at this stage. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  43. Flip it over. Take the right flap and fold it down, behind the shorter upper layers.
    Step 44: Origami Angel - Folding the right flap down behind the shorter upper layers. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  44. Repeat on the left side.
    Step 45: Origami Angel - Repeating the previous step on the left side. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  45. Using your index finger and thumb, open the top corner and slightly push down, so the tip will take a more circular shape. 
    Step 46: Origami Angel - With index finger and thumb, opening the top corner slightly and pushing down, shaping the tip more circularly. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
    Step 46: Origami Angel - View from the back. Tutorial from Kids Activities Blog.
  46. Your origami angel is ready!
    Final result - origami angel done with pink paper and placed on top of an orange background.

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