Origami Crab Instructions – 14 steps

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Origami Crab Instructions – 14 steps

Introduction:

In this origami activity, we are going to make a fantastic origami crab. Crabs are known for their pincers and their thick exoskeleton. This instruction will teach you how to make an origami that resembles the crab’s shape and form. The instructions for this origami are relatively easy. It is excellent for beginners who want to know more about paper origami.

Difficulty Level: Easy – Intermediate

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 1

Start with a square piece of origami paper. It is better to use paper that has color on one side. Face the colored side upward and fold the paper in half crosswise and lengthwise. Crease the paper well and unfold.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 2

The origami paper should now have crease marks like the illustration above.  Now turn the paper around.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 3

Diagonally fold the paper on both sides. Follow the dashed lines for guidance.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 4

Start pushing the paper from both sides, as shown by the arrows. The crease marks will help you push the paper into a waterbomb base fold.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 5

As you push the sides in, the background triangle should form. Hold it down as you continue to bring both sides together.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 6

Squash the paper to flatten it. You have now made a waterbomb base.

 

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 7

Rotate the origami paper 180 degrees counter-clockwise.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 8

The origami crab should now look like an inverted triangle once rotated. Fold the top layer of the right and left corner downward as shown. Fold the top layer of the paper ONLY.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 9

Mountain fold the left and right flaps to the insides made in step 8. A mountain fold is when you fold the paper backward or away from you.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 10

Turn the origami crab to the other side.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 11

Fold the bottom corner upwards. Follow the dashed lines for guidance.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 12

Bring the top edge of the origami paper crab downwards.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 13

Make the origami crab’s arms/pincer by folding along the dashed lines.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Step 14

You’re almost done! Turn the origami paper to the other side.

How to fold an Origami Crab - Finish

Your origami crab is done! This would make an awesome décor anywhere.

There’s another version of this crab origami, try it yourself!

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