There are many ways of making an origami fish, and this step-by-step instruction will teach you how to make one. This instruction’s steps are quite long but don’t worry since the majority of the steps only require simple folds.
Difficulty Level: Easy – Intermediate
To make this origami fish, get a piece of square origami paper. It is better to use a paper that has color on one side to follow the directions more clearly. Face the colored side downwards, then the fold the paper lengthwise in half. Crease the paper well and unfold.
The next step is to fold the left and right edges of the origami paper to the middle crease made in step 1. Crease the paper well and unfold.
Bring the bottom edge of the paper to the top edge. Crease the paper well and unfold.
Fold the bottom and top edges to the middle crease line made in step 3. Crease the paper well and unfold.
Diagonally fold the paper along the dashed lines. Crease the paper well and unfold.
Your origami paper should now look like this. The crease lines made from step 1 to 5 will help you make certain folds for the next steps. Fold the left and right edges of the paper again to the middle crease line made in step 1.
This step can be a bit tricky, so follow the points (yellow dots) for guidance. Fold point A down to point X. Do the same on the right side by folding point B down to point Y.
Once you have done step 7, the origami fish should now look like this. Flatten the top part by bringing the top edge to the yellow dot then squashing it.
Repeat step 7 on the bottom part. Fold point A down to point X. Do the same on the right side by folding point B down to point Y.
Flatten the bottom part by bringing the bottom edge to the yellow dot then squashing it.
Your origami fish should now look like this hexagon. On the bottom part of the paper, fold point X down to point Y. The points are the yellow dots on the image.
Make a squash fold by lifting the corner of the right triangle flap upward. See the next step for reference on how the paper was lifted up.
The paper will look like this once you have lifted the right triangle flap. Squash the lifted flap until it forms a square.
The squashed fold should look like the square on the top right corner of the illustration. The next step is to make a diagonal fold on the bottom part of the origami paper as shown.
Almost done. Rotate and turn the origami fish on the other side.