Step by Step Paper Crab Folding Instructions

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Step by Step Paper Crab Folding Instructions

Introduction:

There are many ways to make a paper sculpture of a crab. One way is by forming the crab’s body by making a waterbomb base from a piece of paper. A waterbomb base is a type of paper fold that is commonly used to make various origami crafts. If you’re not familiar with the square base fold, then that’s okay. This origami frog instruction will teach you how to make a square base fold.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 01

You will be needing a square piece of origami paper to make this paper crab. It’s better to use paper that has color on one side. That way, it is clear to understand the instructions. Face the colored side upwards, then fold the paper crosswise and lengthwise in half. Crease the paper well and unfold the paper.

 

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 02

The paper should now have crease marks like the illustration above. The next step is to turn the paper to the other side.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 03

Diagonally fold the origami paper along the dashed lines. Crease the paper well and unfold.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 04

These crease marks will help you form the waterbomb base. Start pushing the paper from both sides as shown by the arrows. See the next step for guidance.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 05

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

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 06

The paper should now look like this triangle. Squash the paper down to flatten.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 07

Your waterbomb base is done. The next part is to form the shape of the crab through this base. Rotate the paper by turning it 180 degrees counterclockwise or clockwise.

 

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 08

Make 2 mountain folds along the dashed lines. Make sure to fold to the inside of the top layer only and that both sides should meet at the center.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 09

Turn  the paper to the other side.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 010

Bring the bottom corner upward. Fold it along the dashed line as shown.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 011

Fold the right and left corner down. The edges should be parallel to the center of the paper.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Step 012

Almost done! Turn the paper to the other side.

How to fold a Paper Frog - Finish

Your paper crab is done!

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

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