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Origami Frog

The origami frog looks neat and can also be made to hop. 


Made this origami? Comment and Submit your photo using the comment box at the end of this page!


If you like this, you may also like the origami hopping frog.

Origami Frog

You can view our video below, or if you prefer, our photo instructions below that:

Start with a square piece of origami paper (green makes convincing frogs).  Now make a square base

green square origami paper

origami square base

Next insert your finger in one of the pockets in the square base.

Move the pocket around to the front, then flatten and crease it. 

This classic origami move is known as the squash fold

starting squash fold     

squash fold in progress


Photo below shows one of the squash folds completed.  Now perform the squash fold three more times...

completed squash fold


...until the piece has the diamond shape shown below. 

Next fold and unfold the corners as shown, to make creasemarks. 

all four squash folds completed

corners folded to make creases

crease marks


Next comes another classic origami move, the petal fold.

starting petal fold

petal fold in progress


The next photo shows the completed petal fold. 

Now perform the petal fold three more times (on the other three faces of the diamond), to create the origami frog base.

completed petal fold      

four petal folds completed, frog base



Fold the frog base down the centerline as shown.  Then fold the lower edges of one layer into the centerline.

frog base folded down centerline   

edges of frog base folded into centerline



Now fold edge A to edge B as shown by the arrow. 

The perform the previous three steps again, 3 more times, until the piece looks like below right.

edge A folded into edge B

tadpole ready to become a frog



Now it's time to turn the tadpole into a frog! 

I like to pre-crease the leg, then use reverse folds to create the two front legs (reverse folds are explained here).

creasing frog leg in preparation for reverse fold

first leg reverse folded

both front legs reverse folded


Now use reverse folds to stretch the back legs. 

Apply reverse folds again, twice each on the front and back pairs of legs, as shown in the photos below. 

rear frog legs reverse folded

all legs reverse folded again

all legs reverse folded last time



Now you'll need to blow where shown, to inflate the frog's body.

completed origami frog



You can make the frog hop for short distances by pressing on the rear of the body, then sliding your finger off onto the table:

using finger on rear of body to make origami frog jump

origami frog jumped forward





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