How to fold an Origami Crab - Step by step instructions

It's a great trick to be able to do; folding a crab from a square piece of paper. It makes a nice little gift, and it's great to see the looks on peoples faces when they see what you can do so easily. This article will give you a step to step description on how to fold a crab using nothing but some paper and your hands. Enjoy!

Step 1

Step 1; necessities

First, you'll need a square piece of paper. The size doesn't really matter, as long as it's square. When it comes to color, you can take every color you want. I would however recommend using a sheet with the same color on both sides. The model requires no cutting, so no need to search for scissors, but some glue might come in handy to fixate the model when you're done folding.

Step 2

After a straight, side to side fold.
After a straight, side to side fold.
After folding diagonally as well.
After folding diagonally as well.

Step 2

Step 2 is making the first folds. Fold the sheet to get the creases like in the picture. Fold edge to edge and diagonally. The order doesn't matter, the main purpose is to create creases.

Step 3

Hold a corner in your hand, and fold in one of the sides, as if you were folding edge to edge again.
Hold a corner in your hand, and fold in one of the sides, as if you were folding edge to edge again.
Hold the two corners between your fingers.
Hold the two corners between your fingers.
Now follow the crease you made, folding the middle of your upper layer to the right upper corner.
Now follow the crease you made, folding the middle of your upper layer to the right upper corner.
Follow the same steps on the other side of your sheet.
Follow the same steps on the other side of your sheet.
Lastly, fold down the upper layer, to create a square like this.
Lastly, fold down the upper layer, to create a square like this.

Step 3

Now we will be folding a little square from our big square. Bring in the side corners, as shown on the pictures.

Step 4

Fold the side corners in like this.
Fold the side corners in like this.
Turn the paper over and fold the side corners on the other side in as well.
Turn the paper over and fold the side corners on the other side in as well.

Step 4

Time for a little creasing again. Creasing is a very important part of the folding process, because it makes the folding easier in later steps, so don't skip out on the creasing!

Step 5

Fold one corner like shown on the picture, so the edge is aligned with the crease in the center of your square. Then fold the other corner in a similar way. Flip the square over and do the backside as well. Now turn the square and repeat.
Fold one corner like shown on the picture, so the edge is aligned with the crease in the center of your square. Then fold the other corner in a similar way. Flip the square over and do the backside as well. Now turn the square and repeat.

Step 5

After folding the corner out again, we'll have to do some more creasing. Hold the open side of your square away from you when you perform this crease. Then turn the square and perform the same crease, only this time with the open side of your square pointing towards you.

Step 6

Fold down the top of your square.
Fold down the top of your square.

Step 6

And yes, step 6 involves some more creasing. This time, we crease on the closed side of our square.

If you want to know how low (or high) you should put your crease, look at the creases you made in step 5. Your crease should be exactly where the creases from step 5 start.

Step 7

Fixate the folds.
Fixate the folds.
Repeat the opening up on the other side.
Repeat the opening up on the other side.

Step 7

Now put down your square, and open it up (like a birds beak) by lifting up the upper layer, and bringing in the sides. The creases you've made should help you do this, you shouldn't have to make any more folds in this step. All you have to do is fixate the folds you already made.

Step 8

Fold down the top side of you model.
Fold down the top side of you model.
When you've done this on both sides, you will end up with a kite-like model.  Fixate all your folds, and fold back to the structure you had when you started this step.
When you've done this on both sides, you will end up with a kite-like model. Fixate all your folds, and fold back to the structure you had when you started this step.

Step 8

We're almost at the detailed part now. But first, we need to make one last crease in our model.

Step 9

First, locate the crease on the top part of your model.
First, locate the crease on the top part of your model.
Take this crease down to the side of your model.
Take this crease down to the side of your model.
You will have to make a new fold to fixate this.
You will have to make a new fold to fixate this.
Now repeat on the other side.
Now repeat on the other side.
Fold down the upper flap.
Fold down the upper flap.
Fixate your folds.
Fixate your folds.
When one side is done, this is what it should look like. Now turn the structure over and repeat this step on the other side.
When one side is done, this is what it should look like. Now turn the structure over and repeat this step on the other side.

Step 9

Now for the more detailed part. These steps are a bit more difficult, so take a good look at the pictures.

Step 10

Fold it up like this on both sides.
Fold it up like this on both sides.

Step 10

This is an easy step. All you have to do is fold up a part of the upper flap.

Step 11

First, open up the side of your model a bit.
First, open up the side of your model a bit.
Then, take the lower part of your model's 'leg' and reverse the fold, folding it backwards into itself.
Then, take the lower part of your model's 'leg' and reverse the fold, folding it backwards into itself.
This is what is will look like from the side.
This is what is will look like from the side.
You should end up with this structure.
You should end up with this structure.

Step 11

Now this part is a bit more complicated. You wil have to do a reverse fold. If you've never done a reverse fold before, it might be a little vague, so I've made lots of pictures to show you exactly how it's done.

Step 12

Do another reverse fold, folding the 'leg' back the way it came.
Do another reverse fold, folding the 'leg' back the way it came.
After fixating your folds, this is what it should look like. Feel free to change the angle of the fold or do some more reverse folds to make your crab look a little more playful.
After fixating your folds, this is what it should look like. Feel free to change the angle of the fold or do some more reverse folds to make your crab look a little more playful.

Step 12

Now the first reverse fold is done, we'll do another one, completing the scissors of our crab.

Step 13

Step 13

And finally: repeat step 11 and 12 for the other side of your crab, and you're done!

You can leave it at that, or you can pimp your crab with eyes, colors, glitter, whatever you want! These little crabs are a nice addition to, for instance, a birthday present. For example; I like to glue them to a birthday card and hide some money in them.

There are lots of ways to use these crabs, and making them is a great way to spend your time.

So there you have it. A fun way to make a crab, using nothing but some paper and your own hands. If you have any questions about some of the steps, or if you have some ideas on how to decorate the crabs, don't hesitate to comment!

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Comments 8 comments

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Don't you need patience to do this sort of thing? I do have a package of unopened, pretty origami paper, but with your step-by-step instructions, how can I lose? Thank you for your Hub. It has inspired me to give this a try.


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Robin Oatley 5 years ago Author

Well, I'm glad my Hub inspired you to do some folding ;) Good luck, and if you have any problems: I'm here to help ;)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Love origami and I actually think that all children should have some instruction in it because the benefits of understanding it are so great! Thanks for a neat hub. Voted up.


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Robin Oatley 5 years ago Author

I agree, origami does wonders for your visuospatial skills. Plus, it teaches patience, a handy skill to have in life ;) Thanks for the vote!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Wow! I can tell you put a tremendous amount of work into this. It is very helpful with all of your specific instructions and pictures. I voted this up and useful!


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Robin Oatley 5 years ago Author

Thanks! I'm glad it's helpful, I wasn't sure if my descriptions and pictures were clear enough. But now I know they are :)


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Awsome step by step instructions and the pictures a real win win in my book. I will have to try this with the kids for a day project before halloween . Voted Up!!!


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

I hope it will work out with the kids! I actually gave a paper crab to my little nephew a few weeks ago and he couldn't stop playing with it!

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