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Origami Fish

Original model created on 14/06/2016 - Published on 22/06/2016

Origami Fish instructions and tutorial

Learn how to make a very easy origami fish! This cute paper fish is an original origami model that you can fold in only a few minutes with a 2 by 1 rectangle (half square) of paper.

The model is not completely flat, the fish has a fin that goes slightly upward. Depending on the paper you use, and how well the folds are marked, you may want to put a little bit of glue at the very end so that the model does not open up too much.

Origami Fish video instructions

To make a Fish in origami, please follow the instructions from this video on YouTube:

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How to make an origami Fish

Here are the step-by-step instructions to fold a Fish (photo diagram and/or video).

Fish - step 1

1. Start with a square piece of paper.

Fish - step 2

2. Fold and cut the square in order to have 2 rectangles. You can fold one fish with each rectangle.

Fish - step 3

3. If the paper has only one colored side, put it on top. Fold and unfold the rectangle horizontaly and verticaly.

Fish - step 4

4. Turn the model to the other side.

Fish - step 5

5. Fold the two top corners.

Fish - step 6

6. Unfold.

Fish - step 7

7. Fold the two other corners.

Fish - step 8

8. Unfold.

Fish - step 9

9. Turn the model to the other side.

Fish - step 10

10. Gently squeeze together the top middle point and the bottom middle point.

Fish - step 11

11. Then flatten the model. You do not have to make any new folds.

Fish - step 12

12. Turn the model to the left.

Fish - step 13

13. Fold the two right corners. Mark the folds well.

Fish - step 14

14. Turn the model to the other side.

Fish - step 15

15. Fold the top right and the bottom right towards the horizontal axis. Mark the folds well.

Fish - step 16

16. Unfold the two flaps under the right side of the model.

Fish - step 17

17. Fold the top flap towards the left.

Fish - step 18

18. Fold the bottom flap towards the left.

Fish - step 19

19. Fold the left flap towards the right, and your fish is done! The flap will stay a bit upward. If the model opens up too much, you can put a little bit of glue under it.

Fish - step 20

20. That was easy, wasn't it? Then fold many more origami fishes of all colors! :-)

I hope you like this origami fish model. It's a very simple model with a small amounts of steps, but it looks very cute with its upward fin and its fan tail! You can fold many of them and stick them to a blue paper, hang them on your wall or window etc. If you use bright colors, it could make a very colorful room decoration for a bedroom, a classroom etc.

You can also watch the video tutorial that shows how to fold this fish on the Origami Plus Youtube channel.

Please send me pictures of your fishes on the Origami Plus Facebook page, or on Twitter (@Origami_Plus). Thank you!

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Thank you!

Note: this model is an original model protected by international copyright laws. Please do not publish instructions, diagrams or videos that show how to fold it, but instead point people to this page. If you would like to help with the translation of the instructions to your language (or improve the translation), please let me know. Thank you!

Your origami Fish photos

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Photos of origami Fish

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Origami is the art of folding paper to create animals, plants, objects and geometric forms.

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