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Origami Leaping Cat

Original model created on 14/03/2016 - Published on 30/03/2016

Origami Leaping Cat instructions and tutorial

This cool Leaping Cat takes 15 minutes to fold, but you can then play with it for hours and make it jump all over your desk! It is a relatively easy origami model, just follow the steps below or watch the video tutorial. This jumping cat has the same cute look than Jo Nakashima's origami Neko Cat, but one can never have enough cute cats. :-) As you will see in the video, the structure is in fact very different. My Leaping Cat is a bit bigger than Jo's Neko Cat but I'm sure that they will play well together. :-)

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How to make an origami Leaping Cat

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

Leaping Cat - step 1

1. Start with a square sheet of paper. If the paper has a white side, put the white side on the bottom.

Leaping Cat - step 2

2. Fold and unfold the square horizontally and vertically.

Leaping Cat - step 3

3. Turn the square to the other side.

Leaping Cat - step 4

4. Fold the top left square horizontally. Mark the fold only at the left of vertical axis.

Leaping Cat - step 5

5. Unfold the fold you just made.

Leaping Cat - step 6

6. Fold the top left square vertically. Mark the fold only at the top of the horizontal axis.

Leaping Cat - step 7

7. Unfold the fold you just made.

Leaping Cat - step 8

8. Fold the 4 corners to the center.

Leaping Cat - step 9

9. Turn the model 45° clockwise.

Leaping Cat - step 10

10. Fold the bottom tip of the top triangle to the center of the square.

Leaping Cat - step 11

11. Fold the tip down. Can you see the cat's face already?

Leaping Cat - step 12

12. Make a crease that goes from the bottom right of the cat's face to the bottom right corner of the model. You need to crease the two layers.

Leaping Cat - step 13

13. Make a similar crease on the left.

Leaping Cat - step 14

14. Turn the model to the other side.

Leaping Cat - step 15

15. Fold the two top corners to the center.

Leaping Cat - step 16

16. Open the top right corner and fold it up so that the crease in the middle of the corner becomes vertical.

Leaping Cat - step 17

17. Then close the right corner and make a symetric fold to the one you just made so that you can flatten the model.

Leaping Cat - step 18

18. Open the model.

Leaping Cat - step 19

19. Open and fold up the top left corner in the same way.

Leaping Cat - step 20

20. Make a symetric fold and flatten the model.

Leaping Cat - step 21

21. Open the model.

Leaping Cat - step 22

22. Fold the top middle tip down between the two ears.

Leaping Cat - step 23

23. Open the model and make a crease from the middle of the right side to the intersection of folds at the right of the face. You need to crease the two layers.

Leaping Cat - step 24

24. Make a similar crease on the left.

Leaping Cat - step 25

25. Fold down the face to make a crease in the middle at the bottom of the face.

Leaping Cat - step 26

26. Open the model.

Leaping Cat - step 27

27. Fold back all the face folds and the two creases that go from the face to the two bottom corners.

Leaping Cat - step 28

28. Turn the model to the other side and unfold the left, right and bottom tips.

Leaping Cat - step 29

29. Fold the top right tip in two. Mark the fold until you reach the perpendicular fold.

Leaping Cat - step 30

30. Unfold the fold you just made.

Leaping Cat - step 31

31. Fold the top left tip in a similar way.

Leaping Cat - step 32

32. Unfold the fold you just made.

Leaping Cat - step 33

33. Put the two back legs together and fold the tail along its axis. Mark the fold only on the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 34

34. Open the model.

Leaping Cat - step 35

35. Fold the right of the tail to the vertical axis. Mark the fold until your reach the horizontal crease.

Leaping Cat - step 36

36. Fold the left of the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 37

37. Open the tail and fold back the left and right bottom tips.

Leaping Cat - step 38

38. Close the tail and fold it down to the bottom of the right rear leg.

Leaping Cat - step 39

39. Mark the fold inside the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 40

40. Similarly, fold the tail down on the left rear leg.

Leaping Cat - step 41

41. And mark the fold inside the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 42

42. Put the tail up.

Leaping Cat - step 43

43. Fold the tail to one side. Mark the fold until the middle of the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 44

44. Fold the tail to the other side. Mark the fold until the middle of the tail.

Leaping Cat - step 45

45. Make a reverse outside fold to put the tail backwards.

Leaping Cat - step 46

46. You can thin the rear legs by folding them inside and squashing the fold.

Leaping Cat - step 47

47. It's a bit difficult but it will help to make the legs more apart.

Leaping Cat - step 48

48. Unfold the front legs a bit and pinch again the fold at their tips to make them stand out.

Leaping Cat - step 49

49. You have finished your cat! The cat can stand on its four legs, and even on its two rear legs and tail. Isn't it a cute cat?

Leaping Cat - step 50

50. Here is the leaping cat, ready to jump in the air to play!

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Origami Leaping Cat video instructions

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