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Origami Strip Reindeer

Strip Reindeer
Original model created on 21/12/2016 - Published on 22/12/2016

Origami Strip Reindeer instructions and tutorial

3 days before Christmas, this cute reindeer appeared while I was playing with a long strip of paper. You are right, it does not look like the other reindeers, it's a special magical reindeer. They can fly even though they don't have wings, and Santa Claus uses them for his sleigh.

This reindeer has joined front legs and joined back legs, but it can stand relatively easily.

To fold this reindeer, you will need a long strip of paper. The exact size does not matter, but the length should be about 10 times the width.

For most folds, there isn't an exact place where you need to fold. So don't worry, just fold, and you will get a different reindeer every time!

Update - December 6th 2017: there is now a new video tutorial with a slightly improved version. Try the origami reindeer in 2 colors, it's even more beautiful!

Origami Strip Reindeer video instructions

To make Strip Reindeer in origami, please follow the instructions from this video on YouTube:

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How to make an origami Strip Reindeer

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

Strip Reindeer - step 1

1. Start with a long strip of paper. You can use A4 or letter copy paper, and cut a long stripe with a width of 2 to 3 cm (about 1 inch).

Strip Reindeer - step 2

2. Fold the strip in two, along its length.

Strip Reindeer - step 3

3. Make an inside reverse fold for the back legs.

Strip Reindeer - step 4

4. Make an outside fold for the front legs.

Strip Reindeer - step 5

5. Make a simple valley fold so that the front legs are as tall as the back legs. Your girafe is almost ready! :-)

Strip Reindeer - step 6

6. Unfold the last fold at the bottom of the front legs, open the neck and fold back the bottom fold of the front legs.

Strip Reindeer - step 7

7. Make a valley fold on the neck so that the bottom of the head is at the same level as the bottom of the body.

Strip Reindeer - step 8

8. Put the reindeer face down, and bring the two sides of the neck to the middle axis of the neck.

Strip Reindeer - step 9

9. Roll the neck. You can use a pen to start the roll, and then once you have rolled the neck once, you can make the roll more tight. Make a slight fold towards the front at the bottom of the roll.

Strip Reindeer - step 10

10. Free the bottom of the head, and fold back the two sides of the head to the middle. You can experiment with different ways to shape the head, and possibly make a few more folds at the bottom of the head to make it thinner.

Strip Reindeer - step 11

11. Fold the bottom of the back of the front legs inside to make them thinner.

Strip Reindeer - step 12

12. Similarly, fold the bottom of the back of the back back legs to thin them.

Strip Reindeer - step 13

13. Your reindeer is complete, and you can make it stand.

Strip Reindeer - step 14

14. This strip reindeer is a very quick model to fold, so you can fold many reindeers, and all of the reindeers in your herd will be different.

I hope you will like this reindeer! It's my first strip origami model, and I think I will make a lot of others as it is a lot of fun to create and fold.

From this reindeer base, it's very easy to make a tall girafe and probably a lot of other animals too!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy Folding! :-)

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!

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