Origami House: 3 Easy Versions for Kids

origami house

An origami house with the most detailed photo instructions and three versions – from the easiest one to the one a bit difficult for children. There are lots of various patterns for making an origami house; I have chosen these 3, which are to my mind are perfect for kids.

Materials:

  • Two-sided colored paper or origami paper for the first house;
  • Single-sided paper for two others;
  • A felt pen to draw windows and doors on the houses, optionally. 

Origami House Step by Step: 1 The Easiest Version

To make this origami, you will need a square piece of double-sided colored paper.

origami house

Fold the paper in half – this will mark the middle of the square.

origami house

Fold the right side, aligning it along the fold in the center.

origami house

Repeat the same actions with the left side.

origami house

Now, fold the complete part in half to create a fold in the center.

origami house

Open it up and fold the upper side inwards, aligning it along the fold in the center.

origami house

Bend the paper bottom upwards, determining its height according to the central fold as well.

origami house

Revert to the original state, since the aims of the previous steps was to make the necessary folds.

origami house

Now, you are to make the roof – I will show the detailed instructions. Slightly unfold the paper atop. Here, you can see the first upper fold.

origami house

Continue pushing corners of the roof sideways, turning the fold into the roof top line. It may seem unclear at first but after practicing a little, you will understand how simple it really is. The main thing is to understand this action principle.

origami house

Fold the bottom part of the house and tuck the edge under the roof. Draw a window and a door. You can paint the roof and even the whole house.

origami house

How to Make Origami House: 2 Easy Version

You will need a square piece of single-sided colored paper or special origami paper. One of its sides is colored and the other is white. The size is not important at all. It depends on your preferences.

Place the paper in front of you.

Easy Origami House

Fold it in half, the color should be on the front face. Then, fold it in half again, this time connecting two other sides.

Easy Origami House

Unfold the paper; there should be two intersecting folds in the middle.

Easy Origami House

Fold the upper side so that it meets the horizontal fold.

Easy Origami House

Turn it around; align the right part along the vertical fold in the center.

Easy Origami House

Now, repeat with the left one.

Easy Origami House

Direct the upper corners downwards.

Easy Origami House

Turn to the other side. Make a small upbound fold in the bottom part.

Easy Origami House

Now, unfold it.

Easy Origami House

Redirect the folded corners inwards. Fold the resulting trapezoidal part upwards again. Due to the fact that we used the single-sided paper, we’ve got doors at the bottom.

Easy Origami House

All we need to do to complete the house is to draw windows.

Easy Origami House

Origami House with a Chimney: Making the Work More Complex

At the beginning, the house should be made similarly to the previous one, but then, you will have to tinker with the chimney, which makes this version a little difficult for kids. But after all, children and their age differ; perhaps, someone will find this method absolutely clear and easy.

Prepare a square piece of single-sided paper.

how to make origami house

Fold it in half. Open it and fold in half again, connecting two other sides.

how to make origami house

You will get intersecting folds.

how to make origami house

Fold the upper part so that it meets the fold.

how to make origami house

Turn it around and fold the side parts so that they meet the center fold.

how to make origami house

how to make origami house

Now, direct the upper corners downwards.

how to make origami house

Now, we get down to making the chimney. Unfold the left corner.

how to make origami house

Open it from the inside and pull down, redirecting the outer fold inwards.

how to make origami house

how to make origami house

Then, unfold the same part upwards.

how to make origami house

Slightly open it from the inside. You will get a corner; move its right side to the left, pressing the corner down at the same time. It’s difficult to describe this action; you should just try doing it and you will understand the process by looking at the final result on the photo. The chimney is ready.

how to make origami house

how to make origami house

Fold the house bottom upwards, aligning the edges along the bottom of the roof. However, there can be various versions here – you can fold up less and will get a long rectangular house or a square one.

how to make origami house

Turn around, draw windows and a door. The origami house is complete.

how to make origami house

These are the houses you can make together with kids; they can easily cope with the first two, but they may need some help when working on the third one.

origami house

Also see how to make a Origami Boat.

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