Origami Shark – Easy Origami for Kids

Origami Shark

Let us continue with mastering the art of paper folding. This time, we will make an origami shark. It is very easy to make, both for children and grown-ups.


You will need colored paper, a black marker pen, and scissors. If you have special origami paper, so much the better.

Steps to Making an Origami Shark from Paper

Prepare a square blue sheet of paper.

Origami Shark

Fold it in two, putting the opposite corners together to form a diagonal fold.

Origami Shark

Fold one side inwards aligning the edge with the center crease.

Origami Shark

Then do the same with the other side.

Origami Shark

Fold the lower corner up to meet the upper one and smooth the fold.

Origami Shark

Release the fold and cut a small piece off the corner to the fold line.

Origami Shark

Put the work piece upside down and fold the ‘tail’ upwards.

Origami Shark

If you unfold the corner, you should see two parallel folds in the middle of the work piece.

Origami Shark

Return the ‘tail’ to its prior position.

Origami Shark

Now fold the work piece in two along the very first diagonal fold.

Origami Shark

Pick the folded ‘tail’ up with your finger and straighten it outwards pressing the two halves of it together.

Origami Shark

Fold one part of the ‘tail’ to the side.

Origami Shark

Pull the cut edge out from the middle — this will serve as the shark’s characteristic fin.

Origami Shark

Turn the shark’s other side to you.

Draw the eyes and the predatory grin. The origami shark is ready! You can regard it as an individual crafted item or use it as part of an applique work, something like ‘Sea World’ or ‘Sea Predators’.

Origami Shark

Once you have made the shark, consider crafting a simple origami snail or a still simpler origami ghost.

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