postheadericon How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

Children and adults alike will love this fall-inspired craft that involves the ancient Japanese tradition of Origami. All you will need is a light bond piece of paper in a fall color (orange, yellow, red or brown), a pair of scissors and

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

1 Cut paper into a perfect square shape. You want your paper to measure 6” x 6.” Use a ruler to ensure you obtain the precise shape and size.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

2 Create the origami hexagon base shape. Hold paper in a diamond shape and fold in half to create a triangle shape. Fold triangle in half and then fold the right corners in, toward one another. Resume the triangle’s former shape but maintain the fold indent.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

Fold the top of the same side of the triangle tip to the fold indent in the middle. Lay the triangle flat but retain the fold (you should have two fold indentations on the right side).

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

Fold the far right bottom corner over the top of the triangle so that tip juts out across the left side.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

Grasp the far left bottom corner and fold it over to the other side of the triangle, which should create a “V” shape with peaks on top.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

Measure along the fold area on top (consider drawing a line across the top) and then cut the paper.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves
How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

3 Draw two circular lines along the top of your “V” near the area where the folds emerge. Use your compass and pencil to ensure you create a symmetrical circle.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

4 Add two starburst flower designs below the lower symmetrical circle. Shape the starburst in more of a petal formation so it looks almost like a flower.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

5 Cut out along pattern lines starting by removing the top of the hexagon paper. Cut out the flower/starburst pattern, anchoring it to the circular pattern toward the top of the paper.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

6 Unfold paper (gently) to reveal the origami leaf design. Erase any remaining pencil lines before displaying.

How to Create Kirigami Origami Maple Leaves

7 Finished.

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