Origami Festive Mouse

Instructions for Origami Mouse

  1. Adjust the image size if necessary to the largest compatible with your printer. Word version only: If done via format – autoshape – you can lock the aspect ratio so that it stays square. If you do adjust the size, the locations of the WordArt bits will need adjusting.
  2. Word version only: Customise the ‘from’ and ‘to’: you may need to change the box size to fit the areas available. Do not extend the boxes towards the middle: text can disappear in a fold.
  3. Print out with the image and cut tidily.
  4. Folding:
  1. fold diagonal AB (coloured sides together)(go along the diagonal, not the line, which is slightly off.). Unfold.
  2. fold along CD, keep folded
  3. with A over B, fold corner D to A
  4. similarly, fold C to A. You now have a square, all 4 original corners are opposite new point E
  5. fold D to E
  6. fold C to E
  7. fold A towards E (marked – ‘fold 7’, one layer only)
  8. fold A towards E (marked – ‘fold 8’, so that corner A is buried) (you've still got a square)
  9. turn over. Fold along sides of red and pink triangle that’s on the other side, so that edges either side of B (marked folds 9 and 10, but hidden) lie along centre crease (You've now got a kite shape, fewest layers at the bottom, pointy end)
  10. Fold 11: down the middle. All the red/pink is on the outside.
  11. There’s a white head, red body (lots of thickness), pink tail. Have the side with most text on the tail facing you.
  12. Shape pink tail, to vertical folds to make a 'Z', ie fold a vertical line from end of the mouse's body – tail points forwards
  13. make another vertical fold adjacent to where tail meets base of body – tail points back
  14. open the folds of the body a bit and tuck the fold made in last 2 moves in. Add a curve for realism.
  15. Shape ears: two flaps either side of the head. Fold them back along ‘collar’,
  16. fold them forwards so that there’s a front edge perpendicular to the base, then
  17. open ears out and shape appealingly
  18. Spread the base if needed, for stability and 3D. Done!

           To convert it to a tree decoration, after stage 9 make a hole in the 'spine' just where the two corners come to meet, and push a loop made from 10cm/4" of wire in.

(original origami design by Paul Jackson, from his book ‘Origami – A Complete Step-by-Step Guide’, with minor modifications by Anthony Powell. Colour template by AP also.)

(Text also available to download. Template, written in MS Word (has WordArt boxes), with a bmp template that hasn't got the WordArt boxes.)
New - pdf version, A4 with no WordArt

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