Origami: How to fold a Turtle



Like a proverb, “Cranes live for 1,000 years,

turtles live for 10,000 years”, turtles really live long.


I remember the turtle,

that my grandfather bought me at festival when I was a little,

grew so big after years that I was so amazed.


Let’s make such an auspicious turtle with origami paper!



How to fold a Turtle 1   A Green Turtle


1.Fold it in half.



2.Fold it in half again, make a crease and put it back.

Fold both sides to the middle crease.



3.Change the direction and fold both bottom parts up,

along the dotted line.



4.Fold both sides to the middle along the dotted lines.



5.Fold both parts outside, along the dotted lines.



6.Cut only the top layer of the bottom part along the red line

and fold them outside along the dotted lines.



7.Fold it like a staircase both at the top and at the bottom.



8.Flip it over, and it’s done!



How to fold a Turtle 2   Parent-Child Turtle


1.Fold it in half and make a crease along the black line.

Fold it in half along the dotted line.



2.Fold both corners and make crease.

Open each corner and fold it, covering the corner, like picture No.3.



3.Change the direction.



4.Fold the right side along the dotted line in picture No.3.



5.Fold it behind, along the dotted line.



6.Fold both corners behind along the dotted lines.



7.And it’s done!



Hot to fold a Turtle 3   A Giant Tortoise


1.Fold it in half twice and make two creases along the black lines.

Fold it along the dotted line.



2.Fold it in half.



3.Fold the left corner and make a crease, along the dotted line.

Open it and fold it, covering the corner, like the picture No.4.



4.And it’s done!



They are all easy to fold!

When you finish folding it, draw your original patterns on the shell.

It will be more real!


Also, if you use the patterned-origami paper,

it will be even prettier with a patterned shell!


Why don’t you try that out too!


【Translated by  Kana Toda PIERCE】