How to Make an Origami Dinosaur

This post will teach you how to create an advanced version of an origami dinosaur. Although it’s a bit challenging, we provide detailed step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. Just follow along, and you’ll end up with a super cool origami dinosaur with lots of details.

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If you are new to origami, start here from our beginner guide to know the basics and how to read the step-by-step instructions.

  • Folding time: 15 minutes
  • Paper: 15×15 cm
  • Difficulty: Middle

Material

Prepare a 15×15 cm origami square paper, with one blue and one white side, to create a 5×11 cm dinosaur. Different dinosaurs can be made using various colors and sizes of square paper.

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Origami Dinosaur Video

Step by Step Instructions of Origami Dinosaur

Step 1

Start with the white side of the paper facing up. Fold in half diagonally and unfold, then

fold diagonally in the opposite direction and unfold.

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Step 2

Fold the top edge of the paper to align with the diagonal crease, then unfold.

Repeat this process with the left, right, and bottom edges to create four new creases.

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Step 3

Rotate the paper 45 degrees to the right.

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Step 4

Fold the top corner to the intersection point created by the two creases from step 2.

Repeat with the bottom corner.

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Step 5

Fold the model in half downward along the existing horizontal crease.

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Step 6

Fold the top right corner towards the left side. The ends of the crease will intersect the

bottom right corner and the top tip of the center vertical line. Unfold the crease.

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Step 7

Fold the top left corner towards the right side. The corner should touch the bottom right

intersection of the fold created in step 2.

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Step 8

Refold the fold from step 6 down.

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Step 9

Pleat the corner back to the top right. The top of the pleat should intersect the center

(vertical) line.

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Step 10

Refold the fold from step 7 down.

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Step 11

Pleat the corner back to the top left. The top of the pleat should intersect the center

(vertical) line.

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Step 12

Unfold both pleats by pulling on the left and right corners.

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Step 13

Crimp both sides along the existing creases.

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Step 13-a

To do this, unfold the paper horizontally upward.

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Step 13-b

Valley fold the inner right creases. The paper should not lie flat.

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Step 13-c

Fold the paper back to the right along the outer creases. This creates the first crimp.

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Step 13-d

Repeating step 13-b on the left side, valley fold the inner left creases.

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Step 13-e

Repeating step 13-c, fold the paper back to the left along the outer creases. This creates the second crimp.

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Step 13-f

Refold the paper in half downward. Gently push the left and right sides towards the center to keep the crimps folded.

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Step 14

Fold the paper in half upward, along the horizontal edge spanning both corners.

[Note that this is not the same as unfolding the entire paper in half!]

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Step 15

Fold the top and bottom edges to the center (horizontal) line.

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Step 16

Unfold the bottom flap at a 90-degree angle, so the paper points directly upward.

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Step 17

Create an inside reverse fold by simultaneously folding the bottom flap and the crease

made in step 2 to the center line.

  • To do this, start by folding the crease from step 2 up.
  • Holding this crease, begin folding the bottom flap back up, ensuring that the bottom right corner remains above both folds.
  • Continue pressing both folds down until the paper flattens. The corner should point right.
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Step 18

Repeat step 16 on the top, unfolding it at a 90-degree angle.

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Step 19

Repeat step 17 on the top flap by creating an inside reverse fold with the top flap and

the crease made in step 2.

  • Start by folding the crease from step 2 down.
  • Holding this crease, begin folding the top flap down, ensuring that the top right corner remains above both folds.
  • Continue pressing both folds down until the paper flattens. The corner should point to the right.
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Step 20

Turn over the paper.

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Step 21

Fold the model in half upward along the existing horizontal crease.

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Step 22

Create a pleat fold on the right part of the body. The valley fold should be a vertical line,

while the mountain fold is angled.

[Note that the paper will not lie flat.]

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Step 23

On the left side, create another pleat on the very top layer of the paper, while also

folding the left edge to the bottom edge.

  • To do this, slightly lift the top flap to create the pleat folds. As the paper folds to the right, begin folding down the left edge to the bottom edge. Flatten the folds.
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Step 24

Mountain fold the tip of the paper to hide the corner.

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Step 25

Turn over the paper.

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Step 26

Repeat step 22 to create a pleat fold on the left part of the body. The mountain and

valley folds should directly line up with the pleat created in step 22. The paper should

now lie flat.

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Step 27

Repeat step 23 to create another pleat on the right side while folding down the right

edge to the bottom edge.

  • Slightly lift the top flap to create the pleat folds. As the paper folds to the left, begin folding down the right edge. Flatten the folds.
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Step 28

Repeat step 24 to mountain fold the tip to hide the corner.

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Step 29

Fold the left corner directly up, and unfold.

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Step 30

Make an inside reverse fold. To do this, slightly open up the paper from the top, and

push the corner up. Fold along the creases made in step 29 and flatten the paper.

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Step 31

Fold the top layer such that the corner touches the edge of the crimp and unfold.

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Step 32

Create a swivel fold using the creases made in step 2 and step 31. To do this, mountain

fold the crease from step 2 inwards, while folding the crease from step 31 to the right.

Push the extra paper between the creases downward.

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Step 33

Turn over the paper.

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Step 34

Repeat steps 31 and 32. Fold the top layer to the crimp and unfold. Swivel fold by

mountain folding the crease from step 2 and the crease you just made. Push the extra

paper between the creases downward.

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Step 35

Fold a diagonal crease along the thin strip of paper, starting at the top right corner at

the bottom left.

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Step 36

Make an inside reverse fold. Slightly open the paper and push the top left corner to the

right, folding along the creases made in step 25.

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Step 37

Make an outside reverse fold by pulling apart the two layers from the top, and folding

them downward.

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Step 38

Make an inside reverse fold along the tip by pushing the corner underneath the layers.

This completes the head of the dinosaur.

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Step 39

Fold the left corner (the tail) to the right, folding along the line of the crimp.

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Step 40

Fold the corner back to the left, creating a 90-degree angle with the base of the paper.

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Step 41

Unfold the folds from the previous two steps.

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Step 42

Create a crimp with the creases made in steps 39 and 40.

  • To do this, slightly open up the layers.
  • Start by mountain folding on the front and back using the crease made in step 39, bringing the corner up and to the right.
  • Then, valley fold the tail back down using the creases from step 40.
  • Close the model back in half.
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Step 43

Fold the bottom corner of the tail up and unfold. The crease should intersect the crimp

made in the previous step.

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Step 44

Make an inside reverse fold from the crease. Open up the paper slightly and push the

corner upward.

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Step 45

Round the body by folding the top corners inward. Flatten the legs by folding them

inward as well.

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What’s Next

That’s your super cool dinosaur, now please check our other easy origami animals, happy folding!

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What’s Next

Now you finished this advanced origami dinosaur. It has so much many details and I bet you loved the process. You can move on for more interesting origami animals. Don’t forgot to keep in touch on pinterest and youtube.

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