How to Fold an Origami Crab

If you want lovely sea life origami ideas, this origami crab can be your top choice. Creating a beautiful, cute, and realistic crab only needs several steps.

We use red pepper to make it like the red crab. You may choose other colors. In addition, draw some lovely eyes can make the origami crab more interesting and cute. Let’s get started.

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We provide step-by-step diagram instructions and beginner-friendly videos. Check both for quicker learning.

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.


Prepare a 15*15 cm origami paper, with one red and one white side, and you will get an 8.5*8.8 cm crab.


Easy Origami Crab Video

Step by Step

Step 1

Start with the white side of the paper facing up, fold it in half diagonally, and unfold it to form a center crease.


Step 2

Fold it diagonally from left to right, then unfold it, getting a new crease that intersects the previous one perpendicularly.


Step 3

Flip it over.


Step 4

Fold it in half from the bottom right to the top left, crease it well, then unfold it.


Step 5

Similarly, unfold it in half from bottom left to top right.


Step 6

Use your index finger and thumb to pinch upward the four creases on the top, bottom, left, and right, and make them arch slightly.


Step 7

Use your index fingers to gently push it from the top right and bottom left toward the center point, and fold the two corners together at the same time to form a triangle.


Step 8

Take the top right flap and fold it diagonally to the left side.


Step 9

Fold the left top flap up a little at an angle far away from the top corner.


Step 10

Then fold it to the right side along the middle crease.


Step 11

Fold the left top flap to the right side diagonally.


Step 12

Fold the right point of the top layer up a little in the same manner as step 9. Make sure they overlap.


Step 13

Fold it to the left side.


Step 14

Rotate it clockwise to a positive angle and flip it over.


Step 15

Fold the bottom edge up a little.


Step 16

Fold both the left and right edges of the triangle down a little, to form the crab’s pincers.


Step 17

Fold the top point down a little vertically.


Step 18

Rotate the paper 180 degrees clockwise and flip it over.


Step 19

You can draw eyes for your crab to make it cuter.


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