A sheet of square origami paper (6" x 6" / 15 cm x 15 cm)
A flat surface
corner to opposite corner and unfold
Begin with the white side of the paper facing up. Fold one corner to
the opposite corner creating a diagonal fold. Unfold.
edges to center line and unfold<
Fold one edge to line up on the center diagonal line. Fold an adjacent
edge to meet on the center line, creating an ice cream cone shape. Unfold
on other end of paper<
Repeat Step 2 on the opposite end of the paper. Unfold completely.
Rotate your paper so that the center diagonal crease is horizontal.
triangular tab closed & fold it to one side<
Working on the bottom right and left edges at the same time, refold
the ice cream cone folds. As you do this, the two sides should line
up on the center diagonal and create a triangular tab that sticks up.
Pinch the tab closed at its center and fold it to one side.
creating a second tab<
Repeat Step 5 on the remaining white edges, creating a second tab directly
opposite the first. Fold it down in the same direction as the first.
This is a Fish Base, and you can use it to
create whales, dolphins, sharks, and other sea creatures.
the paper over<
Turn the paper over to the smooth side.
a long point to the center<
Fold one of the long points to the middle of the model, lining it up
on the center diagonal.
To make a swordfish, fold the long point back
out, shortening it by creating a small pleat in the paper. The
long point will be the “sword.”
the model in half<
Fold the model in half along the center diagonal so the tabs end up
on the outside.
so blunted end is the head<
You should have a blunted end (the head) and a long pointed end (the
tail). The triangular tabs formed in Steps 5 and 6 are the fins.
the tail and fins<
Fold up the long end to form a tail to your liking. You can also reverse
this fold in on itself to keep it in place. Adjust the fins to your
liking, and don’t be coy — enjoy your paper koi.