Origami Elephant (Rui Roda)

Origami Elephant (Rui Roda)

Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami.

And today I'll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Elephant designed by RuiRoda.

This is a simple minimalist design and it looks great when it's completed.

I'm making this video to let you knowabout OrigamiUSA's recent partnership with the World Conservation Society.

Together they started the Elephant Origami Challenge which is an attempt tobreak the current Guinness World Records title for the largest display of origamielephants.

The ultimate goal is to fold 35,000 origami elephant to bringattention to the 35,000 African elephants that are killed for theirivory each year.

So folders from all over the world are invited to send in theirorigami elephants in order to help break the current record of 33,764.

Afterreading about this, I knew I wanted to get involved, so I figured I would teachyou how to fold this simple origami elephant so that you can join in as well!So if you're interested in sending in your origami elephant to be countedtowards the world record, more information can be found in thevideo description below.

Be sure to share this video and together we can break theworld record while raising awareness for a very serious issue.

So let's get started.

This model requires one square sheet ofpaper.

If this is your first time folding this model, I recommend using a 6" orlarger square.

Using a 6" square will result in an elephant about 3" wideAnd I'm going to be using larger paper with color on one side andwhite on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow along.

And once you'veprepared your paper then we're going to start with the white side up.

And thenwe're going to fold in half vertically.

So take this right edge and fold it overto the left edge.

Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease.

And then unfold.

Then we're going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we're going to dothe same exact thing.

So once again, fold over this right edge and align it withthe left edge.

Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease.

And thenunfold.

And then we're going to fold in half diagonally.

So take this bottomright corner and fold it up to the top left corner.

Align the corners and the edges,then make your crease, and then unfold.

And then we're going torotate the paper so that the diagonal crease you just made is now heldvertically.

And now we're going to fold over this bottom right edge and align itwith that vertical crease.

So we're going to do that by pulling the right edgeover to the left, just like this.

Then we want to start at the bottom of the modeland work our way up until the entire edge is aligned with that crease.

Andonce everything is aligned, then we're not going to crease all the way.

We just wantto make a small crease starting at the bottom of the model all the way up untilwe reach this small horizontal crease here.

So we're just going to make a smallcrease, just like this, about half way up the edge.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So once again we're going to fold overthis bottom left edge and align it with this vertical crease.

So we're going todo that by pulling over this left edge, and again we're going to start at thebottom of the model and work our way up until it's aligned with that verticalcrease.

And then we're only going to crease about half way up this edge untilwe reach this horizontal crease here.

So we're just going to make a small crease,just like we did on the other side.

Then you can unfold.

Then we're going toslightly rotate the model so that the two creases we just made now extend from the bottom left corner.

So from here we're going to make a small horizontal crease that extends from theright end of this crease that we just made.

And we're going to do that bysimply pulling up the bottom edge, just like this, until you reach this pointwhere these two creases intersect along this bottom colored edge here.

And youalso want to make sure that these vertical creases and these verticaledges are aligned on each side as well.

Then you can make your crease just onthe right side of the model, and then you can unfold.

So in order to keep the modelsymmetrical we're going to do the same thing on the other side.

So we're simplygoing to rotate the model just like this so that these three creases now extendfrom this bottom right corner.

So once again we're going to make a smallhorizontal crease that extends from the left end of this crease that we madebefore.

So again, we're going to do that by simply pulling up the bottom edge.

Andwe're going to pull it up until you reach a point where the intersection ofthese two creases lies along this bottom colored edge here.

And once you'vereached this point, then we're going to crease to the left side of that creaseintersection.

So once again make sure that the vertical creases and edges are aligned, and then you can makeyour crease.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to turn the model over.

And once is turned over, I want you to notice this small rectangle on the bottomright corner of the model.

And what we want to do is create a small diagonalcrease that extends from the bottom right corner of that rectangle up to itstop left corner.

So we're going to do that by simply pulling up the bottomedge.

And we want our crease to start from the bottom right corner, so we're simply going to pivot this white edge, just like this, until it reaches the central creaseintersection here.

At this point, you'll also notice that these two creasesintersect along this bottom edge.

So what we want to do is make our crease,starting at that intersection, all the way over to the bottom right corner.

Sowe're just going to make a small crease, just like this.

Then you can unfold.

Andagain, in order to keep the model symmetrical, we need to do the same thingon the other side.

So we're simply going to rotate the model, just like this, sothat the crease you just made now extends from the top right corner.

Andnow we're going to focus on this rectangle here.

So what we want to do is make a creasefrom the bottom left corner all the way up to the top right corner of thatrectangle.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the bottom edge.

And just likewe did on the other side, we want the crease to pivot from the bottom leftcorner.

So we're simply going to pull up the whiteedge until it meets up with that central crease intersection.

At this point, you'llnotice that these two creases also intersect along this bottom white edge.

And what we want to do is make our crease so it extends from that bottom left cornerall the way up to that crease intersection, just like this.

And onceyou've made this small crease then you can unfold.

And now we're going toslightly rotate the model so that these three creases now extend from the bottomcorner.

So from here we're going to make two small horizontal creases by usingthese two crease intersections as references.

So we're going to do that byslowly pulling up the bottom edge.

And as you're doing this you want to make surethat the vertical creases in the center of the model are aligned.

So you want tocontinue pulling up the bottom edge, just like this, until you reach a point wherethese two crease intersections align with this bottom white edge here.

And onceyou've reached that point that's where you want to make your crease.

But we'renot going to crease all the way.

We just want to make a small crease to the rightside of this crease intersection, and we want to make a small crease to theleft side of this crease intersection.

So we're just going to do that on bothsides, just like this.

Again, try your best not to crease to this middle sectionhere.

And once you've done that on both sides, then you can unfold.

And now wefinished almost all of the pre-creasing.

So what we want to do from here isrotate the model 180 degrees, and then we're going to fold up thisbottom corner and align it with the central crease intersection here.

Sowe're simply going to pull up that bottom corner and once it's aligned withthat central crease intersection, then you can make your crease.

And now we'regoing to make two small creases on this white triangle that we just folded up.

So we're going to start by folding over this right edge and aligning it withthis bottom white edge here.

So we're just going to pull the right edge over to theleft, just like this.

And I like to start at the bottom right corner of that whitetriangle and work my way over to the left aligning both of those edges, just likethis.

And once both edges are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So this time we're going to fold over this left edge and align it with thisbottom white edge here.

So we're just going to pull down the left edge.

Start at the bottomleft corner and work our way over to the right aligning both of those edges, just likethis.

And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to rabbit-ear are using the creasesthat we just made.

So what that means is we're essentially collapsing along thesethree creases at the same time.

And I find the easiest to do this by pushingin on the left and right sides of this white triangle while pushing up on thecenter point here.

So you just want to push up the center point like that so thatthe layers in the middle stand up.

And then you can bring those two layerstogether and you can fold them down to either side.

You'll see the rest of themodel will collapse along existing creases, and then you should havesomething like this.

And then we're going to turn the model over.

And now we'regoing to fold the entire model in half along this existing vertical crease.

Sowe're going to do that by simply folding this left corner all the way over tothis right corner here.

So we're simply going to fold the entire model in half,just like this, until both corners are aligned.

And if you slightly rotate the model, itshould look something like this.

And now we're going to reverse fold this toptriangle along the existing horizontal creases on both sides of the model.

Sowe're going to do that by lifting up the model, and I find the easiest to slightlyseparate the two layers on the right side.

So you simply want to put yourfinger in between the two layers, just like this, and then we want to push downon this top point by pulling it down towards the bottom of the model.

So we're justgoing to pull it down like this and from here I think it's easiest to slightlyrotate the model and look at it from the front.

And you'll see that you now havethis square shape.

And what we want to do is fold the square in half along thisexisting vertical crease.

So we're simply going to bring both sides of the squaretogether by making a valley fold in the center.

So we're essentially reinforcingthe two horizontal creases that i mentioned before.

And if you put themodel back down, you can see that we've reverse-folded this top triangle here.

And now we're going to reverse fold these layers on the left along theseexisting vertical creases on both sides of the model.

So again we're going to dothat by lifting up the model, and I find the easiest to slightly separate thelayers on the left side.

So you simply want to put your finger in between thetwo central white layers, just like this, just enough to slightly open up themodel.

And from here we want to push on this leftmost point.

So we're going topush it over to the right towards the inside of the model like this.

Then again,I find the easiest to slightly rotate the model and look at it from the front.

And again you'll see that we have the square shape.

So once again we're goingto fold the entire square in half along this existing vertical crease here.

So we'recarefully going to bring both sides of the square together, just like this, beingcareful that the flap inside doesn't move out of place.

And you can bring thetwo layers together and again you want to reinforce the two vertical creasesthat i mentioned before.

And if you put the model back down, you can flatten outthe layers inside, and you should have something like this.

And now we're goingto tuck this large triangle inside of the model along these two existingcreases here.

And if you've been following along so far, these creasesshould already be in the correct orientation.

This vertical crease on theleft should be a mountain fold, and this diagonal crease on the right should be avalley fold.

And what we want to do from here is grab the bottom corner of thevery top layer of paper, and we're going to slowly slide it inside the model likethis.

And you'll see it reaches a point where wants to re-collapse along thisexisting vertical mountain fold here.

Once you've reachedthat point then you can simply flatten out the left side of the model, just toreinforce that existing crease.

And you'll see that the layers on the rightwill not lie flat, so what we want to do is grab those layers from the top, rightwhere this mountain fold is, and we're simply going to grab both of those layers andpull them over to the left as far as they'll go.

Again you'll see the paperwants to re-collapse along existing creases, so you can simply flatten it outlike this.

And now we're going to turn the model over, and we're going to do thesame exact thing on the other side.

And once again we're going to tuck thislarge triangle inside by collapsing along these two existing creases that wemade before.

So we're going to do that by grabbing the very top layer of paperfrom the bottom left corner and we're going to slide it inside the model bypulling it over to the right like this.

And you want to continue pushing thatlayer inside until you notice that the paper wants to re-collapse along thisexisting vertical mountain fold here.

Once you've reached that point then youcan simply flatten out the right side of the model.

You'll see that the left sidedoes not lie flat, so what we want to do is grab these two layers from the top, rightwith a small mountain fold is here.

And we're simply going to pull those layersover to the right as far as they'll go.

And you'll see that the paper wants tore-collapse along existing creases.

So simply flatten it out, just like this.

Andonce you've done that on both sides, your model should look like this.

And nowwe're going to create the elephant's tail.

So we're going to do that by liftingup the model, and we're going to slightly rotate it so that we can see the layerson the right side.

Then we carefully want to separate those layers, just like this,just enough so that we can see this small colored triangle inside.

And fromhere we want to grab that small colored triangle and we carefully want to pullit over to the right, outside of the model like this.

Now you can pull thatflap up or down as far as you'd like, but I usually like to create a 90-degreeangle at the top of the tail here.

And once you've done that then you cansimply flatten out the layers inside surrounding the tail, and then you shouldhave this.

And now we're going to make a small vertical crease to make adistinction between the elephant's trunk and its ear.

So we're going to do that bysimply folding the small corner over to the left as far as it'll go.

And we're simply going to make our creasealong this existing vertical edge here.

So we're just going to make our crease, andonce you've done that, then you can unfold.

Then we're going to turn themodel over, and we're going to do the same exact thing.

So now we're going to make a smallvertical crease here by folding this corner over to the right as far as it'llgo.

So we're simply going to pull thatcorner over to the right, just like this.

Then again you want to make your creasealong this existing vertical edge.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're goingto shape the trunk.

And i'm going to show you how to do this using inside reverse-folds, but you can also do it with outside reverse-fold for a nice effect.

So we'regoing to do that by first lifting up the model.

And I find it easiest to start byseparating the layers on the top of the trunk.

So you just want to put yourfinger in between those two layers, just like this.

And then we want to push up onthe bottom of the trunk here.

So we're simply going to push up that layer, justlike this, and you're going to pull it up as far as you'd like.

Then you can bringtogether the two layers on the flap that we just folded up.

Then you can put themodel back down, and we're simply going to flatten out the trunk just so that wecan hold that layer in place, just like this.

So now we're going to do the samething by making a small reverse-fold on the end of the trunk here.

So again we'rejust going to lift up the model, and then we're gonna start by separating the twolayers on the bottom of the trunk.

So you just want to put your finger in betweenthose two layers, and we're going to push down on this top point here, just like this.

Then you can squeeze together the two layers on the flap that we just foldeddown.

And again you can put the model back down, and you can flatten out thetrunk just to hold the layer in place, just like that.

And now you'll see thatyou created to reverse folds.

Like I said before, you could also shape theelephant's trunk using outside reverse folds, like this.

So you can continueshaping this minimalist design in any way that you'd like.

And once you've done, that then yourOrigami Elephant is complete.

I hope you've enjoyed this video tutorial onhow to fold an Origami Elephant designed by Rui Roda.

Feel free to upload photosof your completed model to the YouTube Gallery on my website to be featuredhere in my next video, or simply upload your photos to Instagram with thehashtag #ezorigami to be featured here as well.

Also be sure to check out Rui's flickrphotostream by clicking on the link in the description below.

And if you'reinterested in sending in your origami elephant to be counted towards the worldrecord, more information can be found in thevideo description.

Be sure to share this video, and together we can break theworld record while raising awareness for a very serious issue.

Again, i hope you'veenjoyed this video.

Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for watching!.

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