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Origami Tiger

This origami tiger is folded from two pieces of origami paper.  Orange makes a good base color (unless of course, you're doing a white tiger). According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. The Tiger is the 3rd of 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. Other Chinese Zodiac signs are the rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.


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Start by making the head of the origami cow

Right before you fold the ears forward, stop. 

Looking at the pictures below, we are actually going to fold the ears across each other. 

At the same time, we will flatten (broaden) the tiger's face, with our thumb and fingers (photo 3).

Origami Tiger

cow head about to be folded into tiger

front view of tiger head


ears crossed on origami tiger

more tiger head


You may prefer a small piece of tape between the ears to hold them in place. 

Use a key or similar object to open the tiger's ears slightly.  

ears opened on tiger


Now crease and tear off about half of the lower part of the tiger's neck. 

Unfold the torn part and lay it flat; we'll use it to make the tiger's tail.

tiger neck creased, ready for tear off

preparing to make tiger tail


Now start rolling the paper diagonally, from one corner. 

Go slowly and keep the roll as tight as possible. 

When you get near the end of the roll, start a roll from the opposite corner, as shown below. 

Now complete the roll in the original direction.  (The roll on the end piece will allow it to overlap the main paper tube, without needing tape or glue to prevent unrolling.) 

You can tighten the final tube a bit by holding the ends and turning your hand in opposite directions. 

rolling paper tube from corner


end of paper tube rolled in opposite direction


The paper tube will be fairly flexible.  Bend it into a gentle "S" shaped curve to form the tiger's tail.

completed paper tube



Now all that's left is to make the tiger's body.  Again we recycle an origami design, using the body of the origami cow

Place the tiger's head and tail into the body (we used tape).  Now decorate with pens and markers if you like. 

completed origami tiger



decorated origami tiger; stripes made with black marker


Below is Tony the Tie-Dye Tiger.   Made with sheets of multicolored origami paper (white, red, yellow on the same sheet). 

You can also use an Animal Print Origami Paper to make your origami more life-like.

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origami tiger from multi-colored paper

Check out the many origami tiger photos that have been submitted by our readers!


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