How to Make an Origami Deer

By Brandy Burgess
Nearly any animal can be made using origami techniques.

Creating animals and other creatures out of paper is a popular subject in the art of origami. The deer is an advanced origami craft that requires practice to get right. With any origami animal, you can choose any paper color or design to create your deer. If you decide to use white origami paper, the deer can be painted to add color and detail. Origami is a fun yet inexpensive pastime for both children and adults.

Deer Body Instructions

Choose a piece of 7-inch by 7-inch colored origami paper. Fold the paper in half diagonally to form a triangle. Press along the fold to create a crease and unfold. Fold the paper in half diagonally the opposite direction. Create a crease along the fold and unfold. The square origami paper should now have an “X” crease.

Fold the paper in half to create a rectangle. Press on the fold to create a crease and unfold the paper. Fold the paper the opposite direction to create another rectangle. Crease the fold and unfold. The unfolded paper should now have an asterisk-type crease.

Bring the right edge of the origami square to the center point. Press down along the fold to form a crease. The folded paper should appear as a rectangle. Turn the paper over. Hold the left edge down while pulling the top and bottom center edges inwards and to the left. The result should be a folded triangle.

Hold the bottom layer of the triangle down. Pull the top layer of the triangle to the right until it becomes flat. Two smaller triangles appear. Press each of these smaller triangles down flat and create a crease. When pressed flat, the triangle pockets should maintain a flat triangle shape.

Lift the triangle found on the underside of the origami fold. Fold the triangle over to create a thin flap that runs from the center to the tip of the triangle. Flip the piece of origami paper over to the other side. The triangle you just folded should now be on the right side.

Fold the origami paper in half width-wise so that the two sets of triangles match up. Press firmly on the fold to create a crease. Make a small triangle followed by a larger triangle on the same point on the side of the origami paper without the folds. Press the folds to form creases.

Bring the fold of paper created by the smaller crease to the left. Press it flat against the underlying origami paper, and create a crease. Turn the piece of origami paper over, and then repeat the fold on the other side. Press down on the fold to form a crease.

Deer Head Instructions

Choose a matching color of 7-inch by 7-inch origami paper. Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle. Create a crease along the fold and unfold. Flip the paper over. Bring the right edge and left edge of the origami square to the center crease. Press down to form creases.

Bring the right corner down to meet the center crease. Press to create a crease and unfold. Bring the left corner down to meet the center crease. Press down firmly to create a crease and unfold. Pop open the creased corners, and press each side flat against the underlying origami paper.

Lift each triangle corner up. Flatten the triangle corners away from the rest of the origami paper. Pull the left corner down to line up with the center crease. Press to create a crease. Repeat on the right corner, and then unfold each side. The creases should run parallel to the top edges.

Fold the bottom edge up and over the rest of the origami paper until it begins to taper. Press along the fold to form a crease and then unfold. Fold the bottom two corners in the same manner as the top corners. The folded corners should form triangles that meet at the center crease. Unfold after forming each crease.

Bring the top right corner over to line up with the top edge. Press to create a crease and then unfold. Repeat on the top left corner and press to create another crease. Unfold the left corner, and then turn the piece of origami paper over to the other side.

Pinch the non-tapered side of the origami paper while slowly pulling the tapered side down. A new center piece with two flaps on either side should now be visible. Fold the outer flaps backwards and the center fold down. Fold the overhanging flaps down to match up with the neck ends.

Hold the origami head while pushing the chest backwards until it creates a fold. Press the ears forward on the head. Slide the origami head onto the body. If needed, secure the origami head to the body with a small piece of clear tape.

About the Author

Based in northern New York, Brandy Burgess has been writing on pets, technical documentation and health resources since 2007. She also writes on personal development for YourFreelanceWritingCareer.com. Burgess' work also has appeared on various online publications, including eHow.com. Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems from DeVry University and her certified nurses aid certification.