Make An Origami Cicada Insect

This cicada is a simple, beginner's origami project. Make a paper version of this chirping insect to embellish an indoor garden.

Winged creatures are a popular theme in origami. This winged, cicada insect is a traditional origami project and can be completed in just a few minutes. You can display your finished cicada as part of a garden-themed nook or room.

You can use any square of paper for your cicada. Practice folding this model with plain, white copy or typing paper first. After you have achieved the desired look, then use appropriately colored and patterned paper. Fold your cicada from either a realistically colored paper or any color of your choosing. You can use two-sided origami paper if you like (white on one side, colored on the other). This paper is very convenient in that it comes pre-cut into squares and is available in wide variety of colors and patterns. It is relatively expensive, though. You could get a similar look from a heavier weight gift wrapping paper. Check out local discount paper stores for bargains, as well.

Beside paper, all you need is a place to work. A hard, flat surface is recommended. Avoid soft or cushioned surfaces such as carpets, pillows, or beds. Your creases will be sharper if you fold against a table or hardback book. To make creases even sharper, run a ruler edge or pencil over each one as you work.

1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you decide to use two-sided paper, make sure that the desired dominant color is face down.

2. Bring the bottom point up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.

3. Bring the left point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.



4. Bring the right point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.

5. Bring the upper right edge of the model down to meet the lower right edge. Crease and leave folded.

6. Bring the upper left edge of the model down to meet the lower left edge. Crease and leave folded.

7. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to a point that is halfway between the horizontal center line and the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.

8. Bring the remaining top point of the model down to a point halfway down the triangular flap created in Step 6. Turn the model over.

9. Bring the top right point of the model down and to its center. The resulting crease line should run from the center of the lower right edge to a point that is three quarters of the distance from the top right point to the center of the model. Crease and leave folded.

10. Bring the top left point of the model down to its center. The resulting crease line should run from the center of the lower left edge to a point that is three quarters of the distance from the top left point to the center of the model. Crease and leave folded.

11. Turn the model over to see your cicada.

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