Make An Origami Typewriter

This origami typewriter makes a very simple beginner's project. Fold one the next time you have a spare sheet of copy paper on hand!

Many origami enthusiasts adhere to the belief that, if given enough time and thought, just about any object imaginable can be duplicated in paper. Whether that notion is true or false, this origami typewriter is proof that even the most modern of objects can be represented through this most ancient of arts. This typewriter is even designed so that a clacking-type noise is made when the "keyboard" is hit.

This origami project is a simple one and should take just a couple of minutes to complete. Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been correctly completed.

Most origami projects are folded from a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square. This model, however, is folded from a standard sheet of copy paper. Any other rectangular sheet of paper will also work. Use paper that is heavier than the average sheet of line notebook paper. Paper that is of a heavier weight will be able to more effectively maintain creases and folds. Use inexpensive paper for practice and then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired.



Before you begin folding, you'll need to find a suitable place to work. Folding against a hard, flat surface works best for making the sharp creases and accurate folds needed for a successfully completed model. A table, hardback book, or even a floor will do nicely. Avoid surfaces such as cushions, carpets, or beds. Make creases even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work.

You will need one additional item in order to complete this model - the sharp edge of a table. Chances are that you will be folding on a table. If not, however, make sure that you will have access to a table edge or something similar for Step 4 of the directions.

1. Position a rectangular piece of paper on your work surface so that its short edges are facing up and down the long edges are facing left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the typewriter is facing down.

2. Bring the top edge of the rectangle down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

3. Fold up the bottom edge (top layer only) of the resulting rectangle to a point that is not quite halfway between the bottom and top edges. Make sure that the resulting folded strip is the sane width all the way across. Crease and leave folded.

4. Grasp the model by its top and bottom edges and pass it back and forth across the sharp edge of a table (or similar object. This will cause the model to curl downward at its top and bottom edges.

5. Place the model on a flat surface and hit the folded strip as you would the keys of a typewriter. The model should make a clacking typewriter-like sound.

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