When I was asked to teach an origami class to preschoolers I instantly recalled the paper cup as being one of the first things I learned to make as a child. It’s both easy to make and functional. You can put things inside of it!
It’s what I call a forgiving fold meaning everything doesn’t have to be absolutely precise to create a successful cup. Made from a small piece of paper (we used 6″ sheets of origami paper) the cup becomes a container. Made from a large piece (like a newspaper) it can be a hat! One of the things I love most about origami is that you can use any kind of paper, not just origami paper. Some to try would include:
- Note paper
- Gift wrapping paper
- Magazine pages
- Scrapbooking paper
- Wax paper
- Kitchen baking parchment
- Tissue paper
- Tracing paper
- Gum and candy wrappers
1. Begin with a square piece of paper. Fold in half from corner to corner to create a large triangle.
2. Now fold the right side of the triangle along the dotted line the goal being to keep the top edge of the section parallel to the bottom. Set crease. See below.
3. Now do the same with the left section folding it across and over the right section you just folded. Set crease.
4. This next step you can fold both of the upper flaps at once or do them individually as you fold and tuck them into the cup. Either way you fold them against the top of the cup along the dashed line. I prefer to do that individually which is how they are pictured in the tutorial.
5. This is a guideline fold to make it easier to tuck the flap into the cup so once you fold the first flap down, immediately unfold it back to its original position. (I used a more decorative origami paper with one printed side and a solid color side instead of the more typical colored on one side and plain white on the other.)
6. It should look like this.
7. Now you tuck the flap into the front pocket of the cup. This would be the left front section.
8. Now fold the remaining flap forward and up again like the last one if you didn’t do them both at the same time and tuck it into the large opening to form the cup.
9. That’s it! You’re done! Congratulations and thank you for visiting the Tinygami blog 🙂