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Friday, August 29, 2008

How To: Origami Business Card Jumping Frog Version 01

There are many ways to go about creating an Origami Business Card Jumping Frog. Most of these variations come from the same basic folds as well. This version that I’m about to show is the one I grew up with. I’ve started off with this design and figure it should be the first of many to be shared on this Blog.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

It all starts with your standard business card. All it takes is one card. I happen to have a lot lying around and really need to find a way to get rid of them. I needed to create new cards anyways. Standard paper will work, but it won’t jump as well as one that is cardstock.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

Follow the fold markings (red dash marks) on the photo, by folding the top right corner of the business card diagonally down the opposite side. Unfold it and this time fold the top left corner to the opposite side. Unfold it again and now you should see that you’ve created two crease marks making an “X”. Fold the card backwards right through the middle of the “X”. Push in the middle where all the folds meet with your finger and they should all pop in towards the center. It should now look like a small house.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

The photo below demonstrates the process given above.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

Next, we’re going to create the arms of the frog by folding the loose corners in towards the top corner. The photo below shows where you fold the corners where the dash marks lay.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

It should now look like the image below. The photo below also shows the next step by displaying the fold marks. This is what I would consider as the hands part of the frog.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

This is how it should look for the time being. We’re basically half way through the whole process. Pretty easy so far, huh?!?

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

Now we’re going to start to shape the body of the frog. This is somewhat of an athletic/aerodynamic frog. Other variations tend to have a more square-ish type body. But not mine! It’s got to be cool. Continue to follow the fold marks shown below. The body should look almost like a triangle or some would say like an arrowhead.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

As you can see below, the frog is starting to take shape. It indeed does look similar to an arrowhead too. What’s next is the forming of the legs. The part that helps launches it into the air. Remember, this origami frog does work, jump. Basically fold the body in half and then fold the bottom half in half again. Just like the photos I provided below.

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

Now, you have just completed the Origami Business Card Jumping Frog! Pretty cool, huh! To make it jump, flick down near the frog’s butt. That’s all to it!

How To. Origami Business Card Frog 01

Now go ahead and start a frog jumping contest with all your office buddies and waste valuable company resources…haha

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