IMPORTANT: If you’re just looking for a simple Origami Yoda to fold, GO HERE.
The truth is that this Yoda is not folded the same way as the one on the cover of “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.” However, it looks similar… sometimes.
The great thing about this particular origami Yoda design is that there’s plenty of room to “sculpt” Yoda the way you want to. Of course, the bad thing is that sometimes your sculpture may come out looking a little funny. (Like the one in these instructions, perhaps!
If you just want to fold a nice Yoda finger puppet without a lot of bother, then I recommend one of the other two. This one is really for the person who’s willing to wrestle with the paper a while.
If that’s you then here it goes…
Begin with a 7 inch X 5 inch piece of paper. If it’s two-colors, then start with the robe color up.
First, fold down at a point 4.25 inches from the bottom. Like this:
Now we’re going to create a series of pleats. A pleat is just a little paper zig-zag made by making two folds close together. It’s the same way we made Yoda’s arms in the simple model.
The placement of these pleats is going to give Yoda his personality. The first one makes his mouth. On the left you can see the two folding lines. On the right … I’m afraid you can’t see much at all, but there is a zig-zag there now running all the way across.
This picture may give you a clearer idea of how a pleat works. In this case fold up and crease, then fold back down on a new line just above the crease. The result is a zig-zag in the paper.
Next we’ll make two seperate pleats very close together to make his eyes. The bottom pleat is just like the one you made a minute ago. The top pleat is an upside-down version of it.
It’s hard to see in those pictures, so here is a side view showing the pleats:
Looks like a huge mess doesn’t it? It’s going to get worse.
Now we’re going to make the ears … again, the same way we did in the simple model. First bo folding down both top corners:
And then tucking them inside. The pleats make this a little tricky. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be perfect:
Now flip it over and fold both sides in at an angle:
Now fold the ears out:
And now the big moment, fold the head down. Yoda’s mouth is at the very top. Fold it down so that it comes just above the arms…
Now here’s you chance to do some paper sculpting. Use the pleats to create eyes and a mouth. You can also [GENTLY] pull out the top layer of paper from the pleat on the ear to make those more sculptural as well:
Now fold back part of his robe, while letting his arm stick out. If you crease very carefully, it will create little green triangles. This is a delicate operation, but it MAY leave you with a small green hand that you can bend back:
I think the eyes are too high on this particular Yoda. The one I was drawing dotted lines on turned out better … except for his teeny hand. I may try to refold that part:
As I said, there’s a lot of room for “sculpting” and sometimes it works out better than others.
Experiment a few times and when you get a good one … send me a picture for this Website!
Good luck … and may the force be with you!