Origami Elephant (Rui Roda)

Origami Elephant (Rui Roda)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Elephant designed by Rui
Roda. This is a simple minimalist design and it looks great when it’s completed. I’m making this video to let you know
about OrigamiUSA’s recent partnership with the World Conservation Society.
Together they started the Elephant Origami Challenge which is an attempt to
break the current Guinness World Records title for the largest display of origami
elephants. The ultimate goal is to fold 35,000 origami elephant to bring
attention to the 35,000 African elephants that are killed for their
ivory each year. So folders from all over the world are invited to send in their
origami elephants in order to help break the current record of 33,764. After
reading about this, I knew I wanted to get involved, so I figured I would teach
you how to fold this simple origami elephant so that you can join in as well!
So if you’re interested in sending in your origami elephant to be counted
towards the world record, more information can be found in the
video description below. Be sure to share this video and together we can break the
world record while raising awareness for a very serious issue.
So let’s get started. This model requires one square sheet of
paper. If this is your first time folding this model, I recommend using a 6″ or
larger square. Using a 6″ square will result in an elephant about 3″ wide
And I’m going to be using larger paper with color on one side and
white on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow along. And once you’ve
prepared your paper then we’re going to start with the white side up. And then
we’re going to fold in half vertically. So take this right edge and fold it over
to the left edge. Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease. And then unfold. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we’re going to do
the same exact thing. So once again, fold over this right edge and align it with
the left edge. Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease. And then
unfold. And then we’re going to fold in half diagonally. So take this bottom
right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners and the edges,
then make your crease, and then unfold. And then we’re going to
rotate the paper so that the diagonal crease you just made is now held
vertically. And now we’re going to fold over this bottom right edge and align it
with that vertical crease. So we’re going to do that by pulling the right edge
over to the left, just like this. Then we want to start at the bottom of the model
and work our way up until the entire edge is aligned with that crease. And
once everything is aligned, then we’re not going to crease all the way. We just want
to make a small crease starting at the bottom of the model all the way up until
we reach this small horizontal crease here. So we’re just going to make a small
crease, just like this, about half way up the edge. And then you can unfold. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So once again we’re going to fold over
this bottom left edge and align it with this vertical crease. So we’re going to
do that by pulling over this left edge, and again we’re going to start at the
bottom of the model and work our way up until it’s aligned with that vertical
crease. And then we’re only going to crease about half way up this edge until
we reach this horizontal crease here. So we’re just going to make a small crease,
just like we did on the other side. Then you can unfold. Then we’re going to
slightly rotate the model so that the two creases we just made now extend from the bottom left corner.
So from here we’re going to make a small horizontal crease that extends from the
right end of this crease that we just made. And we’re going to do that by
simply pulling up the bottom edge, just like this, until you reach this point
where these two creases intersect along this bottom colored edge here. And you
also want to make sure that these vertical creases and these vertical
edges are aligned on each side as well. Then you can make your crease just on
the right side of the model, and then you can unfold. So in order to keep the model
symmetrical we’re going to do the same thing on the other side. So we’re simply
going to rotate the model just like this so that these three creases now extend
from this bottom right corner. So once again we’re going to make a small
horizontal crease that extends from the left end of this crease that we made
before. So again, we’re going to do that by simply pulling up the bottom edge. And
we’re going to pull it up until you reach a point where the intersection of
these two creases lies along this bottom colored edge here. And once you’ve
reached this point, then we’re going to crease to the left side of that crease
intersection. So once again make sure that the vertical creases and edges are aligned, and then you can make
your crease. And then you can unfold. And now we’re going to turn the model over. And once is turned over, I want you to notice this small rectangle on the bottom
right corner of the model. And what we want to do is create a small diagonal
crease that extends from the bottom right corner of that rectangle up to its
top left corner. So we’re going to do that by simply pulling up the bottom
edge. And we want our crease to start from the bottom right corner, so we’re simply going to pivot this white edge, just like this, until it reaches the central crease
intersection here. At this point, you’ll also notice that these two creases
intersect along this bottom edge. So what we want to do is make our crease,
starting at that intersection, all the way over to the bottom right corner. So
we’re just going to make a small crease, just like this. Then you can unfold. And
again, in order to keep the model symmetrical, we need to do the same thing
on the other side. So we’re simply going to rotate the model, just like this, so
that the crease you just made now extends from the top right corner. And
now we’re going to focus on this rectangle here. So what we want to do is make a crease
from the bottom left corner all the way up to the top right corner of that
rectangle. So we’re going to do that by lifting up the bottom edge. And just like
we did on the other side, we want the crease to pivot from the bottom left
corner. So we’re simply going to pull up the white
edge until it meets up with that central crease intersection. At this point, you’ll
notice that these two creases also intersect along this bottom white edge. And what we want to do is make our crease so it extends from that bottom left corner
all the way up to that crease intersection, just like this. And once
you’ve made this small crease then you can unfold. And now we’re going to
slightly rotate the model so that these three creases now extend from the bottom
corner. So from here we’re going to make two small horizontal creases by using
these two crease intersections as references. So we’re going to do that by
slowly pulling up the bottom edge. And as you’re doing this you want to make sure
that the vertical creases in the center of the model are aligned. So you want to
continue pulling up the bottom edge, just like this, until you reach a point where
these two crease intersections align with this bottom white edge here. And once
you’ve reached that point that’s where you want to make your crease. But we’re
not going to crease all the way. We just want to make a small crease to the right
side of this crease intersection, and we want to make a small crease to the
left side of this crease intersection. So we’re just going to do that on both
sides, just like this. Again, try your best not to crease to this middle section
here. And once you’ve done that on both sides, then you can unfold. And now we
finished almost all of the pre-creasing. So what we want to do from here is
rotate the model 180 degrees, and then we’re going to fold up this
bottom corner and align it with the central crease intersection here. So
we’re simply going to pull up that bottom corner and once it’s aligned with
that central crease intersection, then you can make your crease. And now we’re
going to make two small creases on this white triangle that we just folded up. So we’re going to start by folding over this right edge and aligning it with
this bottom white edge here. So we’re just going to pull the right edge over to the
left, just like this. And I like to start at the bottom right corner of that white
triangle and work my way over to the left aligning both of those edges, just like
this. And once both edges are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.
And then you can unfold. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So this time we’re going to fold over this left edge and align it with this
bottom white edge here. So we’re just going to pull down the left edge. Start at the bottom
left corner and work our way over to the right aligning both of those edges, just like
this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.
And then you can unfold. And now we’re going to rabbit-ear are using the creases
that we just made. So what that means is we’re essentially collapsing along these
three creases at the same time. And I find the easiest to do this by pushing
in on the left and right sides of this white triangle while pushing up on the
center point here. So you just want to push up the center point like that so that
the layers in the middle stand up. And then you can bring those two layers
together and you can fold them down to either side. You’ll see the rest of the
model will collapse along existing creases, and then you should have
something like this. And then we’re going to turn the model over. And now we’re
going to fold the entire model in half along this existing vertical crease. So
we’re going to do that by simply folding this left corner all the way over to
this right corner here. So we’re simply going to fold the entire model in half,
just like this, until both corners are aligned. And if you slightly rotate the model, it
should look something like this. And now we’re going to reverse fold this top
triangle along the existing horizontal creases on both sides of the model. So
we’re going to do that by lifting up the model, and I find the easiest to slightly
separate the two layers on the right side. So you simply want to put your
finger in between the two layers, just like this, and then we want to push down
on this top point by pulling it down towards the bottom of the model. So we’re just
going to pull it down like this and from here I think it’s easiest to slightly
rotate the model and look at it from the front. And you’ll see that you now have
this square shape. And what we want to do is fold the square in half along this
existing vertical crease. So we’re simply going to bring both sides of the square
together by making a valley fold in the center. So we’re essentially reinforcing
the two horizontal creases that i mentioned before. And if you put the
model back down, you can see that we’ve reverse-folded this top triangle here.
And now we’re going to reverse fold these layers on the left along these
existing vertical creases on both sides of the model. So again we’re going to do
that by lifting up the model, and I find the easiest to slightly separate the
layers on the left side. So you simply want to put your finger in between the
two central white layers, just like this, just enough to slightly open up the
model. And from here we want to push on this leftmost point. So we’re going to
push it over to the right towards the inside of the model like this. Then again,
I find the easiest to slightly rotate the model and look at it from the front.
And again you’ll see that we have the square shape. So once again we’re going
to fold the entire square in half along this existing vertical crease here. So we’re
carefully going to bring both sides of the square together, just like this, being
careful that the flap inside doesn’t move out of place. And you can bring the
two layers together and again you want to reinforce the two vertical creases
that i mentioned before. And if you put the model back down, you can flatten out
the layers inside, and you should have something like this. And now we’re going
to tuck this large triangle inside of the model along these two existing
creases here. And if you’ve been following along so far, these creases
should already be in the correct orientation. This vertical crease on the
left should be a mountain fold, and this diagonal crease on the right should be a
valley fold. And what we want to do from here is grab the bottom corner of the
very top layer of paper, and we’re going to slowly slide it inside the model like
this. And you’ll see it reaches a point where wants to re-collapse along this
existing vertical mountain fold here.Once you’ve reached
that point then you can simply flatten out the left side of the model, just to
reinforce that existing crease. And you’ll see that the layers on the right
will not lie flat, so what we want to do is grab those layers from the top, right
where this mountain fold is, and we’re simply going to grab both of those layers and
pull them over to the left as far as they’ll go. Again you’ll see the paper
wants to re-collapse along existing creases, so you can simply flatten it out
like this. And now we’re going to turn the model over, and we’re going to do the
same exact thing on the other side. And once again we’re going to tuck this
large triangle inside by collapsing along these two existing creases that we
made before. So we’re going to do that by grabbing the very top layer of paper
from the bottom left corner and we’re going to slide it inside the model by
pulling it over to the right like this. And you want to continue pushing that
layer inside until you notice that the paper wants to re-collapse along this
existing vertical mountain fold here. Once you’ve reached that point then you
can simply flatten out the right side of the model. You’ll see that the left side
does not lie flat, so what we want to do is grab these two layers from the top, right
with a small mountain fold is here. And we’re simply going to pull those layers
over to the right as far as they’ll go. And you’ll see that the paper wants to
re-collapse along existing creases. So simply flatten it out, just like this. And
once you’ve done that on both sides, your model should look like this. And now
we’re going to create the elephant’s tail. So we’re going to do that by lifting
up the model, and we’re going to slightly rotate it so that we can see the layers
on the right side. Then we carefully want to separate those layers, just like this,
just enough so that we can see this small colored triangle inside. And from
here we want to grab that small colored triangle and we carefully want to pull
it over to the right, outside of the model like this. Now you can pull that
flap up or down as far as you’d like, but I usually like to create a 90-degree
angle at the top of the tail here. And once you’ve done that then you can
simply flatten out the layers inside surrounding the tail, and then you should
have this. And now we’re going to make a small vertical crease to make a
distinction between the elephant’s trunk and its ear. So we’re going to do that by
simply folding the small corner over to the left as far as it’ll go. And we’re simply going to make our crease
along this existing vertical edge here. So we’re just going to make our crease, and
once you’ve done that, then you can unfold. Then we’re going to turn the
model over, and we’re going to do the same exact thing. So now we’re going to make a small
vertical crease here by folding this corner over to the right as far as it’ll
go. So we’re simply going to pull that
corner over to the right, just like this. Then again you want to make your crease
along this existing vertical edge. And then you can unfold. And now we’re going
to shape the trunk. And i’m going to show you how to do this using inside reverse-folds, but you can also do it with outside reverse-fold for a nice effect. So we’re
going to do that by first lifting up the model. And I find it easiest to start by
separating the layers on the top of the trunk. So you just want to put your
finger in between those two layers, just like this. And then we want to push up on
the bottom of the trunk here. So we’re simply going to push up that layer, just
like this, and you’re going to pull it up as far as you’d like. Then you can bring
together the two layers on the flap that we just folded up. Then you can put the
model back down, and we’re simply going to flatten out the trunk just so that we
can hold that layer in place, just like this. So now we’re going to do the same
thing by making a small reverse-fold on the end of the trunk here. So again we’re
just going to lift up the model, and then we’re gonna start by separating the two
layers on the bottom of the trunk. So you just want to put your finger in between
those two layers, and we’re going to push down on this top point here, just like this. Then you can squeeze together the two layers on the flap that we just folded
down. And again you can put the model back down, and you can flatten out the
trunk just to hold the layer in place, just like that. And now you’ll see that
you created to reverse folds. Like I said before, you could also shape the
elephant’s trunk using outside reverse folds, like this. So you can continue
shaping this minimalist design in any way that you’d like. And once you’ve done, that then your
Origami Elephant is complete. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial on
how to fold an Origami Elephant designed by Rui Roda. Feel free to upload photos
of your completed model to the YouTube Gallery on my website to be featured
here in my next video, or simply upload your photos to Instagram with the
hashtag #ezorigami to be featured here as well. Also be sure to check out Rui’s flickr
photostream by clicking on the link in the description below. And if you’re
interested in sending in your origami elephant to be counted towards the world
record, more information can be found in the
video description. Be sure to share this video, and together we can break the
world record while raising awareness for a very serious issue. Again, i hope you’ve
enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for watching!

21 thoughts on “Origami Elephant (Rui Roda)

  1. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•Excellent video, thank you for this job!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  2. Excellent tutorial, my dear friend!! I love it and hope it may contributes for this great cause! Thank you so much for the amazing job you made teaching my "An Elephant for Barth" πŸ™‚

  3. Great model! By the way, could you make a detailed tutorial of the Origami Diamond by Yakomoga? His video is good, but not clear enough, especially the final closing. Video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2_7UyAeqeo

  4. Well done, Evan! I made mine using holographic paper. I used this elephant as part of my school project, we have to make and origami mobile for children. I also used your origami crane and star. Well done again!😁😁

  5. Hi! I love your videos so much, they really help.One thing is though, can you please give us time in between each step so that we don’t need to keep pausing the video? Much appreciated!!!

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