Origami Frog (Beth Johnson)

Origami Frog (Beth Johnson)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Frog designed by Beth Johnson. This model is relatively simple to fold,
and it requires minimal shaping for such an outstanding result. This model
requires one square sheet of paper. I recommend using thicker paper such as
tant to fold this model, but thinner paper such as kami also works well. Using a 6 inch square will result in a
frog about 4 inches wide. And once you’ve prepared your paper, then we’re going to
start with our square with the colored side up. And we’re going to start by
folding 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 unfold. And now we’re going to rotate the paper so that the crease we just made is now held
horizontally, and then we’re going to fold in half vertically in the opposite
direction. So once again, take this right edge and
fold it over to the left edge. Align the corners and the edges and make your
crease, and then unfold. And then we’re going to turn the paper over. And once it’s
turned over, 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 now we’re going to rotate the paper so that
the crease we just made now runs from the top left corner down to the bottom
right corner. And then we’re going to fold in half diagonally in the opposite
direction. So once again take this bottom right
corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Again, align the corners and the
edges, then make your crease. But this time we’re not going to unfold. Instead we’re simply going to rotate the
model, just like this, so that the long edge is now held on top. And from here
we’re simply going to pick up the model from both sides, just like this, and then
we want to push the left and right sides of the model in towards one another so
that the model no longer lies flat. Then once you have something like this, you
want to look at the model from the top, and you’ll see that you have four
separate flaps. So what you want to do is push two of
those flaps over to the left, and then you want to push the remaining two flaps
over to the right, just like this. And once the layers are evenly distributed, then you can put the model back down
flat, and you can simply reinforce along existing creases just to flatten out the
model. And once you have this, you’ll see that you’ve created the waterbomb base. And now we’re going to focus on the top layer of paper on the right side of the
model. And what we’re going to do is fold in this edge and align it with the
vertical crease in the center of the model. So we’re going to do that by simply
pulling over this top layer of paper towards the center of the model, just
like this. Then you want to start at the top of the model and work your way down
aligning the edge with the crease. And once the edge and the crease are
completely aligned, then you can make your crease. Your model should look like
this. And once you have this, then you can
simply unfold the flap that we just folded in. Now we’re going to squash fold along
existing creases. So we’re going to do that by first lifting up this top layer
of paper on the right side of the model, and we’re going to hold it so it’s
straight up and down. Then what you want to do is look at the
model from the side, and you’ll notice that on this flap there are two separate
layers of paper. So if you put the model back down, what we want to do is simply separate
both of those layers. So just grab the left and right layers and simply pull
them apart, just like this. I also find it makes it easier to put
your finger inside the flap just to separate the layers towards the top of
the model. And once you have something like this, then you simply want to push
down on the top of that flap just to squash it down along the existing
creases. So just flatten everything out, and once
you squash fold that flap, your model should look like this. Now we’re going to fold over the left
side of this flap along this existing vertical crease here. So we’re simply
going to lift up this top layer of paper. and we’re going to fold it over to the
right, just like this, along the existing crease. And now we’re going to create an
angle bisector on the bottom of this flap here. And we’re going to do that by
first folding over this white edge and aligning with this vertical white edge in the
center of the model here. And we’re going to do that by lifting up this top layer
of paper. Make sure you only have a single layer,
then we want to start at the bottom and work our way up, aligning both of the edges in the center
of the model. So just start at the bottom like this and work your way up until
both of the edges are aligned. And once you have that, then you can make your
crease, and your model should look like this. Then you can simply unfold the flap that
we just folded in. And once you have this, then we want to
do the same thing on the other side. So this time we’re going to lift up the two
top layers on the right side of the model, and we’re going to fold them over
to the left along the existing vertical crease. Then we’re going to do the same exact
thing. So once again we want to take this white edge and align it with this
vertical white edge in the center of the model here. And we’re going to do that by
lifting up a single layer of paper and pulling it over to the right. And once
again you want to start at the bottom and work your way up aligning both of those edges in the
center of the model, just like this. And once everything is aligned, then you can
make your crease. And your model should look like this. Then you can unfold the
flap that we just folded in. And then you want to fold the top layer of paper
on the left side of the model over to the right along the existing vertical
crease just like we did before. Now we’re going to petal fold along
existing creases. And we’re going to do that by folding up this bottom corner
and aligning it with this top corner here. So we’re going to do that by
lifting up this bottom layer of paper and we’re going to pull it all the way
up to the top of the model, just like this, until the top and bottom corners
are aligned. And as you’re doing this, you’ll see that the model will not lie
flat. So in order to flatten everything out,
we’re simply going to collapse along existing creases. So we’re going to start with this right
side here, and we simply want to push this white edge in towards the center of
the model along an existing crease. So simply push the right edge over to the
left, just like this, and you’ll start to see that the colored edge will align
with the vertical crease in the center of the model. Then you want to work your
way down aligning the edge with that vertical crease. And then you’ll start to
see that the bottom of the model will not lie flat. So I find the easiest to
put your finger inside that flap just to release some of the tension on those
layers. And once you have something like this, then you can simply push down on
the top of that flap and continue to align that edge with that vertical
crease. Then you simply want to flatten out the right side of the model, and now
we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So once again we’re going to push in
this left edge along an existing crease. And again you’ll see that the colored edge
will start to align with the vertical crease in the center of the model. Then
you want to work your way down aligning the edge with that crease. And
again you’ll see the bottom of the model will not lie flat. So simply put your
finger inside of that pocket just to release some of the tension on those
layers. Then you want to push down on the top of that flap and continue aligning
that colored edge with that vertical crease, just like this. And once
everything is aligned, then you can flatten out the left side of the model. And once you’ve done that on both sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to lift up the top
layer of the flap that we just pedal folded and we’re going to fold it down
as far as it will go. So just pull it down like this as far as it goes, and then you can flatten it out, and you’ll see that you’re left with this
diamond shape. Then what you want to do from here is simply fold this diamond in
half along this existing vertical crease. So we’re simply going to fold this left
corner over to the right along the existing crease. So simply fold the
entire diamond in half, just like this. Flatten the model out and then your
model should look like this. And now that we’ve done this on the
right, we’re going to do the same exact thing on the left. So we’re going to start by lifting up
this top layer of paper on the left side of the model, and we want to align this
left edge with the vertical crease in the center of the model. So we’re going to start by pulling this
top left layer of paper over towards the center, and then you want to start at the
top of the model and work your way down aligning the edge with the crease, just
like this. And once everything is aligned, then you can make your crease. And then
you can unfold. And now we’re going to squash fold along existing creases just
like we did before. So once again, we’re going to lift up
this top left layer of paper and we’re going to pull it up so that is straight
up and down. Then again, if you look at the model from
the side, you’ll see that this flap is made up of two separate layers of paper.
So if you put the model back down, what we want to do is separate both of
those layers. So just grab the left and right layers and simply pull them away
from one another, just like this. And again, I find the easiest to put your
finger inside this pocket just to separate the layers on the top of the
model. Then you want to continue pulling the layers apart. And once you have
something like this, then you can push down on that flap from the top, just to
collapse along the existing creases. So just flatten everything out, and once
you have this, you’ll see the you’ve squash folded this flap here. And now we’re going
to fold this flap in half. And we’re going to do that by lifting up this top
left layer of paper, and we’re going to fold it over to the right along that
existing vertical crease just like we did before. And once your model looks like
this, then again we’re going to create an angle bisector on the bottom of this
flap here. So once again we’re going to take this
white edge and we’re going to align it with this vertical white edge in the
center of the model here. So we’re going to do that by lifting up the very top
layer of paper. Make sure you only have a single layer,
then you want to start at the bottom of the model and work your way up aligning both of those edges. And once
everything is aligned, then you can make your crease. Your model should look like
this, and then you can unfold. And now we’re going to fold the two top layers
on the right side of the model over to the left along this existing vertical
crease. So we’re going to do that by grabbing these top two layers. Then again
you just want to pull them over to the left along that existing crease. Then again we want to
create an angle bisector on the bottom of this flap here. And this time you want
to align this white edge with this vertical colored edge in the center of
the model here. So we’re going to start by lifting up the very top layer of
paper on the left side of the model. And you want to pull it over to the right.
Then again, starting at the bottom of the model and working your way up, you want to align both of those edges,
just like this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make
your crease. Your model should look like this, and then you can unfold. Then again we want to lift up the top
layer of paper on the left side of the model, and we’re going to fold it over to
the right along that existing vertical crease just like we did before. And once
again we’re going to petal fold along existing creases. So again, we’re going to start by folding
up this bottom corner and aligning it with the top corner of the model here. So
simply lift up that top layer of paper and pull it all the way to the top of
the model, just like this, until the top and bottom corners are aligned. As you’re
doing this, you’ll see that the model does not lie flat. So all we have to do is collapse along
existing creases. So we’re going to start with this right side here and again what
we want to do is take this right edge, and we’re going to push it in towards the
center of the model so that it collapses along that existing crease, just like we
did before. Once again, you’ll see that that colored ege will start to align with the vertical crease. And you’ll see that the bottom of the model
will not lie flat. So you may find it easier to put your finger inside to
release some of that tension. Then you want to continue working your way down
until the entire colored edge is aligned. And then we’re going to do the same
thing on the left. So we’re going to start at the top and work
our way down. You just want to push in this left edge along that existing
crease, just like this. And again, you’ll see that the bottom of the model will
not lie flat. So simply put your finger inside to release some of that tension. Then you want to continue working your way down until the entire colored edge
is aligned with that vertical crease. Then you can flatten it out, and once you’ve done that on both sides,
your model should look like this. And now we’re going to lift up the very
top layer of this petal folded flap, and we’re going to fold it down as far as it
will go. So just pull it down like this as far as it goes. And then you can flatten out the paper.
And you’ll see that you’ve created this diamond shape. And what we want to do
from here is fold this diamond in half vertically. So again we’re going to take
this very top layer of paper on the right side of the model and we’re going
to fold it over to the left along that existing vertical crease. And once you’ve
done that, your model should look like this. Now we’re going to focus on these two
flaps on the bottom of the model here. And we’re going to start with this flap
on the right, and we want to pick up that flap from the bottom, and we’re going to
pull it over to the right just about as far as it will go. And what we want to do
is create a new crease here. So I find the easiest to slightly lift up this
flap in the center of the model, and you want to make sure that your crease
extends from the very center of the model here. So you can just put that flap
back down, but before you make your crease, you also
want to make sure that this flap aligns with the right side of the model. And you
want to make sure that the top edge of this flap is parallel to the bottom edge
of the model. So once everything is aligned, then you
can make your crease. So just crease through all layers, and then your model
should look something like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
on the left. So we’re simply going to pick up this left flap from the bottom,
and we’re going to pull it over to the left just about as far as it’ll go. Then again, you may want to slightly lift
up the center flap just to make sure that your crease reaches the very center
of the model. Then you can put that flap back down, and you should also make sure
that this flap aligns with the left edge of the model and the top edge of this
flap is parallel to the bottom of the model. So once everything is aligned, then you
can make your crease. So just crease through all layers, and once you’ve done
that on both sides, your model should look like this. Then you simply want to
unfold the two flaps that we just folded over. Now we’re going to reverse fold
along the creases that we just made. So we’re going to start with this flap
on the right, and what we want to do first is slightly lift up this top layer
of paper on the right side of the model. So just pull up that layer so that it’s
straight up and down, and then you’ll be able to see this crease here that we
just made on the layer underneath. so what we want to do is fold this flap
over to the right along that existing crease. So we’re simply going to lift up
the flap from the bottom, and we’re going to pull it over to the right along that
existing crease, just like this. And now you’ll see that the model does not lie
flat. So in order to make it lie flat, we’re
simply going to fold down this top edge along this existing horizontal crease. So
just push down on the top layer of paper, just like this, and you’ll see that the
model will collapse along that existing crease. The model still won’t lie flat, so all you have to do is push down in
the center of the model, just like this. And once you have that, you’ll see that you’ve reverse folded this flap here. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the
left. So we’re going to start by lifting up
this top left layer of paper. And we’re just going to hold it up so that we can see
the layers underneath. And then you’ll be able to see this existing crease that we
just made. So again, what we want to do is pull this flap over to the left along that existing
crease. So simply grab the flap from the bottom and pull it over to the left
along that crease. And again, you’ll see that the model does not lie flat. So what we want to do is take this top
edge here, and we’re going to fold it down along this existing horizontal
crease just like we did on the other side. So simply pull the top layer down
along that existing crease, just like this. And again the center of the model
won’t lie flat. So you simply want to push down on the center of that flap,
just like this, just to collapse along that existing crease. And once you’ve
done that to both sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to swivel fold along
existing creases. So we’re going to start with this right flap here. And I find the
easiest to start by lifting up the top layer of paper on this right flap here,
and then what you want to do is push this bottom flap up into the model as
far as it will go. So just push up on that bottom layer, just like this, as far
as it will go. And you’ll end up reversing one of the creases inside. Then
if you put that flap back down and look at the model from the top , you’ll see
that you’ve just released this layer from underneath. And now we’re going to
do the same thing on the left. So once again, I find the easiest to
start by lifting up a single layer of paper on that left flap. Then what you
want to do is push up this bottom layer as far as it’ll go. So simply push up that bottom layer of
paper as far as it goes. You’ll end up reversing one of those
creases. Then if you put the flap back down and look at the model from the top,
you’ll see that you just released this layer of paper here. Once you’ve done that on both sides, you
should have something like this. Then we’re going to turn the model over. Now
we’re going to fold up the bottom edge as far as it’ll go. So we’re going to start by lifting up
both of the layers on the bottom edge, just like this. And we’re going to pull
them up until you reach a point where they don’t want to go any further. So once your model looks something
like this, then we’re going to crease all the way across. But before you do that, you want to make
sure that the new crease you’re making will also align with the two colored
horizontal edges underneath. So we’re going to start with this right flap here,
and we’re simply going to flatten it out, again making sure that the new crease
aligns with the two colored edges underneath, just like this. And while you’re
doing this, you also want to make sure that the paper doesn’t drift. So just make sure that the two layers on
the top of the flap align, and then we’re going to do the same thing on the
left. So once again, you want to make sure that
the new crease you’re making will align with the two colored horizontal edges
underneath. So simply flatten out that flap, just like this. Again, make sure the edges and your
crease are aligned. And once you’ve done that to both sides, your model should
look something like this. Now we’re going to make to squash folds
on the flap that we just folded up. And we’re going to start by pulling down the
very top layer on the right side of the model as far as it will go. So simply pull it down like this so that
you can see the white inside the model. And then you’ll notice that the right
side of the model will not lie flat. So what you want to do is simply push
over this right edge, just like this, until this colored edge aligns with the
white edge on the bottom of the model. So just make sure that both edges are
aligned, just like this. And then you can make your crease all the way across. So now we’re going to do the same thing
on the left. So once again, we’re going to start by
lifting up the top layer of paper on the left side of the model, and we’re going
to pull it down as far as it’ll go. Once again, you’ll be able to see the
white inside the model, and you’ll see that the left side of the model will not
lie flat. So in order to make a lie flat, we’re
simply going to push this left edge over to the right until this colored edge
aligns with this white edge on the bottom the model here. So simply align both of the edges, just
like this, and once they’re completely aligned, then you can make your crease.
And once you’ve done that on both sides, your model should look like this. Now we’re going to fold up these two
bottom layers as far as they’ll go. So we’re going to start with this layer
on the right, and what we want to do is simply fold this bottom edge up to
align with this white edge here. So we’re simply going to fold up the bottom
edge like this as far as it will go, until both of those edges are aligned,
just like this. And as you’re doing this step, you also
want to make sure that the paper doesn’t drift out of place. And once everything
is aligned, then you can make your crease. And then your model should look like
this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
on the left. So once again, we want to take this bottom edge and align it with
this colored edge here. So we’re simply going to fold up this bottom edge as far
as it will go. Again, you want to make sure that the paper doesn’t drift out of
place. And once those two edges are aligned, then you can make your crease
all the way across. And once you’ve done that to both sides, your model should
look like this. Now we’re going to work on the shape of
the frog, but there are no real references for this next step. So I decided to mark generally where the
next crease should be. I think it’s easiest to understand this step if you
turn the model over. Now as you can see, this is the crease that we’re going to
be making. And the point of this step is to widen the body of the frog. So what we want to do is start our
crease about a quarter of the way down from the top of the model, and from here we want our crease to
extend downward. And we want it to reach this point here where these two edges
intersect. Your crease should generally look something like this, but everyone’s frog
is going to be different because there’s no real references for this step. And I find the easiest to pick up the model and simply pinch the model from
the top to create a mountain fold generally where you want to make your
crease, just like this. And once you have something like this, then you can turn
the model over. And now you can figure out exactly where you want to make your
crease. Again, there are no exact references for this crease, but once
you’re happy with your model and it looks something like this, then you can make your crease, just like
this. And once you’ve made that crease, your
model should look something like this. This next step has no real references
either, but it’s a little bit easier to understand. So what we’re going to do is simply lift
up the flap that we just folded over, and we’re going to pull it over to the
right, just like this. And before we make our crease, we simply
want to make sure that this edge is in line with this edge on the top of the
model. So once you have something generally
like this, then you can make your crease. And your model should look something like
this. And then if you turn it over, it should look like this from the front. This is the flap that we just folded over, and you can see that this edge is in
line with the edge on the top of the model. So once your model looks something
like this, then we can turn it back over one last time, and then we’re going to do
the same thing on the left. And now we’re going to fold over this left flap just
like we did on the other side. And again, you can see that I’ve marked generally
where our next crease should go. But this time we can also use this right
flap as a reference. So what you want to do is simply pull
this left flap over to the right, just like this, and you can use this right
flap as a reference. And you just want to make sure that both
sides of the model are symmetrical. So make sure that the creases generally
start at the same height, and make sure that the creases meet at the same place
in the center of the model. And once you’re happy with your model and it
looks something like this, then you can make your crease through
all layers, just like this. And then your model should look something like this. And now we’re going to fold this flap
over just like we did on the other side. So what we want to do is simply lift up
the flap that we just folded over, and we’re going to pull it over to the left
just like we did on the other side. And again, there are no real references for
this crease either, but what you want to do is make sure that this edge here is
in line with this edge on the top of the model. You can also use the right side of
the model as a reference. So once you have something that’s
generally symmetrical, then you can make your crease. And
once you’ve done that on both sides, your model should look like this from the
back, and if you turn it over, it should look like this from the front. Now we finished most of the folding for this model. And all we need is some
simple shaping to really see this frog take its form. And we’re going to start
by working on the eyes. So I find the easiest to start by turning the model
over. And what we’re going to do is focus on the top portion of the model here. And
what we’re going to do is fold this top corner down by introducing a new
horizontal crease their runs just below these two points here. So we’re going to
do that by lifting up the model, and then you want to pull down that top corner
just below the two points that I mentioned before. And now you should have something like this. But now we’re not going to crease all the way across. We just want to make a small crease here
on the left side and a small crease here on the right side. So you don’t want to crease any part of
this triangle in between. So we’re going to do that by simply pinching the model
on the left and right sides, just like this, again not creasing anywhere in
between. And once you have something like this,
then we’re going to turn the model back over. And now we’re going to crimp using
these two creases that we just made. So we’re going to start with this crease
on the right, and what I like to do is pinch the mountain fold from the top. And
you simply want to pull it forward, just like this, and you’ll see that as you do
this, you’ll introduce a new valley fold underneath. So once you’ve done that on
the right, then we’re going to do the same exact thing on the left. So you simply want to pinch this
mountain fold from the top, and you want to pull it forward, just like this, so
that you introduce that new valley fold underneath. And once you’ve done that on
both sides, you can see that your frog now has two
distinct eyes. And now we’re going to shape the toes on the two front legs of
the frog. So we’re going to start with this right
leg here, and I find the easiest to start by picking up the model. And what
we want to do is create two curved folds to form the toes. So I find that the easiest way to do
this is to start by pinching the left and right sides of this triangle
together. So if you just grab this triangle from
the top and grab the left and right sides of it like this you, will introduce
a small mountain fold on the top of the model there.Then what we want to do is
extend this small mountain fold out towards this corner on the right side of
the model. So we’re going to do that by simply
pinching this flap from the top just like this and you can work your way
across creating a curved fold like this. And what you’re happy with how it looks, then you want to do the same thing on
the left side. Then again you’re going to pinch the model from the top, just to
extend that mountain fold out to the left. And then you can continue shaping
the model until you’re happy with your curved
fold. And once you have something like this, then we’re going to do the same
thing on the left. So once again, I find the easiest to pick
up the model. So start by pinching this triangle from the top just like we did
on the other side. And as you do this, you’ll start to create a small mountain
fold on the top of this triangle. Then again, what you want to do is extend that
small mountain fold out towards the left side of the model, just like we did on
the other side. So you simply want to pinch that flap from the top, and you
want to work your way up until you’re happy with your curved fold. And once you
have something like this, then you want to do the same thing on the right side. So again, you want to start at the top
and work your way over to the right, pinching a curved mountain fold just
like we did on the other side. You can continue shaping the toes until you’re
happy with them, and then once you’ve done that on both sides, your model
should look something like this. Now we’re going to shape these two back
legs. And we’re going to start with this right leg here. So if you pick up the
model, you’ll notice that on this flap, there are two separate layers of paper. There’s this top layer here and then
there’s a layer underneath. So what you want to do is use your thumb
to separate both of those layers. So if you look at the model from the side,
you’ll be able to see the white inside. So just keep the layers separated like
this, and now you want to create a curved fold that extends from this point out
towards this right corner here. And I find that the easiest way to do that is
to use your pointer finger to push down on the top of this flap, just like this. So you just want to create a very rough
curved fold, and then you want to go back and pinch that crease on the top just to
create a solid mountain fold. And you want to keep working with this curved
fold until you’re happy with it. And once you’ve done that, your model
should look something like this. And once you have this, now we’re going
to do the same exact thing on the left. And once again you’ll, notice that this
flap has two separate layers. So you want to use your thumb to separate them. Again,
if you look at the model from the top, you’ll be able to see the white inside. So just keep those layers separated while you’re creating this curved fold. And now you want to create a curved fold that extends from the top corner of this
flap here over towards this left corner here. So once again, I find the easiest to use
your pointer finger to create a very rough curved fold. So just work your way
over to the left like this until you’ve created a very rough curve. And once you
have something like that, then you can pinch that curve from the top just to
smooth it out and to create a sharp mountain fold just like this. And you can continue working with this
curve until you’re happy with it. And once you’ve done that on both sides,
then you finish shaping the frog’s back legs. Now we’re going to give the body a 3D
shape by creating a small crimp on the bottom of the model here. So what we’re going to do is simply lift
up the model, and I like to look at it from the side. And now we’re simply going to grab this corner at the bottom of the model, and what we want to do is
push in along that existing vertical crease. And at the same time, you want to
push the left and right sides of the model together. And then you’ll have
something like this. At this point, you’ll see that the model will no longer lie flat. So what you want to do is lock these
layers in place. So by pushing the left and right sides of the model together,
you created a small flap inside. And you can fold that to either side. But you
just want to flatten out the back side of the model. And now we’re going to lock
these layers in place by folding the bottom corner of the model up inside,
just like this. You just want to lock those layers in place, then you can put
the model back down, and you’ll see it now has a 3D shape. And once your model
looks something like this, then your Origami Frog is complete! I
hope you enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami Frog designed by
Beth Johnson. Feel free to submit photos of your completed Frog to the new
YouTube gallery on my website below. Also, please be sure to check out Beth’s website
to see more of her amazing work. Again, I hope you enjoyed this video. Please
comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for watching!

24 thoughts on “Origami Frog (Beth Johnson)

  1. At 15.32 the model changes. There is a triangle of paper when you fold and crease the bottom of the back up, then at 15.33 there is not. Where did it go?

  2. I made a square from A4 and the frog is 5.5 Inches wide at the legs …
    Also if you are smart and creative you might make it jump with some rubber bands and mathes/toothpicks , I haven`t done it but it looks possible

  3. Thank you very much! your instruction is the easiest to be followed. I don’t think anybody has any problem to do your model. You are great!

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