Origami Instructions: Baby (Robert Lang)

Origami Instructions: Baby (Robert Lang)


In this video I’m going to
show you how to fold an origami baby
designed by Robert J. Lang. Diagrams can be found in the book
“Origami Design Secrets”. This is actually the second edition, which I think is even
better than the first one. I’ll add a link to the video description
why I think that’s the case, but to give you a rough idea,
this book has about 200 extra pages of content
compared to the first edition and includes 4 extra diagrams and 12 crease patterns. This origami baby is diagrammed
in both editions, though. Let’s get started with
folding that baby. In this video I’m going to use a 15cm by 15cm square. That’s about 6in by 6in. The finished model then has a height of 6cm, a width of 5.5cm, and is about 3cm deep. In inches, that’s
2.5in by 2.25in by 1.25in. We’re going to start with
the white side up and fold in half horizontally. And unfold. Then we’re going to bend the paper as if we were creating a crease
that starts in this point, so that this corner right here
lies on the crease. But rather than creasing, we’re just going to bend it and then make a pinch
right down here. Then we’re going to refold
our first crease. We’re going to make a new crease, so that there’s a crease that goes right through
that reference point. For this I like to pinch
right at the reference point and then align this edge
with that one so that it’s a nice
and straight crease. Just ensure that the paper
doesn’t drift apart in the two layers. And crease. Now we’re going to make
a squash fold. For this open the two layers
of paper here and put your finger inside, so that you push it all the way
to this point up here. Then fold the paper flat so that this crease aligns
with that edge of paper. It makes it nice
and symmetrical. Flip the paper over. Then make this perpendicular, go between the layers to open it up to get
a nice point here, and I prefer flipping this over now. This parting is then aligned with the crease underneath
to again get a nice, symmetrical finish. And crease. Now we’re going to take
this edge right here from one flap
and align it with this crease to make a pinch mark,
so that we get the intersection of this 45 degree angle with that extra layer of paper. Now we’re going to make a crease that goes through that point and is vertical. For this I’m going to
fold over the layer and then again first pinch the reference and then take this edge
and align it with that edge to get a nice,
vertical crease. Then we’re going to fold this flap back, so that the crease we create is in alignment with
that central crease going through this point Now, again pinch align, and crease. Unfold and repeat on the other side. So first pinch the reference and then crease using the reference
back and forth. Now we’re going to collapse
along these creases. We’re going to open the paper up and basically make a reverse fold
and again a reverse fold. The first set of creases
is going to be mountain folds. So if you open this up a bit,
one side is mountain and the other you need to
turn into mountains. Like this. And then you push in the paper, push it back out, and close up. Then you get something like this. Same thing on the other side. Inside reverse fold in and out. Now we’re going to
flip the paper over and we’re going to take this edge, align it with that edge to make a crease. Like this. Unfold and repeat on the other side. As you can see,
the paper won’t completely lie flat
while making this crease. That’s totally ok. And unfold. Now we’re going to make a crease, connecting this point
with that point. We’re basically it up
as far as we can. Unfold. Now we’re going to take this flap and fold it in as far as that layer below. Again, pinch and then
check that this is a straight crease by
aligning this edge with that edge. Then again fold back the flap taking this central crease
as a reference. Or you can align this edge with that edge in the back. Both will work fine.
I find it a bit easier to use that diagonal
as a reference. And unfold and
repeat on the other side. Now we’re going to take this edge and align it with that first crease that’s next to the central crease. We only need to crease from the edge up to the next crease we see
ending right there. So all you need
is that small section. Same thing on the other side. Now you can see we have an intersection right here and an intersection right here. We want to make a crease that goes exactly through
those two intersections. For this I like to first pinch one intersection and then find the second intersection. When you have those two in place
crease. You start your crease in this point and go all the way to the edge. And unfold. Repeat on the other side. Pinch the first reference, find the second reference, and crease all the way. And unfold. Now we’re going to refold that small crease up here,
like this. and go along the crease
we just created, making this 3D. Now we want to fold that edge in, so that this edge down here aligns with the edge in the bottom. Like that. Then you’re creating
a new crease in this area here. So when you unfold you’ve added this crease right here. Same thing on the other side. Now we’re going to collapse along some precreasings we made. The first one is
this long crease right here and this is basically
going to be an inside reverse fold. So one side is already a
mountain fold and the other we make into
a mountain fold. Then we have this crease
right here, this valley fold. It’s on the other side, too and I’m just going to pinch this
into a mountain fold and first squeeze this shut a bit and push it, so that this is
in the right direction. Now we’re going to go
along this mountain fold, pushing both layers together to the back and then we can close the model again. We’ll be creating
a small, new crease in that section, right there. Same thing on the other side. First inside reverse fold, then get that mountain fold and pinch this together in the top. Use the small mountain fold
you prepared to then push this paper to the back and create a new crease in the back. Like this. Ah, we need to undo this, because I forgot a small step,
but that’s no harm. First we’re going to fold up this section and then refold. But perhaps it’s good
to look at this again. This is a mountain fold and then you just collapse. Once you’ve folded it once the paper is going to memorize
what we were doing and it’s going to be easier. That looks better. Now we’re going to take this section and fold it to the top. The paper is not
going to lie flat completely, but that’s ok. We’re going to take care
of that next. Now we’re going to take
the next layer and we’re going to do
a small squash fold on this point, so that
we can flatten the paper. There’s a lot of squash folds
in this model. Same thing on the other side. Just ensure that that tip really goes all the way
to the end by pushing your finger inside
those two layers of paper. Then we’re going to take this small corner and make a precrease. And unfold. Then we’re going to fold that
paper inside in an inside reverse fold. So you open these two layers and you push the paper inside. This would be a normal
inside reverse fold but what we’re going to do is we’re going to take
this small triangle here and push it inside. So we open this up all the way and push with our fingers to get that paper to lie inside. So now it’s hidden. Same thing on the other side. First precrease and then
inside reverse fold pushing that triangle
to the inside. Then we can fold this section
down again. Then we’re going to
further open the model by pulling out this layer of paper. We want to flatten the paper. For that we need to create
a new crease here that basically goes from this point down to that point. But if you just pull it out and push it out as far as possible
that will be just fine. And then we can take these sections
and fold them to the back. Number one and number two. Now we’re going to utilize these creases we prepared here. We can push the paper inside and then here – to flatten it –
we need to make a squash fold. We’re going to go along this small crease we’ve got
right there. And push the paper flat. As a reference you can see that this edge will align
with that edge right there. Same thing on the other side. First push down and then flatten the paper. Right here there is
not going to be a perfect tip. So it’s not bad, if it’s not. Then we’re going to flip
these layers over to open this up
and we’re going to push this paper layer up, push this paper inside, and make a new crease. Like this. Then we’re going to collapse
all of that paper inside. So, let’s look at this from
the bottom here. We’re opening up this paper, taking that crease and making it into a mountain fold. And pushing the paper
inside. So all the paper
that was in the top now lies inside. Same thing on the other side. First prepare and then open, push inside and close again. And let’s balance those layers again. Let’s go back to this side and ensure that when we
close these layers we’re actually taking these layers and pushing them out, so that we have a small
inside reverse fold in place. Same thing on the other side. Pushing that a bit open and ensuring that there’s
this inside reverse fold. Now let’s flip over the model. We’re going to take
each of these small corners, fold them inside, and make inside reverse folds. Opening the paper
and pushing it in along the creases
we just created. Now we’re going to start
forming the arms by folding up as far as you can, basically along this edge. Open this up a bit to then fold up one more time. And close again. Same thing on the other side. You first fold up one layer, then fold up one more time and close again. Now we’re almost done. We’re going to form the head next. First, as a small precrease, let’s take this tip
and fold it in about halfway, so that this point would lie
on the connection piece here. But it’s not extremely important,
it’s just like a shaping point. Then we want to form a neck
by doing a valley fold and a mountain fold. I like to put the first valley fold somewhere in this shoulder section. There are a lot of layers of paper here. It’s going to be a bit harder to fold and may stress
your paper a bit. and you want to push it quite hard. And then we fold back up to taste really. You can take as a guidance
this line, if you want to. And again push really, really hard. This gives us these valley folds and mountain folds. On the other side, it will be mountain and valley, but we want
both sides to go in the same direction. So here you can see we have many layers and I usually take three to the back
and two to the front. Then I turn around these creases. Put the paper flat on the table and try to push this to get that mountain fold first. I find that a bit easier. And then push the rest of the paper and make strong creases there. Then we can increase
the strength of the creases by going both ways and pushing really hard. This will strengthen the creases in the back and the front, because you’re creasing
through fewer layers. At this point you can see
you have quite a sqareish head. So we’re going to take
these small corners and make small 45 degree creases, just folding in the corners, and pushing really hard,
again a lot of layers of paper. This is again really just shaping. So you can fold as much
or as little as you like. Once you’ve pressed those
quite hard we can then do small
inside reverse folds, pushing that paper in. Now you can see that
that it’s a bit rounder. Now we can make the head 3D by pulling these apart, pushing on that small point to get in the top of the head
just basically a small square
as you can see right here. And that’s the head. Now we only need to shape the arms and the hands
and the legs and the feet. For this we fold inside. As a reference I used a small point
down here and fold outside
in a slight angle, so that the creases you create both meet in that point
down there. We’ve got a valley
and in a slight angle a mountain fold. Same thing on the other side. I just saw I made a mistake here. with this side not having
the right color change. I’m not sure it’s going to be
easy to fix, but I’ll have a look
whether I can draw out some paper here. So I’m just pulling on this small
tab here really carefully and pushing
this paper inside, closing it up and then
the color change is alright. So if that happened to you, too, just carefully fix that. Now the feet I’m again going to fold in starting a crease in here and then doing a squash fold to taste. Same thing on the other side. You should probably try
to make it look relatively similar to the other foot. Then you probably want to
get rid of a corner here or there.
It’s just shaping. Finally we’re going to make a crease that starts right in this point here, where the arm meets the body, and goes in an angle to the top to bring in the arm On one side and the other side. And same for the legs. We start a crease in this point in an angle to bring in the legs. One side, and the other side. And then your baby model is all done. You can let it sit. It’s nice and 3D and stable and looks like this all done. I hope you enjoyed this video, a baby designed by Robert Lang.

55 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: Baby (Robert Lang)

  1. I'm not sure if my pm has arrived.. I asked you if it is possible to have a tutorial for John Montroll's Hippopotamus.. Let me know if it is!! 🙂

  2. @exoticagent613 Not to mention the fact that Jo also apparently loves making tutorials of Robert Lang-models 😀

  3. @kjy333 It's not born yet. But yes, I chose this model to celebrate the forthcoming birth of our little'un. Any day now…

  4. Sara, you are the best!
    Coincidence or not, this video was posted on the same day I discovered my wife is pregnant!
    I wish you, your husband and your little'un all the best!

  5. Hey Sarah! I have an elementary Friend and she quite doesn't Know to follow steps using Diagram and she ask me to do a Video tutorial of Three Banded Armadillo of Joseph Wu and I know I should have a request permission to the designer to show His model online can you please do it for me, ( I MEAN CAN YOU ASK PERMISSION TO HIM OF ARMADILLO FOR ME) please acknowledge thanks. 🙂

  6. Please do get in touch with Joseph Wu. You can find his contact details on his website origami.as (bottom left corner).

  7. Thanks for the video Sara i was looking for this origami for a month and i finally found this one thank u this helped!

  8. Not likely, there are many other videos I'd want to redo first, because their quality is *much* lower than the quality of this video. Hope you understand!

  9. i made a purple baby i just colored a a4 size paper that was colored purple and its hard to see the creases

  10. I'm apparently the only one but… I can't understand those instructions… Well actually the creasing part is fine but as soon as the folding start I'm completely lost… The dotted lines confuse me, I don't know which fold is supposed to be out or in (there is no "the second fold from the center" to help me"), this person (who I still thank for her work and for making so many instructions available for everyone online) goes from one crease to the other too fast and without showing what the paper looks like… I still need that baby for homeworks so I'll still try but I'm getting really frustrating around 9:39… The same thing happened with the carambola flower I guess I'm not made for those types of instructions….

  11. I had to try this one a few times before I got it correct. I prefer to fold the arms and legs in the opposite direction. It leaves the diaper and chest areas flat with no folds. I also tapered the hands by folding the white area down torward the wrist.

  12. We as DIY Video makers dont get a lot of attention like these other funny and entertaining videos, why?

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