Traditional Frog

Difficulty level: Simple
Recommended Paper: Any

This is one of the best known traditional origami models, and one of my personal favourites. It has that slightly angular feel to it that is typical of a lot of traditional origami models, but it has a striking appearance with strong clean lines and represents the shape of the animal very well.

The last step of the instructions calls for the model to be inflated by blowing into the base of it. Once inflated it is possible to make the frog jump lightly by pressing at the bottom of the model. While this is quite fun, I prefer not to do this as it spoils the clean shape of the model, and can make the legs splay out oddly if the frog is over-inflated.

This model is quite forgiving about what paper to use. Traditional origami paper is fine, although if you do want to inflate the frog and make it jump, something slightly stiffer might work better.

StepDiagram
1. Start with a frog base (instructions here)Completed Frog Base
2. Fold the left and right edges to the centre lineFold sides to the centre
3. Turn the paper overTurn the paper over
4 Fold the left and right edges to the centre line on this sideFold sides to the centre
5. Fold the top 2 layers left to rightFold the top two layers left to right
6. Fold the left and right edges to the centre line on this sideFold sides to the centre
7. Turn the paper overTurn the paper over
8. Fold the top 2 layers left to rightFold the top two layers left to right
9. Fold the left and right edges to the centre line on this sideFold sides to the centre
10. Fold the front legs up and unfoldFold the front legs and unfold
11. Reverse fold the front legs along the fold you just madeReverse fold the front legs
12. Fold the rear legs out to the sides and unfoldFold the rear legs out to the side
13. Reverse fold the rear legsReverse fold the rear legs
14. Fold the rear legs down again and unfoldFold the rear legs down and unfold
15. Reverse fold the rear legs along the creases you just madeReverse fold the legs down
16. Form the front and rear feet with more reverse foldsForm the front and rear feet
17. You have completed the frogCompleted Frog

Shaping ideas

There’s not really a lot you can do to shape this model, other than to inflate it. Once inflated, you can make the frog jump slightly by pressing between the two rear legs and letting go.

To inflate the frog and make it 3D, blow into the hole at the bottom between the rear legs.  You may need to ease the layers of paper apart gently at the front

Inflate the frog by blowing into the hole at the bottom

Traditional Frog
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2 thoughts on “Traditional Frog

    1. Glad you liked it! Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, my spam filter has been blocking a lot of posts. Anyway, I’m glad you found it and I hope you like some of the other articles on the site in the future.

      Regards,

      Russell

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