Fold an Easy Origami Cobra

Written by RussellAnimals, Beginner


easy origami cobra

“Wisdom is finding out that a cobra is deadly; without first having to lose one’s life.”
-Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

About the cobra

I decided to design an origami cobra after folding Gen Hagiwara’s snake. I wanted a simple snake model, different to the traditional design and easily recognisable, without many folds. The cobra is an iconic shape, so it seemed an obvious choice.

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Cobras are Elapids, a type of poisonous snake with hollow fangs fixed to the top jaw at the front of the mouth.  When they feel threatened they will spread out their neck ribs forming a flattened, widened section of its body near the head called a hood.  There are actually many different species of cobras – the most famous being the king cobra.

in process shot of the origami cobra

Folding the Easy Origami Cobra

Because there aren’t too many folds in this model, it’s easy to make. It is suitable for any age. This paper cobra is made from half a blintz base (two opposite corners folded to the centre).

Use a piece of paper that is coloured differently on both sides. I think red and green paper works best. A standard sheet of origami paper produces a cobra that is 13 cm (5 inches) nose to tail and stands about 6 cm (2.5 inches) tall, depending on how you shape the hood and head.

Where to find the origami cobra instructions

This origami cobra is one of the models available in my book, Origami Made Simple. This is a book for people new to origami or that like folding simple models. There are 40 models, including 10 of my own creations and 30 traditional designs. Other models in the book include the Five Fold Penguin and the Teapot

origami made simple book by russell wood

Get Origami Made Simple in the US here.

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About the Author


Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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