Easy Origami Cat Face – Fun for Beginners

Written by RussellAnimals, Beginner


easy origami cat face

“Cats have a scam going – you buy the food, they eat the food, they go away; that’s the deal”

-Eddie Izzard

Keeping Things Simple

Regular readers of this blog (I like to think there are some out there) might have noticed a trend in recent weeks. A procession of really simple origami designs that anyone can do. This traditional origami cat face is another one in that sequence.

Origami does not have to be difficult. Models don’t have to be intricate designs with fabulously complex folding sequences. Part of the joy of origami is in the act of folding the paper and making something, and that is accessible to everyone. That’s why I wrote Origami Made Simple.

Folding the Traditional Origami Cat Face

This traditional origami cat face fits the ethos of keeping things simple. It’s about the same level of difficulty as the House I posted last week, and like that model, there are no hard steps in this design. The only thing to be careful of is making sure that the ears are the same shape and height.

Any paper will do, although I recommend something that is grey, black, or a brownish-red on one side and white on the other. A standard sheet of 15cm x 15cm origami paper will produce a cat face that is about 11cm (4.25in) wide and 7.5cm (3in) tall, depending on how big you make the ears. It takes less than 5 minutes to make.

If you’re making this with children, you might like to draw eyes on your cat face, or get some of those stick-on googly eyes!  Get more origami for kids ideas here.

Using the Cat Face as a Mask

If you make it out of a big enough sheet of paper, you can use the cat face as a mask. Gift wrap paper works really well for this. Punch a couple of holes for the eyes and use rubber bands or string to tie round the back of the head. Because the paper will be quite thin, you might like to reinforce it with some sticky tape where you attach the string.

Where to Find the Origami Cat Face Instructions

This is one of the models in my book Origami Made Simple, which is available on Amazon from today! There are paperback and ebook versions available. The book includes 30 traditional models (including this one), and ten of my own designs (like the five-fold penguin). 

origami made simple book by russell wood

Get Origami Made Simple in the US here.

Get Origami Made Simple in the UK here.

Now that I’ve posted a series of easy models, the next blog post will be about something a little more challenging, so people new to origami can see what’s possible after they get to the end of my book! Origami doesn’t have to be difficult, but it can be inspiring to see what’s possible.

Get Involved

I’d love to hear your views on this easy origami cat face.  You might also enjoy folding this origami cat.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!


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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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