Origami Frog Base

origami frog base

Origami bases are often the starting point of models and projects. The Origami Frog Base is one of a group of traditional bases that are used in both traditional and more modern origami designs. It gets its name from the traditional origami frog that can be made from it.

It basically consists of four long flaps joined to a short one. At first glance, this would make it ideal for making four-legged animals or human beings (one flap each for legs, arms, and head). Most people have tended to use the Bird Base instead of the Frog Base as the small flap on the Bird Base is not as thick as it is on the Frog Base, which makes it easier to work with.

Frog Base Crease Pattern

Like the Bird Base, the crease pattern for the Frog Base occurs frequently as a component in the design for much more complicated origami designs. It is worthwhile becoming familiar with it even at an early stage as this builds the confidence to work with crease patterns over time. By learning some of the ‘building blocks’ that make up the crease patterns of more complex models, it will be easier to interpret and understand these crease patterns.

Completed Frog BaseFrog_Base_CP

How to Fold an Origami Frog Base

1. Start with a Preliminary Fold. Diagrams hereA completed Preliminary Fold
2. Fold the top flap on the left to the centre line and unfoldFold the top flap to the centre line
3. Squash-fold the flapFrog_Base_fst_squash
4. Repeat steps 2 -3 on the remaining three large flapsSquash fold the remaining flaps
5. Fold the top flap on the left to the centre line and unfoldFold the top flap to the centre line
6. Fold the top flap on the right to the centre line and unfoldFold the top flap to the centre line
7. Fold the paper in half and unfoldFold the top down and unfold
8. Petal fold the top flapPetal fold the top flap
9. Like thisPetal fold completed
10. Turn the model overTurn the paper over
11. Repeat steps 5 – 8Petal fold the top flap
12. Repeat steps 5 – 8 on the other flapsPetal fold the remaining flaps
13. You have completed the frog baseCompleted Frog Base

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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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