Origami Rabbit, by Jun Maekawa


“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

 A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

About the Origami Rabbit

Today’s model is an origami rabbit, designed by Jun Maekawa.  I like Maekawa’s models. The folding sequence feels logical and efficient as you go.  I suppose that’s to be expected from designs created by a mathematician! This includes today’s model – the Rabbit. It is an intermediate design, taking about half an hour to fold. It does need reasonably accurate folding if for good results.

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Maekawa recommends ordinary 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) kami (origami paper) for this Rabbit. While you can certainly fold it effectively from kami, I think you end up with a much better model if you use something other than kami. My usual complaint with kami is that it’s not a very exciting paper and animals made from it can appear quite dull.

I’d suggest using something that has a more organic texture to it for best results.  Something with a textured surface and some long fibres would make it more interesting. I have folded the origami rabbit model in the picture out of kami to show why I don’t think this is the best paper to use. I’m not very happy with the finish around the head so I’ll be redoing this model when I get a chance.

Instructions to Fold the Origami Rabbit

The origami rabbit diagram is in Maekawa’s book Genuine Origami, which is available from either the UK or US Amazon sites. 

Sara Adams of Happy folding.com has produced an excellent instruction video showing how to make this Rabbit. As usual with videos on Happy Folding, Sara’s video has been made with the permission of the designer, so I am happy to endorse her video here.

It’s a fun model to fold and I’d urge you to have a go!

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time to fold: About half an hour

Paper choice: Kami will do, but a more textured paper gives better results

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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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