Origami Bunny Rabbit Step by Step

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Craft an adorable origami bunny rabbit for Spring! If you love those little creatures, you’ll want to give this paper bag bunny puppet a shot too. This post contains affiliate links.

Don’t be fooled by the whimsical look of this cute origami bunny rabbit – it’s actually a sophisticated bit of artwork. If you’re looking for something simpler for spring, be sure to check out this origami butterfly tutorial. But if you’re ready to level up, hop right in!

Take a look at that intricate bit of art! What an adorable little bit of bunny rabbit origami!

Because you’ll be making a lot of folds, make sure to choose a lightweight paper such as copy paper or origami paper (recommended). Construction paper may be too bulky for this one. And it’s definitely not the time to bust your scrapbook paper stash!

We used scraps of complementing colored papers to add eye and ear decorations – feel free to do the same, or add your own embellishments using markers, wiggly eyes, or your own preferred supplies.

You can also just stick with the minimalist vibe that true origami gives you and leave your bunny rabbit origami face and featureless.

Ready to hope into this origami bunny rabbit tutorial? Gather your supplies and get ready for some intense folding!

You’ll need

  • Lightweight paper (I recommend origami paper), color of your choice. I highly recommend you use a two-tone one for this since it’ll be much easier to follow the tutorial. A larger size will also make it easier.
  • Scraps of any paper to decorate
  • Pencil (to draw eye and ear shapes, if you choose)
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Optional: bone folder or hard ruler to sharpen your folds

How to make an origami bunny rabbit

1. Begin with a square sheet of paper. If your paper is rectangular, cut it down to square. Place it right side down on the table in front of you.

2. Fold the paper in half diagonally, then unfold. Repeat using the other corner so that you have two diagonal creases across your square. Hold it in a diamond shape position so that the diagonals form as square.

3. Fold one corner up to the center of the square (where the diagonal creases intersect.)

4. Take the edge created by that fold and fold it up to the diagonal crease.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the opposite corner. The two sides will meet in the middle.

6. You can still see two corners of the back of the paper. Take one corner and fold it up to the center crease line.

7. Unfold that last fold to leave a new crease.

8. See how the two exposed back corners each form a little diamond? Holding the same corner that you just folded, fold it over to the nearer corner of the square on the opposite side.

9. Unfold that, too.

10. Repeat steps 6-9 using the other corner: fold to the center and then fold to the closer corner of the oppsite diamond.

11. Flip the entire project over. Now you can’t see any folded papers or sticking out corners, only a flat surface with a bunch of creases. Place it horizontally so that the long crease goes from your left to right, with several shorter vertical creases.

12. Now we’re going to make some partial folds to leave creases that don’t go across the whole paper.  Starting from your left hand side, fold the top edge down to the center HORIZONTAL crease until you get to the second VERTICAL crease. Make a sharp crease but don’t fold it down.

13. Fold the bottom edge up to the HORIZONTAL crease the same way – beginning on your left and going until the second vertical crease. Fold it to make a crease, and then let go.

14. Flip the whole thing over again so that you can see the seams of the paper again. Keep the new creases you just folded to your left side.

15. You still have a little square of the back showing at each corner of the original paper. Take the one on your left (by the creases you just made) and fold the corner inward to the opposite corner of the little square – forming a tidy little triangle and straightening that ede.

16. Take that straight edge and fold it way over to the second vertical crease from the other end (the second crease from your right side.)

17. Remember those half-creases you made in steps 12-13? Take the bottom one and fold it up to the middle, away from you.

18. Flatten that out well, allowing that triangle to form in the corner. If you haven’t been using a bone folder or ruler until now, this would be a great time to start.

19. Repeat by taking the top edge and folding it down toward the middle along that half crease.

20. Now you have a little rectangular flap that has two triangles at the end (on your left). Take that rectangle and fold it over to your left, folding along the edge where it meets the triangles. The yellow line marks where your next fold will be.

21. Fold the edge of the rectangle (on your left) up along the line shown in yellow above. (The corners of the rectangle are now touching the corners where the edge of the paper starts to slant in.)

22. Unfold that. Now you have a crease where that yellow line was.

23. Fold it again, but this time only grasping the top layer of paper. Flatten it out so it opens up little triangles on the sides.

24. You now see two little corners in the middle. Fold those over along the yellow lines marked above. These are the points of your bunny’s ears!

25. For the last few steps, all the action was on one end of the paper. Now we’re going to focus on that other corner we’ve barely touched so far.

26. Notice the square that is still just one layer of paper. Two sides of it are still the edges of the original paper you started with, they haven’t been folded yet. Fold those edges up to the middle crease that is between them, forming super narrow and wide triangles.

27. Flip over the whole project so you’re looking at the smooth side. Keep the pointy end to your right to make following the next directions easier.

28. You can still see one long crease along the center, with a few shorter vertical creases. We’re going to take the first and second creases from the left (shown in yellow) and join them together. You can do this by simply folding the left side over and back again, accordion style. This will be the separation between your bunny’s head and body.

29. Flatten it into place, using a bone folder or ruler if needed.

30. Turn the whole thing over again to the side with all the folds and flaps. Keep the pointy part to your bottom right to help you follow this tutorial well.

31. That folding you just did in step 28 created a new flap in middle, right below the rectangle that turned out to be the bunny’s ears. Take the corners of this flap and fold them over to the nearest crease (as shown in yellow). 

32. And unfold those little corners. We were just making creases again.

33. Take the same corner you just unfolded and fold it flat down along the crease that you just made. You’re opening that little corner.

34. Do the same thing for the other corner.

35. Finish rounding out the head shape by folding the corners up a little (shown in yellow).

36. Take the pointy end on the bottom of the bunny (to the right) and fold it over about halfway. This completes the shape of your bunny’s body! Secure it in place, if you’d like. Flip it over to see the neat side!

37. Now it’s time to decorate your bunny. To make the model as shown, cut two inner ear shapes from pink paper and two eye shapes from white paper. Use a black marker to add detail to the eye shapes.

37. Glue on the eye and ear designs and/or any other embellishments you choose for a finishing touch.

You’ve successfully learned how to make an origami bunny rabbit. Phew! Which origami tutorial should I share next? Do you prefer simpler or more complex?

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