Creating an Origami Rabbit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Origami rabbits, also known as origami bunnies, are delightful paper crafts that bring a touch of cuteness to your creative endeavors. This traditional origami rabbit is a classic design loved by both kids and adults alike. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of crafting your very own origami rabbit using simple folds and a square piece of origami paper. Let's dive in and create these super cute origami bunnies together!

video courtesy of The Little Crafties

Materials You'll Need:

  • Origami paper (square piece)
  • A flat surface to work on

Step 1: Preparing Your Paper

Begin by choosing a square piece of origami paper. You can use origami paper specifically designed for this purpose or cut a square from printer paper if needed.

Place the paper with the colored side facing down. This is the side that will be on the inside of your origami rabbit.

Step 2: Making the Initial Folds

Fold the paper in half diagonally, aligning the top corner with the bottom corner to create a triangle.

Unfold the paper and repeat the fold in the other diagonal direction.

Step 3: Folding the Top Edges

Take the top corner of the triangle and fold it down towards the center point where the two diagonal folds intersect. This will form a smaller triangle at the top.

Repeat the same fold on the other top corner, ensuring that the edges meet at the center point.

Step 4: Shaping the Rabbit's Head

Turn the paper over, keeping the folded edges at the bottom.

Take the top point of the triangle and fold it down about one-third of the way to create the rabbit's head.

Step 5: Forming the Body and Legs

Fold the left and right corners of the triangle towards the center, creating two smaller triangles on each side. These will be the rabbit's front legs.

Fold the bottom corner of the large triangle up, leaving a small gap between the edge and the newly formed triangles. This will create the rabbit's body.

Step 6: Crafting the Ears

Locate the top corner of the paper (where the rabbit's head is) and fold it down diagonally, allowing the tip to slightly overlap with the top point of the rabbit's head.

Repeat the same fold on the other side to create the rabbit's ears.

Step 7: Creating the Tail

Flip the paper over and fold a small triangle at the bottom center of the rabbit's body to form the tail.

Step 8: Forming the Final Shape

Carefully fold the paper along the existing creases to bring the edges together, forming the origami rabbit's final shape.

Step 9: Adding Details

To create eyes, use a pen or marker to draw two small dots near the rabbit's head.

If desired, you can gently fold the front legs outward to give the rabbit a more three-dimensional appearance.

Step 10: Completing the Origami Rabbit

With your final folds in place, your origami rabbit is complete! Adjust any folds as needed to achieve the desired look.

Step 11: Making More Origami Rabbits

Now that you've mastered the art of creating an origami rabbit, try experimenting with different paper colors and sizes to make a variety of origami rabbits. These make wonderful decorations for Easter or any time you're in the mood for some paper-based creativity.

Step 12: Exploring Further Origami Creations

Origami is a versatile paper craft that offers endless possibilities. After successfully crafting origami rabbits, why not explore other origami animals, shapes, and objects? The world of origami is filled with exciting challenges and opportunities for artistic expression.

Step 13: Sharing Your Creations

Show off your origami rabbits and origami bunnies to friends and family. You can even create a small origami rabbit family by varying the sizes and colors of your paper creatures.


Creating origami rabbits is a fun and engaging activity that allows you to transform a simple square piece of paper into adorable origami bunnies. By following these step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to make your own traditional origami rabbit with ease. Origami, with its delicate folds and creative possibilities, offers an avenue for both artistic expression and relaxation. So gather your origami paper and embark on a journey to craft charming origami rabbits that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Happy folding!

Annabel Buser