Celebrate Otsukimi with Origami

Simple Rabbit

Did you know Otsukimi was based on a folklore about a rabbit on the moon? It has been said that when The Old Man of the Moon asked three animal friends for food, the rabbit showed the most generosity and kindness. Learn how to fold your own rabbit below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • • Square 6×6” paper
  • • Marker or crayon

Directions:

  • 1. Fold a square piece of paper along the diagonal. Open back to a square.
  • 2. Fold the top corner to the diagonal crease you made in step one.
  • 3. Fold down from the diagonal crease.
  • 4. Turn the paper over and position it like an inverted triangle.
  • 5. From the midpoint, fold each side of the triangle, making a square.
  • 6. Lift the corner flaps on the bottom of the square and fold to make ears.
  • 7. Make a small fold inward on each of the cheeks.
  • 8. Lift the bottom corner up toward the top of the head and fold.
  • 9. Turn the paper over and draw the face and ears.
  • 10. Finished!

Harvest Flower

Otsukimi celebrates Harvest, the time of year that Cheekwood displays beautiful fall flowers. What are your favorite flowers during this season? Learn how to fold a harvest flower below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • • Square 6×6” paper
  • • Scissors

Directions:

  • 1. Fold a square piece of paper in half. Position so that the crease is on the bottom.
  • 2. Fold in half to make a crease down the middle. Open back to a rectangle.
  • 3. Fold each bottom corner to the middle. Open back to a rectangle.
  • 4. Open each of the bottom corners and push the corners inside the folds, making an inverted triangle.
  • 5. Fold the corners to the midline, making a diamond.
  • 6. Turn the paper over and do the same to the other side.
  • 7. Using a scissors, cut a half-circle just below the side corners of the diamond. Then, customize your flower by making wavy or zigzag cuts.
  • 8. Fold the bottom corner up halfway to make a stem.
  • 9. Gently open the top of the flower using both hands to push the petals outward.
  • 10. Finished!

Traditional Rabbit

Looking for a challenge? Try this origami traditional rabbit below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • • Square 6×6” paper

Directions:

  • 1. Fold a square piece of paper along the diagonal. Position so that the crease is on the top.
  • 2. From the midpoint, fold each side of the triangle, making a square.
  • 3. Fold each side corner up toward the top corner, making a diamond.
  • 4. Take the right flap and open to the right, pressing down to make a slanted triangle. Repeat on the other side.
  • 5. Rotate the paper to the left and fold the top section backward and behind.
  • 6. Take the flap on the bottom right and flip it up and behind. Repeat on the flap on the back.
  • 7. Fold the ears over—don’t worry if they aren’t exactly the same!
  • 8. Holding the ears at the top, push the nose downward and fold.
  • 9. Make the tail by folding two small triangles. Make the nose by folding a small triangle under.
  • 10. Finished!


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