Make this Easy Origami Shark (Perfect for Kids)

Making an Origami shark is an easy paper craft that is perfect for kids and can be a relaxing, screen-free activity that improves focus. It’s not too difficult either – we’ll show you how to make an easy shark origami in a fun and simple way. This is a great project for people who are new to origami, or for anyone who wants to add a shark to their collection!

Origami is a fun summer craft and a great way to exercise your creativity and imagination. Whether you’re a seasoned origami pro or just starting out, making an origami shark is a fun summer craft for kids of all ages.

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Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, which has existed for centuries. It’s a wonderful way to create beautiful and intricate designs using just a single sheet of paper. One of the most popular origami designs is the shark. Making an origami shark is a fun project for kids of all ages.

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This is a simple and easy beginner origami shark craft, so you will need one origami shark pattern that requires only one square sheet of paper, googly eyes, or a marker to draw the eyes.

This paper shark craft is a fun and creative way for kids to play with sharks at home! Use this simple shark craft to encourage imaginative play and also to learn about sharks. This origami shark looks like a great white shark to me. 

These easy origami shark instructions are geared for preschoolers, pre-k, kindergarten, and even grade school kids, but younger kids will definitely need an adult to help.

If you are looking for another fun origami craft, this Origami Bookmark Corner is popular among book lovers and is used as a creative way to mark a page in a book. Origami is a great way for kids to develop spatial reasoning skills and improve hand-eye coordination. It can also be fun to learn about geometry and math concepts.

Supplies needed to make an Origami Shark:

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  1. Colored craft papers/Origami Papers
  2. Craft glue
  3. Googly eyes
  4. Sharpie
  5. Scissors
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How to Make an Origami Shark Instructions:

Step 1 – Establish your base folds and Creases

First, you’ll need a sheet of square origami paper. If you don’t have any origami paper, you can also use a regular sheet of printer paper. Just make sure to fold it in half so that it’s nice and square. If you don’t have square paper, measure and trace to cut out a piece of square paper using a ruler.

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Take the square paper sheet and fold the paper into half diagonally on both sides to create creases. 

It’s important to get the base creases folded neatly and ready, so fold any two of the large triangle parts and then unfold them. You should now have all of the base creases ready.

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Step 2 – Hold any corner of the square paper and draw it inside, aligning that outer side of the paper with the diagonal crease inside.

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Step 3 – Do the same with the opposite corner. More precisely, align the paper’s top and left (or right, either one side) sides with the diagonal creases inside. 

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Step 4 – Hold the narrow corner of the current pattern, bring it all the way to the opposite corner, and fold the paper neatly. Unfold the last fold.

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Step 5—Take the narrow corner again and bring it all the way to the point where the two sides of the paper join. Unfold the last fold again. 

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Step 6 – Now fold the narrow corner to the point of the last crease (from the previous fold). 

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Step 7 – Unfold the last fold, and you’ll see three parallel creases. 

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Step 8 – Use scissors to cut a line from the corner of either flap to the outer point of the bottom crease. 

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Step 9 – Fold the cut-out pattern outwards. This will be the fin of the origami shark. Now cut a line between the two flaps, from the narrow corner to the point of the 2nd crease from that end. 

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Step 10 – Fold out the two sides of the slit diagonally in opposite directions. These are the tails of the origami shark. 

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Step 11 – Fold the current pattern into half symmetrically. 

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Step 12 – Attach a googly eye and use a sharpie to draw the mouth of the paper shark.

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History of Origami

Origami is an ancient art form that originated in Japan. Unlike other forms of paper folding, origami does not require glue or scissors. Instead, it relies on a system of precise folds and creases to transform a flat sheet of paper into a three-dimensional sculpture.

The word “origami” comes from the Japanese words “ori”, meaning “to fold,” and “kami”, meaning “paper.” Today, origami is enjoyed by people of all ages around the world and is considered both an art form and a science.

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Whether you want to create a simple flower or a complex dinosaur, origami is a rewarding hobby for anyone who enjoys working with their hands and exercising their creative muscles.

Origami Tips for the Beginner

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Today, origami is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels worldwide. If you’re new to origami or simply looking for some beginner tips, here are a few things to remember.

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First, start with simple projects such as this shark origami craft. There are many beautiful and complex origami creations, but as a beginner, it’s best to start small. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can move on to more challenging designs.

Second, take your time. Origami is not a race! The slower you go, the better your results will be. Remember to relax and have fun with it.

Third, practice, practice, practice. The more you fold, the better you’ll become at it. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes – everyone does at first. Just try again and learn from your mistakes.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to explore the wonderful world of origami! If your kids really love sharks and ocean animals, check out information about Shark Week here. If you enjoy shark crafts, you may also enjoy these Free Beach Themed Worksheets for Kids!

How to Make an Origami Shark with Free Shark Printable, Preschool Activity, Fine Motor Skills, Literacy Skills

Easy Origami Shark

Yield: 1 shark
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1.00

This Origami shark project is perfect for beginners diving into the world of origami or for anyone looking to expand their collection with a toothy ocean predator.


  • Colored construction papers or crafting papers or origami papers
  • Adhesive tape or glue
  • Black sharpie
  • A pair of scissors


  1. To begin crafting your Origami shark, start with a sheet of square origami paper. Fold it in half diagonally to create a square shape.
  2. Fold your square paper sheet in half diagonally on both sides, creating some neat creases. To make things easier, fold two of the large triangle parts and gently unfold them.
  3. Take any corner of the square paper and fold it inwards.
  4. Take the opposite corner of the square paper and repeat the previous step. This time, align the paper's top and left (or right) sides with the diagonal creases inside.
  5. Take the narrow corner of the current pattern and carefully bring it to the opposite corner, ensuring a neat fold along the crease. Then, undo the last fold to reveal the intricate pattern beneath.
  6. Once more, take the narrow corner and bring it down to the point where the two sides of the paper join. After folding, unfold the last fold again.
  7. Retake the narrow corner and fold it towards the point of the last crease from the previous fold.
  8. Gently unfold the last fold, and three parallel creases become visible.
  9. Starting from the corner of either flap, carefully trim along a straight line to reach the outer point of the bottom crease.
  10. Seeing the cutout, fold it upwards to create the fin. Next, grab your scissors again and carefully cut a line between the two flaps, starting from the narrow corner and extending to the point of the second crease from that end.
  11. Fold the sides of the slit diagonally, each going in opposite directions. These folds create the tails of our shark, adding a sense of movement and charm to its design.
  12. Symmetrically fold the whole pattern in half. Attach googly eyes and draw a mouth using a Sharpie as the finishing touches.

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