How to make: Origami Paper Claws (EASY)



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How to Make Origami Paper Claws

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Origami claws can really spice up your ghoulish costume or spoke your friends. If your Halloween costume needs some claws, you can just fashion your own claws for each finger. Theyaresharp and pointy, so don't get too carried away, they're just for show!

Steps

Forming Claws from Standard Paper

  1. Place the paper on a flat surface.Position the paper horizontally. You can use any type of paper you have lying around the house. If you want sturdier claws, then use thicker paper.
  2. Fold the top left corner over and down.Align the fold to the paper's bottom. The left side of the sheet now has a point.
  3. Fold the point to the opposite corner.It should look like a rectangle that is missing a corner.
  4. Fold the diagonal edge at the top part down.Align the top edge to the diagonal edge. This should now be in the shape of a square. Position the paper with the right angle of the triangle pointing up, or away from you.
  5. Create a triangle.Fold the square along the diagonal line. This should create a triangle.
  6. Fold the paper in half.Imagine a vertical line dividing the triangle in half, from the point to the base, right down the middle. You're creating a right triangle.
    • You may want to draw this line in pencil the first couple of times. Use a T-square to make sure the line down the middle is at a right angle to the base of the triangle.
    • This fold is to form a crease that will be important for the following fold.
  7. Fold the left side into the crease.Unfold the recently formed right triangle and fold the two edged side directly to the half-way line of the triangle. The fold's outer edge should be going straight down, perpendicular to the bottom and even extending below the bottom of your triangle.
  8. Repeat the previous fold two more times.Fold the same side over itself again. You should be able to see the claw coming into form.
    • Be careful to line each fold with your imaginary pencil line.
    • Make sure you keep each fold very tight andat the same angle.If the folds start to slant upwards, instead of staying aligned, the claw won't be as sturdy.
  9. Tuck the bottom flap into the end.You may need to open the hole for the flap up with your finger. Hold it so the opening is visible and easy to insert one flap.
  10. Open the smaller triangle in the middle of the folds.Simply stick your finger into the smaller triangle to open it up. This will look like a knuckle for the claw.
    • It may be a tight fit at first.
    • The tighter the fit the more likely the claw will stay on your finger.

Using Origami Paper

  1. Buy or construct origami paper.To make origami paper, orient a standard sized paper (8.5x11) longways and fold a corner farthest to the opposite edge. Then cut off the excess part of the paper that wasn't covered by this fold. This will create a square.
    • Sturdier paper will increase the the durability.
  2. Fold the paper in half.Imagine a line running from the top-left corner going to the bottom-right corner. Fold along this line to create a right triangle.
  3. Fold the paper on the diagonal axis.You are turning your right triangle into an isosceles triangle. Make sure the crease is strong.
  4. Fold the paper on a diagonal axis, again.The line that you are folding now will start from one corner, and will end in the middle of the other two corners. Continue to ensure that your creases are strong.
  5. Make a vertical valley fold.Position the claw in front of you so the pointiest "nail" faces left. Imagine a line descending straight from the top tip to the bottom. Fold the smaller corner towards the "nail." Then unfold this fold.
  6. Tuck the right tip into the pocket.By making the vertical valley fold, you've allowed a pocket to be formed. This is where your finger will go.

Using an Alternative Technique

  1. Place the paper on a flat surface.Position the paper horizontally. You can use any type of paper you have lying around the house. If you want sturdier claws, then use thicker paper.
  2. Fold the top left corner over and down.Align the fold to the paper's bottom. The left side of the sheet now has a point.
  3. Fold the two corners on the right side.Only fold these corners to the line of the previous fold. This will create two smaller triangles.
  4. Fold the left point over.Imagine this right triangle without the other two triangles. Just fold the right tip to the opposite tip of the right triangle.
  5. Use the excess strip.Fold the excess strip with the two smaller triangles up onto the other triangle. This will form a triangle with this recent fold on top of it.
  6. Fold the paper in half.Imagine a vertical line dividing the triangle in half, from the point to the base, right down the middle. You're creating a right triangle.
    • This fold is to form a crease that will be important for the following fold.
  7. Fold the left side into the crease.Unfold the recently formed right triangle and fold the two folded edges directly to the half-way line of the triangle. The fold's outer edge should be going straight down, perpendicular to the bottom and even extending below the bottom of your triangle.
  8. Repeat the previous fold two more times.Fold the same side over itself again. You should be able to see the claw coming into form.
  9. Tuck the bottom flap into the end.You may need to open the hole for the flap up with your finger. Hold it so the opening is visible and easy to insert one flap.
  10. Open the smaller triangle in the middle of the folds.Simply stick your finger into the smaller triangle to open it up. This will look like a knuckle for the claw.

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  • Question
    Are these hard to make?
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    I tried it and it did not seem hard to make. However, everyone is different. If it is too hard for you to make this, then I suggest you practice simple origami.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Do you think that someone could do this on their first try?
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    I think so, but origami does take a lot of practice. Just try your best and don't be disappointed if you don't get it right the first time.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Do you think kids could make these claws?
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    Community Answer
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I use construction paper?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, if the paper has the correct dimensions.
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  • Question
    Can the claws hurt someone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Possibly. As with anything, be careful how you use them.
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  • Question
    Can I use any kind of paper?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends if you want the claws thick or thin. I advise you to use thin paper.
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  • Question
    Can you make them bigger or smaller?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Yes, you should make them the right sizes to fit your fingers. To make them bigger or smaller, just start with a bigger or smaller piece of paper.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Are there any other ways to make paper claws?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, there are, but they are almost the same as the first and third ones, with just a few different folds.
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  • Question
    Is there a better explanation for step 6 in method 1?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take the triangle you created and just fold it in half so that the two bottom corners touch.
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  • Question
    This is hard and I get really confused. What should I do?
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    Watching a video on how to do it may be easier than looking at the steps. Try looking up "Origami Claws" on YouTube!
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  • This is hard. Your claws will get better and better the more you make them.
  • Make your folds as exact as possible. Consider using a paper folder or a ruler. Sharp, exact folds are the key to success in almost any origami projects.
  • Buy some black gloves in a thrift store, or look for old ones around the house, and cut off the ends from the fingers. Put your claws on over the gloves for an even better look.
  • Some people might have fingers that are too large or small. You can always use bigger or smaller paper, just make sure it has the same proportions.
  • If you want the claws to match your costume you could do a design on them.
  • You can change the color by using black paper or even painting. Construction paper is heavier and harder to work with but makes more durable claws and is available in a variety of colors.
  • Practice on thin, cheap paper before using any expensive materials.
  • Younger children may need help doing this.

Things You'll Need

  • An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, standard letter size in the United States
  • A hard surface to fold on
  • Paper folder or ruler (optional)
  • T-square (optional)
  • Origami paper (optional)

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