Text-Only Instructions

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This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

    Steps: 7

Description: This is a square house with a flat roof, appearing to slope downwards at the sides.

It can be used flat, or the flaps at the back of the model can form a stand for the house.


This is a great beginner origami project for kids to make and decorate.

It can also be used on cards, in scrap books or to decorate gifts.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.

Step 2

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form a horizontal center crease line.

Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Now fold the top and bottom edges to meet at the center. Crease and leave folded.

You should have a rectangular piece of paper with the top and bottom flaps meeting at the horizontal crease line.

Flip the paper over.

Step 4

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge to form a vertical center crease line.

Crease and unfold.

Step 5

Now fold the left and right edges to meet in the center. Crease and leave folded.

You should end up with a square made up of 4 square-shaped flaps which come together at the center of the model. Make sure that these flaps lie straight and do not overlap each other.

Step 6

While holding down the bottom left square with your forefinger, lift the left top flap up a little and carefully pull it outwards to the left with the forefinger and thumb of your other hand.

The square will open into a triangle, which will allow you to press it flat.

You have just performed a squash fold.

Repeat on the right side.

The bottom of the model should stay as is while the top flaps would have folded outward to form two triangles, the roof of the house, extending out to the left and right of the model.

Step 7

Turn the paper over and you have a house!

If the flaps at the back of the model are folded outward a little, the house can stand on its own.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2009