Of course there are many frog models to choose from, but the hopping or jumping frog is perhaps the most well known and famous as an origami action model among young and old. Just to complicate things some more, there are also many variations on the jumping frog, some easier to fold than others. Some are folded from a square while other models can be folded with a rectangle, or to be more precise, using a business or index card.

The instructions below are similar to those of the bouncy bunny, once again showing that, by varying a few folds or viewing a model from a different perspective, it is possible to produce a new or different origami creation.

1 You can use any rectangular piece of paper like a receipt, ticket stub, a business or index card.

If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the frog is facing down before you start to fold.

2 Place the rectangle in portrait orientation, with the short edges at the top and bottom.

3 Fold the top right corner diagonally down to meet the left edge.

Crease and unfold.

4 Now fold the left corner in the same way, diagonally down so it meets the right edge.

Crease and unfold.

5 The top part of your paper should have 2 diagonal creases that intersect each other now. 

Bend the paper backwards, making a horizontal mountain fold that goes through the center of the 2 creases, just where they cross.

6 Unfold the last fold to reveal the creases so far. Basically, a print X shape with a line through it, forming several small triangles.

7 Push in the triangles on the sides so they collapse. You will have something that looks like a house.

If you find this difficult, start with the layers of paper furthest away from you, pressing the triangles diagonally down and outwards. This should help the folds fall into place.

8 Fold the two long edges of the "house" inward, so they meet in the center. The folds will go under the points of the triangle.

Now the "house" should look like an arrow.

9 Fold the bottom edge up so it almost reaches the top, but make sure the point of the arrow is still visible.

10 Fold just over half of this same edge down again and make a solid horizontal crease.

You have now created the accordion fold on the underside of the figure, which is the mechanism that will help with the jumping action.

11 Unfold the last fold so that the triangle is revealed at the top of the figure again.

12 Fold both bottom points of the triangle in half so they meet the top point.

Crease on both sides so they stand at an angle to make the front legs of the frog.

13 Pick up your frog and place it upright with the front legs facing away from you. The accordion folds, or the back legs will touch the table. The frog will hunch forward with its back at an angle.

14 Let the frog jump by pressing down with a finger on its back; then let go.

Compiled March 2023 by                    

   Though there may be small differences in folding methods and sequences for the model as described above, for verbal descriptions with visuals, visit