Turn any square of paper into an origami house with these simple directions.  PErhaps my favorite thing about these little paper houses are the pay they’re sure to inspire!

Origami supplies…

If you want to be fancy use paper made especially for origami.  It’s thin so it folds easily and it’s conveniently already cut into squares.  Origami paper is usually a different color in each side so when folded up it does show the contrast between the sides, which can be nice. You can grab a big assortment like this one for the price of two fancy cups of coffee and it will last a lonnnng time.  If your kiddo enjoys origami it’s a good investment!

Another great option is copy weight paper, white or otherwise.  Be sure to cut it into a square before starting, any size.  I especially love these Astrobrights paper. They come in amazing colors, they’re super smooth and a great weight.  These colors will make you happy!

Whatever paper you choose to use it needs to be cut into squares.  Try different sizes of squares for a fun village of origami houses!

Get detailed directions and a video demonstration for this simple origami house. Make these paper houses in minutes and let them inspire play long beyond!

How to make an origami house…

The steps for this origami house are pretty simple.  I’m not a huge fan or projects that require preciseness and even I can manage these few folds.  And if I can do it chances are your small child can too! A few simple folds and this little house pops to life!

Watch the video below for a first hand look at how to make these origami houses…

1.Fold the paper in half.

2. Fold in half again making a tiny crease in the fold at the midpoint.

3.Fold the edges in to meet the fold.

4. Open both ends and crease into triangles.

5. Bend triangle ends so they are perpendicular to the center section of house.

6. Stand up.

 

Get detailed directions and a video demonstration for this simple origami house. Make these paper houses in minutes and let them inspire play long beyond!

Art that inspires play…

I love art that’s not too precious to be enjoyed.  For kids that often means art that can inspire play, or more art.  While true origami doesn’t involve drawing or stickers- I say “Why not?” These little origami houses come together in a minute or so.  Play with them, draw on them.  Make a village of paper houses!

Making art with kids should inspire creativity of all kinds.  So turn over the paper houses to the spirit of play!

If your kids are into making villages check out these fun paper houses made from paper bags and this free printable template for fold and go paper houses!  

Get detailed directions and a video demonstration for this simple origami house. Make these paper houses in minutes and let them inspire play long beyond!

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