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Origami Panda Bear

The full instructions and diagrams for this loveable Origami Panda Bear are contained on the printables page. Be sure to check out Joel’s definition of a valley fold and a mountain fold under the instructions. This craft is best suited for the more experienced or teen crafter.

Trivia:  Giant pandas live in broadleaf and coniferous forests with a dense understory of bamboo, at elevations between 5,000 and 10,000 feet. Torrential rains or dense mist throughout the year characterizes these forests, often shrouded in heavy clouds.


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To make this Origami Panda, print out the instructions on the printables page.

In the instructions I use two terms that may be unfamiliar to those who've never done origami before -- valley-fold and mountain-fold. A valley-fold, indicated with a dash-dash line, is formed when you fold the paper toward you, creating a valley. A mountain-fold, indicated with a dash-dot-dot line, is formed when you fold the paper away from you, creating a mountain. An easy way to think about it is the following -- If you valley-fold a piece of paper and turn it over, it's now a mountain-fold.

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Origami and Kerigami, Teen Crafts, VBS Panda Crafts, Wild Animal Crafts

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Joel Stern Paper Works

Ever since my childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, I've loved sharing origami and pop-ups with all age groups and in many settings--in camps, schools, community centers, libraries, and retirement homes. I've published three books of my own designs: Animated Origami Faces, models of human and animal faces with jaws that snap, eyes that open and shut, and ears that pop up (2007) Jewish Holiday Origami, designs for the Jewish holidays (2006) Washington Pops!, do-it-yourself pop-up cards of famous buildings in Washington, D.C. (1989)

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