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Jumping Origami Bunny

What you will make:

This jumping bunny is a variation on the traditional origami leaping frog. Make a few folds and tap the bunny’s back to see it hop. This is a great craft for families or groups and with a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.

Related craft: Try your hand at another origami animal in the Origami Flying Bird craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • Paper or cardstock: 3" by 5"
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

How to Make a Jumping Origami Bunny

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Select paper or cardstock colors and precut blanks. The blanks for the bunnies need to be approximately 3" by 5" (76 mm by 127 mm). For best results, the blanks need to have straight sides and square corners. The blank sizes can vary if you want larger or smaller bunnies—just keep similar proportions. Scraps of paper or cardstock in the same color are needed for the ears. Strips about ½" by 1½" (1.25 cm by 4 cm) work well for the ears.

Tip: For a larger jumping bunny, start with a folded letter-size sheet of paper (4¼ x 5½")  and then follow the folding instructions.

Step 2: Fold Bunnies

Follow the folding instructions carefully, referring to the illustration. Take your time and make neat, sharp creases.

  1. Place the card so the long edge is vertical to you.
  2. Take one top corner and fold it down until the top edge meets the side edge. Open flat. Repeat for the other corner.
  3. At this point, you should have two folds that form an "X" at the top of the card. Fold the card top over so that a horizontal fold runs through the middle of the "X".
  4. Push the top corners in on the fold lines to form a point.
  5. Fold the bottom corners of the triangle up to meet the top corner. (These will be the legs.)
  6. Fold the sides to the middle.
  7. Fold the bottom edge to the top point, then fold the top back to meet the fold just made.
  8. Turn the bunny over and pull the legs into position.

Tip: Younger children will need help with the folding.

Step 3: Finish Bunny

Cut two bunny ears from another piece of the same paper or cardstock and glue or tape them to the bunny’s head.

Draw eyes and a nose on the bunny.

Tip: Leave off the ears to make the traditional leaping frog. Decorate the folded card in other ways to make different leaping animals—cats, lizards, beetles, etc.

Step 4: Make the Bunny Hop

The back of the bunny forms a Z-shape that acts as a spring. Tap the back of the bunny and the bunny will jump! Have a contest with your friends to see which bunny jumps the highest or the farthest.

Tip: It takes a little practice to get the bunny to jump or hop straight without flipping over. Try to give a gentle tap in the center of the back edge and adjust the legs to see what works best. You might also try pressing on the back two corners.

That's it! How far does your bunny jump?
Jumping origami bunnies

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to A.J.B. of Canada, who submitted the idea for this project to Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1996. A.J.B. says:

"The jumping bunny is a terrific idea for Easter fun, and is based on one of the easiest ways to fold the traditional origami leaping frog."

Jumping origami bunny decorated with markers

Tip: Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to add a face and color in the ears.

Racer jumping origami bunny

Tip: Decorate your bunny in racing stripes and racing numbers.

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