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Paper Arts: Climbing Cicada Edition

Ok ... so I seriously cannot stop giggling with this little craft project. I hope you have fun with it too!

We're going to make a very basic origami cicada, then you can add a string and make it a climber. Here's what you'll need:

* paper squares (or a rectangle - I'll walk you through how to get a square from your rectangular paper)

* marker (or google eyes, or cut paper circles, whatever you want!)

* yarn or string

* scissors

* glue (any glue will work! I'm using glue stick, you can easily use white glue, tacky glue, or whatever you have)

Prepare your space:

* have an open, clear, flat surface to work on

* have your materials within reach

* keep drinking water nearby

* music? light? whatever makes it your ideal creative workspace, do that!

The work:

* first, if you need to make a square from a rectangle:

* lay your paper in front of you

* fold one corner up to meet the opposite edge, creating a triangle

* crease, then reopen

* fold the other corner on that same short side of the rectangle to meet the opposite edge, creating a triangle.

* crease

* use your scissors to cut the rectangular strip off

Next, Cicada!

* with the color side down, fold your square in half diagonally, creating a triangle. Crease well.

* open, fold the other diagonal, creating a triangle

* with the open point of the triangle facing away from you, fold each corner of the triangle up, creating a square/diamond shape

* fold each loose point at the top of the diamond down and outward, creating wings. Practice symmetry! try to have the two sides as close to the same as possible.

* fold the top layer only of the diamond downward, creating a triangle

* fold the second layer downward, creating a slightly smaller triange

* flip your cicada over (you're almost finished!)

* fold each side in to the center, let them meet at that center line

To make your cicada mobile:

* cut a piece of string (I used 60 inches - figure out what works best for your space and materials!)

* fold string in half

* open wings of cicada, place the string inside so the loop of the string is at the top of the cicada

* glue just the outer edge of the cicada wing down to the body, be sure not to glue the string down

* repeat on the other side

That's it! Hang your cicada up, pull it toward the bottom of the string, then pull the string pieces one side at a time to make your bug climb. Have so much fun!


* experiment with different sized and weights of paper

* experiment with different kinds of string

* read about cicadas and other insects

* experiment with more simple origami

I'd love to see what you make, feel free to send me a note or post in the comments!

Have Fun! Be kind to yourself and each other.

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