Thursday, April 24, 2008

Make Origami Paper Claws - wikiHow

How to Make Origami Paper Claws

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If your Halloween costume needs some claws or you're just feeling a little fierce, you can make paper claws that'll slip over each finger. They are sharp and pointy, though, so don't get carried away...They're just for show!


  1. Place the paper on a flat surface.
  2. Position the paper with the longest side running from the top to bottom.
  3. Fold the top right corner in to the left side.
    • The top of the sheet now shows a point, while the edge of the fold lines up with the left side of the paper.

  4. Fold the pointed top down to the bottom left corner, keeping it aligned with the left side of the paper.
  5. Fold the right hand side of the sheet so that the edge aligns with the slanted edge of the previous fold. It should look like a square.
  6. Fold the square in half, along the two slanted edges, to make a triangular shape.
  7. Position the paper with the right angle of the triangle pointing up, or away from you.
  8. Identify the side that has two folded edges not the side with four individual edges.
  9. Imagine a vertical line (up and down line) dividing the triangle in half, from the point to the base, right down the middle.
    • You may want to draw this line in pencil the first couple of times. Use a T-square to make sure the line down the middle is at a right angle to the base of the triangle.

  10. Fold the "two folded edges" side into this imaginary line, in other words fold it directly to the half-way line of the triangle.
    • The fold's outer edge should be going straight down, perpendicular to the bottom and even extending below the bottom of your triangle.

  11. Repeat the previous fold two more times, folding the same side over itself again.
    • Be careful to line each fold with your imaginary pencil line.
    • The claw shape will begin to show.
    • Make sure you keep each fold very tight and at the same angle. If the folds start to slant upwards, instead of staying aligned, the claw won't be as good.

  12. Hold the claw together by tucking the bottom flap into the end. Now you have a paper claw!
  13. Open the smaller triangle in the middle of the folds, and stick your finger in there. >
  14. Your finger should not go on the side where you tucked it in, or the other side, but in the middle.
  15. It may be a tight fit at first, but if you work your finger it will fit.
  16. The tighter the fit the more likely the claw will stay on your finger.

  17. Repeat the above steps as many times as you want to create additional claws!


  • This is hard. Your claws will get better and better the more you make.
  • Practice on thin, cheap paper before using expensive materials.
  • Make your folds as exact as possible. Consider using a paper folder or a ruler. Sharp, exact folds are the key to success in almost any origami project.
  • You can change the color by using black paper or even painting. Construction paper is heavier and harder to work with but makes more durable claws and is available in a variety of colors.
  • Some people might have fingers that are too large or small. You can always use bigger or smaller paper, just make sure it has the same proportions.
  • Buy some black gloves in a thrift store, or look for old ones around the house, and cut off the ends from the fingers. Put your claws on over the gloves for an even cooler look.
  • Younger children may need help doing this.


  • Don't go around clawing people. You could actually scratch them or damage their eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, standard letter size in the United States.
  • A hard surface to fold on.
  • Optionally, a paper folder or ruler.
  • Optionally, a T-square.

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