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Origami Unicorn - Instructions by DonyaQuick Origami Unicorn - Instructions by DonyaQuick
I totally did not expect to have this done start to finish in one evening with Inkscape. Origami tutorials have suddenly become a lot easier than I anticipated, which is awesome since it'll probably let me document the rest of my designs before the summer's over. It's like the program reads my mind somehow. :fear:

Update: fuzzy edge issues fixed I hope (had exported to the wrong resolution).

I described this as intermediate rather than easy because of step 8. If you're familiar enough with sink folding to be able to fudge an open/partially closed sink fold to meet whatever inner structure you created with the angles chosen in previous steps, it should be easy enough (and if it's not, really, just mash the paper down as far as it needs to go and try to keep the previous folds intact...).

Alternative Steps
If you're really ambitious, the mane can be better defined using a sink fold rather than just bending it over a bit. I don't usually do the sink fold version unless I'm using really big paper. This can also allow for the ears to become pointier and better defined with an extra crimp.

Usage Policy
To me this design is not complicated, so I would expect that other people have happened across similar to nearly identical patterns. However, I did develop this myself and therefore hope that my choice of details is at least somewhat unique. If you follow this tutorial to create a horse/unicorn and wish to post the result as artwork either here or elsewhere, please credit the design you used to create the horse/unicorn.


UPDATE (17-June-2009): HOOOLLLYYY COW! :faint: Woke up this morning and was completely confused by my message count until I saw one referencing the DD in one of the comments here. Took a few minutes and a cup of coffee for that to sink in all the way. Thanks so much everyone!!! :hug:

Here are some good videos about sink folds and other folds, which may help for those that get stumped in the first few steps of my design:
- Open sink (they call it a reverse sink for some reason, but it's the same thing)
- Open/closed sink
- More complex sinks
- Inside/outside reverse fold

Getting the back legs to look good is probably the hardest part of this design. If it doesn't come out right on the first try, small adjustments in the folds from steps 6-8 may be all that's needed to get the hind legs back in shape. Sometimes those can be adjusted without completely having to undo and redo everything. Also, this is intended to be a 3-D design, so the proportions can be modified somewhat as the model is shaped to be 3-D. So, if your models legs don't exactly match the diagrams (there's quite a lot of variation even in the models I've made!), try shaping to see if you still get the desired result. You can also do other modifications to thin the body or legs as you see fit. The silver unicorn pictured has one such modification made to the underside of the body.

UPDATE (19-June-2009): a video tutorial was requested, so I gave it my best shot for those that are having trouble: [link] . Please note though that it's the first video like that I've ever done, so I don't know if it shows things in enough detail. I was a bit worried about the webcam resolution, but that's the best I could get.
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Origami Unicorn - Instructions by ~DonyaQuick have you ever wanted to make an origami unicorn? Well then you are in luck with this step by step tutorial that will help you achieve your goal! ( Featured by UnicornReality )
FadingHarlequin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2019
I have to say, this is one of the most clear and understandable instruction I've ever seen, kudos!
havalava13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant figure out steps 14-15. Can you re explain them? I just don't know where the flaps are supposed to fold down.
SUPERAWESOMEGIRL189 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
yayz soooo cool
Gerbsterpers Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the awesome instructions!
englishwitch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Thank you for this, great and clear instructions.
iheart801 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just found this and am tottal going to try making it. :)
Tuffelkeks Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried and first it looked like a mixture of rhino and kangaroo...but now it's...well, far from perfect, but at least you can see that it's supposed to be a unicorn :)
LazyHermitThing Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Dammit, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be! Someone who is good at origami should make video instructions. *looks at crumpled-up mess of paper disappointingly*
chickensnackrap Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never thought of making a unicorn this way!
Lusitaniafan1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I started but then it came out as a origami snow ball.^^
Midnightstep Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mine turned out to be a fail
i coudnt interpret the last 4 steps so i skipped them
mine didnt even have a horn XD
PurpleBecca Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[link] I had a go at this one too XD
Pinkkurra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
far more complicated than i originally thought :iconcrycryplz:
meganoki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
i made it... but its a fail xD i watched the videos and i looked at this tutorial. but i kinda sorda made it? It sorda looks like it. But i think that it looks great though :D
yukifan01 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
my grandmother thinks it looks like a bull if you take away the horn
BlueeMoon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I despise step 8. GRRR.
hirokiro Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That was definitely a fun little deviation from my essay work :)
Bit hard to get the details right but I think that's because I used a small piece of paper and it ended up being just 1.5cm tall.
Great little tutorial :#1:
mikopuppy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Mine ended up looking like a dog D: But I think my paper was too thick. Great design, good job!:)
UnderTheTableSketch Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
ThinkyBrain Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have got to try this tonight. thanks for the tutorial!
HannaOlsen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I gave up at step 13 :(
Fluffy-Okami Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really neat. I am not experienced with origami, but maybe after practicing a bit I'll give this a go. :)
the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Linked to this tutorial! My models are not nearly as cute as yours. :D
JRollendz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope. Stuck again on step 9 now.
JRollendz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think step 7 is a bit confusing. I've only been doing origami for 2 years, but the way you worded it is a bit confusing to me. I did figure it out however (I hope..I'm on step 8 now) by guessing.
Ritakna Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
That is amazing. I'm :+fav: ing this :D
Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I featured/cradited your tutirial here:[link]
Thanks for posting it!
crystaltiger52 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
This is my favorite design for a unicorn I have found to date. It's wonderfully simple and the result is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the rest of us. Your videos are also really helpful.
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
It's like Bladerunner :D
Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Amazing! And I can't even fold a paper airplane....
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I stumbled across your design on YouTube after having tried a few other unicorn tutorials. This design certainly seems to give pretty good detail for its difficulty- I don't have much practise at origami, but still found this easy to follow without being disappointingly simple. :-)
ace-sniper Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
hi im new to this my attempt terned out horrable plz help me!!!
DonyaQuick Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Was there a specific step or steps that gave you trouble? Since I don't know where you got stuck yet, if you haven't already looked at it, the video tutorial linked from the comments may help (since I tried to rotate the model to show what intermediate 3-D steps should look like)
alena-light Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for the diagram. Wonderful model.
doredore Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional
:( i try it but it's hard :confused: do you have it on video Tutorial ???
nice tut thanx :thanks:
DonyaQuick Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Yep! [link] It was my first ever try at a video tutorial, so there are some newbie-type video mistakes, but hopefully it will help clarify the diagrams. Let me know if anything continues to give you trouble with the design and I can try to help.
doredore Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional
i do it step by step as the video and but it's look more like a dog :giggle:
thanks for the link it was fun to do it ,,:thanks: :rose:
touch-of-love Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
woah thats awesome :o
QuantumTyme Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
I tried it and this is what I got! Thanks so much for the tutorial it was fun : D

KidsFriendly Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I tried it, and I think I just made an Origami Lapra ._.
DDexpress Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Hi! :wave:

Your DD has been featured in DD Express: June 15th - 21st, 2009.

Remember to :+favlove: this article to promote your art and this project.

mongrelmarie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool! I use to love origami when I was a kid -- now it's a fond memory and a rare art form I still enjoy and respect. :aww:

It's so simple and yet not at the same time ...
roxaswantsacupcake Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I've been trying for ages to find simple unicorn instructions. This is great!
And congrats on the DD. You totally deserved it!! :heart:
MiatoSakura-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Yay! Always wanted to do an origami unicorn :) I haven't done origami in ages but it turned out OK... I guess I still have the skills...

Thanks for sharing your method!
jeevani Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow. I think the hardest thing I've ever tried was an oragami viking ship, the oars moved when you pulled either end. I was actually working on it over the course of a few days, i used five sheets of paper. XD I've only ever managed to make one thing of my own though, I made up a dragon out of a basic crane... I'm jealous! <3
ThermalFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student
Haha, I just tried making this, and it turned out more like a magical llama. :/

I'll get the hang of it. I haven't done origami in so long...
Plaguemotes Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
esmaraldo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
just tried it, and I haven't origamied in years :)
xxxMinxKittyxxx1031 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
next is narwal! narwal!
DonyaQuick Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Narwal! [link]
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