ears
eyes
nose

Fold a face

Here everybody can be creative! Make your choice of ears, eyes, nose/mouth, and colors, and the face builder constructs a diagram for your face!

Best of all: It's easy to invent new kinds of ears, eyes, and noses that will make your own variations. See also fold of the week 2009-01.

Happy folding!!

Select ears Select eyes Select mouth Select color Your face Advice
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ører b
ører c
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øjne b
øjne c
øjne d
øjne e
øjne f
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tud b
tud c
tud d
tud e
tud f
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Some combinations of eyes and mouth do not work, in which case the "forbidden" options become half transparent. You may still select them, but the first choice is reset to blank.

Somewhat small paper, 7.5 cm to 15 cm square, is suitable. Origami paper or copy paper are fine choices.

Some effects like white ears or white eyes do require colored paper with white back. But even without the faces become fine.

The diagram below presents ears, eyes, and nose/mouth independently of eachother. Actual folding will happen in a specific order. E.g. often you will have made ears and eyes when making the nose, even if the diagram shows the nose fold starting with the base. But don't despair: the parts are usually pretty independent, so you should have no problems.

Face base

base foldes, 01
Book fold both ways.
base foldes, 02
Turn over. Diagonal fold.
base foldes, 03
Put corners together via existing folds.
base foldes, 04
Fold upper flap diagonally down.

base foldes, 05
Like this.
base foldes, 06
Turn over.
base foldes, 07
Turn until points are up.

No ears

Nothing to fold.


White ears

orer-a foldes, 01
Start with the base. The two inner white points should be folded backwards.
orer-a foldes, 02
X-ray view through upper layer. Fold the white point back.
orer-a foldes, 03
Fold the other white point back.

Colore ears

orer-b foldes, 01
Start with the base. The two white points should be inner reverse folded so the color changes.
orer-b foldes, 02
X-ray view through upper layer. Inner fold the white point out.
orer-b foldes, 03
Inner fold the other point, too.

Flappy ears

orer-c foldes, 01
Start with the base, reverse side up. Fold the point down to the left corner.
orer-c foldes, 02
Open the point, and squash it flat.
orer-c foldes, 03
Like this. Turn over.
orer-c foldes, 04
Seen from the front.

No eyes

Nothing to fold.


Cross eyes

ojne-a foldes, 01
Fold the corner to the middle.
ojne-a foldes, 02
Fold the corner halfway back.
ojne-a foldes, 03
Repeat in the other side.
ojne-a foldes, 04
Like this.

Sleepily focused eyes

ojne-b foldes, 01
Fold the corner to the middle.
ojne-b foldes, 02
Fold it slanted back.
ojne-b foldes, 03
Repeat in the other side.
ojne-b foldes, 04
Like this.

Smiling closed eyes

ojne-c foldes, 01
Fold the corner to the middle.
ojne-c foldes, 02
Open up and squash it flat.
ojne-c foldes, 03
Fold the two corners inside to the middle.

ojne-c foldes, 04
Repeat in the other side.
ojne-c foldes, 05
Like this.

Sleepy open eyes

ojne-d foldes, 01
Fold the corner to the middle.
ojne-d foldes, 02
Open up and squash it flat.
ojne-d foldes, 03
Inner fold the two corners, but only halfway to the middle in the upper layer.

ojne-d foldes, 04
Fold the upper tap down.
ojne-d foldes, 05
Repeat in the other side.
ojne-d foldes, 06
Like this.

Grave eyes

These eyes implicitly form a nose. This puts some limits on what kinds of noses can be made.

ojne-e foldes, 01
Fold up the edge, but let folding line stop at the middle.
ojne-e foldes, 02
Repeat with the other edge. Press together around the nose.
ojne-e foldes, 03
Fold down the eye triangles.
ojne-e foldes, 04
Like this.

Small white eyes

Something animal-like about these eyes. Please note that the fold extends down into the nose/mouth area, which creates limits on and variations of what can be made there.

ojne-f foldes, 01
Fold the corner back to the inner middle.
ojne-f foldes, 02
X-ray view. Fold the corner partly out again.
ojne-f foldes, 03
Fold in along the edge, and open up, but only squash in the lower half. The upper half is opened downwards to present more of the white.

ojne-f foldes, 04
Repeat in the other side.
ojne-f foldes, 05
Like this.

No nose

Nothing to fold.


Simple pig snout

tud-a foldes, 01
Fold the corner up to the center.
tud-a foldes, 02
Like this.

Bull snout

tud-b foldes, 01
Fold the corner up to the center.
tud-b foldes, 02
Open the two sides of the snout while flattening/rounding the corner, but without squashing it flat.
tud-b foldes, 03
Like this.

Talking mouth

tud-c foldes, 01
Fold the corner up to the center.
tud-c foldes, 02
Open the two sides while flattening the corner.
tud-c foldes, 03
Squash flat.
tud-c foldes, 04
Like this (square snout). The next pictures zoom into the circle.

tud-c foldes, 05
Fold upper part half down.
tud-c foldes, 06
Like this. The next pictures zoom into the next circle.
tud-c foldes, 07
Push/fold the upper triangle in under the rectangular middle (upper lip), while the slanted edge swing down to the horizontal edge.
tud-c foldes, 08
Like this.

tud-c foldes, 09
Repeat in the other side.
tud-c foldes, 10
Tip the upper lip a bit up.
tud-c foldes, 12
Repeat with the lower lip.

tud-c foldes, 13
Like this.
tud-c foldes, 14
Back to full view, finished.

Tongue out

tud-d foldes, 01
Reverse side up.
tud-d foldes, 02
Tip the upper layer temporarily up.
tud-d foldes, 03
Fold corner up to the center.
tud-d foldes, 04
And almost down again.

tud-d foldes, 05
Tip upper layer back in place.
tud-d foldes, 06
Like this. Turn around.
tud-d foldes, 07
Finished.

Thin nose

tud-e foldes, 01
Fold the corner up to the center.
tud-e foldes, 02
Like this. The next pictures zoom into the circle.

tud-e foldes, 03
Fold the two edges down to the horizontal edge, while you squeeze the point and tip it outwards.
tud-e foldes, 04
Like this. The fold is also known as rabbit ear.
tud-e foldes, 05
Full view again. Finished.

Narrow nose

This nose appears by making the grave eyes and has the same instructions.

tud-f foldes, 01
Fold up the edge, but let folding line stop at the middle.
tud-f foldes, 02
Repeat with the other edge. Press together around the nose.
tud-f foldes, 03
Fold down the eye triangles (well, not needed for the nose!)
tud-f foldes, 04
Like this.