Rabbit (Jun Maekawa): Instructions

Adams, Sara
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Easter Origami Tutorial: Paper Rabbit / Bunny (Jun Maekawa)

Try folding this cute rabbit / bunny model as an Easter decoration!

Paper used in this video: square of kami with a side length of 24 cm (9 1/2 in)
Finished model: approx. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in) high, 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in) wide, 4.5cm (1 3/4 in) deep

Download the "To the Moon" template here

This video describes how to fold a fantastic rabbit designed by Jun Maekawa. Jun kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you.

Diagrams can be found in the book "Genuine Origami" by Jun Maekawa. Also check out Jun Maekawa's website.


Thanks for making this video.
How long does it take you to master one design? Are you able to remember the steps very easily?

Please share your practice regimen if any.
A Folding Noob

Hi there,

it really depends on the model. Some simpler ones I might just fold two or three times before I make a video. Some I fold many more times. But there's also more complex models, which I only folded a few times before making a video. A good, recent example is the Chelone by Melina Hermsen. I folded it once with Melina to learn it, then once more to practice and ensure I remembered all the steps correctly, and then made the video.
Also, some models I fold from memory, for others I have the diagrams nearby and once in a while check how to continue. And I don't keep models I made a video for memorised. Usually, after a couple of weeks, I probably won't be able to fold the model from heart anymore - or at least not smoothly. I don't mind that at all, after all, I usually have diagrams or at the very least my video, which I can refer to when I want to fold the model again. :)
Now, for me, folding models has changed since I started making videos. For each step, I automatically wonder how I could explain that step to others, or wonder what nice reference I can come up with. I think about how this step might affect the final model, so that I can potentially share such insights in a tutorial. I also try to understand steps, not just execute them. If I struggle with a step, I usually practice it until I have that "aha" moment and I can then give tips on how to more easily fold that step. I'm not sure this explains well how folding has changed for me, but I hope it gives you at least a general idea. One side effect is also that if someone teaches me in person (just me, not in a workshop), I (a) sometimes ask very particular questions, to understand the process better and (b) want to finish each step completely by myself. I suppose it can sometimes slow down the folding, but I do love to hear about the insights or motivations someone else has about a model - especially if they designed it. To me, it's a privilege to learn from others, so I try to make the most of it - and I believe people usually appreciate the extra interest, rather than find it bothersome (I hope!).

Does that cover at least part of your question? I know it's vague, but you probably already expected the answer not to be exact as in how often or or long, right? :)

Best wishes and happy folding,

-- Sara

Thank you for this video! It was fast moving but very fun to see how mine turned into a rabbit like yours!.

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