Transform paper into an easy origami car
More Than Meets the Eye
I know that The Transformers ® cartoon coined the phrase, “more than meets the eye,” but I feel that slogan should have been given to the disciplines of origami. After all, paper is so simple and so vanilla-plain, but after a few folds paper becomes a car or a flower or any of a few zillion other things. I guess you could say that origami is the original transformer. It turns out, origami and The Transformers have similar roots and similar power to spark our imagination.
I am old enough to remember the first Transformer cartoons in the 80s (I realize that is only slightly after the dawn of man, but stick with me). And my brothers loved the Transformers. We watched that cartoon daily after school. How can kids not be captivated by this idea that there are (1) robots among us in secret and (2) those robots hide themselves in our world as cars and boomboxes? (for the millenials: boomboxes are like a 2 foot long phone that only has the “I Heart Radio” app) Hasbro brought the Transformers to life in the form of plastic action figures that moved around to become a truck or plane.
Japan where it all starts
The original cartoon was based on a Japanese toy line called MicroMan. MicroMan depicted a battle waged by robots that transform into cars. (Turns out Hasbro wasn’t as original as we thought –though I give them full credit for marketing power). I am guessing, though there is no proof of this, that Japanese transforming robots were inspired by Japanese origami. It just seems natural to me.
How to Transform Paper
So let’s harness your inner transformer and spark your imagination to create this simple origami car. Get your 6 x 6 piece of paper, it can be the same color on both sides or a different color. This origami car is a flat origami, meaning it only looks like a car on one side; therefore the back of the paper has no effect of the results. If you prefer to make a more complex 3D car there are several great options. I have included a video for a fun (but advanced skill jeep at the end of the post). For kids, beginners and anyone that just wants a 3-minute craft, watch my easy origami car video above. I swear there are no tricky parts and you will probably not even need to stop the video to follow along.
Transformers Roll Out
Now that you have made my easy origami car you are officially a Transformer. Or paper that is. Are you wondering what else you can make with paper. Grab another square of origami paper (or printer paper) and make a tulip or perhaps a box to hold the tulips. Better yet come up with your own design for a car using the simple car as a start point. You can transform it into whatever you want, give it only one wheel or make it a convertible. Or color the paper with markers to make it your own. Make it “more than meets the eye.”