Origami Frog Base: Step-by-Step Tutorial

The frog base is not an easy origami fold. It is one of the origami bases that require a lot of precision and accuracy in all steps. Failure to do so, especially early on will progressively make each step more challenging. However, it is still considered a base fold and is essential to master early on.

The good news is that, once you master the Frog base, it will be easy to create models such as the lily, crane, and frog.

How To Make An Origami Frog Base

Before you learn how to fold a Frog base, you will need to know how to make a preliminary base as it is the starting point. Additional techniques such as knowing how to perform the squash fold will also be useful.

I highly recommend you only attempt the frog base after perfecting the following folds:

Step 1


Start with a preliminary base and arrange it so the open ends face you. Take note, that we have four flaps. Two flaps on the top layer and two flaps on the bottom layer.

Step 2

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Raise either one of the left or right flaps so that it is now perpendicular to your workspace (upright).

Step 3

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Turn the raised flap into a squash fold. You now have a kite shape.
The new vertical crease of the squash fold must align with the vertical crease of the preliminary base. Or else you will have alignment issues towards the end.

Step 4

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You can now fold the right half of this upside down kite to the left again. You can now raise this large flap on the right and repeat Step 3.

Step 5

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Repeat Steps 3-5 to the remaining 2 large flaps on the opposite side.

Step 6

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You now have a stack of kites (4 in total), with the open edges facing you.

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Fold the lower left and right edges to lie on the vertical crease in the center.

Step 7

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Unfold Step 6.

Step 8

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Form a Petal fold just like we did in the Bird Base using the creases from Step 6 and flatten.

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Step 9

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Repeat Steps 6-8 for the remaining 3 faces and you will have a frog base.

Hints And Tips

  1. Take your time and be patient. Do not rush each fold.
  2. Pay careful attention to alignment.
  3. The most confusing aspect of this fold is navigating between the faces. It’s okay if you don’t get it the first time. An easy way to remember is two faces to the right and two faces to the left.

What Models Can Be Made From The Origami Kite Base?

  • Lily Base
  • Traditional Origami Frog
  • Origami Crane
  • Butterfly