Swivel Fold

The Swivel Fold is an Origami technique that allows you to rotate a section of paper, creating new orientations and angles. This fold is used for adding dynamism to your model.

  1. Start with a square sheet of paper.
    pink square origami sheet
  2. Fold diagonally in half.
    pink square origami sheet folded in half
  3. Unfold.
  4. Fold the left edge to meet with the diagonal crease as you would when making a kite base.
    swivel 3
  5. Now fold the right bottom corner directly upwards to an arbitrary point.
    swivel 5
  6. Unfold Step 6.
  7. Fold the left-hand edge in half at the point where it intersects the crease from Step 5.
    swivel 7
  8. Unfold Step 7.
    swivel 8
  9. Fold the bottom layer of the Step 5 crease and flatten.
    swivel 10
  10. When you do this, you will notice that a little “ear” now pops up along the crease from Step 7. Flatten the model and the “ear” can swivel in either direction.
    origami swivel fold

That’s the end of the squash fold tutorial. The next technique is the sink fold. If for some reason you skipped the previous technique, the Crimp Fold, it is highly recommended that you go over it before moving forward.