Below are two different variations of the PaperSharks.org origami shark design. Pattern A creates a shark with a nice big dorsal fin centered in the middle of the back, however this pattern works best when using paper that is the same color on both sides. When using single-sided origami papers (or any paper that is a different color on each side), Pattern B is recommended. Pattern B is very similar to Pattern A, except that the dorsal fin ends up slightly smaller and placed closer towards the head. [Pattern A Example] [Pattern B Example]
Clicking on the preview images below will open a PDF file that can be printed or downloaded and saved to your computer. To view step-by-step videos on how to fold your paper shark, as well as tips and information on printing your own paper designs, check out the Paper Shark Tips page.
Origami designs, diagrams & patterns © 2012 Larah Tamiko Uyeda, www.PaperSharks.org
Designs/patterns are provided free of charge for personal and educational purposes related to shark conservation. Educators and organizations who are promoting shark conservation are encouraged to use and distribute these materials freely. However, these materials may not be redistributed, altered or used for any purpose that is not related to shark conservation without express permission.
Pages with Folding Instructions and Assorted Paper Patterns
The following PDFs include folding instructions for Paper Shark Pattern B along with two paper design squares (measuring 7.5cm/3″ square) that can be cut out and folded. These pages may be useful for teachers and educators organizing events and group activities.