Making an origami award is a creative way to celebrate a child or student's "crowning" achievement. Origami is the art of folding a piece of paper into various shapes and objects. Folding an actual origami crown is an imaginative prize in line with the philosophy of many early childhood and education programs. The Children's Crown Award, for example, is a prize for fourth and fifth graders who complete a designated reading program over a specified period of time. When your child or student deserves a reading award, make him a crown to celebrate his triumph right before his very eyes.
Place your paper onto a flat surface. Position the paper so one of its corners is facing you -- resembling the shape of a diamond.
Fold the top corner to the bottom corner, and crease the fold. Unfold. Fold the right corner to the left corner, and crease the fold. Unfold. The place where the folds cross in the middle of the paper is the center.
Fold the four tips of the diamond in toward center. Crease each fold. Your paper is now the shape of a square.
Turn the square over. Fold the top edge down toward center, and crease the fold. Fold the bottom edge up toward center, and crease the fold. Completing these folds will allow the triangular flaps to extend outwards. Your paper now looks like a diamond resting atop a narrow rectangle.
Fold the bottom half of the diamond up over the top half. Fold the two bottom corners of the rectangle in toward center. Unfold the bottom half of the diamond.
Spin the object upside down. Repeat step five.
Open the top of your object -- the flaps -- to create a three-dimensional square. Flip the object upside down. Position the four triangular folds straight up. Lightly crease the corners if necessary. Your crown is now complete.
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