How to Make an Origami Darth Vader Step-by-Step

by Iam Jaebi

Despite representing the forces of evil, Darth Vader is one of the most popular characters in the "Star Wars" franchise. Darth Vader origami is also known as Darth Paper and has risen in popularity thanks to the Tom Angleberger novel, "Darth Paper Strikes Back," a sequel to the popular book, "A Strange Case of Origami Yoda." After completion, Darth Vader origami also doubles as a finger puppet.

Items you will need

  • 8.5 by 11-inch black paper
  • White colored pencil
Step 1

Position the paper as if you are preparing to write on it. Fold the right and left corners into triangles toward the center line of the paper. Leave about an inch of space between the triangles.

Step 2

Fold the top edge of the paper to meet the bottom edge. Flatten a crease through the mid point in the paper.

Step 3

Fold the top-most quarter of the page down and make a crease.

Step 4

Fold the tip of the triangle at the bottom of the paper upward to create the mouthpiece of Darth Vader's mask.

Step 5

Fold the left and right edges of the paper inward into triangles so that the edges of the triangles fall on either side of the mouth piece; this creates the slope of Darth Vader's helmet.

Step 6

Fold the outer-most sides of the helmet slope behind the figure. Make the fold at an angle so that the bottom edges of the paper show from the front; these make tiny legs for the Darth Vader origami.

Step 7

Hold the straight paper line that is directly above the mask piece. Apply pressure to the center of the line and use your thumb to create arches on either side of the center. This creates eye sockets for the Darth Vader helmet. The folding steps are complete.

Step 8

Draw a rectangular control box on the center of the origami. Draw circles for eyes beneath the arches and vertical lines on the space in the mouth piece to create the grill look.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.