My name is Tohnia. And I make origami. This is a tutorial for an origami turtle. This is the way I make turtles, so feel free to modify steps if you feel that you can make it another way. This is just the way that I find it works best. All the lines that are dark are your FOLD lines. It makes it easier to follow.
This is a picture of all the folds you need to do. Broken down...
A) Halfway length & width wise
B) Diagonally both ways
C) Cupboard door to the center length & width wise (basically halfway from your halfway fold in A
D) Fold each corner into the center
You next need to make a waterbomb base. To do this, press the middle of two opposite sides into the center to achieve a waterbomb base.
Next, bring the bottom edge to the tip of your base and then press the two BOTTOM diagonal edges into the center. This will give you your turtle base. Repeat on the other side.
Now, fold the TOP part of your base (the one side that doesn't split into two, those are your legs) to the middle. Repeat on the other side.NOTE: this next step is completely voluntary. I only included it because this is the way that I find makes the best legs without having to guess at what would look best. You can skip this step if you wish. This is just the way I find it works best.
You will notice that the bottom of your model has 2 sides. fold ONE of these sides to the middle line. Use this "guideline" to fold your leg to the guideline. Repeat for all 4 legs.
Next, fold all the legs up from the middle line. Repeat on all sides. Next, fold the sides into the center. Repeat on the other side.
Now, turn the sides of your model so the 2 sides with all the folds showing together, so that your now left with 2 legs on either side, and 2 long points. These will turn into your tail and head. Fold one side to become your head (fold down the tip of one side, I often use the more "ugly" side and press the two sides together to make a head). Press the two sides of your tail and head together to show all your folds show again. (notice the cup & Benylin & spoon? I'm sick
and I took some medicine before I took the photos and forgot to remove it! So just ignore that part!)
At this point, you will notice that there is a nice little "pocket" on each side between your legs. The easiest way to puff up your turtle is to insert your index fingers (one on each side!) and GENTLY pull them down.
Your finished product!