Big Totoro v1

(Inspired by Totoro from Tonari no Totoro / My Neighbor Totoro)

DesignedApr 2015
Crease PatternYes
DiagramsNo
InspirationReference - Big Totoro v1

There are 3 Totoros - big, middle, and little. I designed all three, and this model represents the big Totoro. I wanted to capture the large Totoro with his big smile and leaf hat.

I folded this model twice. The first time, I used one uncut square of ~15 inch (39 cm) origamido paper (gray on one side, pink on the other). The color combination (pink and gray) looked a little strange, and I thought as this model would be more accurate if folded from gray and white paper instead. Unfortunately, the gray/pink paper was the best combination available to me at the time. I included a photoshopped image for comparison on this page to show what the same model would look like if folded from gray and white paper.

The second time, I refolded this model with 20 inch gray and white kami paper. The 20 inch paper was actually 4 squares of 10 inch paper taped together to form a single square, since I didn't have any other gray and white paper that was big enough. Using the right colors definitely makes the model look more natural.

I had also designed an umbrella as a prop to accompany this Totoro model.