Monday, September 9, 2013

Origami Totoro Finger Puppets

Have you seen the animated film My Neighbor Totoro?  The film is about two sisters (Satsuki and Mei) who move to the countryside.  There they discover their new neighbor is a forest spirit called Totoro who can only be seen by children.  The film is directed my the famous director,animator and manga artist, Hayao Miyazaki (who just recently announced his retirement, BTW) . The film has been around for awhile, 1988 to be exact.

Promotional poster for the movie My Neighbor Totoro

During the summer my children watched this movie for the first time and they absolutely loved it.  That inspired me to see if there were any directions to make an origami Totoro.  I actually found quite a few but I chose this one to share because it's very easy to make and it's a puppet.  It's very similar to folding an origami cup. 


For the grey Totoro I used 6-by-6 in/15-by-15 cm paper.  For the little blue guy I used 3-by-3 in/7.5-by-7.5 cm paper.


Karin said...

So cute! A must try, with a little difference. I would let the tape and valley fold that part.
Thank you for sharing. do you mind if I share it on my blog too, in German?

Swedish Scrapper said...

Yay! I love Totoro! I made a mini quilt with him on the rain this summer :D

~amy~ said...


jessica okui said...


The valley fold is a great idea to replace the tape. Let me know how it works out.

You're welcome to share this on your site :)

jessica okui said...

Sweedish Scrapper,

Did you share it on your blog? I was looking for it but didn't see it. However, I did see a lot of cute sewing projects :)

Caca said...

my favourite

danielle said...

I have known about and loved Totoro since I was 9 or 10 (so 21+ years). It is the most amazing movie as a kid, and a whole different kind of movie once you become a parent. I now tear up every time I watch the ending.

Also, you say in your post that it was released in 1998. You should have written 1988.

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