Lots of Fun Hobbit Origami Projects

by Marie

Have fun making and creating these paper folded Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings themed Middle Earth origami projects. As a Tolkien fan, I've hunted down some awesome projects.

Looking for some Middle Earth crafting fun with Hobbit Origami? Here's a whole page inspired by The Hobbit movies and the original book by Tolkien with both fantasy items and characters to fold with paper that are associated with this classic adventure tale. You'll find my best pick of links to origami for a Smaug the Dragon, Gandalf the Wizard, Dwarves and other fun items which are all on one handy page.

I really wanted to share my collection of these inspired papercraft projects (some videos and some actual online tutorials or instructions) that I've found online because I have enjoyed them and I hope you do too. There are lots of projects to look at on this page so you might want to bookmark it (CTRL + D on a computer) and come back at a later date.

Hobbit Inspired Origami Projects

Middle Earth Themed Paper Folding Tutorials
  • Make a Hooded Cloak Video
    Make this hooded origami cloak in a dark woodland or olive green colored paper to get the look of a Fellowship of the Ring cape or cloak using paper. Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin would look great in one of these. Why not draw on a leaf
  • Tolkien Book Origami Video
    This is a really cool video on YouTube showing how to fold a book with paper. Create your own book and then write The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings on the front cover for a cool paper folded project.
  • Make a Sleeveless Jacket Video
    Do you love the waistcoats or dress vests that the characters like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins seem to favor? Well here's a video showing how to create some similar clothing.
  • Origami Hobbit Pipe Video
    It unfortunately is not the best video to follow along to but does give you an idea of how you can fold a Gandalf the wizard style pipe from paper. Bilbo likes his pipe too.

Paper that You Can Use - For Your Middle Earth Craft Projects

I like to keep both plain color and patterned sheets in stock so I can find just the right sheets to use for specific projects. These are lovely packs filled with a variety of sheets that you can use.

Make a Paper Sword Like Sting

  • Easy to Intermediate Short Sword
    An easy to intermediate sword that you can fold in just 17 steps with excellent step-by-step photos.
  • Origami Flip Knife
    A paper folded knife that 'flips' out. Perhaps I can imagine the character Samwise Gamgee using a knife like this for his cooking endeavors while traveling in The Lord of the Rings.

Bilbo and Frodo's Little Sting Sword

Bilb Baggins Hobbit Sword Made from Paper and Shiny Foil
Bilb Baggins Hobbit Sword Made from Paper and Shiny Foil
I Made My Version of This With Metallic Blue Paper

Bilbo Baggins acquires the sword he later names 'Sting' during his adventures in The Hobbit. The sword was made by Elves and had magical properties which meant that the blade glowed blue whenever Orcs were nearby and also it cut through Giant Spiderwebs easily where other normal swords could not. Bilbo later passed this sword down to his younger cousin, Frodo Baggins who used it during his The Lord of the Rings adventures.

You can learn tons of facts about the sword called Sting on my Bilbo Sword Facts Page. This is ideal if you have an interest in Tolkien weaponry.

The sword shown here is one that I made myself from 2 different color papers. It requires folding the same origami sword twice and gluing just the blue blade on top of the other paper sword. You'll find lots more cool things to make below.

Find Loads of Great Swords to Make on my Origami Swords Page

To Make a Sword Like Mine - You Need Some Blue Foil Paper As Well
Metallic Foil Origami Paper-5-7/8"X5-7/8" 18/Pkg
$5.95  $2.10

Gandalf Wizard and Sorcerer Origami

  • Super Easy Gandalf Wizard Hat Video
    Here's a very easy video tutorial on how to make a witch hat that would look like Gandalf the Grey's hat if you made it from grey paper.
  • Intermediate Wizard Video
    A great video on how you can fold an intermediate wizard like Gandalf. Gandalf's robes would normally be grey or white. In The Hobbit he hasn't been promoted to a white wizard so his robes will be a grey color.
  • Intermediate Wizard Hat Video
    Here's the video instructions to create more of a 3D wizard's or Gandalf hat from origami.

Gandalf the wizard (or sorcerer) is one of the main characters in The Hobbit book and movie. I had difficulty finding lots of wizard paper folding projects but I found some witch hat designs where you just need to change the color of the paper to make these into real Gandalf hats and some cloaked figures which really look similar to him.

Gandalf the Grey (or the White as he later becomes) is a very fun theme for your crafting and I would recommend using white, grey or silver colored paper for folding his robes and grey paper for his hat because these are the colors that people most associate specifically with this character.

Make Hobbit Paper Dwarves

  • An Easy Hobbit Dwarf
    Easy instructions to make a flat dwarf figure from paper.
  • Dwarf Axe Video
    Dwarves love their axes and you often see the Dwarves with these weapons which are ideal for short and stout characters. Here's a brilliant video on how to make an axe.
  • Advanced Dwarf Video
    Not a tutorial but worth showing anyway is this amazing dwarf folded from paper.
  • Kade Chan Fantasy Dwarf Photo
    Photo only of the amazing Eric Joisel dwarf folded by the very talented master, Kade Chan. The base only of this dwarf is published in Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami book and the Origami Tanteidan 13th convention book

If you really want to be precise, I guess you'll need to make up 13 dwarves because that's how many there are in The Hobbit book by Tolkien and movies which are directed by Peter Jackson. There are very few good dwarf origami or paper folded projects online but I snagged the best to feature here for you. Gimli is the main dwarf in The Lord of the Rings.

Smaug the Dragon Paper Folding

Don't forget to use red paper if you want to make the Hobbit Dragon!

  • Intermediate Dragon Project
    Good photo instructions for making this paper dragon and lots of user-submitted photos which you can see by scrolling to the end of the page.
  • Winged Dragon
    Also an intermediate project is this wonderful winged dragon that's been made using metallic paper. Smaug would look wonderful in metallic red.
  • Standing Legged Dragon in 21 Steps
    Diagram of a beautiful, standing dragon which is an intermediate project.
  • Advanced Winged Dragon
    A 67 step diagram to make a detailed, winged dragon that would be befitting of the Hobbit dragon, Smaug.

Smaug is the magnificent, clever and devious Hobbit dragon. He's a red dragon so you'll need to bear that in mind when folding him from paper. Dragons are not easy makes unfortunately. Even the easiest models are really at an intermediate level of folding. It can really help to watch good video tutorials on making dragons and I've included one below for you.

Come See My Page on Origami Dragons Too!

If you search the whole of the Internet, you'll be hard pressed to find a single place where someone has actually made an actual character like Bilbo Baggins or Frodo from paper. If you find something that actually looks like one - please do let me know in the comments section just below because I'd love to see it. Instead, this page features some hand-picked craft projects which people would identify or associate with the halfling characters. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. With lots of projects that Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, Samwise, Merry and Pippin would be delighted with.

Updated: 02/13/2016, Marie
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