Begin with a square sheet of origami paper with color side down. If you only have regular 8.5x11 paper, follow these instructions to make it square.
Start by folding the paper in half, taking the left side and folding it over to the right, then unfold.
Fold in half again, but this time folding from top to bottom, then unfold.
Now fold the top edge down again again, but this time stopping at the center.
Once again, fold the top edge down, but stopping at the top crease, then unfold again.
One last time with a thinner fold, fold the top edge down to the uppermost crease, but this time don't unfold.
Fold in the left and right edges to the center crease.
Spread out the top corners in the center and fold them to the side
Take the little flap from what you just folded and fold diagonally outward like in the picture.
Turn the figure over.
Fold the top left and right corners to the center as shown.
Turn the figure over and now you have a paper pencil.
Published in Young Nation magazine on February 18, 2017