These origami chile peppers are hotter than the sun. Make one. Attach a pin to its back. Wear it on your coat. Great origami fashion! Or how about making a hot pepper origami wreath?

Welcome to the origami chile pepper fan club!

I made over one hundred of these peppers for the pin exchange at the origami convention in Albuquerque, NM this past October. That’s a lot of pepper pins, and I was sure lucky to have some friendly paper-loving pepper elves to help me with the task.

The idea for this origami pepper originated with a suggestion from a couple of friends who urged me to create and share an origami model related to the Southwestern United States.

There are times when being assigned a thematic direction is an effective motivator for creativity. For me this was one of those times. I had no fixed idea of what to do but opened myself to possibilities. After a few days of stumbling about, researching items related to the Southwest, I landed on the idea for a hot red pepper and thought it would be fitting.

Now it is your turn to make these hot origami peppers as described in this video I’ve made for you to guide the folding process.

Tips and Suggestions to Make this Origami Chile Pepper

  • The pepper is made with a rectangle in the proportion 1:4. For example, if the short side is 2 inches, the long side should be 8 inches.
  • You need to use paper which is red on one side and green on the other. In the video there is a suggestion on how to color paper.
  • A square piece of paper 6 x 6 inches (15 X 15 cm) can be folded and divided into four equal strips to make four hot peppers -shown in the video.
  • For the first pepper you make, practice with a larger piece of paper.
  • Thin paper like “Kami” known in the US as “origami paper” works well.
  • I have made golden peppers using chocolate wrappers as well.
  • How about using them as origami Christmas decorations? Add them to a holiday wreath!