Kids + Teens

You Are Cordially Invited to a Very Rude Tea Party

If there’s anything I’ve learned while working at Chronicle Books, it’s that giant cyclopses are super polite.* We should all aspire to practice such excellent etiquette. And what better way is there to get inspired to be polite, than to BECOME a cyclops yourself? Below are directions to create your own, gigantic origami eyeball, in honor of our hilarious new book, Rude Cakes.

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

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Step 1: Take a piece of normal printer paper, and fold one corner to the opposite as shown above.

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Step 2: Cut off extra paper. You now have a lovely square piece of paper!

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Step 3: Fold and unfold the paper so there are two creased lines diagonally bisecting the paper.

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Step 4: Fold in corners so that they touch in the middle.

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Step 5: By halves, fold each of those corners in one more time on both sides.

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Step 6: Fold in along pre-creased lines, as shown above.

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Step 7: In the open space, draw your pupil and iris!

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Step 8: Fold in one more time to create eyelids. You can kind of start to see the eyeball taking shape!

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Step 9: Fold and unfold your piece in half, to create a good crease.

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Step 10: Flip your eyeball over so that the eyelids are on the table. Fold the corners in so that they kiss at that center crease.

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Step 11: This is the trickiest step. Fold each of the four corners up so that the creases of the fold meet at each of the half-way mark creases created by previous steps. This is what creates the final eyeball shape, so feel free to flip it over and check your work as you go. I did this a few times to make sure it was a shape I liked.

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Step 13: Color in the eyelids whatever color your like! I chose green because it’s my favorite. But remember: cyclopses come in all colors of the rainbow!

cyclops tea party

Step 14: Take a million pictures of you and your friends, being the most polite cyclopses you can possibly imagine. Shown here: Team Chronicle having a polite cyclops tea party.

*also: they love wearing jaunty little hats.


Make this cool spinney wheelie thing and watch the Rude Cake behave very rudely indeed!

Click here for full instructions!

Magic Wheel


Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Former Marketing Manager in the Children’s division at Chronicle Books, upcoming children’s book author and also, a pretty avid doodler. See more of her work at, or else, her mom’s Facebook wall.
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