How to make an Paper Bird
These step by step instructions will teach you how to a make paper bird. What you’re about to make is no ordinary paper bird. This one can actually fly! Well not really, but it can flap. All you have to do is pull on its tail and it will come alive.
The steps are pretty easy. No intricate folds are necessary to bring this bird to life. Simply follow the instructions carefully and soon you’ll have your very own flapping paper bird.
|Step 1: Start with a square piece of origami paper. If you only have regular 8.5×11 paper, follow these instructions to make a square sheet.|
|Step 2: Fold the top corner to the bottom corner.|
|Step 3: Fold the triangle in half by taking the left corner and folding it to the right.|
|Step 4: Open the top flap, and crease the left and right sides so the top corner can meet the bottom corner|
|Step 5: Flip the paper over so we can do the same thing to the other side.|
|Step 6: Stand the left flap up vertically like the first picture in this step.
Open up the flap and squash down so the top corner can meet the bottom corner.
|Step 7: Fold the left and right corners to the center as shown.|
|Step 8: Fold down the top triangle.|
|Step 9: Now unfold the triangle back up along with the left and right flaps.|
|Step 10: Take the bottom of the top layer and open it up all the way. Using the creases as guides, fold the left and right sides in to the center.|
|Step 11: Turn the figure over so we can do the same to the other side.|
|Step 12: Fold the left and right corners in from the bottom to the center|
|Step 13: Unfold.|
|Step 14: Open the top layer beginning at the bottom and lift it all the way up. Using the creases as guides, fold the left and right sides in to the center.|
|Step 15: Take the top layer from the right side and fold it over to the left.|
|Step 16: Turn the figure over so we can repeat the step on the other side.|
|Step 17: Like before, fold the right flap over to the left and you should have this shape.|
|Step 18: Take the bottom corner of the top layer and fold it up.|
|Step 19: Turn the figure over.|
|Step 20: Also fold this bottom flap up. Now we have a triangle shaped figure.|
|Step 21: Take the two wedges inside and pull them out like you see in the picture.
After pulling them out, crease the base below so the wedges will stay in that position.
|Step 14: Take the left wedge and open it slightly so you can bend a portion of it down to form the head.
Now do an inside reverse fold by pushing the center of the head down and creasing the left and right sides together. The head will now remain folded in that position.
|Step 23: Here’s the tricky part. Hold the chest of the bird including a little bit of the wing, and fold the rest of the wing down. You don’t need a sharp fold here, just keep molding the wing until it stays down, but at the same time curved around your thumb at the front.
Basically, do what you see in the picture.
|Step 24: Once the wing can remain in that position, pull the tail and the bird will come alive!
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