If you’re familiar with the traditional Japanese origami crane, then this activity might be a lot easier for you. This flapping bird is the simpler version of that bird origami. What’s great about this paper origami is that it can flap its wing when you pull the paper correctly.
The origami flapping bird may resemble the traditional crane, but it is actually much easier to make. Just follow the instruction below so you can have your own bird origami to play with.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate – Hard
Get a piece of origami paper, preferably a paper that has one color on one side. To make this flapping bird origami, you will need to make a bird base. To do so, crease the paper diagonally along the dashed lines.
In Step 2, crease the origami paper along the dashed lines. To make the crease, fold the paper crosswise and lengthwise in half, then unfold.
The creases of your square origami should look like this. To make a bird fold, you need to make a square fold first. Form it into a smaller square by following the next step.
Push the paper into a smaller square by bringing together the bottom left corner to the top left corner.
Once you bring the corners together, the paper should look like the left image. Now flatten it into a square, then rotate it into a diamond.
Bring the left and right corners to the middle crease. Fold the top layer ONLY.
Fold the top corner downwards.
Unfold the 3 outer flaps made from steps 6 and 7. It should look like step 6 but with crease lines.
Gently lift the bottom corner of the outer flap to the top.
Keep bringing the bottom corner to the top. It should now look like the right image.
Turn the origami paper on the other side.
Repeat Steps 6 to 8 on this side. Fold in the three corners on this side to make crease marks. Crease well and then unfold.
Like what we did from steps 9 and 10, fold the top, left, and right corner to the middle. Crease well and then unfold.
You have now made a basic bird base. The next step is to mountain fold the bottom corners of both triangles upward in opposite directions.
Your origami flapping bird should look like this. Now unfold both sides and bring it back to how it looks like in step 14.
Once you have established the crease lines (dotted lines) from step 15, the next step is to make a reverse fold on both sides’ bottom corners. Follow the direction of the arrows to make the reverse fold.
The left corner will be the head of your origami flapping bird. Make an inside reverse fold to form the head. To make an inside reverse fold, pry open the top tip. Then push it down inwards to the center, then flatten.
Re-do the reverse fold on the right side so that corner A (yellow dot) is centered in the bird’s tail.
The outer layers will be the wings of the flapping bird origami. Fold the front wings downwards along the dashed line.
Almost done! Repeat the fold on the back wing.
Your origami flapping bird is done! To make the wings of your bird flap, hold the tail up and down.