Create Your Own Origami Flapping Bird

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Create Your Own Origami Flapping Bird

Introduction:

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

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird - Step 1Get 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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird - Step 2In Step 2, crease the origami paper along the dashed lines. To make the crease, fold the paper crosswise and lengthwise in half, then unfold.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 03The 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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 04

Push the paper into a smaller square by bringing together the bottom left corner to the top left corner.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 04Once 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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 06

Bring the left and right corners to the middle crease. Fold the top layer ONLY.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 07Fold the top corner downwards.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 08Unfold the 3 outer flaps made from steps 6 and 7. It should look like step 6 but with crease lines.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 09Gently lift the bottom corner of the outer flap to the top.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 10

Keep bringing the bottom corner to the top. It should now look like the right image.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 11Turn the origami paper on the other side.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 12

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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 13

Like what we did from steps 9 and 10, fold the top, left, and right corner to the middle. Crease well and then unfold.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 14You have now made a basic bird base. The next step is to mountain fold the bottom corners of both triangles upward in opposite directions.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 15

Your origami flapping bird should look like this. Now unfold both sides and bring it back to how it looks like in step 14.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 16Once 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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 17The 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.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 18

Re-do the reverse fold on the right side so that corner A (yellow dot) is centered in the bird’s tail.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 19

The outer layers will be the wings of the flapping bird origami. Fold the front wings downwards along the dashed line.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -Step 20Almost done! Repeat the fold on the back wing.

How to fold an Origami Flapping Bird -FinishYour origami flapping bird is done! To make the wings of your bird flap, hold the tail up and down.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Nice and easy to follow. Thanks! 😸

  2. Cool… Thank you.. i love to follow your instruction..

  3. looks daunting….but I made it

  4. been looking for a way to make a crane. I wanna do THOUSAND crane projects 🙂

    • came here for that as well 😀

  5. The flapping bird and the traditional crane is the same right?

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