A simple way to make a bird origami is this origami pelican. For this instruction, we will make an origami that resembles a pelican bird’s physical traits. Pelicans are water birds that have large beaks and bodies similar to a swan.
You will only be needing simple folds to make this paper bird. Overall, the process is quick and easy making this a recommended fold for beginners.
It is better to use paper that has color on one side. That way, it is easier to follow the step-by-step instruction below. That said, enjoy learning the steps needed!
Make the base of the origami pelican
Lay flat an origami paper in front of you. Position it so that it looks more like a diamond. Then fold it in half vertically then unfold.
The next step is to fold the left and right corner to the center crease line. The center crease line is the crease mark made from the first step.
Build the neck of the origami bird
Bring the left and right corner to the center. Follow the dashed lines for guidance.
This is what your paper should look like once you have folded the sides.
The bottom half of the origami will be the neck. Turn the paper over and fold the paper crosswise in half.
Shape the origami into a paper pelican
Fold the origami bird crosswise in half.
Rotate the origami paper 90 degrees counterclockwise.
Gently pull the inside triangle upwards(the neck). Flatten the triangular flap and crease well.
To create the head of the origami pelican, make an inside reverse fold along the dotted lines. To make an inside reverse fold, crease along the dotted line. Pry open the tip and then bring it to the right.
Fold each wing upward as shown, and then fold it back again gently. The crease will help the flap sit up. Don't forget to do it on the other side as well.
Your origami swan is done! Finally, it can now stand on its own and would make an awesome decoration! You can explore ways to make other paper birds in our catalog.
- Love birds? Check out the other paper origami birds that you can make here
- Make sure to fold properly. Apply enough pressure and make the lines straight.
- How to level up this bird craft project? Turn it into a mobile. Attach a string on each paper pelican and hang it on some sticks. You can learn how to make a mobile here.