How to Make an Origami Flapping Bird
Have you ever wanted to just flap your wings and fly away? Well, here's your chance to flap your wings—the flying away part is a little more complicated.
You will need
- A square of origami paper folded into a Bird Base
- A flat surface
Step 1 Position Bird Base Position the Bird Base so that there are separate right and left flaps on the bottom. These flaps will be the tail and neck of the bird.
Step 2 Fold flap up and at angle Fold one flap up and out to the side at a 45-degree angle above the center horizontal, pivoting at the center of the model.
Step 3 Unfold Unfold.
Step 4 Fold flap in on itself Fold the flap in on itself, between the model’s two layers, along the existing creases. This reverse fold creates the tail.
Be sure to create your fold by pivoting at the center of the model, or your bird will flop, not flap.
Step 5 Repeat the reverse fold Repeat the reverse fold on the other side, folding the flap up and out to the side at a 45-degree angle above the center horizontal, pivoting at the center of the model, then unfolding and folding the flap in on itself, between the model’s two layers, along the existing creases. This creates the neck.
Step 6 Fold the head Fold the tip of the neck in on itself to form a head.
Step 7 Lower the tail Grasp the wings and lower the tail slightly so the bottom of the wing is centered in the middle of the tail.
Step 8 Fold one wing down Fold down the top of one of the two remaining center flaps diagonally to make a wing by pivoting at the lower corner of the back of the wing. Line up the front edge of the wing against itself and crease softly.
Step 9 Repeat with other wing Repeat with the other wing.
Step 10 Hold bottom of neck and pull the tail Grasp your bird at the bottom of the neck with one hand. Gently pull the tail with your other hand and. . . up, up, and away!
Did you know? The smallest origami flapping bird on record was made from a square of paper about 1/10 of an inch on each side and mounted on a needle.