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Master the ancient art of Japanese paper folding with the step-by-step instructions in these tutorials.
You Will Need
- A square of origami paper folded into a Bird Base
- A flat surface
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fold the head
Fold the tip of the neck in on itself to form a head.
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.
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.
Repeat with other wing
Repeat with the other wing.
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!