How to Make an Origami Flapping Bird


While there are many instructions for making the traditional Japanese paper "peace" cranes, these instructions will make a flapping bird.

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To make your own square paper: fold one corner of a sheet of rectangular paper diagonally to form a triangle; then, cut the excess paper away. You can use any size paper, but origami paper and A4 paper are the best.

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If you haven’t already, fold the square in half diagonally. Repeat in the other direction. Unfold the paper and you should see the X.

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Make sure the ever-so-slightly-raised center of the X points up (like the top of a very flat pyramid).

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First both vertically and horizontally to form a + that intersects with the center of the X. When you’re done, the creases of the + will bend in the opposite direction as those of the X.

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The shape is similar to the origami “fortune teller” (a.k.a. “cootie catcher”) used in children’s games.

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Turn the paper, so that you have a diamond with the open end facing you.

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Start by making sure the opening is at the top of the diamond. Grab the right-hand corner of the upper layer and fold it downwards and inwards toward the center, then repeat on the left-hand side. Flip the paper over and repeat on the other layer.

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Flatten. Turn the paper over and repeat. You should end up with a kite shape.

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Pull it down slightly, reverse its crease, and bend it downwards.

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Pull them outwards away from the body and round them with your hands.

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Pinch and pull the bird by the neck and tail.