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.
1To 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.
2If you haven’t already, fold the square in half diagonally. Repeat in the other direction. Unfold the paper and you should see the X.
3Make sure the ever-so-slightly-raised center of the X points up (like the top of a very flat pyramid).
4First 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.
5The shape is similar to the origami “fortune teller” (a.k.a. “cootie catcher”) used in children’s games.
6Turn the paper, so that you have a diamond with the open end facing you.
7Start 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.
9Flatten. Turn the paper over and repeat. You should end up with a kite shape.
12Pull it down slightly, reverse its crease, and bend it downwards.
13Pull them outwards away from the body and round them with your hands.
14Pinch and pull the bird by the neck and tail.