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Easy Origami Paper Bird Instructions

Origami birds with wings are usually more complex than this, but this bird is very easy to fold. It only takes a few simple steps and the result is almost as awesome as the more complex ones. This bird can also pass for a pigeon or dove.

Step 1: Start with a square piece of origami paper. If you only have regular 8.5×11 paper, follow these instructions to make a square sheet. You can also use these colorful Printable Origami Paper.
Step 2: Fold the paper in half by folding the top corner to the bottom corner. You should have an upside down triangle.
Step 3: Fold part of the top down so that the edge is about halfway down. Don’t make this flap too thin because this will become the wings.
Step 4: Turn the paper over.
Step 5: Take the bottom corner of the top layer and fold it up like this.
Step 6: Fold the figure in half by folding the left side over to the right.
Step 7: Now fold that same flap back like this to make one of the wings.
Step 8: Fold the other wing back also.
Step 9: Push the center of the head in and flatten. This is called an inside reverse fold.
Step 10: And tada! You have yourself a bird. Now set it free! Just kidding. Don’t throw it in the air. It will just fall down and you’ll be disappointed.

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The Origami Bird Book

I made these thousand cranes for the people of Japan and the victims of the tsunami and earthquakes.
I folded origami cranes, one by one, as I was praying for Japan. I finally completed it last month.

I am a little relieved. My Brother’s family and one of my friend could leave Sendai.
They are in Tokyo now.

But many people in North-Eastern Japan are still staying in the shelters (many places don’t have electricity).
More than 8500 people are dead, about 13000 people are still missing. Now they are facing a Nuclear disaster…
I am still worried about Japan.

Please pray for Japan. How to make Thousand Cranes (Senbazuru).

If you want to help, here are some donation sites:
Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross
Google Crisis Response
日本 (Japanese Red Cross)

Gilad’s Origami has just pulished a review of the TinyShiny Origami Bird Book.

The review can be found here: http://www.giladorigami.com/BO_TinyShiny.html

Here is an excerpt: This is a cute little book, containing Akiko Ishikawa’s bird creations – and a bat.
The models are simple to fold, the diagrams are delightful, hand drawn in full color, and a the end of the book are some notes and tips for assembling a “Senbazuru” – 1,000 cranes.

The book’s best audience will be children and origami beginners.

Copies of the book can be ordered on the TinyShiny.com website or on Amazon.com.

By Akiko Ishikawa

I am happy to announce that Akiko has published her first origami book.

It’s called the TinyShiny Origami Bird Book and features Twenty (20) hand-drawn, full-colour origami bird projects, with simple instructions that anyone can follow.

The book shows how to create elegant paper birds in hundreds of colours and patterns, using widely available origami paper.

This book is available at TinyShiny.com and Amazon.

Check inside of book.

About the author
Akiko has been making origami since she was a girl living in Tokyo. She has published many origami projects and articles about Japanese arts and crafts on TinyShiny.com. She is an accomplished jewelry designer, illustrator and origami artist. Her original tiny Origami Earrings designs have inspired many imitations and been sold worldwide. She continues to share the simple pleasure of folding paper into beautiful objects.

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I’m Talon You that all these Origami Birds are Fantastic

Just like in real life there’s a huge and diverse amount of origami birds from all kinds of different species. This post has an assortment of different origami birds from all kinds of species and designers.

Satoshi Kamiya’s rooster is probably the most famous paper rooster out there and it looks excellent.


Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yuki.N.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book


Here’s a really awesome pelican with a great colour change in the design.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/15179038805/

Pelican, Designed by Julio Eduardo and Folded by Eyal R

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #121


This next bird is called a Curlew. It’s got a fantastic design especially the legs and feet and looks kind of cute.


Curlew, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available


There are a lot of really great paper eagles such as this one designed by Hoang Trung Thanh.


Eagle, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Video instructions available from Tuan Dao’s YouTube channel


This is a really awesome photograph of a cute little origami mocking bird in the wild.


Merle Moqueur, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available


Here is a beautiful and simple papercraft duck.


Duck, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available


Everyone knows about the traditional origami crane but there are also much more realistic looking origami cranes like this amazing design from Robert J. Lang.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/20894100274/

Dancing Crane, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Second Edition


This is a pretty awesome origami kingfisher although I believe the fish is a second sheet of paper. Nevertheless it still looks fantastic.


Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available


Vietnamese origami designers tend to have a very unique style with their designs often using a lot of curved lines and shapes like you see with these origami doves.


Doves, Designed and Folded by Nguyễn Hùng Cường

Instructions not available


Here’s a great peacock that uses a sort of tessellation pattern for all the feathers.


Peacock, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available


This is another much more complex origami eagle. I especially love those claws.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9511246882/

Eagle, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available


Here’s a beautiful little origami hummingbird.


Hummingbird, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Instructions not available


This is probably the fanciest looking origami duck I’ve ever seen.


Mandarin Duck, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available


If you use the proper toucan coloured paper this origami toucan looks amazing.


Toucan, Designed by Angel Morollón and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #124


This is a great looking origami heron designed by Sebastien Limet.


Heron, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #118


Here’s another beautiful Vietnamese style design for an origami swan.


Swan, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available


This is a great and cute looking paper sparrow designed by Alfredo Giunta.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8049920318/

Sparrow, Designed by Alfredo Giunta and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available


Here’s a fantastic mocking bird design that makes excellent use of two-coloured paper for a different coloured beak and feet.


Mocking Bird, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence


Satoshi Kamiya designed a great looking Japanese white eye bird and published the diagrams in the Origami Tanteidan magazine. The design was super popular and tons of people took a shot at folding it. Here’s the model expertly folded by Mariano Zavala B.


Japanese White Eye, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153


Roman Diaz has designed a really awesome looking paper cardinal. It’s especially awesome looking if you use red and black paper like Pierre-andré did here.


Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Pierre-andré

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence


This next model blows my mind. It’s a full skeleton of a bird which I believe is folded from one sheet of paper. Not only is the model itself so impressive but so is the fact that Xu Daniel managed to fold one so small.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27798536773/

Bone of Bird, Designed by Kei Watanabe and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available


Here’s an extinct bird which is just plain awesome.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/27294411842/

Extinct Bird, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Diagrams available free from origami-shop.com


I couldn’t make a post about origami birds without including Brian Chan’s amazing origami crow. My favourite part of this model is the claws on the toes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5781478544/

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113


I’m not completely sure what species of bird this is but it is absolutely amazing. I love how you can see so many individual feathers.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8699333768/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available


This final image is one of my all time favourite images from Flickr. Not only is this paper crane folded so well but the photograph is absolutely fantastic too.


Crane, Designed by Roman Diaz and Daniel Naranjo and Folded by Emre Ayaroglu

Diagrams available in #1 Origami for Interpreters


We’ve barely scratched the service when it comes to origami birds so you can definitely count on many more bird themed posts in the future.

Some of these birds aren’t too difficult to fold so if you give them a try post a photo in the comments so we can take a look.

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Whenever I talk about origami, people immediately think of origami birds. First of all, the paper crane is iconic to the art of paper folding. Second, there are so many ways to fold a paper bird! The main reason this is so is because a sheet of paper has four corners and these four corners are perfect for making one head, one tail, and two wings.

In contrast, making origami animals are a little more difficult because animals have a head, a tail, and four legs – you need more sections to make a paper animal. Origami insects are even more challenging since a realistic insect will have at least six legs, and two antenna.

Let’s stick with some easy birds: click onto one of the images below to get started.




Drinking Bird

Egg-Laying Chicken

Flapping Bird


3D Swan

Traditional Chicken

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Origami Bird — Make-Origami.com

I love to teach this traditional origami bird. This paper bird is fairly easy to make and it can be finished in 5 to 10 minutes. You don’t need any special tools (no cutting or pasting involved), you just use a square sheet of paper and your fingers for folding.

I recommend using paper that is a different color on the front and back because both sides of the paper will be visible. In the instructions below, I started with the white-side up and this results in a bird with a white head.

Instructions for Origami Bird

Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper with white-side facing up. Fold in half along the diagonal. Unfold.

Step 2:

Fold the bottom-left edge and the bottom-right edge towards the vertical crease made in step 1.

Step 3:

Turn the model over.

Step 4:

Fold the top section down as shown.

Step 5:

Turn the model over again.

Step 6:

Fold the top-corners of the model down to meet with the mid-line.

Step 7:

Unfold the previous step.

Step 8:

This next step is a bit tricky so follow along carefully.

Peel the top layer of paper away from the rest of the model.

Begin to fold the top layer down.

Use the crease made in step 6 as a guide: the back layer of paper folds along this crease.

The front layers of paper should come together evenly.

Repeat on the other side.

Almost there…

Step 9:

To make the bird’s feet, fold the tips of the top layer (which you just made above) outwards.

Step 10:

Fold the model in half (right side over left side).

Step 11:

Rotate so the bird is standing on its feet.

Step 12:

Let’s make the bird’s head by folding the tip down a bit.

The next few steps are commonly used when making origami birds. It is called the “inside reverse” fold.


Pry open the two layers of paper.

Push the tip of the paper down so…

it lies in between the layers of paper.

Step 12:

Start making the bird’s tail by making two parallel folds along the length of the tail.

Step 13:

Pry open the tail section of the model.

Step 14:

Top view.
Fold the tail section under the body by folding along the first crease made in step 12.

Step 15:

Fold the tail back out using the second crease made in step 12.
This is a common procedure used in origami, it is called a “crimp” fold.

Step 16:

Refold the model in half to get a completed origami bird.


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While you are making an origami crane, you will learn two bases: (1) square base and (2) bird base. For many people, origami crane might be the first model to learn origami folding. So it is like a prerequisite for more advance models.




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This flying origami crane is derived from bird base. You will learn both inside reverse-fold and outside reverse-fold from this model. One special folding technique that you will learn from this flying crane is asymmetric squash-fold.



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This origami crane is different from the traditional origami crane. It is based on calyx base instead of bird base. It is a bit skinnier than the traditional one.



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