Origami swan – Origami Swan

Origami Swan Folding Instructions — How to fold an Origami Swan

The origami swan is simple to make and just as elegant. 


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You can watch our origami swan video instructions, and/or check out our step-by-step photos below.

Start with a
square of white paper.
Fold the paper along one diagonal, then unfold it.

Origami Swan




Now fold the lower edges of the square into the centerline as shown. 
This is your kite base.  Flip the kite base over.



Next make a double fold as shown.  Repeat on the other side.



Fold the point of the piece upwards.  Then fold the head of the swan
downwards.  Next, fold the swan in half as shown.




Pull the neck of the swan away from the body, and unfold the head and body.


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Scheme for a swan-origami with their own hands — modular origami and master class assembly

Swan-origami is a very original gift. Especially if you use multi-colored origami modules that can help recreate an artificial swan to decorate a house. Such a swan also perfectly suits as a decoration for a presentation to his close friend. At the same time, creating such a swan is not so much a difficult task as a very long one. It is for these reasons, the implementation may take some time and, accordingly, cause some difficulties. Our article will allow you to facilitate your work and simplify the process of creation as much as possible. For the first time this technology was used by the Chinese. It was they who devised the technique of triangular modules that are suitable for origami. Such a composition can be composed of sets of different identical elements, those same modules. One module occupies one sheet of paper, and then, when the modules are fully ready — they are connected by folding into each other. Moreover, it is possible to assemble a similar swan without the use of sticky substances. Thanks to the frictional force, they are fastened securely enough, nevertheless, all the same you can fix these modules with glue, for reliability. In order to do modular origami, you need to prepare the necessary rectangles from the A4 sheet size. The obligatory condition is the same size of these rectangles. 1. It is necessary to put a rectangle in such a way that it lies on the opposite side to you. 2. It is necessary to bend and unbend to create a line in the middle of the rectangle. 3. You need to bend the edges in such a way that they fall into the middle. 4. Next, you need to turn the workpiece over to continue working with it. 5. Then, you need to bend the corners of your future module. Pay attention that between the elements of the upper tregulnik and folded treguolnik should leave a small gazorchik. 6. Then, it is necessary to raise the edges upward, in order to indicate the shape. 7. Further everything is very simple, you need to fold the Origami Triguool. 8. The module that you get will have two corners and two pockets at the same time. Then, these modules must be fastened betweento create the necessary form. Your A4 paper should be repainted, or buy colored sheets of paper to create a beautiful, colorful swan. Then, these molds, or rather — modules, will need to be fastened together to get the desired result. Forms will have an excellent appearance and accordingly, each expressive feature of the swan will look completely different, thanks to the multicolored modules. As a result, your work is fully executed, and the material you work with will be an excellent gift or decoration for your home for many years to come.




to Fold an Origami Swan


This graceful swan is from The World of Origami by Isao Honda.

The beautiful white-on-white patterned paper is Kotobuki Sekkasukashi.

It can
take some practice to achieve the angles you want in the head and neck,
so we suggest
saving your fancy paper until you have the process down.

This is our favorite swan model because of the way a heart is formed when you place two beak-to-beak.

Once you master this model, consider making a pop-up card.

Tip: This model includes several reverse folds.  For a good illustration of how to make a reverse fold, look at the photos in Step 14.

1 sheet of perfectly square paper
to see cutting tips.

Start with the white side up.

Fold in half, corner to corner.


2.  Fold two adjacent sides to the center

3.  Unfold completely and fold the tip in
a tiny bit.

How far you fold it determines the width of the beak: the farther you
fold it, the thicker the beak.

Refold the two adjacent sides.

Fold the same two sides in
again.  Keep the tip as neat as possible.

the model over.

Fold the model in half, side to
side (beak to tail).

8.   Fold the neck on the angle shown.

Notice how the fold the begins slightly back from the lower left corner.

9.  Pick the model up and fold the body in half. The neck will naturally fold in half.

Crease the neck and body well.

10. Now you are going to shape the neck with a reverse fold.

First, make a «helper crease» by folding the neck as shown.

Unfold and reverse fold using the center crease and the helper crease.

It’s like flipping the neck inside out.

11.  Use another reverse fold to make the head, but this time you will flip down instead of up.

First, make the helper crease.

Then unfold and flip inside out.

12.  Now for the beak!  It consists of two folds.

First, open the head by unfolding the last step.

Make the first beak fold.  Notice the relationship of this fold to the crease for the head (arrow).

Fold the beak back with a tiny fold.

Refold the head and… Voila!

13.  Now let’s smooth out the swan’s chest.

First, fold the triangular piece as shown and crease as well as you
can.  You might find it helps to fold it toward the back also.

Then, unfold and push the point in, using the creases you just made.

14.  Finally, the tail!  This is two simple reverse folds.

The first reverse fold starts by making helper creases.  Do this by folding the tail toward you.

Unfold and push in, using the helper creases.


15. For the second reverse fold,
grab the tail and fold up as shown.

Nice work!

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3D Origami | origami swan | triangular pieces

3D Origami has been around for a long time but because of the internet, we now see an explosion of projects which you can make with these paper triangles. This type of paper folding was brought to surface in the mid-1990’s when Chinese refuges (see complete story here) folded and assembled elaborate paper structures to gain favor, attention, (and possibly donations) from those who were involved with their plight.

This type of paper folding is also called Chinese Paper Folding or Golden Venture Folding. The basis of this type of origami is the use of Triangular Unit. Once made, these triangular units act like Legos and can be assembled into almost anything given that you have imagination and enough triangular units to realize the ideas.


3D Origami: Instructions for Triangular Units


Step 1:

Start with a rectangular sheet of paper. Almost any size will work but the one shown here is 4″ x 2″.
If you want to economize, start with paper that is 4″ x 1″, skip step 2, and go to step 3.

Fold the paper in half (left to right). Unfold.

Step 2:

Fold the paper in half (bottom to top).

Step 3:

Fold up the left side and the right side of the paper so they align with the vertical crease made in step 1.

Step 4:

Turn the unit around.

Step 5:

Fold in the top corners as shown.

Step 6:

Fold down the top flaps so the unit looks like an upside down isosceles triangle.

Step 7:

Fold the unit in half (right to left).
The basic triangular unit is complete.

Amazing sculptures can be made using these triangular units.
The units can be positioned in two ways for assembly:
Mountain position: the triangular unit rests on its broad base; the pockets are visible.
Slide position: the unit rests on the short side of the triangle; the pockets are still visible.
Different projects will require that you assemble the triangular units either in the mountain position or in the slide position. Above is an example of mountain position assembly. Insert the tabs of one unit into the pockets (slots) of another unit.
When assembling 3D objects, it is important to insert two different units into the pockets of one unit. This staggering of the units will make the sculpture more secure. This is the same idea as when you are laying bricks, you want to have the brick offset so it straddles two bricks.

In contrast, when making 2D objects (like rings or linear objects), you insert the two tabs of one unit into the pockets of another unit. For flat models, you do not need to stagger the pieces.




How to make origami swan

How to make origami swan



You can learn to make various kinds of origami swan here.









This is one of the simplest swan you can make out of a square paper. The swan is based on a so-called «kite base».





This is a modified version of the traditional swan. One special folding technique you will learn from this model is outside reverse-fold.




CopyrightHyo Ahn


This paper swan II is a new model for swan. This would be a good model to learn the folding technique of outside reverse-fold.






With Mother Swan



CopyrightTraditional / Hyo Ahn


This origami baby swan is even more easier to fold compared to the traditional origami swan.






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3D Origami Swan | Free Origamii Instruction | DIY origami

The 3D Origami Swan is one of the most exquisite 3D origami models which you can make. Despite the fact that you can make almost anything with enough triangular units, the swan remains a favorite.

To start, make about 500 to 600 triangular units as shown here. Place them in a box or bowl. Don’t worry about the quantity, just start folding and after a day or two, you will have accumulated enough pieces to start assembling them into a swan.

Instructions for 3D Origami Swan Body

Remove 30 to 32 units from the pile of already-made triangular units. These will be for row-1. If you have bought a kit to make the swan, check here for the exact number of units to use in each row.

Row 1 & Row 2:

Place two of the row-1 units side by side.

Bring another unit from the pile of already made units. This 3rd unit will be for row-2. Insert the two row-1 units into the row-2 unit.

This is how it looks.

Bring one row-1-unit (from the group of 32 units) and one unit from the pile. Continue to use row-2-units to connect the row-1-units together.

This is how it looks.

Note that the units may look more like this: the end flaps tend to flare open.

Continue adding the row-1 units. After a while, the structure will start to curve around. When you have connected the 32 row-1 units, use one more unit from the pile to connect the structure into a ring. Last image shows how it looks like when row-1 and row-2 are complete.

Row 3:

Once row-2 is complete, add more units (from the pile) to make row 3.

Continue adding row-3 units until
you have gone around.
When adding units, be sure to insert the tabs from two different units into the pockets (slots) of one new unit. Staggering the units in this manner (like layering bricks) makes the final model more stable. Image on the left is incorrect because the new unit is added to one existing unit. Image on the right is correct because the new unit straddles two existing units.

Row 4 to 6:

Continue in this manner for rows 4 through 6, adding 32 units in each row.

This is how swan’s body looks when the structure is inverted.

Row 7:

Assemble row-7 as usual except, remove two units. Shown here, the units at “12 o’clock” and “6 o’clock” have been removed. Row-7 uses 30 units instead of 32.

Row 8 to 21:

Continue adding units for the subsequent rows.

In each row, remove two units so there are fewer and fewer units per row. At the end, only one unit is needed to complete the row.

Instructions for Neck, Tail, and Base

The swan’s neck, tail, and base are made in a slightly different way. The units are inserted in a stacked manner (not staggered). Both tabs of one unit are inserted into the pockets of one unit. This gives a linear stack of units which can then be bent to give its desired shape.

The Neck

is made by using 45 units. After the units are inserted into one another, bend it into a S shape or a ? shape. The neck piece is the most fragile and glue may be needed to help keep it in its desired shape.

The Tail Feathers

are made by using 14 units (one of these) or 11 units (two of these). After the units are inserted into one another, bend them so they are curved.

The Base or Ring

which the swan sits upon is made of 40 units. Insert them, then bend the units into an O shape.

Assemble the swan by inserting the neck piece into the one missing unit at row 7. Insert the tail feathers at the opposite side of the swan’s body.

Glue is not needed for the body of the swan because the staggered assembly makes it secure. The neck, tail, and base may need a dab of glue.

About 3D Origami Swan Kits

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This video has similar instructions for a 3D origami swan:


3D Origami Swan: 12 Steps

This origami swan is for you all. You will never deny a beautiful paper swan sitting on your study table or on your dining table. I saw a metallic swan at the market but I dont want to buy it cause it was too big, almost triple of this one so I decided to make one of mine own. But now there was another question standing by me that «HOW I WILL MAKE IT?» but the next day luckily i found up a book in my closet which was about origami at that time only i decided to make the swan through origami bits. After so many calculations and hardwork I’ve made ma’ own swan.

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Step 1: Materials

The things which will be used to make the swan are
1) Scissors
2) 9 sheets of A4 sized paper
3) A black marker
4) A orange colored crayon
now lets get started…….

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Step 2: The Origami Bits

First we will make the water drops of this river thats the paper bits….
A lot of people must know how to make it but this step is for those who dont know how to make one.
First of all you have to gather 9 A4 sheets
Now you have to cut each sheet into 32 rectangular peices from which we will make the bits.
Take one sheet from all and divide it horizontally into four pieces and then divide it vertically into 8 pieces using a marker and then put this paper on top of the pile and start cutting it with scissors.
After cutting you will get 288 rectangles from which we will use 270 to make the swan.

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Step 3: The Origami Bits (2)

In this step you will learn how to convert those rectangular paper pieces into origami bits…
just make them as shown in the images.

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Step 4: The Lower Body (Base Level)

To make the lower body connect the pieces together as shown in the images. We will be gonna making it up in levels so the base level will be the combination of level 1 and 2.
To make the base level you will need 60 bits. After you will join all of them it will take a shape of a circle.


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Step 5: The Lower Body (Level 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th)

Now to make the levels 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th you will need 120 bits (30 bits for each level)
To build up the levels you will need to take one-one leg of 2 paper bits from the below level and poke them into the pockets of another bit as shown in the images.
Make all the levels like this only.
(NOTE—After the 3rd level turn the model upside down and after that start putting pieces for the 4th level.)

(NOTE—I dont have the pic of the 6th level.. so sorry about that.)

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Step 6: The Wings

To make the wings you will need 58 bits (29 for each wing).
Start by putting 9 bits for the base of one wing and the on top of it put 8 bits, then 7 bits, then 4 bits and then 1 last bit as the tip of the wing.
For the other wing do the same thing on the opposite of this wing.

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Step 7: The Cute Tail

For the tail you will need 6 bits.
Put 3 at the bottom 2 above them and 1 at the last.

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Step 8: The Chest

To make the chest you will need 10 bits 4 at the bottom, 3 above them, on top of it 2 bits and one at the last.
The last one will carry the whole neck of the swan.

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Step 9: The Neck

To make the neck you will need to connect 18 pieces together as shown in the image.

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Step 10: The Beak

Take one rectangle and color it orange and make a bit out of it this will be the beak. You can also use colored paper instead of coloring white paper. For the details you can make an eye on the bit which is just before the beak.

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Step 11: USES

This swan can also be used as the center piece for any table or it can be used as a candle holder (if you put a candle at the middle of the swan). And there must be many uses in your minds for this swan so please show me your swans…….

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Step 12: Thankings

Thank you for seeing this instructable if you like it please vote it from the link given at the top-right of the webpage for the Papercraft Contest
And if you have any problems or questions related to the swan you can ask me in the comments section………..

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