Origami Flapping Bird Instructions and Diagrams

The origami flapping bird resembles the popular crane that is the poster child of origami. However, this bird is different because it can actually flap on command, like a toy. If you hold it where you're supposed to and pull the tail correctly, you'll see this paper bird come alive. It's really cool to see it actually flap. I'm amazed each and every time.

You may think the origami flapping bird is hard to make, but it's actually easier than the crane. The most difficult part may be positioning the wings, and holding it right and pulling the tail correctly to make it flap. Don't worry, I'll teach you how to do it.

Origami Flapping Bird
Follow the steps below to make this Origami Flapping Bird.
Difficulty: Medium
Step 1 Step 1: Start with a square piece of origami paper. If you only have regular 8.5x11 paper, follow these instructions to make a square sheet.
Step 2 Step 2: Fold the paper in half by taking the top corner and folding it over to the bottom corner.
Step 3 Step 3: Once again, fold the paper in half by taking the left corner and folding it to the right.
Step 4Step 4-2Step 4-3 Step 4: Take the top flap and open it, creasing the left and right sides so you can fold the the top corner to the bottom corner
Step 5 Step 5: Flip the paper over so we can do the same thing to the other side.
Step 6Step 6-2Step 6-3 Step 6: To do that, lift the left flap up so it stands vertically like the first picture in this step.

Open up the flap and crease the left and right sides so the top corner can meet the bottom corner.
Step 7 Step 7: Fold the left and right corners from the bottom to meet at the middle.
Step 8 Step 8: Fold the top triangle down.

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Submitted by Summer Hartin

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