Origami Swan Instructions and Diagrams

The origami swan is an absolutely beautiful work of art. I'm not talking about my folding here, which is pretty beautiful in itself ;), but the way the swan actually looks like its real life counterpart is amazing.

There are some trick folds, but nothing outrageous that will make you give up if you follow the instructions carefully.

Origami Swan
Follow the steps below to make this Origami Swan.
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: Take the top corner and fold it over to the bottom corner.
Step 3 Step 3: Fold the left corner over to the right.
Step 4Step 4-2Step 4-3 Step 4: With the flap you just folded with, open it up and crease the left and right sides so you can flatten it. The top corner should fold down to the bottom corner
Step 5 Step 5: Turn the paper over so we can repeat it on the other side.
Step 6Step 6-2Step 6-3 Step 6: Take the left flap and open it up, then crease the left and right sides so the top corner can meet the bottom corner.

Your paper should look like the 3rd picture in this step
Step 7 Step 7: Take the left and right corners of the top layer and fold it to meet at the middle.
Step 8 Step 8: Fold the top triangle down.

Click "Next" to continue making the origami swan.

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