How to Make an Origami Flying Bird

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Origami paper folding can be used to make a bird with flapping wings. Make an origami flying bird with paper folding instructions from a graphic artist in this free video on Japanese origami.

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One of classic Japanese Origami is the flying bird. Hi, my name is Robert Segundo and today I'm going to teach you how to make that flying bird. And what we're going to do is we're going to start off with our bird base. As you can see here, we're going to start with a square piece of paper, and its already pre-creased for the bird base so you can just go through this rather quickly. But to get this crease pattern what you're going to want to do is first, fold your paper in half like so, I'm going to back up, fold it in half again, like so. And then open it up again and then fold it in to triangles, like so. What this is going to do is this is going to pre-crease this for what you're going in to which is going to be, you're going to fold your paper in half, and then take this crease here and fold it over like so. Fold this one in like so and there you have this diamond shape that is equal, you know, all the way around like this. And to go in to our bird base, what we're going to do is we're going to take these flaps here and fold them in to the center line that has already been created here, from our previous folds. There we go, we're going to flip it over and do the same thing here, and we have this diamond kite shape. To go in to our bird base we'll just go ahead and open this up, and pull this back like so. And what we're going to do is we're going to bring these corners in to the inside edge, all the way up to form this perfect diamond shape, here. And flip this over, do the same thing here, open it up. It's going to crease in just like that and then fold these back down. Now we're back in to our kite shape. Now, to go in to our flying bird we're going to open this side up and open this side up to where they're both at the top and we're going to take and open fold them like so. Take a second here because my paper doesn't want to cooperate. tasty folds, there we go. Now what we're going to do is we're going to angle the neck. We're going to basically just kind of squash fold this by grabbing this point, pulling it down to where it is in line with our wing section here. And then just squash folding it, as it is called. We're going to do that same thing with the tail. Fold it down like so. Now what we're going to do is we're going to form the head by just opening this up and rabbit ear folding this, like so. There we go. Now, open the wings like this and then fold them down pulling off this point here, we're going to fold it down in to a forward fold. Same thing here, off this back point, and kind of keeping it even with that wing right there. And there you have it. Now all you have to do is kind of open this section up here, kind of give it a little room, and then hold right here at the point of the neck. And then you can just, whoops, there we go, you can just, well, pull and it's wings flap like so. My name is Robert Segundo and this is your flying bird.

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