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Origami Bird Instructions

Updated on September 3, 2013

Origami Bird Instructions

On this page,you will learn how to make your favorite origami birds - from a simple origami bird to the traditional origami crane to the beautiful origami swan. I've also included some fabulous printable paper for making origami birds.

When I was young, my family watched a show on the television which showed step by step how to make different origami creations. Although I have several origami books with diagrams in them, I have found that nothing really compares with seeing someone do it. So as well as origami bird diagrams, I have included lots of videos on this page, so you can actually see someone making that origami bird!

Simple Origami Birds

Easy bird origami for beginners

(Simple origami bird diagrams)

(Another version of this simple origami bird)

(Diagrams for a pelican suitable for kids to try.)

(Origami gull. You can either see it in diagram form or watch an animation of the folding)

(Origami ostrich or emu. You can either see it in diagram form or watch an animation of the folding)

Links checked May 2013

Origami Crane - Moderate

origami crane
origami crane

These origami cranes are simple enough to mass produce. They would make delightful table decorations or hanging decorations at a party or a wedding, particularly if made from pretty origami paper matching the color scheme of your party / wedding.

(This page has a video showing someone making this easy origami crane and also diagrams and written instructions)

(Easy step by step instructions with photos for the same easy origami crane. This set of instructions is 6 pages long)

Links checked May 2013

Video instructions for the origami crane

Origami Flapping Bird

(Diagram for making a flapping bird starting with a bird base)

(Animation of folding the origami flapping bird)

(Another style of flapping bird)

On this next video, watch someone fold a flapping bird in 100 seconds:

Links checked March 2013

Simple Origami Swan

(Very easy origami swan)

(Another easy origami swan. You can either see it in diagram form or watch an animation of the folding)

(The same origami swan with step by step photos plus instructions)

Links checked March 2013

Advanced / Intermediate Origami Swan

(Search for Schwan for an intermediate origami swan)

The following video shows how to make a 3D origami swan from 484 tiny rectangles

Link checked March 2013

Easy Twirling Origami Bird - Easy

This twirling bird is very easy, even for children, to make. They can then have fun throwing it in air and watching it twirl.

(Twirling origami bird diagrams)

Origami Gulls

Origami Owls

Origami Owl
Origami Owl

© Copyright Scarygami and licensed for reuse under

this Creative Commons License.

Origami owl. You can either see it in diagram form or watch an animation of the folding - Intermediate

Diagrams for an origami owl - cheats a bit though and uses scissors. Intermediate.

Owl - easy

Owl starting with birdbase - intermediate

Links checked March 2013

Origami Peacock

Origami Peacock
Origami Peacock

© Copyright mhiguera and licensed for reuse under

this Creative Commons License.

Origami peacock diagrams - easy

The third diagram is a peacock - intermediate

Links checked March 2013

Origami Penguins

Origami Penguin
Origami Penguin

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this Creative Commons License.

Print this paper then follow the video instructions to make an origami penguin. Intermediate.

Search for penguin for four different penguins - 2 easy / simple, 1 intermediate, and 1 complex


Penguin - easy


Origami penguin - complex

Links checked August 2012

Printable paper for origami birds

Instructions for printable origami birds

The following printable origami birds all involve downloading then printing some specially patterned paper from your computer, cutting them into the square and then following the directions for making the particular bird.

Printable Origami Chicken - Intermediate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami chicken.

Printable Origami Hummingbird - Moderate

Print this paper:



and back:


then follow the instructions to make an origami hummingbird.

Printable Origami Toucan - Moderate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami toucan.

Printable Origami Parrot - Moderate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami parrot.

Printable Origami Flamingo - Moderate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami flamingo.

Printable Origami Blackbird - Moderate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami blackbird.

Printable Origami Pigeon - Moderate

Print this paper: then follow the instructions to make an origami pigeon.

More Printable Origami birds

Easy / Moderate

Print out the special paper (links on the page) then fold the origami bird.

(Print out the eagle paper and then follow the instructions to make a simple paper plane - perfect for the 4th of July! Easy)

(Chose to print either snowy owl paper or Hawaiian short-eared owl paper. Then fold to make your origami bird. Easy)

(Print the paper then fold to make an origami chick - perfect for Easter. Moderate)

Links checked March 2013

Which is your favorite origami bird?

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      3 years ago

      WOOHOOO!! that took me 14 minutes but thkans for your tutorial it helped me enter my favorite subject art thank you very very much rob i really really want to see you personal and say it in front of you? THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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      3 years ago

      Nice but, I can't get the origami hummingbird paper page to load!

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      5 years ago

      i like all of them

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      So nicely done!

    • flicker lm profile image

      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      The swan is beautiful! I remember making origami cranes when I was a child. Brings back good memories.

    • ForestBear LM profile image

      ForestBear LM 

      6 years ago

      oh think it's got to be the chicken, but they are all wonderful. Haven't done origami for ages, thank you for reminding me, it's a great art form. Super lens

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      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Impressive! That swan is amazing. I'm going to try these out in a couple of years. I say a couple years because I have a 16 month old that would devour one of these if I made one now. Excellent collection of tutorials, Squid Angel blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Wow! That swan in amazing!!!!

    • sorana lm profile image

      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      I just love origami. I don't have a favourite, they are all so wonderful.

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      Oh my goodness. There are so many birds here. I featured your lens on my Bird Fun lens.

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      7 years ago

      hawk because of his/hers fighting skills and their colors!

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      7 years ago

      I love this! Great activity to participate together with your kids.

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      8 years ago

      I like the penguin. I'd like to try to make some of these. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      I have to say the crane, which I learned to make after reading "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes". I love all the videos that show you how to make different birds; that flamingo looks neat!


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