How To Make an Origami Owl

Origami is the name for the Japanese art of paper folding.  All you need to do origami is a square piece of paper.  This paper can be used to create flowers, animals, designs, and various objects.  You can use any paper, but origami paper is recommended because it is thin and holds creases pretty well.  This special paper is usually white on one side and colored on the other side.

This article will tell you how to make an origami owl.  This model is a little complicated, so this project is better for someone who has had more practice with origami.  All you will need is a piece of square origami paper.  You will need to start out with an origami bird base, which can be used to make other models as well

Making the Bird Base for an Origami Owl

  1. Place the paper so the colored side is facing down.  Fold the paper in half horizontally, open it back up, then fold it vertically and open it back up again.
  2. Flip the paper over.
  3. Fold it diagonally in half.
  4. Open it up again.
  5. Flip the paper over.
  6. Pull the two opposite corners together.  These two corners should have a crease in the middle of them.
  7. Collapse the paper at the creases and push down to make a square.
  8. Fold both of the top layer corners so that they line up with the center crease.
  9. Fold down the top corner.  Make sure you crease thoroughly.
  10. Unfold your last three creases.  Place your finger on top corner to hold it in place.  Lift the bottom corner up until it stops at the top crease.
  11. Bring the two side corners in at the center and flatten them out.  You should end up with a long diamond shape with two flaps at the bottom half.
  12. Flip your piece over and follow steps 8, 9, 10, and 11 over again with the other side.  Make sure you crease thoroughly.  Your finished bird base should be a long diamond shape.

Making the Origami Owl

  1. Have your bird base ready.
  2. Fold down one of the top corners so it meets with the bottom corner.  Flip your piece over and repeat this step for the other side.
  3. Fold the two opposite corners of the top layer so that they meet at the center line.
  4. Flip the entire piece over and repeat step 3 for the other side.
  5. Slightly lift up the top flap and slowly bring the inside point to the side.  Fold it to create a wing.
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other side to create the second wing.
  7. Fold down the top point to create a face.
  8. Tuck the fold inward, or inside itself.  This forms the owl's beak and features.  You are now finished with making your origami owl!


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