These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami swallow. This model will require one little cut with scissors though. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend that you take a look at our Beginner’s Guide first. It’ll show you all the basic folds and techniques.

Swallow Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Swallow Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Swallow Step 3

Step 3) Open the paper over to the right.

Swallow Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.

Swallow Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Swallow Step 6

Step 6) Open the paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Swallow Step 7

Step 7) Fold both sides to the centre and then unfold them. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and unfold it.

Swallow Step 8

Step 8) Open up the top layer of paper along the crease at the top.

Swallow Step 9

Step 9) Push in both sides and flatten the paper into a Petal Fold.

Swallow Step 10

Step 10) Turn the paper over.

Swallow Step 11

Step 11) Repeat steps 7-9 on this side making another Petal Fold. The result is a Bird Base.

Swallow Step 12

Step 12) Fold both sides in to the centre and then repeat on the other side.

Swallow Step 13

Step 13) Fold the right flap of paper over to the left and repeat on the other side.

Swallow Step 14

Step 14) Make two Inside Reverse Folds along the dotted lines.

Swallow Step 15

Step 15) Fold the top flap of paper up along the dotted line.

Swallow Step 16

Step 16) Fold it back down along the dotted line.

Swallow Step 17

Step 17) Fold the paper back up along the dotted line.

Swallow Step 18

Step 18) Turn the paper over.

Swallow Step 19

Step 19) Make a small cut along the dotted line.

Swallow Step 20

Step 20) Fold both sides out along the dotted lines.

Swallow Step 21

The complete swallow

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