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.
Step 1) Fold the paper in half.
Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.
Step 3) Open the paper over to the right.
Step 4) Squash Fold the paper flat.
Step 5) Turn the paper over.
Step 6) Open the paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.
Step 7) Fold both sides to the centre and then unfold them. Then fold the top down along the dotted line and unfold it.
Step 8) Open up the top layer of paper along the crease at the top.
Step 9) Push in both sides and flatten the paper into a Petal Fold.
Step 10) Turn the paper over.
Step 11) Repeat steps 7-9 on this side making another Petal Fold. The result is a Bird Base.
Step 12) Fold both sides in to the centre and then repeat on the other side.
Step 13) Fold the right flap of paper over to the left and repeat on the other side.
Step 14) Make two Inside Reverse Folds along the dotted lines.
Step 15) Fold the top flap of paper up along the dotted line.
Step 16) Fold it back down along the dotted line.
Step 17) Fold the paper back up along the dotted line.
Step 18) Turn the paper over.
Step 19) Make a small cut along the dotted line.
Step 20) Fold both sides out along the dotted lines.
The complete swallow
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