Origami Flapping Bird (Folding Instructions)

Origami Flapping Bird (Folding Instructions)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Flapping Bird. This is a fun traditional action model
and it’s not very difficult to fold. This video will be one of many included in my
new Origami Basics Series. Whether you’re new to origami or you’re just looking to
brush up on the basics, this will be the perfect series to get
you started! This model requires one square sheet of paper. If this is your first time folding this
model, I recommend using a 6″ or larger square with color on one side and
white on the other. And once you’ve prepared your paper, we’re going to start with our square with
the colored side up. And we’re going to start by folding in half diagonally, so
take this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners and the edges and make
your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper so
that the crease we just made now runs from the top left corner down to the
bottom right corner. And now we’re going to fold in half diagonally in the
opposite direction. So again we’re going to take this bottom
right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners and the edges and make
your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to turn the paper over. And once it’s turned over then we’re going to fold in half horizontally. So take this bottom edge and fold it up to the top edge. Align the corners and the edges and make
your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper so
that the crease we just made is now held vertically. And then we’re going to do
the same exact thing. So we’re going to take this bottom edge
and fold it up to the top edge just like we did before. So again, align the corners and the edges. Then make your crease, and this time we’re not going to unfold. Instead we’re simply going to turn the
model over, and we’re going to collapse along existing creases. So we’re simply going to pick up the
model from both sides. And we’re going to push the left and right sides in towards
one another just to collapse along the existing creases. And as you’re doing
this, you’ll notice that the model does not lie flat. So I like to look at the
model from the top, and now you’ll notice that there are four
separate flaps. And what you want to do is push two of those flaps over to the
left, just like this, and push the remaining two flaps over to the right.
And once the flaps are evenly distributed, then you can turn the model
back on its side. You’ll see that it’s shaped like a square, and then we simply
want to flatten it out along existing creases. And once you have this, this is
what’s known as a Preliminary Base. Now we’re going to fold over this bottom
right edge and align it with this vertical crease in the center of the
model. And we’re going to do that by first pulling over this right edge. And
as you’re doing this, you want to make sure that your only pulling over the top
layer. And from here you want to start at the bottom of the model and you’re going
to work your way up aligning these edges with the vertical
crease. So just align the edges with the crease, just like this. And once the edges
are completely aligned, then you can make your crease. And now we’re going to do
the same thing on the left. So we’re going to take this bottom left
edge and again align it with the vertical crease in the center of the
model. So we’re going to start by pulling over
the left side of the model, just like this. Again, you want to make sure you’re
only grabbing the top layer. And then again we’re going to start at the bottom
of the model and work our way up aligning the edges with that crease, just
like this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make
your crease and then the model should look like this. And now we’re going to turn the model
over and we’re going to do the same exact thing. And again we’re going to start with this
bottom right edge here and we’re going to align it with the vertical crease in
the center of the model. So we’re going to start by pulling over
the right side of the model, and this time there should only be one layer to
grab. And what we’re going to do is again start at the bottom of the model and
work our way up, aligning the edge with that crease, just
like this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make
your crease. And the model should look like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
one last time on the left. So we’re going to take this bottom left edge here and
again align it with the vertical crease in the center of the model. So start by pulling over the top layer
of paper on the left side of the model, and again we want to start at the bottom
and work our way up until the entire edge is aligned with that crease, just
like this. Then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that four times,
then your model should look like this. Now we’re going to unfold these two
flaps that we just folded in, so just pull them out to either side, just
like this. Then we’re going to turn the model over
and do the same exact thing. So we’re going to unfold these two flaps here, just like
we did on the other side, and then your model should look like this. Now we’re going to make a new horizontal
crease that connects these two creases here. And we’re going to do that by
pulling down this top corner. And as you’re doing this, you want to make sure
that the vertical creases on all layers align. And once this top edge reaches the
two creases that i mentioned before, then you can make your crease. Try to make a
sharp crease because you’re folding through a lot of layers. And then the
model should look like this. And once you have this, then you can
unfold. Now we’re going to do what’s called a petal fold. So in order to do that we’re first going
to hold down this top triangle of paper here. So we’re simply going to hold the
model down flat, just like this. And then we want to take this very top layer of
paper and pull it back along this horizontal crease that we just made. So we’re going to do that by lifting up
this top layer. Again make sure you only have a single layer of paper, and then
what we’re going to do is simply pull it back along the horizontal crease that I
mentioned before. We’re just going to pull it back like this, just about as far
as it will go, and then you’ll start to see that the model will not lie flat. So in order to make the model lie flat,
we’re simply going to collapse along existing creases. So we’re going to start with the right
side of the model here, and what we want to do is take this right edge and we’re
going to push it in towards the center of the model so that it aligns with this
vertical crease here. We’re going to do that by first pushing over the right
side of the model, and as you’re doing this, you’ll start to see that the paper
wants to collapse along existing creases. So we’re going to start at the bottom of
the model and work our way up, flattening out the paper along those existing
creases. So just work your way up to the top of
the model, just like this, until the right side of the model lies flat. And then
we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So we’re going to take this left edge
here, and we’re going to push it in towards the center of the model so it aligns
with the center vertical crease. So once again, push this left edge over to the
right, just like we did on the other side. And again you’ll see that the paper
wants to collapse along existing creases. And we’re going to start at the bottom
and work our way up, collapsing along existing creases until the entire left
side of the model lies flat, just like this. And once you’ve done that on both sides,
this is a completed petal fold. And once you have this, then we’re going to turn
the model over and do the same exact thing. And we’re going to start by
reinforcing this horizontal crease here. So we’re going to do that folding down this triangle as far as
well go. So we’re simply going to pull it down like this, then we’re going to
reinforce that crease all the way across, and then you can unfold. So once again we’re going to start by
lifting up this very top layer of paper, and we’re going to pull it back along
the horizontal crease. We’re going to pull it back, just like
this, almost as far as it’ll go. So again we’re going to start with the
right side, and what we’re going to do is take this right edge and fold it in
towards the center of the model so that it aligns with that vertical crease. We’re going to push it in like this, and
again you’ll see that the model want to collapse along existing creases. So you can start at the bottom of the
model and work your way up until the entire right side of the model lies flat,
just like this. And once you have this, then we’re going to do the same thing
one last time on the left. So we’re simply going to push in the
left side of the model just like we did before, and then we’re going to start at
the bottom and work our way up collapsing along existing creases. So just flatten out the model along
those creases, and once you have that, the entire model should lie flat. And this is
what’s known as the Bird Base. Now you’ll notice that there are two
layers of paper on each side of the model. And it’s important to make sure
that the layers on the bottom of the model are separated like this. So what we’re going to do from here is
take the top layer on the right side of the model, and we’re going to fold it
over to the left along this vertical crease here. So you want to make sure that you’re
grabbing the very top layer, and you’re simply going to fold it over to the left,
just like this, along the existing crease. And now you want to reinforce the
creases that you already made. So just flatten out the model, just like
this. And now you’ll notice that there’s three layers of paper on the left side
and there’s only one layer of paper on the right side. So in order to evenly distribute the
layers, we’re simply going to turn the model over and do the same exact thing. So we’re going to take the top layer of
paper on the right side of the model and we’re going to fold it over to the left
just like we did before. So again make sure you’re only grabbing
the very top layer of paper, and we’re going to fold it over to the left just
like we did before. Again, flatten out the existing creases
just like this, and then your model should look like this. Now we’re going to focus on these two
separated layers on the top of the model here. And we’re going to grab each side
of this layer on the right, and we’re going to pull it over to the right just
like this. You can pull this flap up or down as far as you’d like, but I usually
like to keep these two edges aligned. So once you have something like this,
then we’re simply going to grab both sides of the model and flatten it out, just like this. And once you have this, then we’re going
to flip the paper over and we’re going to do the same exact thing. And once again we’re going to take this
flap on the right side of the model, and we’re going to pull it down just like we
did on the other side. Again you can pull it up or down as far as you’d like, but i
like to keep these two edges aligned. So once you have something like this,
then we’re going to flatten out the layers from both sides. So simply pinch
the layers together, just like this. Sometimes I find it easier to lift up
this big flap and make those creases underneath, just like this. And you can
fold it down, and once you’ve done that to both sides, your model should look
like this. Now we’re going to focus on this big
flap on the bottom of the model here. And what we’re going to do is simply fold it
up as far as it’ll go. So just pull it up like this, and then
you’re going to make a crease all the way across just to flatten it out. And
when your model looks something like this, then we’re going to turn it over, and
we’re going to do the same thing on the other side. So once again we’re going to take the
big flap on the bottom of the model here, and we’re going to fold it up as far as
it will go. So just pull it up like this, just like you did on the other side, and
then we’re going to crease all the way across, just to flatten out that layer.
And once you’ve done that to both sides the model should look like this. And now we’re going to create the bird’s
head by doing a reverse fold. And what we’re going to do first is separate the
two layers on this flap of paper here. So I find the easiest to put your finger in
between the two layers, just like this, and then in order to make the head, you’re going to push down on the top of
that flap, just like this. And you’re going to push it down about a third of
the way from the top. Now if you look at the model from the
side we’re simply going to pinch those layers together. And if you lay the model
down flat, then we’re simply going to flatten out the head along the existing
creases. So simply flatten out the model just
like this, and then you’ve created your reverse fold. Now you’ve finished all the
folding that you’ll need for this model, but before you try to make the bird flap
its wings, I suggest curling the wings a bit, just to avoid ripping the paper. And
I find the easiest to grab the top of the bird’s wing and pull it over to the
right towards a bird’s head, just like this. And you don’t need to introduce any
new creases, you simply want to curve the wings just like this. And once you’ve done that on one side,
then you want to turn the model over and do the same exact thing here. So you want to grab the wing from the
top and pull it over to the left towards the bird’s head, just like this. And once
you have curved both of the wings, then you want to grab the bottom left corner
of the model underneath the head, just like this. Then you want to grab the base
of the tail, and you’re going to pull it over to the right just
like this. And once you have this, then your Flapping Bird is complete. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial
on how to fold an Origami Flapping Bird. Also be sure to check out the other
videos included in my Origami Basics Series. Either click on one of the models
below or check out my website at ez-origami.com. Again, I hope you’ve
enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate subscribe, and thank you for watching!

100 thoughts on “Origami Flapping Bird (Folding Instructions)

  1. This worked so well I tried so many other videos and it was never a success! Mine isn't perfect but it works!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the clear explanation it all went well until i tried the flapping and then it would only flap on one side. I will try again. I only started Oragami yesterday and im loving it. Willl now gp and try again. Hugs x

  3. listen 2 ultimate by denzel curry!!!!lyrics i am da one don't weigh a ton don't need a gun 2 get respect upon da streets, under the sun that bastard son ect.

  4. this reminds me of how much of a failure I am. Trying over. And over. And over to show, and impress my parents, and never succeeding to get this. after 2 hours of trying, I realized that I will not do it, and that this will only make me even more sad. I truly am a failure and this proves it. I failed at 1:55

  5. I liked the way you where descriptive but you weren't the most exciting person to listen to for that amount of comentery

  6. Brilliant instructions! I had forgotten a vital step so had to check it out…it’s been years since I done this. The Phoenix is next…..hmmm! May be! Looks a little complicated!!

  7. u are the best, I tried it by seeing other videos but I can't make when I saw this I could make it , Thanks very much

  8. This is the best demon of the flapping crane I've seen yet! I almost gave up after trying other YouTube tutorials. Now I know how to make this!

  9. First, I thank anyone who goes to the time and trouble to post instructional videos. My first attempt at a flapping bird (from another video) was not successful with respect to the flapping. At first no wings flapped, then I fidgeted with it and one wing flapped slightly. This was with a 4" X 4" piece of printer paper. Then I followed this video, with a 6" X 6" piece of printer paper (often easier with a larger piece) and was successful. As another commenter noted, it can depend on how you pull the tail. I pulled a bit harder and straight back and the wings flapped nicely. It is important to try to be as precise as one can in the folding and pressing down the edges. To show how well at least I think the video is at describing the method, I think I heard "Hey Guys" or something similar, then I turned off the audio and followed along with just the video, staying calm by listening to Mozart. So I have no idea what the audio instructions were. Thank you very much to the poster of this instructional video. I will be looking for more 🙂

  10. Thank you so much! this is so helpful! it was confusing at first but after some tries , i did it! thank you for making this tutorial! keep up the great work my dude!

  11. I p’ve been making regular cranes and tried this, I saw some comments on it not working and got scared but when I attempted it it actually worked ! So cool great tutorial!👌🏻

  12. Thanks. This helps me. Written instructions are confusing. I can get crane base. After that, without the video, I'm lost.

  13. Thanks for watching! You can find the paper that I used here: https://amzn.to/2F0NT0Z
    Tag photos of your Flapping Bird with #ezorigami to be featured in my next video!

  14. Wow amazing u explained everything so nicely it was vry easy to understand and make this flapping bird
    👍👍👍👍👍👍

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