How to make an origami swan

You will need
One piece of plain A4 paper

step 1

Take your A4 piece of paper and lay it portrait style in front of you. Fold the top right hand corner down to meet the left hand edge and crease the fold. Tear or cut off the rectangular piece of paper left at the bottom, then unfold so that you are left with a square.



step 2
Turn your square piece of paper round so that it is a diamond shape with your creased line running from top to bottom. Take the bottom right edge and fold it into the centre crease, as close to the line as possible, do the same with the bottom left hand edge. This should then leave you with a kite shape.



step 3

At the top of the kite shape there is a triangle, fold this back and crease along the horizontal line created by the previous two folds. It may be easier to turn your paper over to do this, and ensue the tip of the triangle lines up with the central crease line going down the back.



step 4
Take the tip of this triangle and fold it back on itself until it reaches the central crease running along the horizontal line you just folded, and crease the new horizontal line you will have created.



step 5

Next pull the tip of the triangle upwards until the new horizontal line meets the old horizontal line, and crease.



step 6
Next, take the whole model and fold it in half along the central line, crease the line. The longer point will be the head and the triangular point will be the swan's tail. Gently push the tail inwards 1cm, as you do this the extra paper should fold inwards as well, press down so that the tail stays in its new position.


step 7


Lay the model down on the table and fold the bottom edge up until it meets the top line, it may look a bit like a paper plane. Turn the model over and do the same to the other long edge.




step 8a
Next, take the tip and fold it back on one side until it reaches the tip of the tail. Once the points are aligned, crease the vertical line that is created. Unfold this last crease to see the line created, if this is too feint draw a pencil line on both sides so it is clearer.






step 8b

You then want to fold the model from the bottom upwards as shown in the image. Unfold this crease, turn over the model and repeat this step.





step 9
Open out the model, as shown in the image. A point will have been created by the folds you have just created. On the underside of the model push at this point to invert the model slightly, as you do this you will see the neck begin to raise up. Fold back on the two diagonal folds you made and along the neck to the point. Flatten out your model.





step 10a

Take the bottom edge of the neck and fold it back so that it runs parallel to the wings, creating a point at the bottom of the neck. Make the crease and then unfold it.





step 10b
Open the two edges of the neck out slightly and then push on the underside of the neck, where all the folds have come to a point. You want the central line of the neck to lay on the
top edges of the wings along the back. Then crease the edges at the bottom of the neck together.





step 11a


Next you're going to make the head and beak of the swan. Fold the left hand portion of the neck back out on itself, then take the tip and fold it back on itself by an inch along the middle fold, then crease.




step 11b

Then fold the tip back again but so that that the tip sticks out passed the last fold – this will be the beak. Fold the length of the neck back in on itself, so it is as it was before you made the beak folds. Make sure the beak folds back in this way too.




step 12a
Take the bottom edge of the neck, approx. half way up, and with the head in your finger tips fold it up so it is perpendicular with the back of the swan – the beak should be pointing straight up. Make your crease and then unfold it.





step 12b

If you open the neck up slighting you will see the last fold will have created another point, invert the fold and tuck the neck in and crease the fold. You will then have to invert the fold of the head and beak.





step 13a
To finish the head you need to do a similar fold to before. Take the paper just below the head and fold it back down on a diagonal, the head should then run at a parallel angle to the portion of the neck that runs down to the base. Make the crease and then unfold.






step 13b

Open up the two edges of this portion of the neck to discover the point made by the last fold and invert this fold back on itself, folding the head and beak downwards.




step 14a
Finally, fold down the top edge of the wing to meet the bottom edge of the swan, make the crease so that they are at right angles to the body – do this on both sides.





step 14b
You will then see an inner wing (one piece of paper thick) on both side, bend these down slightly to create a curved wing, but don't crease the line. Pull the wings out slightly so the base unfolds a little to allow it to stand.





finished swan
You can now decorate with glitter along the wings, as we did, and use whichever wing you like to write your place names on.






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