“Tweet, Tweet, I am an origami bird, I am blue in color and have big wings so that I can fly high in the sky, Unlike other normal origami birds, I am built in a three-dimensional structure. Come, let’s learn how I was made. I wish you could create me in other colors too.”
Origami is among the first few crafts I learned from primary school. I am always amazed by its creations done using a piece or a few pieces of paper. Some folding techniques might look a little sophisticated, but it is not as complicated if you follow the steps. When I first saw Jenny’s youtube channel on her how-to origami, I knew that I must approach her to share her with us her talent. I am so glad that she agreed to guest post on Craft Passion with her first-ever original design, 3D Origami Bird – TWEET, and she even made an effort to come out with a video and step-by-step pictures to show us how to make an origami bird.
HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI BIRD
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Jenny W Chan is a native New Yorker with a background in psychology and a passion for music, arts, and crafts. She is a self-taught origamist and has been folding paper intermittently for over 15 years. Her favorite technique of folding is modular origami, which involves assembling multiple pieces of paper–sometimes hundreds or even thousands–to create intricate, three-dimensional models.
Although her passion lies in origami and papercrafts, Jenny also enjoys hand-sewing sock monkeys and has created numerous to benefit charity. Her latest venture involved teaching a four-week sock monkey workshop to adults with disabilities in New York City.
If you like origami crafts, then try out our origami dress, origami crane, and origami Christmas tree. Click the link to get the how-to tutorial and video. We have more paper crafts projects for you to make too. Hope you have a great time making something beautiful today!
I am always amazed by origami creations done using a piece or a few pieces of paper. Some folding techniques might look a little sophisticated, but it is not as complicated if you follow the steps. When I first saw Jenny’s youtube channel on her how-to origami, I knew that I must approach her to share with us her talent. I am so glad that she agreed to guest post on Craft Passion with her first-ever original design, 3D Origami Bird! And she even made a video documenting the steps.
- 428 sheets of paper, 4 cm x 7cm (368 Blue, 59 White, 1 Yellow)
- 1 sheet of white card stock (eyes)
- 1 sheet of black card stock (eyes)
- 1 sheet of light blue card stock (wings)
- Craft glue
- 6 binder clips
- Glue gun & sticks
HOW TO MAKE A 3D ORIGAMI BIRD
Guest Tutor: Jenny
A piece of 4 cm x 7cm paper.
- Create 428 units (368 Blue, 59 White, 1 Yellow)
a. Fold 4 cm x 7 cm sheet in half, lengthwise
b. Fold in half again
c. Open unit
d. Fold flaps diagonally to center crease
e. Flip over
f. Fold diagonally to center crease
g. Fold flaps down
h. Fold in half
- Construction of Row 0
a. Glue 5 blue units at the tips only, all facing the same way
b. Secure with clips for drying
c. Repeat Steps 2a-2b in groups of 3-5 (create 5 sets of 5, and 1 set of 3 = 28 total units)
d. Remove clips after drying
e. Glue all 28 units together, at the tips only
f. Secure with clips for drying
g. Remove clips after drying
(ROW 0 IS COMPLETE. Additional rows will be counted as 1, 2, 3, etc. from bottom to top)
- Construction of Row 1
a. Slip 1 white over 2 blues from row 0
(In other words: White should be in between 2 blues)
b. Add additional units next to one another
c. Continue with 10 whites, 18 blues
- Row 2: 9 whites, 19 blues
- Row 3: 10 whites, 18 blues
- Row 4: 9 whites, 19 blues
- After Row 4 (with bottom view facing you), shape unit by gently squeezing downward
- Row 5: 8 whites, 20 blues
- Row 6: 7 whites, 21 blues
- Row 7: 6 whites, 22 blues
- Row 8: 0 whites, 28 blues
- Row 9 (bird’s neck): Put all units on backward. 28 blues
- Rows 10-15: 28 blues in each row (units face forward)
BODY IS COMPLETE.
- To Assemble Hair: 4 blues (from bottom to top: 1, 2, 1)
Place at top-center of the head (in between 2 units). Use glue if necessary.
- To Assemble Tail: 3 blues (2, 1)
Place at bottom-center. Use glue if necessary. Spread tail out.
Side view of the tail of origami bird.
- To Assemble Nose: 1 yellow
Place at the center of the face into two openings. Use glue if necessary.
- To Create Wings: Design, draw and cut out wings. Fold at sides. Use a glue gun to attach to the body.
- To Create Eyes: Design, draw and cut out eyes. Use a glue gun to attach to face.
YOU’RE DONE! Origami Bird Tweet! Tweet! 🙂
If you are cutting your own paper to size, approximate time to completion is 9.5-10 hours.
Get the full article at https://www.craftpassion.com/3d-bird-origami/
Tuesday 9th of May 2017
This 3D bird origami is using modular origami technique, which involves assembling 428 pieces of paper to create intricate, three-dimensional, models.
Monday 20th of January 2014
Love origami---this is just so cool.
Monday 20th of January 2014
Hi Joanne, My Vintage Fabric that I won arrived two days ago. I love it! My daughter is also crazy for it so I will probably make up 6 cushions for her for her new home. Thanks again, Karin