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Easy Origami Swan Tutorial
The Traditional Origami Swan is one of the most simple origami bird models out there, a lot of people start off with the origami crane but find it too hard.
This model needs just one sheet of square origami paper and will take just a few minutes to complete. You will end up with a pretty origami swan that can stand up on it's own.
Use this origami model as a minimalist decoration, make lots of them for a stylish wedding display, they also make great chopstick holders for a Japanese meal.
For a two coloured effect, use paper that has a colour or pattern that is different on each side. I would suggest using origami paper or thin paper for this model.
If you're new to origami, this is the perfect model for you, for extra help, check out my series of Origami Base Folds for Beginners.
If you love traditional Japanese designs, check out some of my free origami papers that you can download for free, over at Paper Crystal. All you need is some white printer paper, a printer and something to trim it with.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Easy Origami Swan Tutorial - Step 1
Start with your paper white side up, the colour will be the main body colour.
Fold the paper in half diagonally and unfold.
Fold the left and right edges into the middle.
Flip the model over.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Easy Origami Swan Tutorial - Step 2
Fold the left and right edges to the middle.
Now fold the bottom corner up to the top.
Fold down a section for the swan's head.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Easy Origami Swan Tutorial - Final Step!
Fold the top half backwards and behind as shown.
Now while holding the bottom left section, pull up the head and neck.
Decide on a position for the swan's neck and crease.
You should now have a pretty origami swan that can stand up.
If you ended up with a bit of a mess, don't worry, remember it takes practice to learn a new origami model, just make sure your folds are as precise as possible and it will turn out well in the end!
For more tutorials and also video tutorials, I run a youtube channel called Paper Kawaii, also check out some of my websites below if you like :)