In this project, you'll see how to transform a square of paper with a few folds into a bird that can be used on a gift package in place of a bow. The flying bird has fewer folds than most origami birds, including the classic origami crane. This makes it an ideal origami craft project for beginning folders and children.
The birds can also be used to decorate a party table or dress up a flower arrangement. Make one bird or a whole flock of birds!
Related craft: See the Floral Wire Mobile craft project to see how to make a mobile with your origami flying birds!
Related craft: For another simple origami model, see the Jumping Origami Bunny craft project!
Commercial 4" (10 cm) origami squares in bright colors are ideal for folding the flying birds; however, other lightweight paper works well, too. Simply cut 4" squares from any colorful paper you have on hand; just be sure it's no heavier than computer paper. It's important that the paper is cut in precise squares, but they can vary from 4".
Carefully follow the folding instructions, using the illustration as a reference. The dashed lines indicate folds, while the red lines show creases already made. The red arrows are the direction of the folds, and the black curly arrow means to turn the folded paper over.
Tip: Add eyes to the bird with a black marker.
That's it! Make a whole flock of origami flying birds!