How to Make an Origami Bird out of a Post-It

by Ann LaPan
The origami pigeon can also resemble an origami dove.

The origami pigeon can also resemble an origami dove.

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Many origami enthusiasts want to fold any piece of paper that comes their way. Folding used Post-It notes can be convenient and saves some paper. Since these little sticky notes are so small, folding complex models can be challenging. However, simple models often come out very well when smaller pieces of paper are used. The traditional origami pigeon is one model that works particularly well with this size paper. The clean lines of the fold convey the shape of the bird. Fold precisely to create a lovely final project.

Items you will need

  • One Post-It note
Step 1

Lay the Post-It note in front of you, with the colored side (if there is one) face down and a corner of the paper facing you.

Step 2

Fold the paper in half vertically, bringing the right-hand corner over to meet the left-hand corner.

Step 3

Fold the two layers of paper at the left-hand corner back over to the right. Fold only about two-thirds back, so you're not completely unfolding the previous fold. The crease you create with this fold runs vertically.

Step 4

Grasp the top layer of paper at the right-hand corner, and fold it back over to the left. Fold only about two-thirds of the way back over again. You create a slightly uneven diamond shape in the center of the paper.

Step 5

Fold the entire model in half horizontally, bringing the top corner down to touch the bottom corner.

Step 6

Fold the top left corner of the model down at an angle. This will be the beak of the bird, so how you fold it will determine the shape of the beak. Crease well and unfold.

Step 7

Push down on the center crease of the beak, allowing the paper to collapse inward on the creases you made in the previous step. The point of the paper sticks out to form the beak of the pigeon. This is called an inside reverse fold.

Step 8

Fold the flap that hangs down, the wing of the pigeon, back up. The crease you make should be at about the halfway mark on the body of the bird. Again, this is really up to you, and where you want the wings to be. One option is to fold the wings at a slight diagonal slant, to make them rake back, as if the bird were in flight. Fold the wing on the other side of the body up to match the other wing.


Photo Credits

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