Origami, the art of folding paper, originated in Japan as an art available only to the upper classes. Paper was expensive and origami was used exclusively for ceremonies, especially religious ceremonies. When paper started being mass produced and became affordable to the middle classes, the art of paper folding spread. Origami figures can be simple or complex. Many are made from colored squares of paper which are folded into different shapes, with cutting kept to a minimum. An eagle is one of the many figures made from origami squares.
Fold your square white side up along both diagonals. Fold the paper in half along the diagonal. Fold the point up to the diagonal on both halves of the paper and make a crease. On the top layer, fold the new crease up to the top edge to make a crease in the top half of the paper. Fold both layers so the 1/2 and 3/4 creases meet. Make a new crease halfway up the point of the top layer.
Fold the top layer so the new crease meets the bottom edge of the paper. Flip the bottom layer under so the tip still hangs down. Use a swivel fold on each side, folding the bottom edges up and toward the center to form the neck and wings. Fold the top point down and pleat it to make the head.
Bring the tail point forward that you folded underneath on the previous step. Return it to its previous position. Swivel fold the edges toward the center to form the tail. Add more shape to the wings to taste, such as crimping the wings to add a curve to them.
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