Flapping Bird

Diagrams © 1996 by Bradley A. Minch
 

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Begin with a square sheet of paper, colored side up. Valley-fold along each of the main diagonals. Turn the paper over and valley-fold as shown.

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Fold the paper into a preliminary base. Valley-fold each flap into the center line as shown. Repeat behind. Valley-fold the point down as shown. Repeat behind. Sink-fold the point as shown.

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Petal-fold each side along the creases previously made. Fold the front flap along the long axis as shown. Repeat behind. Valley-fold the top flap as shown. Repeat behind.

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Fold out the middle flaps to the positions indicated. Reverse-fold the tip of the tail. Swivel-fold the leading edge of the wing as shown. Repeat behind. Crimp the head and form the beak as shown.

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Curl each of the wings slightly. Crease each wing as indicated. Finished flapping bird.

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To make the bird flap its wings, hold the model in the places indicated by the circles and pull in the directions indicated by the arrows.