Day six of World Origami Days 2015 and today’s model is the Traditional Origami Swan.
Like most traditional origami models, the Traditional Swan is very angular in appearance, and quite abstract. It is representative rather than realistic. In this case, it’s the long neck that marks it out as a swan.
Also like most traditional origami, it is very easy to fold! The folding sequence I have given below is as simple as possible and only uses simple ordinary folds – there aren’t even any reverse folds in these steps. As a result, this is another model that is very good to fold with children. It takes less than five minutes to make, so you should be able to fold it with them before they lose interest! The only challenges are that there aren’t any reference points for how far up you fold the neck, and how big you make the head. This is a judgement call and you can always adjust the angle of the neck again afterwards if needed. If you fold the neck too far forward, the swan won’t stand up – it will fall flat on its face!
Any square piece of paper will do for this model, although as it’s a swan, you might like to stick with white, or black. I like to use kami which is grey on one side and white on the other as this gives a nice contrast in the wings as the picture shows.
For a bit of variation, you might like to try adding some crimps in the neck to give it a pleasing swan-like curve.
Time to fold: Less than five minutes
Paper: Any square piece of paper. White or black recommended.