Big Eyed Baby Origami Bird

He found that he had this sudden desperate longing for the fuming, smoky streets of Ankh-Morpork, which was always at its best in the spring, when the gummy sheen on the turbid waters of the Ankh River had a special iridescence and the eaves were full of birdsong, or at least birds coughing rhythmically
Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic


About the Big Eyed Baby Origami Bird

This is a quirky little model! There is something vaguely cartoonish about it. You don’t have to do origami for very long before you start to see the same tricks and design shortcuts used in different models because they work so well. This simple little bird from Paul Rawling is almost made entirely from them!  The formation of the eyes, beak, nose, wings and will all be pretty familiar to people that like origami. They are easy, but very effective.


Folding the Big Eyed Origami Baby Bird

This is a simple design, and shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to make.  It’s one that anyone can do and is suitable for children. Any paper will do, as long as it is different colours on both sides.  I’ve used a standard sheet of origami paper that is 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) square.  The final model is 9cm (3.5in) tall, and 7.5cm (3in) wide.


Big Eyed Baby Origami Bird Instructions

The diagrams for this model are included in the April 2017 edition of the British Origami Society Magazine which is sent to all BOS members. The 50th anniversary convention of the BOS is coming up next month, so this would be an ideal opportunity to join the BOS and see what they have to offer! If you’re going to the Convention, I might see you there!

If you’ve not got access to a copy of the magazine but you want to fold the Big Eyed Baby Origami Bird, you should be able to work out how to fold it from this:

  • Fold a Windmill Base
  • Pull the bottom two corners down
  • Pleat the top two triangles to make the eyes and fold the corners back
  • Fold the sides behind and back out again at an angle to make the wings
  • Pleat to make feet and beak



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I’d love to hear your views on this origami bird model. You might also enjoy folding a traditional origami pigeon.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!

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