Origami Songbird, by Swapnil Shinde


The model for day 7 of World Origami Days is the Origami Songbird by Swapnil Shinde.

The picture shows two different origami songbirds.  Although they are listed as Songbird I and Songbird II they are essentially the same design, posed slightly differently.  They are folded almost the same way, with some small differences in how the tail and the legs are formed.

This is an intermediate level model.  It doesn’t take long to make (about 15 -20 minutes) as there are only 23 steps for one, and 26 for the other.  The folding sequences include a number of open and closed sinks, so these models are accessible to anyone familiar with these steps.

I have made these two out of a couple of square bits of paper I had lying around – I’m not sure what type.  Most sorts of paper can be used to make these Origami Songbirds.  They are simple enough not to need really thin papers, but you may find that the model gets a little thick with very thick paper types.  Kami would work well, but I tend to try avoid using kami for animals and birds as it can look lifeless and uninspiring.  A more interesting paper, with some natural fibres visible in the paper surface would work well.  The paper I used was 20cm a side and the same colour on both sides.

Origami Songbirds Diagrams

Diagrams for these Songbirds are in the British Origami Spring Convention Pack 2009.  Check out my post about the British Origami Convention for more information on what it is like.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Paper: Most paper types. Papers with natural fibres embedded work best. Kami will do
Time to fold: About 15 – 20 minutes

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Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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