Origami Bird: Make Your Own Pelican

This origami step by step tutorial shows you how to make your own origami bird – more specifically a pelican.

Step 1:

Start with a square piece of paper and place it diagonally on the table. Fold the far left tip to the right, to form a sideways triangular shape.

origami paper folded

Then unfold it back to its original square shape.

unfold origami paper

Step 2:

Next, you will fold the corner to meet in the center at the crease you’ve already made.

fold left to center

Repeat on the right side.

fold right to center

Step 3:

Next, you’re going to fold the outside corners to the center again. Do this on both the right and left side, so it looks like this.

fold center again

Step 4:

Now flip your paper over and fold the bottom corner all the way up to the top corner.

fold bottom up

Step 5:

Now turn your paper to the side and fold the bottom to meet evenly with the top.

fold side up

It will look like this once the fold is complete:

side up done

Step 6:

If you open up the top fold, you’ll see a long triangular fold inside, pull that up, as shown below. This will form the pelican’s neck and head. Press down to make a very good crease, as with all your other folds.

crease neck up

Next, fold the tip over, to form the pelican’s head and beak.

fold beak

Step 7:

At the back of your model, now fold each of the wings down, as you can see below:

paper wings

Then position the model, so it stands up and your pelican is complete.

finished origami bird