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23 Origami Birds You Can Fold for the #OrigamiMigration

 

You’ve probably already heard of the #OrigamiMigration to help protect the wetlands of Doñana National Park in Spain. These wetlands are visited every year by six million migratory birds and the Spanish government currently has river dredging plans that threaten their habitat.

WWF is calling on people to fold their own origami birds and post them to social media with the hashtag #OrigamiMigration. They’re also putting together a giant piece of artwork in Spain and you can mail in your origami bird and it’ll be included in the artwork.

To help you with your folding here is a collection of video tutorials for folding migratory origami birds. You are free to fold any kind of bird that you want for this project but for this post I’ve collected specifically migratory origami birds. Many of the the bird species here depend on Doñana National Park for their migration across Europe every year.

There’s a wide arrange of models here for all difficulty levels ranging from Very Easy to Easy to Intermediate to Hard to Very Hard. No matter what your skill level is with origami you should be able to find something to fold.

Traditional Origami Duck: this is a famous traditional origami model

Difficulty: Very Easy

Jassu’s Origami Duck: this is a great little origami duck with feet, use two coloured paper for the best results.

Difficulty: Easy

Jo Nakashima and Camila Zeymer’s Duck: this is a really great origami duck with a lot of personality.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Henry Phạm’s Duck: this is another excellent origami duck that’s very easy to fold.

Difficulty: Very Easy

Joost Langeveld’s Baby Duck: a cute origami duck that’s pretty simple to fold. Use yellow paper for the best results.

Difficulty: Easy

Hoàng Tiến Quyết’s Baby Duck: another fantastic baby duck model from Vietnam.

Difficulty: Easy

Seth Friedman’s Duckling: this is one of the best origami ducks I’ve ever seen.

 Difficulty: Very Hard

Traditional Origami Swan: this is probably the most famous traditional origami swan.

Difficulty: Very Easy

Hoàng Tiến Quyết’s Swan: this is an absolutely beautiful origami swan but it is much more difficult to fold.

Difficulty: Hard

John Montroll’s Goose: this is an excellent origami goose that’s quite simple to fold

Difficulty: Easy

Joost Langeveld’s Goose: this is an origami goose in mid flight which is something I haven’t really seen before, most of them are just standing or sitting.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Traditional Origami Crane: this is easily the most famous origami model there is and if you fold 1,000 of them you get good luck!

Difficulty: Easy

Traditional Origami Crane with Nice Wings: this is a bit of a variation on the traditional origami crane giving it much more elegant looking wings.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Kade Chan’s Immortal Crane: this is a really beautiful origami crane standing on long legs.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Michael G. LaFosse’s Cardinal: another fantastic origami cardinal that’s easy to fold.

Difficulty: Easy

Seth Friedman’s Cardinal: this is an absolutely fantastic origami cardinal but it is a lot harder to fold.

Difficulty: Very Hard

Traditional Origami Heron: an excellent origami heron that’s folded similarly to the traditional origami crane.

 Difficulty: Easy

Traditional Fluttering Dove: if you pull on the completed dove it will flap its wings.

Difficulty: Easy

John Szinger’s Loon: a simple but detailed origami loon, for best results use two coloured paper.

Difficulty: Easy

Traditional Origami Swallow: this is another somewhat famous traditional origami model.

Difficulty: Easy

 

Alfredo Giunta’s Sparrow: this is a great 3D origami model that’s also quite cute.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Traditional Flapping Bird: this model is similar to the traditional origami crane and if you pull its tail it flaps its wings.

Difficulty: Easy

Stellar’s Jay by Riccardo Foschi: this is quite a beautiful origami bird.

Difficulty: Hard

Seth Friedman’s Blue Jay: this is another really beautiful origami bird but it’s definitely not easy to fold.

Difficulty: Hard

Remember to include the hashtag #OrigamiMigration when you post your photos so everyone can see your origami birds!

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