How to make an origami carrier pigeon

His traditional origami model, the carrier pigeon, is made from a rectangle that, when folded, becomes a double square. One square forms the tail feathers of the model and the other forms the head. This model is an intermediate level project and can be completed in about five minutes. You’ll need a sheet of 8 ½” X 11” paper, a pencil, ruler, needle and thread (optional), scissors, and a place to work.

Use any paper you like for your practice model. Plain, white copy paper (or similar) works well. Once you have mastered the model, then move on to colored or patterned papers. Any paper you choose should be at least as heavy as the practice paper described above.

Your will also need a hard, flat work surface in order to attain the sharpest creases possible. This is very important, as the sharpness of your creases will play a vital role in how well your model keeps its shape. Avoid soft, cushioned surfaces and use a table, hardback book, or a similar surface instead.

  1. Place a sheet of 8 ½” X 11″ paper on your work surface and use a pencil, ruler, and scissors, to measure and trim it down to an 8″ X 4″ rectangle.
  2. Position the new rectangle on your work surface so that the short edges are facing up and down.
  3. Bring the top edge of the rectangle down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold. This will divide the paper into two equal squares.
  4. Use a ruler and pencil to divide the upper square into 4 equal horizontal sections.
  5. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the second drawn line. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Bring the top edge of the model to the back to meet the third drawn line. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Bring the top edge of the model down again to meet the horizontal crease line made in Step 3. Crease and leave folded.
  8. Fold the pleated top portion of the model to the back along the crease line made in Step 3. Crease and leave folded. In the steps that follow, fold as if the pleated portion of the model is not there. Keep it in place, but do not include it in the creases that you make. Turn the model over.
  9. Bring the left edge of the square over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold. You will have to raise the pleated flap in order to accomplish Steps 9-10. Put it back into place when you have completed these steps.
  10. Bring the bottom edge of the square up to meet its upper edge. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  11. Bring the bottom left point of the paper up to meet the upper right point of the square. Crease and unfold.
  12. Bring the bottom right point up to meet the upper left point of the square. Crease and leave folded.
  13. Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangular flap and push inward and upward at the bottom point. This will cause the model to collapse along the folds you just made. The result will be an upside-down, double-layered triangular flap with an open end that is pointing away from you. The pleated strip should be under the triangular shape at the base.
  14. Bring the lower-left edge of the triangle (top layer only) up to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Bring the lower left edge backward to fold along the same crease line. Crease and unfold.
  15. Open up the top left portion of the triangle and push the left point in toward the model’s center. The left half of the model’s top layer should collapse into a kite-shaped flap that lies along the vertical center.
  16. Bring the upper-left edge of the kite shape over to lie along the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Bring the upper-left edge backward to fold along the same crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the kite shape’s upper-right edge.
  17. Bring the top of the kite shape down to meet the bottom point. The left and right points of the kite shape will come up to meet at the center and the upper edge of the model will collapse along the crease lines made in Step 16. Press flat. The result will be a small kite shape that is composed of a left and right triangular flap.
  18. Bring the bottom point of the small kite shape up to the top of the model. Press flat the result will be a narrow diamond shape.
  19. Bring the right point of the diamond shape over to meet the left point. Press flat. This will create a left point that extends above the top edge of the model.
  20. Bring the lower right edge of the triangle (top layer only) up to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Bring the lower right edge backward to fold along the same crease line. Crease and unfold.
  21. Open up the top right portion of the triangle and push the right point in toward the model’s center. The right half of the model’s top layer should collapse into a kite-shaped flap that lies along the vertical center.
  22. Bring the upper-left edge of the kite shape over to lie along the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Bring the upper-left edge backward to fold along the same crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the kite shape’s upper-right edge.
  23. Repeat Steps 17-18.
  24. Bring the left point of the diamond shape over to meet the right point. Press flat. This will create the right point that extends above the top edge of the model. Turn the model over
  25. Bring the left half of the pleated strip’s top edge down to meet the model’s vertical center. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right half of the pleated strip.
  26. Push the top left point down at its right edge until the top half flattens out and points straight out to the left. This forms the head of the bird. Reverse the existing crease of the flattened out portion and pinch the head portion into place. The base of the head should be enclosed between paper layers. The right point becomes the tail.
  27. Bring the free points of the pleated portions together and secure with a needle and thread, if desired. You can then attach a ” message” to the thread. Arrange the pleated “tail feathers” as desired – flatten them or not.

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