How to make an origami dove

Birds of all sorts are common themes among designers of origami models. This traditional model, the dove, is simple to fold and should take the beginner approximately five minutes to complete.

As with most origami projects, the only equipment you will need in order to start folding is a square of paper and a suitable surface upon which to work. Use any sort of paper that you happen to have on hand for practice. Start out with a square of plain, white copy paper and then move on to special patterned or colored paper if, desired. The paper you choose should be heavier in weight than the average sheet of lined notebook paper. For this project, you may want to choose paper that is white or silver on one or both of its sides.

A suitable work surface for origami is one that is stable, hard, and flat. You need to fold against this type of surface in order to create the most accurate folds and sharpest creases possible these factors are crucial to the successful completion of a model. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work. This will help you achieve even sharper creases.

Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are sure that all previous steps have been correctly completed.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, then make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the dove is facing down.
  2. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and leave folded.
  4. Bring the point you folded over in Step 3 back toward the left until approximately 2/3 of the flap is folded back. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded. The left point of the model, folded back in Step 4, becomes the dove’s head and the two layers of the model’s bottom point become the wings.
  6. Bring the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up so that the tip extends just above the top edge. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  7. Repeat Step 6 for the remaining bottom point. The resulting wings should be symmetrical.
  8. Push down on the head portion of the dove, close to the tip, so that its folded edge flattens out. Reverse the existing crease and pinch to keep in place. Approximately half of the head portion should become enclosed within the two paper layers and the tip should point out and down to form the beak.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for the tail portion of the dove.
  10. Fold the very tip of the dove’s tail back in between its paper layers to blunt.

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