How to make an origami peacock

This peacock folds into a truly attractive model. Its wide, fan-shaped tail allows for an infinite number of decorative possibilities. This is a beginner-intermediate level project that will take approximately five minutes to complete. You’ll nee a sheet of 8 X 11 paper, a pencil, a ruler, and an appropriate workplace.

A standard sheet of copy paper work well for this project (you can even use a dollar bill for this project). Once you have completed this model successfully, you can adjust the size of the paper as desired. Make sure that the paper you use is heavier than the average sheet of lined notebook paper.

The work surface that you use when doing origami must be hard and flat 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. A table, floor, or hardback book all work well as folding surfaces.

  1. Cut a standard sheet of copy paper in half, lengthwise, and place one of the two resulting strips onto your work surface. Position the paper so that its short edges are facing up and down.
  2. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease just enough to mark the vertical center and unfold. Do not make a sharp crease.
  3. Use a pencil and ruler to mark out a square at the bottom of the rectangle. The bottom edge and long sides of the paper form the base and sides of the square, so only one line will need to be drawn. Draw an identical horizontal line on the back of the paper.
  4. Bring the left edge of the square over to meet the right edge. Make a crease without disturbing the top portion of the rectangle. Unfold.
  5. Bring the bottom edge of the square up to meet the upper drawn edge. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  6. Bring the bottom left point of the paper up to meet the upper right point of the drawn square. Crease and unfold.
  7. Bring the bottom right point up to meet the upper left point of the drawn square point. Crease and leave folded.
  8. 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.
  9. Bring the lower-left edge of the triangle over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge.
  10. Bring the left half the triangle’s base (top layer only) down to lie along the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the right half of the triangle’s base.
  11. Bring the very end of the bottom left edge up to the triangle’s base edge to create a crease that extends from the upper left point to the first intersection of crease lines that you come to. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the right side of the model.
  12. Pinch the left and right points of the model along the crease lines made in Step 10. Bring the points up so that the edges of the model turn up along crease lines made in the previous steps.
  13. Bring the left and right points together to touch at the model’s center. If you open them up a bit you should see a kite shape formed at the bottom.
  14. Bring the left pointed flap over and up so that it points up and to the right. Press flat.
  15. Bring the right pointed flap over and down so that it points down and to the left. Press flat.
  16. Bring the upper left point of the model down to meet the model’s vertical center. The left half of the model’s top edge should come down to lie along the vertical center crease line made in Step 2. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the upper right point.
  17. Bring the left lower edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right lower edge. The points folded back in Steps 14 and 15 should be protruding from beneath the flaps created in this step. Turn the model over.
  18. Fold the model in half, lengthwise, from left to right. Crease and leave folded. The points folded back in Steps 14 and 15 – now the legs of the peacock – should be sticking out to the right, one pointing up and the other pointing down.
  19. Bring the upper right point of the model over to a point that is just to the left of the left, folded edge. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the back of the model. If you use a rectangular piece of paper that is shorter than the standard sheet of copy paper, there may only be one right point.
  20. Hold the model secure at the legs. Push down on the folded left edge until the portion that lies below the legs flattens out and points straight out to the right to form the peacock’s neck. Pinch in place so that the base of the neck is enclosed within the model’s paper layers.
  21. Hold the model secure at the base of the neck. Push down on the end of the neck so that the tip flattens out and points straight down. This forms the peacock’s head. Pinch in place so that the base of the head is enclosed within the neck’s paper layers.
  22. Hold the layers of the peacock’s body secure and then open up the opposite end to create a fan-shaped tail. Stand the peacock up to complete.

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