How to make an origami stork

This traditional origami model is a beginner-intermediate level project that should take just a few minutes to complete.

The only equipment that you’ll need in order to begin folding this model is a square of paper and a suitable surface upon which to work. Use any kind 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 a paper that is white or silver.

An acceptable 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.

Optional supplies for this project are a needle, thread, and tissue paper that can be turned into the stork’s bundle.

  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, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the stork is facing down.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  4. Position the square so that the edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. You should now have a rectangular-shaped model.
  6. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  7. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing toward you.
  8. Bring the lower-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the model’s vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Fold the lower left edge backward along the crease line you just made. Crease and unfold.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for the lower right edge of the model.
  10. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease just enough to mark the horizontal center. Do not make a sharp crease.
  11. Bring the top point of the model down to the center of the model. Use the crease line made in Step 10 as a guide. Crease and unfold.
  12. Bring the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top of the model, opening up the top layer as you go. The top layer should collapse along the crease line made in Step 11 and the bottom point should come behind the top point to touch your work surface. The left and right points of the model will meet at the center. The result will be a narrow diamond shape at the top of the model. Press flat.
  13. Turn the model over and Repeat Steps 11-12.
  14. Bring the lower-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the lower right edge.
  15. Turn the model over and repeat Step 14.
  16. Hold the model between thumb and forefinger at its center.
  17. Open up the right side of the model’s left leg with your free forefinger and push it out and up to the left. The leg will flatten out.
  18. Reverse the leg’s existing crease so that the base of the leg is enclosed within the model’s paper layers. The tip of the leg will be pointing up and to the left. Pinch to keep in place. This forms the neck and head of the stork.
  19. Hold the model between thumb and forefinger at the base of the stork’s neck and push the tip down. The end will flatten out. Its tip should be pointing down and out to the left. This will form the stork’s beak.
  20. Reverse the existing crease of the flattened portion of the beak and pinch the paper layers together so that the base of the beak is enclosed within the layers of the head.
  21. Pull the wings of the stork apart and adjust them as desired.
  22. Use a needle and thread to poke a hole through the stork’s beak. Attach a very small cloth or tissue bundle to the thread ends to make the stork’s package.

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