Origami Mandarin Bird Tutorial – Simon Andersen

Origami Mandarin Bird Tutorial - Simon Andersen via @paper_kawaii
Origami Mandarin Bird Tutorial - Simon Andersen via @paper_kawaii

How to fold an origami mandarin bird designed by Simon Andersen. These birds can perch or hang about as decorations all year round.

There are a few different ways to fold the wings, if done more simply, the bird looks more like a seagull. I modified the wings a little to be more layered. I start by making the simpler winged version first.

These little origami birds will make lovely Christmas tree decorations. They can be perched or hung up with a ribbon. If hung, you may want to weigh down the front end of the bird (shown at the end of the video).

Design: Simon Andersen (permission granted by Hans Dybkjær) More info on this origami model
Level: ★★★☆☆

You will need:

▸ 1 sheet of square paper. Paper size example: 15 x 15 cm

Final model size: 10 x 5 cm

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5 years ago

Everything you Create leaves me in AWE! Thank you for sharing your amazing art!

5 years ago

I just love these little birds! I’ve been making quite a few. It took a few tries to get that layered wing variation to look right and I had to watch the part with the tail fold a couple times too to get that. I tucked in the long triangles along the birds neck and quite like how that looks. Resembles a mourning dove to me. A very satisfying fold.

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