Origami animals are a fun way to practice your paper folding skills. Although the origami crane is by far the most popular type of origami animal to fold, there are plenty of other options to consider. For example, the origami lovebird is a relatively easy project for the beginning paper folder and suitable for children ages eight and up. You should be able to complete the origami bird in this tutorial in under 15 minutes, which makes him a great Valentine's Day origami project.
1. Start Folding Your Origami Lovebird's Body
You will need one square of origami paper for this project, preferably paper that is the color you would like your bird's body to be on one side and white on the other side. The size of the paper does not matter, as long as it is square. The origami bird in this tutorial was folded with six inch square paper and measures approximately three inches long and four inches tall.
Begin your project with the white side of the paper facing up. Fold the paper in half diagonally, creasing well. Unfold. Fold the two corners towards the middle crease. When you're finished, your paper should look like the photo at the left.
2. Fold Triangular Flaps
Fold the top white triangle backwards. Fold the two top corners towards the center. Define the creases, then unfold the paper. When you're finished, your paper should look like the photo at the left.
3. Create Your Origami Bird's Wings
Open the flap from the middle tip, making sure the corner folds down to the center line. Flatten.
Repeat with the left corner. When you're finished, your paper should look like the photo to the left.
4. Create Your Origami Lovebird's Feet
Fold the bottom corners backwards slightly. These folds will become your origami lovebird's feet.
5. Create Your Origami Bird's Tail
Flip your paper over. Fold up the bottom triangle slightly, then fold back about halfway. This will form the tail of your origami lovebird.
6. Create Your Origami Lovebird's Beak
Fold the paper in half from the center. Rotate the paper 90 degrees counter clockwise, then crease the top of the bird's head slightly. This will form his beak.
7. How to Make a Cute Card With Your Origami Lovebird
Decorate your origami lovebird as desired. Adding google eyes or drawing in details with a fine tipped pen or marker can give your bird a more realistic appearance. If you are interested in making your lovebird true to life, keep in mind that most lovebirds have a bright green body with an orangish red colored area around the beak.
Add your finished origami lovebird to the front of a greeting card. This design makes a wonderful addition to handmade Valentine's Day card. Older children may enjoy creating this project as an alternative to purchasing Valentine's Day cards for their friends and classmates. True origami enthusiasts could even create patterned paper envelopes to go with their origami Valentine's Day cards.
If you want to make a more elaborate origami greeting card, try combining your lovebird with flowers, hearts, or other simple origami shapes.
Possible sayings for the front of your card include "Oh, How Tweet," "Two Little Lovebirds," "Love Is In the Air," "My Little Lovebird," or "Love Isn't Just for the Birds."