Introduction: How to Fold the World's Simplest Origami Bird

I had a number of messages saying people didn't "get" how the bird was folded.

What better time to show everybody?

Start with a square of paper, and copy the folds you see.

Yes, I know I pre-creased the paper, but if I didn't that took the video over 30s unless I sped it up.

I'm also a bit miffed with the end caption - the version I uploaded doesn't have the stray "m" (I wasn't expecting YouTube to mangle it like that).


adale123 (author)2013-02-09

Wow,that was to easy!!!!

U456 (author)2011-10-23

Hey Kiteman! I love making this I had a great time! I love this sooo much!

Kiteman (author)U4562011-10-23

Thank you!

U456 (author)Kiteman2011-10-24

Your welcome!

ilpug (author)2011-08-27

me too. It was such a crucial step.

(no sarcasm at all intended!)

vishalapr (author)2011-07-16

I made it and it came out really nice! Thx for sharing an awesome project!

gandora99 (author)2011-03-12

'then add the essential details'
:) lol
ur instructables are really good :)

star folder (author)2010-06-03

In the Origami world,this fold has a name and designer, Dorothy Engleman called it "Yellow Bird".   Yes, it is simple, and a great way to teach the inside reverse fold - or outside reverse, depending upon how you look at it.
I like to teach it using square card stock that is actually recycled fliers.  When the bird is turned upside down, and placed on a flat surface, it looks like a sailboat.  Blow into the sail, and have races.

Kiteman (author)star folder2010-06-03

Haha, that is exactly what my youngest did when I taught him this!

Bandaids (author)2010-05-17

Took me 3days to figure this out how is it so easy...

Just kidding...

DJ Radio (author)2009-09-25

Wow, I found kiteman's youtube account! Took me long enough....

Kiteman (author)DJ Radio2009-09-25

Not exactly a secret...

DJ Radio (author)Kiteman2009-09-25

Nah I just couldn't find it that well.

poparoo4 (author)2009-09-17


poparoo4 (author)2009-09-17

how big is the paper?

Kiteman (author)poparoo42009-09-17

Size isn't important, it just has to be square.

Kiteman (author)2009-09-01


thepelton (author)2009-08-21

That was neat. I recall being in a japanese restauraunt in the early seventies when I was in the Navy and in Yokosuka, Japan, trying to do origami to show the waiter. I really wish I had known about this one back then.

geekazoid (author)2009-08-19

i must agree simple effective, and taught you something in less than half a minute, good 'ible.

Kiteman (author)geekazoid2009-08-19

Thank you.

lemonie (author)2009-08-18

It's nice and simple and it fits the 30s slot. Good job. L (Which bird(s) am I hearing?)

Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-08-19

They're blackbirds. I didn't record them myself - I don't have the equipment.

lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-08-19

Thankyou. L

greeenpro (author)2009-08-18

Meh..I need more specifics. You fail.

bumpus (author)greeenpro2009-08-18

Hardly, its quick, and simple. Very well done, K.

Kiteman (author)bumpus2009-08-19

Thanks, Bumpus.

(You know, I think greenpro was being humorous...)

greeenpro (author)Kiteman2009-08-19

By all means....I was completely kidding around. Well done!

Kiteman (author)greeenpro2009-08-19


knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-08-18


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