Picture of Modular Origami | Mini Winged Swan | 181 Pieces
3D Origami, Golden Venture Origami, Chinese Paperfolding, whatever you choose to call it, is an intensive form of origami which involves creating many pieces and assembling them together to create shapes, animals, flowers, and much more. To learn about the history, please see my first 3D origami guide.

The winged swan is one of the most breathtaking pieces in 3D origami—it takes the initial beauty of a regular swan, and incorporates a more anatomically-correct wing design. However, these models can take even the expert folder hours to create.

This is a simplified model of my own design, which incorporates the wing and tail detail from the original winged swan, but reduces the overall model size. In comparison, the pieces for this model can be made in around 45 minutes.

This model requires 181 units. It is intermediate in terms of difficulty.
I will be using orange units to denote steps.
If you have not folded 3D models before, can I recommend an easier origami swan to start?

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
To make this model, you will need:
  • 6 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper/A4 size paper, each cut into 32 pieces
  • A black Sharpie/marker
  • A red Sharpie/marker
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Mod Podge (optional)
Prep your beak by coloring two of the pieces of paper with a red marker and a black marker. Alternatively, you can use red or black paper if you have it.
Thank you so much!!! It turned out amazingly :)
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zoey3013 made it!5 months ago

Really easy to follow instructions, thanks :D

kokiojiro9 months ago

This guide is one of the best I've seen! It's so descriptive and easy to understand.


AHHHHHHH this is my fault but when I finished it, I noticed EVERTHING was inverted............................. yikes

sayanroy1 year ago

vry interesting

slee5m1 year ago
this is the best
Skye211 year ago

Had an awesome time making this :D

This is awesome! I'm halfway through at the moment, but I will probs take a bit longer than you did... (I've already spent about 8 hours on it... :S) :P

This is great! I'm 100% going to do this tomorrow since my last J-term class was called off!

dkansara11 year ago

That is awesome

tremendo, q calidad!
krysteanuh (author)  juliancho251 year ago

Muchas gracias!

This is pretty awesome! I used to do a little Origami but nothing like this. Awesome step by step photos too. Really makes this a great instructable.

beautiful tecnique, thanks for posting!

fasc231 year ago
Thanks I love 3D origami look at these I made a dude and a water dragon
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krysteanuh (author)  fasc231 year ago

Wow, the dragon is very pretty! How does the head stay connected to the tail?

thomas96661 year ago

Holy hell this is awesome :D Keep it up, I love this

wrosendo1 year ago
sorry. very cool !my phone kill me
wrosendo1 year ago
Henry cool!
Great job! Your directions are very easy to follow :D

Great step by step directions and photos! Really easy to follow along with and I love how you colored the ones for the head :D

krysteanuh (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

Thank you so much for your kind words! :)