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A general tutorial to make any kind of modular origami
The owl that I have in the photo is just a suggestion for what to do with all your pieces. There are MANY other options-- swans, dragons, lobsters, pokemon. Just try google imaging it!

The second photo is my friend making a swan out of these modules.

Posted by Scarlet from Stafford, Virginia, United States • Published See Scarlet's 46 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a square piece of paper!

    I just cut up printer paper into small squares, about 1.5"

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut it in half!

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 3
    Step 3

    You'll just be using one of those halves now, so put the other aside.

    Fold that rectangle in half hotdog style

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 4
    Step 4

    And then fold that hamburger.

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 5
    Step 5

    Then, with the folded side on the bottom, fold one of the legs upwards and crease along the hamburger fold line

    (flip it over and do the same with the other side too)

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 6
    Step 6

    Unfold along the original hamburger fold line, and press it flat.

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the corners of the legs up

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 8
    Step 8

    And then fold the triangles up along the edge.

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then, fold the triangle in half, with the two triangle side in.

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 10
    Step 10

    I like to stack my modules by color like this to keep them organized.

  • Step 11

    To make any circular animal (or any object really!), you'll have to start out with a circle base.

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 12
    Step 12

    Each module has two pockets and two pointy tips, so you can stick them together, kind of like legos!

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 13
    Step 13

    [front view]

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 14
    Step 14

    Keep going until you have the circle the size you want the bottom of your object to be!

  • How to fold an origami bird. Modular Origami Animals - Step 15
    Step 15

    May I suggest an owl?

    You will need about 100 modules to make one of these.

    The base has 14 pieces, and starting the row above the base, the tummy starts with 4 pieces, then the row above has 5, then 3, then 2. There's one piece for the beak, and six pieces for the eye shadows, and 8 pieces for the actual eyes.

    Be creative! =]

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Ellen R.
Ellen R. · Ambergate, England, GB
this looks amazing but how do you get a full sphere-ish shape, i get how to do the first circle but do you stick each layer together?? x
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fjasdkflnsmcie
fjasdkflnsmcie · 4 projects
nvm i got it Happy
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fjasdkflnsmcie
fjasdkflnsmcie · 4 projects
i dont understand step 5!!! please help... love the project by the way
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JJ S.
JJ S. · Arizona Village, Arizona, US · 5 projects
how do you go up???? and do you stick one of the ends in the pocket of another one???? HOW DO YOU END THE CIRCLE!?!?!/
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Cara D.
Cara D. · 4 projects
oo never mind i got it haha
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Cara D.
Cara D. · 4 projects
someone please help step 5 confuses me
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Scarlet
Scarlet · Stafford, Virginia, US · 46 projects
@ Rachie - thanks!
I've been folding these little modules while in class, watching a movie, on the bus / train, etc. Just something to keep my hands busy, and then just dropping them into a jar. You'll have 100 before you know it!
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*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
this is SO cute! i think id kill my little unfortunate owl before he got a chance to live, though. :-S im not sure where to stock up on patience. ;)
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Scarlet
Scarlet · Stafford, Virginia, US · 46 projects
Thanks for the comments, guys!

@ violetta - I'd love to see what you come up with =]
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Savalou
Savalou · Paris, Île-de-France, FR · 11 projects
Thank youuuu! <3
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