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A cute penguin, with some changes of my own.
I like origami a lot, but this is the first penguin I have made. I didn't like the way I was told to do it, so it's a little different but still cute.

Please keep in mind while making this that it may not be perfect the first time and you may go through a lot of paper. But just relax and try again, you'll get it after a while.

Posted by Britt from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States • Published See Britt's 3 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take your paper and fold it in half, making a triangle. Press down firmly to make a crease and then unfold.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take bottom corner and fold up slightly, create a crease.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 3
    Step 3

    Keeping that bottom part folded, fold your paper in half again, along that same crease. You just created the body of your penguin.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, for the wings. Take one corner and fold it back to where the tip is just barely touching the crease.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat step four on the other side.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now for the feet, this is were it starts to get tricky. We're going to work the bottom, the whit part without a point. Take the edge and fold it up towards the "back". You should try and get the fold parallel to the bottom of the "wing". Press firmly to create a crease.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now, your going to want to tuck that piece into the "body" using the crease you just made. Tip: Open up the bird and fold it inward, using the crease as a guide to where you want it folded.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take one of the "legs" and fold it back towards the wing. Just let the tip touch the bottom of it. (Sorry for the bad pic.)

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 9
    Step 9

    While still holding that last crease fold the point back down towards the other leg and the unfold both of the creases you just made.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 10
    Step 10

    These next two steps suck. Tuck the fold into the bird's body. Simple huh?

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now, with that last crease your going to want to push the "foot" out. I have found if you pinch the fold made in step 10 while pushing out the crease it's easier.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now do this on the next side. The feet should be the same size, but if it's not don't worry. Just means it won't stand up well.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 13
    Step 13

    Lets move on to the head. Open your bird, sightly so you don't undo the feet, and fold the top point downwards. Make sure it's just above the wings. Unfold.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold back down again, making sure to get a small part of the wings this time. Then close your bird again.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 15
    Step 15

    Place your finger in the back of it's head as you lift the face up. May take a little fiddling unto you can get it to stand again (if your feet aren't even).

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 16
    Step 16

    Close it again and bend the tip back just slightly. Press firmly to create a crease.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now fold the tip forwards.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 18
    Step 18

    Remember what we did with the feet in steps 10-12? Well, your gonna do it again here. But it is a little easier this time.

    Fold that first crease down.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now fold the second crease up.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 20
    Step 20

    It should look something like this. :P

    It you like the way it looks, or your fingers are just tired, you can stop here. Otherwise, lets finish the wings.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 21
    Step 21

    The rest is really simple. Just take the tip of the wing and fold it slightly inward. You may have to adjust it until you get it to the point you like.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 22
    Step 22

    Do the same on the other side and then your done.

  • How to fold an origami penguin. Origami Penguin - Step 23
    Step 23

    Tada! You just made your penguin! These little fellas make great gifts and their also really good for decorating on a budget. Enjoy!

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