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FLAPPING BIRD or FLAPPING CRANE traditional model

 

Use a square of paper, colored side up.

 
 

 
  1 Fold into a triangle. Unfold. Fold other triangle. 2 After turning over, fold rectangle . Unfold. 3 Fold other rectangle. 4 Push down to form square. Look at next step.  
         
 

 
  5 Like this. 6 Preliminary base. Fold all layers inward like a kite. 7 Mountain fold top triangle. 8 Open out side layers.  
         
 

 
  9 Lift top layer only to form diamond. 10 Like this. 11 Diamond is complete. Turn over... 12 And repeat step 10.  
         
 

 
  13 Fold top layer to the left and repeat on the back. 14 Lift bottom point up. Repeat in back. 15 Pinch and pull side flaps out. Press them flat. 16 Form head with inside reverse fold.  
         
 

 
 
17 Finished. Now to train it to fly, see the next step.
18 Pinch at the circle with one hand. Bend wings forward over your fingers. Then with the other hand, pull tail in and out to make the wings flap.
 
         
           
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