Learn how to make an origami dove. This paper bird is fairly easy to make and it only takes 10 steps. It looks great as a stand-alone project, or you can add it to a collage or composite piece. Make one dove or make a flock!
Instructions for Origami Dove
Fold and unfold the paper in half as shown.
Fold the paper in half (left side on top of right side).
Fold the top layer back towards the left: fold at about ⅓ of the distance from the folded edge.
Fold the model in half (top to bottom).
Fold the bottom section up. This will be the wing of the dove.
Repeat behind: fold the bottom layer up and behind the model.
To make dove’s head, you will make an inside reverse fold.
To do this: fold the left side down at an angle as shown. Unfold.
Pry open the two layers of paper and push the tip of the paper down in between the layers of paper.
Now we work on the tail (right side of model).
Fold the top of the tail down so it meets the raw edge of the wing (connect red dots). Unfold.
Do the inside reverse fold on the tail: pry open the two layers of paper and push the tip of the paper down in between the layers of paper.
You can leave it here and call it done. Or, you can fold the tail down one more time so the back of the tail is at the same angle as the back of the wing.
Both versions look great.
This model is a traditional design which means that it has been around for so long that no one knows who created it. Some people call it an origami dove while others call it an origami bird. Either way, may it bring you peace!
The video below is similar to the dove instructions above: