Making an origami fly or any origami insect can be quite difficult. This is because insects have so many appendages: three body parts, six legs, two antennae, two or more wings, and other specialized structures such as pincers or stingers. How could you possibly fold a sheet of paper to make so many sections?
The origami fly shown here is made easy because it has only three parts: a head, a body and wings. If you start with a triangular sheet of paper, you will be able to have the wings a different colors than that of the body – that’s a nice detail to give the desired “look” without the “work”.
Instructions for Easy Origami Fly
Take a square sheet of paper and cut it along the diagonal so it becomes a triangle.
With the white-side facing up, fold the paper in half and unfold.
Fold up the bottom-corners so the tips meet at the peak of the triangle.
Fold down the two flaps but fold it at a slight angle so the tips spread apart from one another and look like wings.
Fold down the back-layer of paper. Don’t fold exactly in half; instead, leave a small gap.
Make the back-layer more narrow by folding it into thirds. Then refold the crease made in step 5.
Fold back (mountain fold) a good portion of the left and right sides of the model. Adjust the paper until the shape is of that of a fly and that the left and right sides are symmetrical to one anoher. Press down to establish the folds.
Fold back the tips of the wings and you’re done!