Fold the wisest creature in the animal kingdom with our step-by-step tutorial! Learn how to make your very own origami owl, complete with a little beak and wings.
We have a choice of either a video tutorial, where we’ll walk you through each step, or if you prefer you can skip to the step-by-step instructions below.
Once you’ve mastered the technique you can make a whole hoot of owls or try our other origami birds. Grab a piece of your favourite 15 x 15cm paper, and follow the origami owl tutorial below.
How to make an origami owl video tutorial
How to make an origami owl step-by-step with pictures
You Will Need
- Origami paper
Fold a piece of square paper diagonally in half, with the patterned/coloured side on the outside.
Folding the origami owl’s wings
Fold one of the corners down, with the tip of the corner meeting a point approximately two thirds along the opposite side. The bottom part of the corner you just folded over should be perpendicular to the top of the model.
Repeat with the other side to create an elongated pentagram (five-sided shape).
Fold one of the wings back, so that the closed edge lines up with the edge of the shape.
Repeat on the other side and fold the other wing backwards, lining up the closed edge of the wing with the exact side of the shape.
Give the wings some shape by adding a small pleat in one of the wings. You’re aiming to raise the wings up.
Repeat with the other wing.
So far we’ve been working on the reverse of the origami owl, so turn your model over and it should look like this.
Time to make your origami owl’s head
Next – let’s make the head! Fold the top section down, approximately 1cm worth.
Time to give your origami owl some ears
Find the centre point of the head you’ve just folded down, then fold over a triangle from one side, opening up the paper as you do – these are the ears!
Now let’s make the beak
Repeat on the other side to create the other ear and the beak.
To finish the beak, add a small pleat at the bottom of the triangle. If you’re struggling to get your fingers in to manipulate the small beak, I find a cocktail stick works well as an aide.
Let’s make your origami owl stand up!
Fold both sides of the bottom of your origami owl inwards – this enables your owl to stand up!
Shape your origami owl by folding the sides inwards.
Repeat on the other side to finish your origami owl!
Ta-dah! Your origami owl is finished
Start folding a Parliament of origami owls!
Have a hoot and fold your own origami owls with our tutorial. Turn your little origami owls into card toppers, gift tags or Halloween decor.
Now you’ve learned how to fold an origami owl you can fold a whole flock.
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Now you’ve mastered folding an origami owl it’s time for more. Why not learn how to fold an origami swan next?