Origami (Swans)

Contribution by GrantExpert, Cyprus


Paper, Scissor/Cutter, Ruler, Glue 


Basic triangular units

  1. Start with a rectangular sheet of paper. Almost any size will work but the one shown here is 4″ x 2″ (inches). Fold the paper in half (left to right). Unfold.
  2. Fold the paper in half (bottom to top).
  3. Fold up the left side and the right side of the paper so they align with the vertical crease made in step 1.
  4. Turn the unit around.
  5. Fold in the top corners.
  6. Fold down the top flaps so the unit looks like an upside-down isosceles triangle.
  7. Fold the unit in half (right to left). The basic triangular unit is complete.

Amazing sculptures can be made using these triangular units.

The units can be positioned in two ways for assembly:

  1. Mountain position: the triangular unit rests on its broad base; the pockets are visible.
  2. Slide position: the unit rests on the short side of the triangle; the pockets are still visible.

Different projects will require that you assemble the triangular units either in the mountain position or in the slide position. Insert the tabs of one unit into the pockets (slots) of another unit.

When assembling 3D objects, it is important to insert two different units into the pockets of one unit. This staggering of the units will make the sculpture more secure.

3D Origami Swan Body

Take 30 to 32 units which are already-made triangular units. These will be for row-1.

Row 1 & Row 2:

  1. Place two of the row-1 units side by side.
  2. Bring another unit from the pile of already made units. This 3rd unit will be for row-2. Insert the two row-1 units into the row-2 unit.
  3. Bring one row-1-unit (from the group of 32 units) and one unit from the pile. Continue to use row-2-units to connect the row-1-units together.


“We are learning how to do origami, which is a traditional Asian technique. It is very interesting, and I have never done it before. I am very interested to see how my work will evolve.”

Foivi Antoniou 


“We wish to share our part from the Philippines. There are a lot of products from recyclable materials, from waste, from your garbage! We are turning those into a useful product!” 

Armelita V. Sunga