Yes, the simple origami swan is, I think, splendiferous, and yes again, that is a real word.

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There are, of course, origami swans with more steps, more detail, for folders at the intermediate and advanced levels, but this model is for beginner folders. Yet, it captures the figure of a swan, viewed from the side, beautifully. It can be folded flat (two-dimensional) for attaching to a card, or it can also be made partly three-dimensional, which will allow it to sit upright on a flat surface, allowing it to be viewed from the front.

1 To start, place a square down so it forms a diamond shape.

2 Fold it in half from left to right to make a triangle and open it again.

3 Fold the bottom edges in so they lie along the center vertical crease - this is a kite fold.

4 Flip the paper over from right to left.

5 Fold the same edges in again in the same way as before, to make an even skinnier kite shape. Leave folded.

6 Fold the shape in half from top to bottom so the thin bottom point meets the top point exactly. Crease.

7 Fold this same point down about half way to the bottom edge to form the head. Crease and leave folded.

8 Turn the shape 90 degrees to the right so the long, closed edge is left and the point is to the right.

9 Pick up the figure and use a mountain fold from top to bottom to fold it in half. You will have a long, triangular shape with the head poking out from the top edge.

10 Hold the model near its right point and pull up the neck of the swan to the left so it is more or less at a 90 degree angle.

11 Once the neck is upright or at the angle you like, squash the paper down so the fold will stay in place.

12 Adjust the beak in this way as well if preferred.

13 To make the swan 3D, open the folds making up its body so it forms a kind of stand.

14 If it falls forward, pull its neck backwards a little so it can balance better.

Say hi to your splendiferous swan and please share this with someone you think might like it.

Compiled February 2023 by                    

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