As you might expect, folding a duck is somewhat similar to folding a swan, but, with a few subtle changes, the magic of origami, will help us create a figure that will be quite recognizable as a duck. In essence, the body of the duck is larger in this model, while the neck is shorter than that of the swan.

There are, of course, origami ducks 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 duck, 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 bottom corner upward to about the same height as the side corners, which is a little more than halfway.

6 Now, take this same flap and fold it in half downwards, so the point touches the bottom edge of the model.

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

8 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Compiled March 2023 by                    

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