Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. It is likely to be a traditional model, though.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 13

Description: This is a fairly shallow, open container. It is triangular in shape with the head of the bird making up one of the corners. The sides of the basket form the wings that seems to be open.

The third side of the basket may be left open, or it can be folded over once or twice to form a bowl or dish with 3 sides.

In all cases the basket will be able to stand on its own and hold a small treat or two.

This is a great model to use for stork or children's parties 

Using two-sided origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern, making this box even more eye-catching.

Step 1

Place a square down with its points to the left and right, top and bottom or in a diamond formation.

Step 2

Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.

You will have a 2-layered triangle with a hinged edge along the bottom.

Step 3 

Fold the right top edge, the top layer only, diagonally down to meet the bottom hinge fold. Crease and leave folded. 

Step 4 

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step, but now with the left top edge of the triangle. 

Result: You will now be left with a skinny model that seems to be divided by a vertical line into a long, flat triangle with 4 layers on the left and a much smaller triangle with 2 layers on the right. 

Step 5

Fold the bottom edge on the right, the top layer only, upwards again to meet the top edge.

Crease and leave folded.

Step 6

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step, but now with the left bottom edge of the triangle. 

Result: You will still have the same flat triangle, but it will now have a smooth surface on the left and the bottom right.

A small triangle, composed of 6 layers, will take up the space at the top right of the large triangle.

Step 7

Mentally divide the large triangle into thirds and fold the right point of the model, all the layers, one-third to the left and upwards so it is at a 90 degree angle in relation to the left part of the triangle.


Step 8

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step on this side.

Remember to unfold.

Step 9

Now, using the folds just created, slightly open the layers of the paper and push the point you have folded up so it disappears in between the layers of the paper.

Result: The neck and head of the bird will be formed.

Step 10

Next, create a beak by pressing down on the top of the head of the bird so that the layers of the paper will open a little and fold downwards at an angle.

Step 11

Pick up the model and holding it closed near the right edge, which will be the neck of the bird, gently open the folds on the lefthand side.

The folds you created in Steps 5 and 6 above will open into a triangular shape, consisting of a flat bottom part and on each side, there will be the wings, which will be standing up, forming the sides of the bird basket.

You have now transformed the model from a flat shape into a three-dimensional, triangular basket.

Step 12

Turn the model so the head of the bird is facing away from you.

 Press the center part of the triangle flat to form the bottom of the basket and recrease the left and right sides  if necessary.

Step 13

The back of the basket will be flat at this point. You can either leave the basket as is, in which case it will have only 2 sides with the third laying flat, resembling the tail of the bird.

 Alternatively, you can use both hands to make a valley fold or 2 to form the third side of the basket. If you only fold the third edge over once, it will be less secure and may lose its shape quite easily. If you fold the edge over twice, it will be somewhat lower than the 2 sides, but it will be more secure and less likely to unfold, helping the basket to keep its shape somewhat more.

Pinch the left and right corners together with the edge you have just created and make sure the edge you have formed is straight.

Your Bird Basket is ready for use.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, June 2023

Revised, August 2023, with thankful acknowledgement to members of the 

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