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How to make a paper seagull

Origami, traditionally from Japan, is the art of paper-folding, and is becoming increasingly popular in Western culture for making decorations and as an activity for the kids. Making a seagull is a fairly easy process to do, and can be taught and made by children as well.

Fold a piece of square origami paper (suggested 18x18cm or 5x5in) from corner to corner both ways, so that it is separated into four isosceles triangles. Fold one half over to the other using an invisible line placed about 1 cm (roughly 0.5in) to the left of the middle fold. The piece should now look like one smaller triangle placed on top of a larger triangle.

Create another line about 4.5cm (roughly 2in) from the left-hand edge and fold the left part underneath itself. Using the top triangle, fold it in half to the left so that the tip is just overlapping the left-hand edge.

With the second-layer triangle, use a step-fold on an invisible line matching the right-hand edge, so that the triangle sticks out from that edge for about 4.5cm (roughly 1.75in.) Turn the entire piece over.

Fold the piece in half horizontally, and then fold the long parts down again to create wings. Bend these wings into an “M” shape.

Colour the edges of the wings black with a black pen, and then draw on an eye each side of the head. You can also draw and colour in a beak next to the eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Square piece of origami paper
  • Pen
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Hannah Read is a writer based in Colchester, Essex, having written since her school days. Her articles have appeared in "The Times Online," "Upmarket" and her own blog in which she writes reviews and articles, mostly about film and media.