How to Make Paper Doves

Updated March 23, 2017

Doves, members of the same bird family as pigeons, are commonly used as a symbol of peace. Paper doves are popular as wedding decorations. Paper doves are easy to make with delicate, lacelike doilies. In a matter of minutes, you can create beautiful, decorative birds for a wedding or party.

Lay a doily on a flat surface and fold it to create a half circle. Fold the half circle in half again.

Unfold the last fold, then fold the two ends to meet at the centre crease to form the shape of a fan.

Fold the fan in half and lay the doily in front of you with the pointed end up. Cut a 1-inch slit through the triangle from the centre of the bottom of the triangle up. You should have two flaps on each side of the fold. Fold up the flap closest to the triangle's point on each side to form the wings.

Fold the triangle point down inside the fold to make the head and beak; make sure the point can be seen poking out from the underside of the dove's body.

Things You'll Need

  • Round paper doilies
  • Scissors
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