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Origami Instructions to Make Paper Doves with Doilies

Updated April 17, 2017

Origami is a traditional Japanese art form that involves the creator folding paper to create desired shapes. Although you can use any type of paper, using a paper doilie can add a little style to your design. When creating an origami dove with doilies, the lacy part of the doilie gives the illusion of feathers, adding to the beauty of the folded creation. Origami doves can contribute to the ambience of festive occasions and are a fast and inexpensive way to decorate.

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  1. Fold the paper doilie in half. Fold it in half again, then open the fold you just made.

  2. Fold both ends in to meet the crease you created in the centre. Then, fold the doilie in half.

  3. At this point, you should have what resembles an isosceles triangle, and the bottom is the lacy part of the doilie. Make a 1.5-inch to 2-inch cut into the right side of the triangle, about a third of the way down the side.

  4. Fold the upper portion of the area you cut up to create a wing effect. Now repeat Step 3 on the other side and fold the upper part of that cut up to create a second wing.

  5. Fold the front tip of doilie inside itself, with the point facing down, to create a head shape.

  6. Tip

    Make sure all of your creases are strong; this will give the dove a sharper look when it's finished.


    Be careful when cutting the slits to create the wings. If you cut them too long, the body will look disproportionate.

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Things You'll Need

  • 8-inch diameter round paper doilie
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

About the Author

Laura Carroll

Laura Carroll is a writer based in Las Vegas. Since 2004, her work has appeared in the “Las Vegas Business Press,” “View Neighborhood Newspapers” and “Las Vegas Review-Journal.” She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is studying Spanish.

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