A cousin of the traditional origami stork, this graceful swan is both easy and elegant.

Step 1:
Fold in half the long way. 
Step 2:
Fold two corners in to meet along the center crease.
Step 3:
Turn over and repeat, so there are two sets of folded corners facing opposite directions.

Step 4:
With the paper flat on the table, take the edge of one of the downward facing flaps and fold it inward so the edge aligns along the center crease.

Repeat with the other side to make a kite shape.

Step 5:
Turn over and repeat Step 4, folding the sides inward again to make a narrower kite shape.

Step 6:
Grasp the narrow tip and fold back so it meets the point at the other end.

Step 7:
Fold the tip of the pointed end forward to make the head/beak.

Step 8:
Fold the swan in half the long way, leaving all the creases folded as they are.

Step 10:
Hold the body of the swan and carefully pull the neck forward.

When it is in the desired position, crease at the base where the neck meets the body so it stays in place.


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