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Origami Bee making guide

by Marc Kirschenbaum

1.Begin with a bird base, colored side out. Fold the top flaps down.

2.Precrease the top.

3.Precrease through the intersection of creases.

4.Sink the top.

5.Spread squash.

6.Flatten. Repeat steps 5-6 behind.

8.Valley down.

9.Valley up.

7.Swing the front flap up.


11.Repeat steps 8-10 in mirror


12.Swing down while spreading out the top layers.

13.Rabbit ear.


15.Valley over.

16.Swing up.

17.Spread squash.

18.Swing over.


19.Pull the flap through.

20.Repeat steps 18-19 in mirror image.

21.Bring the colored layers to the surface.

22.Swing down.

24.Swing the large flap over.

23.Tuck flap into pocket.

27.Swing over.

28.Repeat steps 24-27 in mirror 29.Turn over. image.

30.Wrap a single layer around each side.


31.Valley up.

33.Valley up.

35.Swing everything over.

34.Turn over.

36.Swing down two flaps.

37.Closed sink.

38.Swing one flap up.

39.Swing the large flaps back.

40.Repeat steps 35-39 in mirror image.

41.Swing one flap over.

42.Swing one flap up (a portion of the fold is hidden under the colored region).

43.Swing up again.

44.Swing the flap through.

45.Reverse fold.

46.Rearrange the flaps as indicated.

47.Swing up while incorporating a reverse fold.

48.Swing over bottom flap. Stretch top flap outwards.

50.Swing over one flap.

51.Valley corner down.

49.Swing down two flaps.

54.Valley up.

52.Repeat steps 41-51 in mirror 53.Swing down. image.

55.Swing down.

56.Precrease in opposite direction.

57.Valley to horizontal crease.


58.Valley to center.

60.Swing up while swiveling in


62.Valley the top single layers outwards while folding the tail upwards. The tail will not lie flat.

63.Valley the tail up.

67.Squash the tip.

68.Swing the top back to reveal the colored triangle.

Mountain back the excess paper at the base ofthe tail.

69.Valley upwards; do not crease sharply.

70.Swing the top flaps up.

71.Reverse fold.

72.Swing over.


73.Valley up.

76.Swing back.

77.Swivel over.

78.Pull out single layer.

79.Swing over.

80.Rabbit ear.

81.Swing over.

82.Swing over.

83.Repeat steps 72-82 in mirror image.

84.Lightly fold the model in half.

85.Squash flap, being sure to distribute the inner layers as evenly as possible. The tiny hidden flap should go towards the head. Rotate.

86.Reverse fold one half into angle quadsectors. Reverse the other half along the angle bisector.

87.Swing over.

88.Squash fold. Repeat steps 85-88 behind.

89.Reverse fold.

90.Swivel up. Make the valley fold as light as possible.

91.Valley fold.

92.Swing over two flaps. Repeat steps 89-92 behind.

93.Ccrimp the head into the body so that edge A lies straight. Alow the antennae to swing up.

94.Valley fold.

95.Pull out back leg while swiveling at top.

96.Valley down.


©1994 Marc Kirschenbaum


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