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Chinese Origami Peacock

Chinese 3D Origami Peacock

The modular origami technique of making models using triangular units of paper has a million possibilities, but the most gorgeous one is definitely the types of origami peacocks you could do using these units.

Chinese Origami Peacock

How to make a Chinese Modular Origami peacock:

You would need a total of 914 units for this model. You really need to listen to the artist in you – not to the environmentalist, if you want to do these origami models!

These 914 units comprise of:

  • 713 White units
  • 148 Blue units
  • 52 Orange units and
  • 1 Yellow unit
The composition is totally dependent on the design you choose.

Step 1:

Start by making connector units with White triangles as shown.

OPCK1Step 2:

Start connecting the units together. Rows and will get formed as you keep assembling the connector units.

Keep adding units such that you have Rows 1 and with 30 units each.

Step 3:

Similarly, add Row 3 with 30 white units.

Step 4:

Next is a row of 30 blue units. 

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Row of 30 white units. This is the 5 th row.

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At this point, invert the model and bring the units upward.

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Now add the next row – this will again be a row of 30 blue units.

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Now add a row of white units.

Step 9:

We will now form a pattern using blue and orange units.

Hope this makes the pattern a bit clear. So start assembling…

OPCK9Keep building up the pattern.

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Remove the orange unit at the center and replace that with a yellow unit.

Then keep adding the units till you have this structure.

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Now add white units for the remaining part to complete the rows.

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Step 11:

As it can be seen here, you will add white units  on either side of the blue units to give a shape to the body of the peacock.

Step 12:

Since the front of the peacock is done, start building the tail of the peacock.

The first row (of the tail) will be of 16 blue units – thereon, increase the number of units of each row by one unit as you keep building.

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Step 13:

As you keep building, a pattern is made as shown.

OPCK19keep adding the units…

OPCK20again a pattern is made…

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and here is the completed origami peacock tail.

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For the neck of the peacock, make a similar structure depending on the length of the neck you want.

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The beak is inserted – one orange unit is used. My peacock’s neck used up a total of 24 units (23 white and 1 orange).

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Step 16:

Attach the neck to the front (which we completed in step 11).

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Step 17:

Eyes are drawn.

The gorgeous origami peacock with its tail feathers spread and standing majestic is here!

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A couple of other views of the model.

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I’ve tried to make the tutorial as clear as possible, but wherever you may have queries, do let me know…

4 comments

  1. Jayanthi Ramesh

    Simply superbbb Ramya; a craft(y) girl??? 🙂

  2. How will i increase one unit each row for the tail please instruct me. I’m having a problem here. 🙂

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