An owl is one of the many birds that can be made by folding a square of origami paper. While the folds may seem tricky at first, with a little practice your fingers will know just how to do them. Make sure the paper you are working with is perfectly square, that your folds are exact, and that you crease each fold smoothly for the best results.
Lay the square of origami paper in front of you on a flat surface with the white side up. Fold it in half diagonally in a valley fold. Crease the fold and open it. Fold it diagonally in a valley fold the opposite direction. Crease the fold and open it. Fold the paper in half, top to bottom in a horizontal mountain fold, so that the colored side faces you. Crease the fold and open it.
Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease the fold and open it. The open square of paper now has X- and cross-shaped folds meeting in the center.
Fold the paper in half, from top to bottom. As you fold, push in the corners of the square on the diagonal valley fold creases to collapse the paper and create a square with the corner flaps sandwiched between its top and bottom.
Position the square so that its open corner is facing you. Fold the right and left corners of the top flap in so that their edges are touching. Fold the top corner down over the top edges of the folded corners. Unfold the corners.
Lift the bottom corner's top flap and move it up to the top corner to expose the white side of the paper. Fold in the right and left sides of the lifted paper flap on the creases you just made to create a mouth or petal shape with the paper.
Flip the paper over. Fold down the top corner on the crease. Fold in the right and left corners. Unfold the corners. Lift the bottom corner up to the top and fold in the right and left sides of the flap to make another petal or mouth shape. Fold the top corner down to the bottom corner. Flip the paper over and fold the top corner down to the bottom corner.
Examine the open end of the shape and find two triangular flaps sandwiched between the top and bottom flaps of the paper on the right and left side. Lift and move the flaps outward to make the owl's wings.
Fold the top corner down to rest above the neckline of the owl's body, then fold the tip of the corner up to make the beak. Fold the top of the figure down so that the tip of the beak is resting where the top folded flaps of the body meet to make the owl's head.
Fold the bottom corner up so that the tip is resting slightly above the bottom of the wings on the body. Fold the very tip of the bottom corner down to make the owl's feet.
Draw the owl's eyes with a pen, if desired.