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DIY Tutorial: CNY Origami Rooster

January 26, 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Where all the malls and the neighbourhoods are a sea of red. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chinese New Year for all the food, red packets and the catch up sessions, but we could do with lesser tacky, loud and red decorations and the crazy fire cracker music everywhere. That being said, it’s starting to feel like Chinese New Year decor don’t last past a year, especially since each year features a new zodiac – Not that eco friendly, is it?

We’ve got just the solution for those of you who aren’t fans of the commercial decorations, here’s a super simple DIY which only requires coloured paper (you can even recycle old paper!) and some basic folding skills. Featuring the Origami Rooster!

DIY TUTORIAL: CNY Origami Rooster

Craft Materials Required:

  • Square piece of coloured paper (i used 21cm x 21cm in this tutorial and recommend that you start with the same size or larger on a heavier weight paper)

How to:

Because some of the steps might be difficult to illustrate in still images and text, we made a video tutorial so you can follow it step by step. Pause the video along the way or refer to our picture tutorial down below. Feel free to comment if you have any questions!


Fold the paper diagonally in half, then unfold.

Using the centre line as a guild, fold both edges in towards the centre. Unfold and rotate the paper 180degrees.

Repeat on the new side and unfold.

Following the creases you have just made, gather the excess paper and pinch in the middle. Fold the triangle down and repeat on the other side.

Fold the entire structure backwards in half. Rotate such that the two ends are facing left and right.

Fold up both ends firmly to meet the centre.

Unfold and you should see creases where the dotted lines are.

Using your finger, push one end into the crease you just made (similar to folding a paper crane).

Repeat on both sides and you should get something like that.

Fold the two ends down, one at a lower angle, one at a higher angle. The lower one (left) would be the head, and the higher one (right) will be the tail.

Push the paper from centre out to create the head, then using the same method, go backwards again to create the face of the rooster.

You should get something like that. Look out for a triangle (the face) and ensure that the top is flushed.

Repeat the fold in the opposite direction, leaving some paper at the “back” of the head to create the comb, while the remaining end will form the beak.

The head of the rooster is complete! (Left) Beak, (Right) Comb.

Again, pushing out from the centre, fold the tail inwards and down.

Fold the end of the tail down to create a crease, then flip outwards and flatten. The tail is now complete!

Grab one of the remaining flapping triangles below and puff it up. Flatten it down the middle and ensure that the crease aligns to the middle of the rooster.

Proceed to fold in both edges towards the centre line and unfold to create the crease.

This part is slightly tricky, but using the creases you just created, fold inwards, almost like creating an accordion. This is how it looks from the flip side. Repeat on the other side.

For the feet, fold the remaining part upwards on both sides.

Congratulations! You have just made an origami rooster!



Operation Overhaul would like to wish you and your family a Happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous year of the Rooster!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


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