In Japanese culture, the dragon is one of the main characters of myths and legends. It personifies wisdom, power, and strength. If in European legends dragons are evil fire-breathing creatures that kidnap kids, then in the East they are considered protectors of people from danger. Dragons are wise and omnipotent. They share their abilities with humans.

Step 1

To create this origami, you will need a basic bird origami shape from a 15×15 cm square sheet of origami paper.

Step 2

Lay the diamond horizontally and fold the top and bottom, so that they meet at the center line.

Step 3

Now, fold the bottom of the shape back and down.

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Lift corner A up and bend corner B down. Crease the folds well.

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Bend the left corner C along the line as shown in the photo.

Step 9

Bend the triangle with corner D down.

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Lift up and bend the corner with side EF.

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This is how you form the dragon’s wing.

Step 13

Flip the figure over and make the second wing in the same way.

Step 14

Lift up and fold corner E. Repeat the fold on the other side.

Step 15

This is the first stage in the formation of the dragon’s neck.

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Now, you need to make reverse inside folds to complete the neck of the dragon.

Step 17

To do this, bend the tip of the neck diagonally under the figure, crease the fold line well, and return it to its original position.

Step 18

Then, lift the sharp tip about 45º and tuck its base into the crease.

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Repeat steps 16-19 twice.

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Form the head of the dragon by making the reverse inside fold.

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In the same way, form the mouth, as well as the tail, as shown in the photo.

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Using regular folds, form the wings.

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Let’s admire a beautiful dragon that turned out as a result!

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