Paper parrots

Last updated: Thursday 02 March, 2017

“Alwal was created here from the rainbow, the gold and the blue.”
– MIKE ROSS, OLKOLA KNOWLEDGE HOLDER

The Golden-shouldered Parrot, or Alwal in Olkola language, is one of Australia’s most beautiful, precious birds. Learn more about our partnership with the Olkola people or the Golden-shouldered Parrot.

When you're ready to make a paper parrot, download our Portable Document File (PDF)Alwal template (900kb) and print on a double-sided colour printer. Then simply cut out the printed shape and follow the steps below.

Start with the paper facing back side up
Step 1. Start with the paper facing back side up – like this.

Fold the sheet in half to make a large triangle.
Step 2. Fold the sheet in half to make a large triangle, making a crease, then unfold.

With the paper square again, fold two sides inwards.
Step 3. With the paper square again, fold two sides inwards to meet the crease you’ve just made, making a kite shape.

Now fold the top point of the kite backwards and down.
Step 4. Now fold the top point of the kite backwards and down to make a triangle again.

Take each top corner of the triangle, fold in to the centre.
Step 5. Take each top corner of the triangle, fold in to the centre to make a crease.

Unfold and pull the inside corners down and across.
Step 6. Unfold and pull the inside corners down and across, bringing the dotted corners to flatten.

Fold the flaps upwards along the top guideline.
Step 7. Fold the flaps upwards along the top guideline.

Now fold bottom corner and fold down again along the higher guideline.
Step 8. Now fold bottom corner and fold down again along the higher guideline. This will be Alwal’s tail.

Fold Alwal in half as shown.
Step 9. Fold Alwal in half as shown.

To make the beak, fold it back and then inwards.
Step 10. To make the beak, fold it back and then inwards, following the guidelines.

Finished
Congratulations! You’ve finished making Alwal.

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