by David Ellison
Edited by Jane Rosemarin
The Emu, designed and folded by David Ellison. See PDF diagrams.

This model, which starts with a waterbomb base, was designed to be simple, but obviously, it didn’t turn out that way. I folded a waterbomb base and thought of adding a back, a neck, and two legs — basically a flightless bird. After six or so designs, I ended up with this Emu. A recommendation: Wet fold the legs so they stay in place. This is my first design, and I hope you enjoy folding it.

My mini bio: I’m a middle-school student studying trigonometry. I’ve become interested in origami because of its basis in art and geometry. My father also swayed my decision a bit by being an origami folder, himself, and showing me hundreds of models as examples.

The real thing. The origami version mirrors its proportions well. “Emu” by cskk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit