Here are step-by-step visual instructions of making a basic piece that you'll use to make the swan origami in the picture:
Lay the piece of paper on the desk (ratio of width to height is 3 : 2).
Fold it in half.
Fold it in half again.
Unfold it and observe the crease.
Fold the left side.
Fold the right side. Note I leave a small split between the two flaps to make the next step easier.
Turn it over.
Fold the left corner. Note I leave a small split to make folding easier.
Fold the right corner. Note I leave a small split to make folding easier.
Fold the bottom part up.
Fold the whole thing in half.
Here is what it looks like from another angle.
That's it! Easy isn't it? If you haven't got it, let me know!
It's easy to make just one, but you gotta make hundreds and hundreds before you can make a swan! Make them while watching TV, listening to music or the radio, waiting for the bus, etc. There are plenty of occasions where you can fold these little pieces while not wasting any time. Go Go Go! Questions?