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Make an Origami Dove and Share the Peace of Folding Paper

The year is coming to an end and I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all of your visits, comments and continued support for our work at Origami Spirit. I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to those who have generously donated funds to help maintain this website. You know who you are, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Not that long ago, the origami crane, -a traditional Japanese model, was popularized as a symbol of peace by the story of Sadako Sasaki (1943–1955) a young girl who died in 1945, in Hiroshima, when an atomic bomb was dropped on that city.

Another symbol of peace from ancient times is that of a dove carrying an olive leaf in its beak. The dove and olive branch first appeared together in the biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

To celebrate the spirit of peace and tranquility that origami brings to us all, I’d like to share with you a video outlining the instructions to make a peace dove. This special origami bird is a creation of Simon Andersen (1946-2013), a brilliant origami designer.  For diagrams please visit Hans Dybkjær’s website, papirfoldning.

Tips and suggestions to make this origami Peace Dove

  • Use a rectangular piece of paper US letter size or International A4.
  • Starting from a square, cut off a strip 1/4 of its side for an adequate rectangle.
  • White paper has a beautifully crisp and snowy effect.
  • Try vellum or translucent paper as well.
  • For the leave, use a 1 x 1 inch square of card stock paper.
  • Use it as a Christmas homemade gift.
  • Use it as a lantern by inserting flameless battery powered ‘tea light’ candles.
  • FREE PRINTABLE: download a pattern made with the word Peace in about 30 languages and use it to make the origami peace dove. Click Here

“Peace begins with a smile..”
― Mother Teresa


Make an origami peace-dove, smile and share the peace of folding paper!

Peace :: Paz :: Pau :: ཞི་བད :: Мир :: Fred :: Friede :: 平和 :: Mír :: سلام
Rahu :: Baké :: صلح :: Rauha :: Paix :: Maluhia :: שלום :: शांति :: Kev tiaj tus
Béke :: 평화  :: Pax :: Vrede :: K’é :: Pokój :: Pace :: Barış :: Ειρήνη :: 和平 :: Qasikay

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39 thoughts on “Make an Origami Dove and Share the Peace of Folding Paper”

  1. The word in Hebrew is printed in reverse םולש . It should be שלום.
    Could you please correct it and upload updated version for printing?

  2. Thank you Dear Leyla for sharing this inspiring piece of work. One point about the printable paper though, the Arabic/Persian words are printed with separate letters(ص ل ح) instead of صلح. Would you please kindly consider redesigning the paper so we can use it too, in Persian countries?

  3. Hi Leyla, Once again you have presented a wonderful tutorial. I love this model! Thank you again for sharing your passion for origami with all of us.

  4. Beautiful model. I have already taught this to friends and the “peace” paper is a nice addition. Would it be possible to do other origami birds by this creator?

  5. Leyla,

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful work. You have put a lot of thought into presentation and the rich possibilities of the models. I love the candle in the dove. This will make a super gift! Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks Leyla!
    It´s so beautiful this bird…I´m already folding 7 lovely models to give, tomorow, to 7 lovely friends…Everything is marvelous! The model, the paper you send us, the video, all done with such love for this beautiful Art..
    Have a Nice Christmas, Leyla!

  7. Leyla, this is a really awesome dove that I am going to make for my grandson’s teachers at school! Your video is clear and concise, easy to follow, and a joy to view! Thank you so much for all that you do to share the joy of origami with us! May God bless you richly this Christmas Season!

  8. Big oops … my apologies to Hans. I was thinking Hans and wrote Simon Anderson; who is also a brilliant creator.

    Thank you once more, Leyla a lovely way to close a fantastic year of folding!


  9. Leyla and Simon … simply and utterly beautiful! Thank you both The creator and the folder is indeed harmony in action.

    Best wishes,


  10. Thank you Leyla too for your website fresh and fun, which shows us the essence of origami as i understand it : simplicity, elegance, creativity, fun, and sharing.
    Bonne année !


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