IT TOOK 484 paper triangles, at least six hours of folding and several years to create his winning entry.
But Maryborough's Connor Rankin, 12, is already wowing the craft community with his eye-catching white origami swan.
The Year 8 St Mary's College student has taken out top honours in the needlework and craft section at this year's Fraser Coast Show.
Connor was awarded the reserve champion of secondary school in needle work and craft prize and grand champion of needlework and craft prize.
"It was painstaking (work)," he said.
"It just feels great... seeing it done was good enough but to see it won the whole thing was great."
Connor said it would be good if his success encouraged more youngsters to give origami a go.
"I don't know of anyone else who really does it," he said.
Connor said his top tip for people interested in the craft was not to dive into the deep end.
"Don't go straight into the hard stuff," he said.
"Learn everything first."
Connor, who has mastered everything from origami roses and rocket ships to guns, dragons and bunnies, said the swan will go to his gran after its stint at the show.
Fraser Coast Show chief stewart Dawn Gomersall said Connor's creation was a stand-out.
"The fact that all those little pieces of paper are square and all have to be folded to square size and fitted into one another," she said.
She hopes Connor's success will encourage more young people to enter the craft competitions at next year's show.
His swan will be on display in the Community Pavilion at the Fraser Coast Show.
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