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Instructions On How To Make An Origami Crane

Updated on April 18, 2013

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. The word origami comes from combining two Japanese words together: "ori" meaning to fold and "kami" meaning paper. One of the most common and beautiful figures that is created with origami is the crane. These step by step instructions will demonstrate how to make an origami crane, one fold at a time.

Video - How To Make an Origami Crane

Instructions:

1. Begin with a square piece of origami paper.

2. Fold paper in half (in a rectangle shape) to create a crease. Unfold paper. Fold paper in half again (in a rectangle shape), but this time to create a crease in the other direction. Unfold paper.

3. Fold paper in half (in a triangle shape) to create a crease. Unfold paper. Fold paper in half again (in a triangle shape), but this time to create a crease in the other direction. Unfold paper.

Your paper should how be laid flat, with four creases in it.

4. Create a smaller folded square shape by pinching in two opposite corners of the piece of paper, and folding the remaining two corners down over top of them.

Your paper should now be in the shape of a square that is one quarter the size of the piece of paper you started with.


5. Lay the smaller square flat on the table, and rotate to create a diamond shape with the open end of the folded paper to your left and the closed end to your right.

6. Fold the bottom triangular shaped flap of the folded paper in half, so that the bottom of the flap is now touching the centre crease. Fold the top triangular shaped flap of the folded paper in half, so that the top of the flap is now touching the centre crease.

7. Turn the folded paper over, and repeat step 6 on this side.

Your paper should should now be in the shape of a kite.

8. Fold the top half of the kite shaped paper over to create a crease. Turn the folded paper over and repeat the same fold in the other direction to further emphasize the same crease.

Your paper should look the same as after step 7, but with a crease mark along the middle of the kite shape.

9. Rotate the folded paper so that the bottom open end of the kite is facing you, and the smaller top closed end of kite is facing away from you.

10. Lift the bottom corner of the topmost layer of paper only, and fold up so that the point is laying flat towards the top of the kite. The right and left sides of the flap will be folded in to meet along the centre. Turn the folded paper over, and repeat on the opposite side.

Your paper will now look like a tall diamond.

11. Rotate the folded paper so that the open end of the diamond is facing left and the closed end of the diamond is facing right.

12. Similar to step 6, fold the bottom and top flaps in half to meet along the centre line of the diamond. Turn paper over, and repeat on the other side.

Your paper will now look like a very thin diamond or spear head.

13. Pinch the upper and lower folded flaps together, and do the same with the two flaps that are on the side underneath. Lay the adjusted paper flat on the table, with the newly exposed side.

Your paper should be the same overall shape as in the last step, but with the flat side exposed.

14. Fold the top layer of the left side in half so that both tips touch. Turn paper over and fold remaining flap in half so that both tips touch.

Your paper should now look like the tip of a crayon.

15. Similar to step 13, pinch the top two flaps together and the bottom two flaps together, so that the new sides are exposed.

Your paper should be the same shape as after step 14.

16. Fold the right hand side of the top flap (which is a wing) down to the left as much as you can. Repeat with the second wing on the bottom side.

17. Fold the end of the one of the two tips of paper facing right part way down to create a beak.

18. Pull the remaining tip out slightly to create the tail.

19. Gently pull the two wings outward, to create the body of the crane.

Your paper should now look like a crane!

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      Eddie 2 years ago

      Wow! Great thingink! JK

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      Jack 4 years ago

      Great video! I saw my friends make them at school, but one of them taught me how, however his instructions were confusing. I looked at other instructions on line and couldn't find ones that weren't confusing until I came to your video. Thanks for the help.

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      Nikk0 4 years ago

      Thanks - Working on a set of diagram photos to add to the page!

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      Awesome detailed instructions! Voted up!