Folding traditional origami crane


Folding traditional origami crane

Origami cranes are one of the most popular origami projects of all time. Usually, the beginning paper folder, once decided to be interested in origami, wants to learn how to make the project.

Origami crane patterns are very popular and can be found on paintings, posters, wall decals, trinkets and t-shirts. Some people even get origami crane tattoos to symbolize peace and harmony.

Origami crane
To fold a traditional origami crane, you will need a square origami paper. If you don't have a lot of experience with origami, start with a larger paper. Due to the details required to fold the steps of the crane, it is difficult to use smaller sheets.

Origami cranes look beautiful and can be folded with pattern paper, but you may find it easier to practice folding the model with light-colored solid paper. Sometimes it can be difficult to see creases when folding dark or busy patterned paper.

The crane in this tutorial was made using 8 1/2" x 11" paper cut into 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" squares.

Make a square base
The origami crane starts at a square base. Place the colored paper face up. The diagonal is folded in half and then opened. Then fold diagonally across the diagonal. Turn the paper over to the other side. Fold the paper in half, wrinkle it and open it. Then, fold again in the other direction.

Using the crease just created, move the top three corners down toward the bottom of the paper. Flatten the model to complete your square foundation.

Origami crane
Origami cranes are created using a bird-shaped base. The basis of the bird is the base of the square plus two petals folded.

To turn the square base into a bird-shaped base, fold the top flaps on the left and right sides into the middle and unfold. Fold down the top of the model to create a horizontal fold to join the diagonal fold you just made. Make a crease and spread it out. When finished, your paper should look like the photo on the left.

Open the top cover while pressing the side of the model inward. Flattened and indented. When finished, the crane should look like the photo on the left.

To perfect the bird's base, turn the model over and repeat the petal folds in steps 3 and 4 on the other side.

Fold the top flap into the center as shown on the left. Turn the origami crane over and repeat this step on the other side.

Fold the two "legs" of the origami crane as shown. Expand.
Your origami paper crane has been completed
Inside, fold the foot along the crease you just made to create the head and tail for the crane. Fold the wing to complete the origami crane.