And then I'll tell you how to make a thousand.
(And it's really easier than you'd think.) (:
(1,016 are in the picture below.)
Step 1: Making a Square
1. Start with your (rectangular) sheet.
2. This is where your fold will be.
3. Fold the top edge to the side edge; make sure you crease well.
4. Cut off the excess.
Step 2: The Square Base
1. Do preliminary folding. Fold corner to corner and edge to edge. (see picture for visual)
2. Fold the left corner to the bottom corner... You will NOT yet be able to flatten it. Keep the figure not-flat.
3. Then bring the right corner to the bottom corner...
4. You should have something like this... (the red is on the INSIDE btw)
5. Then put the top corner to the bottom.
6. Now you should have this: a squarish figure.
Step 3: The Bird Base (preliminary Folding)
1 & 2. Fold the bottom right edge and the bottom left edge to the center of the diamond. MAKE SURE OF TWO THINGS:
a. that the bottom of your diamond is the throng of the corners and the top is the original paper's center. (picture 1)
b. that you only fold ONE flap to the center, not both.
(see picture 2.)
3. Fold the top area down over the top of the flaps.
5. Flip over and make sure the corners are still down. And do steps 1-4 again on this side.
Step 4: The Bird Base
2. this is what it will look like halfway through completing this step the finished step is picture 3.
3. This is what it should look like. Now, turn over and repeat.
4. And this is the completed bird base!
Step 5: A Special Step.
***NOTE***: i turned the figure ninety degrees to the right because i find it easier that way.
but i WILL refer to the directions as top, left right, blah blah blah. Even if its wrong.
1. Take the left and right edges and fold them them to the center. (sigh. or the top and bottom if you can't flip the orientation in your head.)
2. Repeat on the other side.
Step 6: Continuing On!!
::Flip it over and do it again. So now you have two on each side again, except it looks a little different. (Should look like picture One.)
2. Move the bottom flap allllll the way up.
3. Repeat on other side.
Step 7: Making Its Tail and Head
3. Move the flaps back to where the were. (move one flap to the right, flip over, repeat.)
4. Then pull out the neck and tail out and press on the bottom area to make a new fold on the joint.
Step 8: Unfurl!
And see your pretty crane! (or functional if you decided to skip section 5.)
Step 9: Now... 1,000!!
And according to legend, you get a wish. (:
i haven't made mine yet... hmm.
::Take around small papers with you in an Altoids tin to make cranes in the car! (I will enter that into the pocket size competition if i have time!)
::At night, sit in your room or someplace nice, listen to music, and fold the night away.
::Do different papers! The same paper gets BORING. I used a National Geographic magazine for the 250. They have the prettiest pictures too!
::If you buy expensive paper, make the papers smaller, into fourths or sixteenths!
::Make a few a day. (With page-a-day calenders, make 4 cranes from that!)
::Have friends help! about 400 of these were made by my two closest friends.
Don't stress yourself over it. I made my 600 or so in about 2 months by devoting one to three hours a day to folding.
Thank you for checking out my 2nd instructable!!!