Paper cranes are an origami classic, made popular in American culture by the stories inspired by the Japanese legend that one who creates a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. (Read: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes)

But before we can get busy working on our wishes, we need to start with how to make one! Let's go.

Step 1: Hip To Be Square

For this project you will need 1 square piece of paper (preferably origami paper)*, and nimble fingers.

*I used 5.9x5.9" origami paper.

<p>This was a very swag thing.</p>
<p>Loved it! :)</p>
<p>We have a glass display case in which we feature counting contests at the library I work in. I made these paper<br>cranes from recycled book pages using your instructions. This set of <br>instructions was the easiest for everyone in the library to follow! We made dozens! </p>
<p>I'm so glad this helped!!! The cranes look wonderful!</p>
I did it finally!!
<p>Awesome! Super easy instructions!</p>
<p>I'm so glad this has been of use to all of you lovely commenters. I made this for a school project (the original account was closed as I hadn't used it for 3 years) and I'm shocked that almost a million people have seen this. Good luck to all of you attempting to fold a crane, and thanks for the amazing responses. </p>
<p>I MADE 3!!!!!!! ONLY 997 LEFT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!! but my camera isn't working so no pics just random stuff so it will let me post:(:</p>
<p>I made this for a school project! Love these Instructions! Super helpful and the outcome is amazing!</p>
<p>This is the only guide that was actually useful for me!! Thank you so much. I have to learn how to make these for school and this has helped me so so much!!!</p>
<p>cool and fun .</p>
<p>cool and fun</p>
<p>In detail step by step guide. I followed your steps and made it.</p>
<p>nice instructable, and +1 because you didn't call it a swan :)</p>
Made it! Getting smaller and smaller now! Brilliant instructions!
<p>thanks for the great instructions!! i have finally made origami that actually looks good because of this!!:)</p>
<p>i made it!</p>
Absolutely love it hun! Now that im on tag i have so much time on my hands and this keeps me busy and creative! Looks lovely with coloured paper aswell! X
Guys i am off tag now but i am still enjoying doing this
I liked the instructions. I was successful because of them. :)
<p>I think this is how you do it.</p>
<p>lol cool</p>
<p>Awesome. Thank you so much for this instructable.</p>
:D loved it. I used to make these all the time, thanks for reminding me how to!
thank you, I made #1 of 1000 for my true love!:-)
<p>Great instructable! Thank you very much. </p>
<p>here mine</p>
<p>Excellent job Miranda.</p>

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