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.


I have tried numerous "how to" guides to help me to make one of these and this is the first site which has given clear enough instructions to enable me to make it! Thank you so much!
<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>

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