I recently used these cranes as gift enclosure cards for Christmas gifts I shipped to family members. You can also use these cranes as decoration/ornaments, greeting cards, or even name/place cards (using the "Print Name Cards" feature at the bottom of the web app page).
The required tools and materials are obvious: an internet-connected computer, digital pictures on your computer, letter-sized paper, scissors or a paper cutter, and a printer.
Step 1: Select Pictures and Write Messages
On that page, you'll see that you can type messages for each side of the neck and tail. Note that if you want to print guest names on the neck for use as name/place cards, do not enter a message for the neck at this time.
Next, in the 2 sets of buttons, select the picture you want for each wing. You can move, rotate, and resize the image to the way you want them to appear on the wings.
When you are done, click on the "Create Crane Printout" button. A new browser tab will open up with the crane template on it. Since nothing is uploaded to my server, the template will appear quickly.
Step 2: Review and Print
Step 3: Optionally Print Guest Names
Go back to the web page page and scroll to the bottom. There you can type/paste a list of names, one per line, in the text box.
Click on the "Print Name Cards" button to open a new browser tab that gives you a printable template for the guest names. If you had to specify "Shrink to Fit" when printing the crane template, then do so again here. Print the names onto your crane printouts. Now you'll have a set of crane printouts in which each is customized with a guest name.
Step 4: Cut and Fold
Now cut along the square gray box on each of your printouts, and begin folding. Watch my quick video on this page to learn how to fold the crane, but just be prepared to hit the pause button, as I go through the steps quickly.
If you want step-by-step, picture-based instructions on how to fold an origami crane, there are several good ones on Instructables.com.