How to Make a Paper Crane

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Introduction: How to Make a Paper Crane

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.

Step 2: X Folds

The first step is to fold the square diagonally, corner to corner. Repeat the same process again so that it looks like an x on your paper. Make sure that you properly align the edges or else your crane won't fold as well. Make sure it is as perfect as possible.

Step 3: + Folds

The second step is to flip the paper over and fold the paper in half horizontally. Repeat this process again so that your paper looks like a + and a x on top of each other. Make sure it is pefect just like with the x. Making sure your folds are aligned perfectly is a key part of this.

Step 4: Accordion Fold

Open the square up, keeping the colored side down. Turn the square so that one of the corners is pointing at you.

Bring the two side corners in to meet the corner on the table that's pointing at you. (like pictured)

Take the top corner that's still sticking up and press it down to join the other corners, creating an accordion folded square.

Step 5: Superman Fold

With the 'flap' corners still facing you, take the top right hand corner of the square and fold it into the center diagonal line of the square. The result of your folds will look a bit like the Superman logo shape. Repeat this with the left top corner.

Step 6: Top Fold

Once both parts are folded in pull the top part down and press the crease.

Step 7: Frog Mouth to Diamond Fold

After you have both halves of the triangle pulled in pull them back out and lift up the top piece of paper.

Next, lift up the top front corner and hold down the other three front corners. Pull the top corner up. It should look look like a frogs mouth.

The next part is a bit tricky. Pull the top corner all the up and back so that the top piece lies flat. Carefully press all the folds down so that you end up with a diamond shape on top of the bottom diagonal square.

Step 8: Press Repeat

Flip the paper over and repeat Steps 5-7 to the other side.

Step 9: Skinny Kite Fold

Next, fold the right top corner of the diamond in to meet the center line. Press down that fold.

Repeat this for the left top corner.

Flip the paper over and repeat the above steps for the other side. You'll end up with something that looks a bit like a skinny kite shape.

Step 10: Wolf's Head Fold

Now, lift up the top right side and press it over to the other side, like turning a page in a book. Press down the middle fold.

Flip the paper over and repeat this in the same direction, right to left, on the other side.

You will end up with a very elongated 'wolf's head' shape.

Step 11: Snout Flip Fold

Lift up the wolfs snout and fold it so it meets with the tips of the ears. Press that new fold down.

Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.

Step 12: Book Fold

Like you did in Step 9, fold the right side top layer of the paper in a book fold, from right to left.

Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.

Step 13: Heads & Tails Fold

Next, you pull out the long pieces of paper (the head/neck & tail). Pull them both out so that they line up with the angle of the body fold. (like pictured)

Bend the top of one side down to make the head.

Step 14: Flap Folds

Fold both wings down where two different angles meet on the wing flaps. Press the folds.

Step 15: Puff It Up

To finish off the crane and make it able to stand, gently pull the wings apart where they're folded.

Then turn the crane upside down and gently pull the opposite corners apart to finish opening up the body.

You can also try blowing into the hole on the bottom as you pulll out the wings to make sure you're crane's body is puffed out. Be careful to not pull out the wings too much or they'll rip. If the wings rip you will have to restart your crane with a new piece of paper.

Step 16: You're Finished!


Enjoy your brand new origami crane! If you had problems with these steps, please watch the video and re-read the steps. Good luck! I did this project because I love making paper cranes and I'm really good at it. Paper cranes are also cute decorations that cost almost nothing. I hope you"ll enjoy paper cranes as much as I do!

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49 Comments

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hughesmc
hughesmc

6 months ago

They are soooooooooooooo cool

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spoilerprincess
spoilerprincess

6 months ago

I learned how to do this a very long time ago when my class read "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes." Now that I am becoming a teacher, myself, I might use this instructable to help teach my own students how to fold paper cranes if I use the book while I teach them

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29685
29685

8 months ago

They are sooooooooooooooo cool

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Speedy Shoor
Speedy Shoor

Tip 8 months ago on Step 15

You know according to Japanese legend if you fold 1000 of these you will get to make a special wish!

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29685
29685

Reply 8 months ago

WOW

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annol274
annol274

2 years ago

HOW do you make those

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Himiko Toga
Himiko Toga

Reply 11 months ago

I was confused to

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khines5
khines5

8 months ago

yeah

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payal4u.only
payal4u.only

11 months ago

I have made thousands of cranes

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349066019
349066019

2 years ago

i made it, it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Himiko Toga
Himiko Toga

Reply 11 months ago

Really awesome.
Finally made a paper crane this really helped

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erob4079662
erob4079662

Reply 1 year ago

It was SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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aidgar063
aidgar063

Tip 1 year ago

I need help

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erob4079662
erob4079662

Question 1 year ago

It is hard to make but i think i got it.

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joseph.mendoza101
joseph.mendoza101

1 year ago

It is not that hard to understand you just need to read

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GpkzKaiser
GpkzKaiser

Question 1 year ago

Step 9 got me, whta are you telling me to do

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Confusion_man
Confusion_man

Question 1 year ago on Step 8

What is happening in this step?
im so confused

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Hằng2009
Hằng2009

Question 1 year ago on Step 5

I dont understand what yoh saying so can you translate in vietnamese plz 🇻🇳

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Confusion_man
Confusion_man

Answer 1 year ago

Với các góc 'vạt áo' vẫn hướng về phía bạn, hãy lấy góc trên cùng bên phải của hình vuông và gấp nó thành đường chéo chính giữa của hình vuông. Kết quả các nếp gấp của bạn sẽ giống như hình dạng biểu tượng Siêu nhân. Lặp lại điều này với góc trên cùng bên trái.<br><br><br>