## Introduction: The Construction of a Paper Crane.

Author: Eric Chen

Date: October 9, 2019

This instruction set will show you how to construct a paper crane. This paper crane can be used as a gift for another person or just for personal enjoyment. It's cool to see how a plain piece of paper can come together to become a crane. This project isn't too difficult once you begin to understand how it works all together with the folds and such. Be safe, take your time, and have fun with it!

__Tip: The pictures go in order from left to right so they may be very helpful in your journey. All pictures have a note included which denotes which picture goes with which number in each step.__

**ALERTS:**

- Scissors are a sharp implementation and must be handled carefully.
- Paper cuts may be common during this construction therefore be careful when handle paper.

## Supplies

REQUIRED:

Standard Letter Sized Paper (8.5 x 11) inch. or

A square piece of paper. (Make sure paper is not too small or you may face difficulty during construction.)

OPTIONAL:

Scissors

## Step 1: Creating the Square Piece of Paper (w/o Scissors) (Skip This If You Already Have a Square Piece of Paper.)

- Set the paper in a portrait orientation.
- Take any corner of the paper and fold it diagonally.
- Take the “rectangle” side of the paper and fold it over the top of the triangle and crease.
- Undo the folds back to its original orientation.
- Fold the “rectangle” side of the paper again in the other direction and crease heavily.
- Tear apart the “rectangle” piece so a square piece of paper remains.
- You may discard the remaining piece of paper.

__Once complete, you may skip Step 2.__

## Step 2: Creating the Square Piece of Paper (w/ Scissors) (Skip This If You Already Have a Square Piece of Paper.)

Complete Step 1: 1 - 5

- Use scissors to cut the “rectangle” piece of paper so a square piece of paper remains. Cut along the crease.
- You may discard the remaining piece of paper.

Tip: You may refer to the pictures in Step 1 for assistance.

Refer to **ALERT** Above

## Step 3: Preparation of Paper for the Body.

- Fold the paper twice horizontally and vertically so that you see four squares.
- Fold the paper diagonally twice. Corner to corner so it creates an “X”.
- Position the paper in a diamond formation.
- Take the left and right corners of the paper and fold it into the bottom corner of the paper.
- Take the top corner and fold down so a smaller square remains. The side of the paper that opens should be facing you.

## Step 4: Creating the Body of the Crane.

- Take the top left and right corners and fold inward and so it aligns with the center crease.
- Do that to the other side as well.
- Undo all the folds in this step to both sides.
- Lift the top piece of paper. Take the left and right corners and fold inward.
- Do the same for the other side. The result should be a smaller diamond shape.
- Take the top flap and fold up and do the same for the other side.
- Flatten the paper.

## Step 5: Creating the Tail, Head, Wings, and Legs

- The flaps you folded upward should be pointed away from you.
- Take the top left and right corners and fold inward so it aligns with the centerline.
- Do the same for the other side.
- Result should be two thin legs at the bottom.
- Take the left leg and fold in an inward and upward manner.
- Do the same step above to the other leg.
- Take the end of one of the legs, and fold down so it resembles a head.
- Take the two large flaps and fold them down so they resemble wings.
- At the bottom, push apart the base so the crane can be set evenly on a flat surface.

## Step 6: Complete!

- You should now be able to lay the crane flat on the table and the crane is done.

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Conclusion: At the end of this small project, you should result in a paper construction that resembles a crane. It is optional to add color or any other kind of decoration.

Note: All pictures and instructions belong to the author stated above.