How to Make an Origami Crane




Hello this is my firsrt instructable so go easy and please leave tips to help me improve my other instructables that i will most definitly make now on with the crane this is a simple but pleasing bit of origami.

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Step 1: Step 1

start out with a square peice of paper or make one by folding a regular peice of paper to size like i did

Step 2: Step 2

fold the piece of paper in half diagonally, unfold

Step 3: Step 3

now fold it in half diagonally the opposite direction unfold

Step 4: Step 4

now fold it in half horizontally and unfold

Step 5: Step 5

now fold it in half horizontally in the opposite direction

Step 6: Step 6

now take one point of the square and fold it to another point it should fold nicely

Step 7: Step 7

now fold the opposite corner to the same bottom corner it should as well fold nicely

Step 8: Step 8

now fold both of the sides in, to form almost a kite shape

Step 9: Step 9

now filp it over and do the same as you did in step 8

Step 10: Step 10

now unfold the last 2 steps you did

Step 11: Step 11

now fold the top part down as shown in the picture

Step 12: Step 12

now lift the bottom corner upwards and fold along the crease lines and flatten to form a triangle do the same on the other side

Step 13: Step 13

now you should have on side with 2 loose pieces and on the top a solid piece fold the 2 loose pieces in towards the middle repeat on the other side

Step 14: Step 14

now fold it in half to look like the picture

Step 15: Step 15

now fold the bottem parts up to look like the picture

Step 16: Step 16

now unfold what you did in step 14

Step 17: Step 17

now fold the flat parts down on both sides

Step 18: Step 18

now fold the tip of one of the long skinny pieces down

Step 19: Step 19

congratulations you have now hopefully made yourself a origami crane adjust the tail and head as you like

Step 20: Step 20 (added)

The reason im adding this step is thanks to a comment i got which i belived improved the look of this project. now insted of folding the wings down in step 17 leave them up for a more original and authentic look thanks  irlolcopter but remember you can still fold down the wings if you like that.

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    15 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago on Step 8

    How in the world did you do that?? Im at this part right now and have no idea how it ended up like that...


    1 year ago on Step 20

    Cute little post. My kid had fun with it.


    4 years ago

    thanx dude this really helped since I'm a beginner


    4 years ago

    Not described enough and some pictures don't really match up to what you put


    5 years ago

    Do not understand Step 11... Please help...


    7 years ago on Step 12

    I don't know how to do this part ...Can you help ?

    Xander 7990

    8 years ago on Introduction

    please help with step 6 i sooooo dont under stand it can you explane it better please


    8 years ago on Step 3

    An alternate option is to not unfold it, but fold it again. Same outcome, but easier!!


    9 years ago on Step 12

    ok i got pass the last part but now im stuck on this please explain it better. again im really bad at origami. yah....

    1 reply
    d.i.y masteraleceatsfood

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 12

    ok well you see the lines you folded in the last step lift the loose bottem flaps to fit on the top line then press down ad fold along the side lines i hope this helped if  not send another comment and i will show you or add more pics :)


    9 years ago on Step 11

    hang on i dont get this part what part to you fold up? is it the open side the close side or one of the sides you folded up before? sorry im really bad at origami.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Don't fold the wings down at the end, its much more authentic (and original) to leave them up.

    so, try to resist

    1 reply