Origami Cranes

I love origami. Always have. Unfortunately, I find the instructions impossibly confusing and never managed to make anything. Finally, a family friend taught me how to make a couple different origami items, and I quickly got them (Thanks J!). I decided to make a couple tutorials on how to do them and hopefully, it’ll be easier for you to understand with the photos.

All you’re going to need is a sheet of origami paper! Now, if you don’t have any origami paper, or want to make something smaller, no problem! It’s very easy to turn any paper into origami paper, since the only important thing is for it to be a perfect square!

Step 1

Take the bottom edge of your paper, and fold it to the other side of the paper. It should look like this.

Step 2

Trim off the excess paper, unfold the crease, a you’re ready to fold!

Vwala!

Vwala!

Now that you know how to make a perfect square, let’s get started!

Step 1

Fold your paper in half, take your thumb and drag it along the crease, then unfold it.

This makes the end result much better.

Doing this makes the end result much better.

Step 2

Fold it in half again vertically, then triangularly on both ends.

It should look like this.

When you’re finished, it should look like this.

Step 3

Fold the paper in half, so it’s a rectangle.

Step 4

This step is somewhat tricky and difficult to explain, so follow along the pictures very carefully.

The inside should look like this.

The inside should look like this.

And the outside like this.

And the outside like this.

Step 5

Keep your paper facing you as mine is in the photo above, fold in the front half of the paper like this.

Step 6

Turn it over, and repeat.

It'll look like a miniature kite.

It’ll look like a miniature kite.

Step 7

Take the top part (the triangle) and fold it over. Rub your fingernail on the crease, then flip the triangle onto the other side and repeat.

Step 8

Now undo the folds.

Step 9

Pay attention closely. You’re going to lift the top piece of paper, and fold it over to make a long diamond.

Step 10

Repeat on the other side.

Step 11

Just like in step 4 and 5, fold in the front half of the paper, then repeat on the other side.

Step 11

Turn the paper over, so it’s facing you sideways, then open the fold.

Fold it open.

Step 12

See that crease in the photo above? Take the triangle underneath it and fold it up. Be careful not to rip the paper.

Fold this end up.

Step 13

Take the top piece of the paper and close it.

Then close it.

Like this.

Turn the paper over and repeat on the other side.

This is what it should look like when you flip it over.

Step 14

Repeat on the other side.

Step 15

See the two pieces of paper sticking out? Take one of them and fold them over and pinching it. This will make the beak.

Step 16

Here comes the magical part! Take the two large triangles, and gently pull them down.

Magic!

Magic!

Step 17

To make it stand upright, turn the crane upside down, and pinch the four ends slightly (as you’ll see in the second picture).

Like so.

Like so.

Now your crane is complete! It’s a little difficult to make in the beginning, but it’s extremely easy to do once you get the hang of it. And since you know how to make more origami paper, you can try using candy wrappers! After getting the technique, I made an extremely small one out of a candy wrapper. It was small enough to fit inside a penny!

Tiny!

You can use cranes as decoration pieces, artwork, make a thousand and make a wish, who knows what else! I hope this tutorial was  easy to understand, and once you master the crane, I’ll show you other things you can make out of origami.

Green Tip

When going to the grocery store, bring your own shopping bags instead of using paper or plastic ones. It’ll be better for the earth, and less wasteful of resources.