How to make an Origami Crane

1. Start with a perfectly square sheet of paper

Paper made specifically for origami can be found

at most craft stores. It is usually colored only on

one side. I used a sheet that was colored on both sides

2. Begin by folding one edge to meet to other,

with the colored side outward.

…to get this.
3. Open up the paper and lay it flat.

Now repeat step 2 in the other direction,

and open up it up again.

4. Fold it diagonally with the white side out (pink here).

Line it up corner to corner…

…to get this.
5. Open up the paper, repeat

step 4 in the other direction, and

open up the paper again.

6. Lay the paper with the white side up. (pink here)

Bring in the side corners, while bringing

the top corner down…

…like this…
…to get this.
7. With the open side pointing towards the left

in this picture, fold one corner of the square

so that the edge is lined up with the center line…

…to get this.
8. Repeat step 7 with the other flap.
9. Flip the paper over and repeat step 7 for

the other two flaps.

10. Fold the top flap down and crease hard…
…to get this. Now fold it the same way in the

opposite direction.

11. Open up one side, and lay it flat.
12. Lift the top flap on the open end (the lower

end in this picture) and fold it upwards, bringing

in the sides…

…like this…
… and lay flat to get this.
13. Flip the paper over and repeat steps 11 & 12

for the other side…

14. With the open end towards the left in the

picture, fold in one flap in so that the edge

lines up with the center line…

…to get this.
15. Repeat step 14 for the other flap.
16. Flip the paper over and repeat steps 14 & 15

for the flaps on the other side.

17. Fold over one side, like this…
… and lay flat to get this.
18. Fold up the top flap on the open end, so that

the tip of the lower flap reaches the tip of upper


…like this.
19. Fold two of the flaps over and repeat step 18

for the other lower flap.

20. Fold one flap over and lay flat…
…to get this.
21. Fold the top flap down…
…to get this.
22. Flip the paper over and repeat step 21 for

the other side

23. Invert fold one of the upper tips like this…
…to form the head.
24. Pull back the other tip like this…
…to form the tail.
25. Gently pull the wings apart to form the body.
And now it is complete!
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