The paper crane is probably the "official" icon of origami. The very first thing that comes to people mind when they talk about origami is most likely the crane. It's one of the most recognized paper sculptures in the world.
I was wowed by the first one I saw when I was young. It was really mind blowing to know that a piece of paper could fold into an intricate design like the crane. After learning how to make a paper crane, folding it became a favorite activity.
Today, I'll show you how to make a paper crane. There are some detailed folds, but hopefully I'll guide you well with these step by step instructions. After making one successfully, you should check out the origami flapping bird. Folding it is just as much fun, but you can also play with it by flapping its wings!
|Step 1: This paper crane is best folded with origami paper, but if you don't have any, you can learn how to make origami paper with a regular sheet of paper.|
|Step 2: Begin by folding the paper in half from top corner to bottom corner. Crease well.|
|Step 3: Fold in half again by folding the left corner to the right corner.|
|Step 4: This is tricky. Take the flap you just folded, open it up as shown, then bring the corner down to meet the bottom corner. Flatten and crease the sides well.|
|Step 5: Time for an easy step. Simply turn the paper over exactly as shown.|
|Step 6: We're going to do the same thing as step 4, but differently. First, lift the left flap straight up.|
|Step 7: Then open the flap and flatten down so that the corner touches the bottom corer. Crease well.|
|Step 8: Take the left and right corners and fold them in to meet at the center, then unfold.
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