Make a Paper Crane: Origami Crane Instructions and Diagrams

Origami CraneFollow the steps below to make this Origami Paper Crane.

The origami crane is one of the most popular and recognized paper construction ever. When origami is brought up in a conversation, you cant help but think of the origami crane. It's popularity is definitely waranted because it is a beautiful piece of art.

These origami crane instructions and diagrams were written to be as easy to follow as possible. I recommend using origami paper if you want them to turn out nice, but regular paper will do fine.

Step 1 Step 1: Start with a square piece of origami paper. If you only have regular 8.5x11 paper, follow these instructions to make a square sheet.
Step 2 Step 2: Fold the paper in half by taking the top corner and folding it to the bottom corner. The crease should run from the left corner tip to the right like in this picture. Use your nails to make a sharp crease.
Step 3 Step 3: Fold the triangle in half by taking the left corner and folding it to the right.
Step 4Step 4-2Step 4-3 Step 4: Take the top flap and open it, creasing the left and right sides so you can fold the the top/right corner to the bottom corner
Step 5 Step 5: Now we'll turn the paper over and do the same thing to the other side.
Step 6 Step 6: To do that, lift the left flap up so it stands vertically like the picture.
Step 7Step 7-2 Step 7: Grab the left and right side of the flap and open it up. Crease the sides so you can fold the top corner down to the bottom.
Step 8Step 8-2 Step 8: Take both sides of the top layer and fold them in to meet at the middle, then unfold. This step is preparation for the next step.

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