Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, captivates minds and ignites creativity through its intricate designs. One of the most iconic origami creations is the crane, a symbol of peace and longevity. With a few simple folds, anyone can transform a square piece of paper into a stunning crane. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to create your very own origami crane, allowing you to embark on a delightful journey of creativity and patience.
To embark on your origami crane journey, gather these materials
- A square sheet of origami paper (color and size of your choice)
- A flat, clean surface for folding
- A dash of enthusiasm and patience
Choosing the Right Paper
Begin with a square sheet of origami paper. The size can vary, but a 6×6 inch sheet is ideal for beginners. Origami paper is recommended due to its crispness and ease of folding, but any square paper will suffice.
Place the paper with the colored side facing down. Fold the paper in half diagonally, aligning the corners precisely. Unfold the paper and repeat the fold along the other diagonal. This will leave you with a creased “X” on the paper.
Creating a Diamond Shape
Rotate the paper so that one of the creases is vertical. Gently push the top and bottom edges towards the center until the paper collapses into a diamond shape. The open end of the diamond should be facing you.
Fold the top layer of the diamond down, bringing the top point to meet the bottom point. This forms a smaller diamond with the paper’s colored side now visible.
Flip the paper over and fold it in half horizontally, creating a rectangle. Unfold the paper and then fold the top and bottom edges toward the center crease, creating a smaller rectangle.
Locate the two triangular flaps at the bottom of the rectangle. Gently lift one flap and squash it flat, following the existing creases. Repeat this step on the other side, creating a diamond shape once again.
Fold the top layer’s right and left corners towards the center, creating two triangular flaps. These are the “petals” of your crane.
Neck and Head Formation
Lift the uppermost flap of one petal and fold it upwards. Press down to create a crease. Repeat this on the other side. These flaps form the crane’s head and neck.
Wings Take Shape
Flip the entire piece over. Fold the left and right sides of the model towards the center. The result will be a narrow diamond shape, with the flaps resembling wings.
Unfold the last fold, and gently pry open the paper from the center to form a three-dimensional shape. This is the body of your origami crane.
Legs and Tail
Fold the bottom edge of the crane’s body upwards to form a small triangle, creating the tail. Open it back up and then fold the tail downwards, creating a crease. Unfold the tail and then fold the entire crane in half, bringing the tail upwards. Fold the tail downwards again along the crease you created earlier, allowing the tail to stand freely.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are origami cranes easy?
Making an origami crane is actually not too difficult. All you need is a single square sheet of paper. We’ve put together the following instructions to walk you through exactly how to fold one yourself. If you’ve never tried origami before then we recommend you check out our beginner’s guide first.
Why make 1,000 paper cranes?
According to Japanese tradition, folding 1,000 paper cranes gives a person a chance to make one special wish come true. The crane is believed to live for 1,000 years and that is the meaning behind 1,000 an individual needs to fold.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully crafted your very own origami crane. The journey from a simple square sheet of paper to an elegant crane is a testament to the artistry and patience embedded in origami. As you explore further, remember that practice makes perfect. Experiment with different paper sizes and colors, and soon you’ll be creating a flock of these graceful creatures. Origami is not just about folding paper; it’s a path to tranquility, creativity, and self-expression.