Basic Origami Forms : How to Fold Origami Crane

Basic Origami Forms : How to Fold Origami Crane


In this clip I will show you how to make the
traditional crane. Cranes have always been a symbol of longevity and good fortune, but
since the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”, by Eleanor Coerr, it has become
a symbol of peace. This is a very simple model to fold if you know how to make the bird base.
So, starting with a bird base and the open side down towards us, we are going to fold
one of the sections of the open side in to the center, like this. And we will do this
for all four sections; fold the sides in to the center, and this essentially becomes the
tail and the the head of the crane. Turn the unit over, and do the same thing. Fold the
sides into the center, and same thing on this side; fold the side into the center. And now, take one of these legs, and do a
inside reverse fold up through the wings. Pinch it together; flatten it, and this will
become the tail of the crane. Turn the unit to the other side, and do the same thing;
inside reverse fold up. And then for this one, we’re going to do another inside reverse
fold for this tip, down like this, and you have the head of the crane. Now we are going
to spread the wings by placing our thumb and hand like this, and pulling the base of the
wings apart. And you have your crane.

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