How to Make a Crane | Origami

How to Make a Crane | Origami

This is a video for the origami crane. The first step for the traditional origami
crane is a diagonal fold. We’re
going to start with the color-side up, and then go ahead and fold the
bottom corner up to the top corner. Make sure that it’s nice and lined up
so it’s very precise. We’re not trying to go super-fast, just trying
to get it exactly on that spot. Then slide your finger down, out to the corner,
and then out to the other corner. Open it back up, and then we’re going to
do the other diagonal fold. Again, take the bottom and bring it up. Everything nice and lined up, just like that. Open it back up. You should
have a nice ‘+’ with your creases. Flip the paper over, and now we’re going to
do two book folds. We’re going
to take the bottom edge and bring it up to the top edge. Make sure it’s not
askew or off to the side, at all, try and get it nice and even across the
top. Once you do, crease down, just like that. Then open it up and do the
other book fold as well, just like that. Once you have that last one, go ahead and
leave that crease down, and pick up the model a little bit. What we’re going to do is if you pinch right
here and right here, near the top of the corners, what we’re going to do is
we’re going to rotate the model up, just like this. You see how we’re
getting all 4 corners of the paper are going to come up and touch each
other, right at the top. Then you see how we’ve got these extra flaps,
we can squash those flaps down. This doesn’t use any new creases. We haven’t
made anything new. This is just using all of the folds that we
already have to create what’s called a square base or a
preliminary base. The important
thing about the orientation of the base is to make sure that these flaps
that we have open here, they have to be towards you. Get them, and make
sure that they’re not up at the top, but that those extra flaps are pointed
towards you. Not off to the side, but right down at you. Next, we’re going to do two kite folds. We’re going to take these 2 bottom
edges that lead down to the open flap, and we’re going to fold them into
the middle of the paper, just right on that middle line, right all the way
down. We’ll do it on the left-hand side and also
on the right-hand side, just like that. Then once we’ve done both of those, go ahead
and fold down this top triangle, right here. It’s going to go all the way across this
line. That’s the crease line that we’re going to
use. We fold that triangle
down, just like that. Next, flip the whole thing over with this. Make sure that this triangle
flap is on the bottom, underneath. We’re going to do those 2 kite folds;
we’re going to do those again on this side, just like that. Once you’ve
done those 2 kite folds, go ahead and open those back up. Those are what we
call preliminary folds. We’re going to use those creases to use another
fold later. What’s going to happen is we’re going to take
one flap of paper, just one. There’s a couple of different spots there,
but just open up one flap of paper. What we want to do is we want to flatten it
out and pick it up as high as we can. When we pick it up pretty high, what’s going
to happen is these 2 outside flaps are going to want to
work their way into the center. We’ve already made that kite fold. When we folded this over, we already
created that fold right in there. Go ahead and let the paper do that. We’re
going to pick the paper up all the way up to the top and pull in these 2
edges. This is called a petal fold, just like this. You see how that
flattens out nicely. Next, flip the paper over, and we do the same
thing here. Open up that
triangle, open up these 2 flaps, fold this guy back down. We’re going to
pick up this panel right here and do another petal fold. Pick it all the
way up to the top. It should match the one behind it, just like
that. This
is called the crane base. Once we have the crane base, make sure that
you have these 2 slits right here at the bottom; these are going to be
our tail and our head. What we’re
going to do is we’re going to do 2 kite folds. We’re going to thin this
again. Go ahead and take these 2 edges and bring
those into the middle. Make sure that the edges are pointing down,
towards here. Don’t fold them
where the go up like that. They’re down towards the openings on the left
side and the right side. Flip it over, and do it one more time. We’ve got these 2 flaps. What we’re going to do is we’re going to fold
them both up as far as they’ll go and out to the
side at whatever angle you want. If you want the head to be a little bit closer,
reaching a little bit forward or you want the tail to be a little
farther back. Whatever angle
you want, go ahead and fold them up and fold them back down. We’re going to
use that crease that we made to do what’s called an inside reverse fold. An
inside reverse fold is instead of taking this flap in front, or even if we
were to fold it behind, we’re going to open this panel up right here. There’s 2 panels right there, open them up,
and we’re going to fold this in the middle of them. We’re going to bring it up inside the middle. What
happens is this back spine of the paper right here is going to reverse its
crease. It’s switched around, and you see how it’s
gone in the middle of the paper. It’s an inside reverse fold. We’re going to do that on both
sides. Try to do it on the creases we just made. When we folded this up,
try to use those creases. Once we do that, you can figure out which
side you want to be the head and which side you want to be the tail. I’m going to use this guy for the head. What’s going to happen is I’m going to make
another inside reverse fold. Just open it up and fold the beak down, like
that. Again, that’s been
folded on the inside of the paper, like that. Fold down each of the wings. That is the origami crane.

100 thoughts on “How to Make a Crane | Origami

  1. I have to make 1000. School thing :/ Apparently we are linking them together… erghhhhh.
    This does help a lot though …

  2. oh my gosh I tried 8 videos that only had music in the back ground but you slowly and thoroughly walked me through it and it was so great when it came out

  3. It's just awesome…..
    So easy and nice origami.
    I tried many tutorials but nothing worked…
    But it worked.

  4. I ripped the head and the tail wasn't in the middle like it should have been…And then I chipped my nail polish. How do I make 1,000 of these if I can't make two?

  5. This is awesome, Iโ€™ve tried many times with other videos and Iโ€™ve literally gotten nowhere out of confusion but this was great! I completed 2 of them and they are so cute!

  6. I was doing pretty good, untill the last step. It was extremely unclear and your hand was always in the way.

  7. i showed mine to my friend and she said it looked like a bag of fries but thats probably just the print lmaoo anyway mine is standing and while it isnt the best it looks similar to the video which is pretty nice considering this is my first time making a crane

  8. Thank you! Your video was well done and provided me with what I needed to create the crane. Nicely done ๐Ÿ‘

  9. what a bunch of freakin hatters! you should all be ashamed of yourselves this was a very good video. And just because it did not work for you is not an exuse to be mean and unkind. I thank all the people who left kind and loving comments.

  10. I have been struggling with this wretched crane for days, used dozens of sheets of paper and just couldn't figure out the instructions in my book! Now I have seen you do it, I understand!! So I am now going to have another try or ten. LOL.ย ย  Done it first time! It's a bit untidy, but practice will get it better. Followed along with you. Thank you for a very clear instructions. xxx

  11. what a bunch of haters you guys are rude this guy just taut me how to make it. ik you get couple of problems in it but that doesnt ashamed. #respect

  12. I tried all kinds of tutorials about how to make an origami crane and this was definitely the BEST video I found to be able to create one. Thank you. Well done!

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