Origami Crane Instructions

Printable Instructions and Video

The origami crane is the most well known of all the origami models: These instructions should make it easy for you to make your own beautiful crane. Use some pretty paper to make this lovely origami model: it is a very elegant bird!

If you'd like to know a bit about the history and meaning of this origami model, have a look at this page about Senbazurus and the story of Sadako Sasaki:

Senbazuru and Sadako

Video Instructions

Diagram Instructions

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1. Start with a square piece of paper, coloured side up.

Fold the top corner of the paper down to the bottom corner.  Crease and open again. Then fold the paper in half sideways.

2. Turn the paper over to the white side.

Fold the paper in half, crease well and open, and then fold again in the other direction.

3. Using the creases you have made, Bring the top 3 corners of the model down to the bottom corner. Flatten model.

4. Fold top triangular flaps into the centre and unfold

5. Fold top of model downwards, crease well and unfold

6. Open the uppermost flap of the model, bringing it upwards and pressing the sides of the model inwards at the same time.

Flatten down, creasing well.

7. Turn model over and repeat Steps 4-6 on the other side.

8. Fold top flaps into the centre.

9. Repeat on other side, so your model looks like this.

10. Fold both 'legs' of model up, crease very well, then unfold.

11. Inside Reverse Fold the "legs" along the creases you just made.

12. Inside Reverse Fold one side to make a head, then fold down the wings.

Finished Crane!

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