Make your own origami crane by fjhuangjun


									                                            Make your own origami crane!
Begin with a square piece of paper - ideally one side coloured and the other plain. Place the coloured
side face up on the table. In all diagrams, the shaded part represents the coloured side.

1. Fold diagonally to form a                            Crease along the line b-                                 20. Now imagine this image
triangle. Be sure the points                            c.                                                       is what you would see if you
line up. Use your thumbnail                                                                                      were looking straight down,
to make all creases very                                                                                         at the top of a crane’s head.
sharp.                                                                                                           The two points at the top of
    Now unfold the paper                                Undo the three folds you                                 the picture is the back of the
                                                        just made (steps 6, 7, and 8), and your paper            cranes head, with its pointy
2. Now fold the paper                                   will have the crease lines                               beak at the bottom. Open
diagonally in the opposite                              shown on the right.                                      the upper layer of the beak
direction, forming a new                                                                                         at point a, and crease it
triangle.                                                                                                        along line g-h so that the tip
                                                                                                                 of the beak touches the
                                                        9. Lift just the top layer of                            back of its head (ouch!)
                                                        the paper at point a.
                                                                                                                 21. Turn the figure over. Repeat step 20 on
Unfold the paper and turn                                                                                        this side so that all four points touch.
                                                        Think of this as opening a
it over so the white side is
                                                        crane’s beak. Open it up
up. The dotted lines in the                                                                                      22. Your paper should look
                                                        and back to line b-c where
diagram are creases you                                                                                          like this image on the right.
                                                        the beak would hinge.
have already made.                                                                                               Next another "book fold." Lift
                                                        Crease the line b-c inside
                                                                                                                 the top layer on the right (at
                                                        the “beak.”
                                                                                                                 point f), and fold it in the
3. Fold the paper in half to the                                                                                 direction of the arrow to the
                                                        Press on points b and c to
right to form a tall rectangle.                                                                                  middle. Be sure to crease the
                                                        reverse the folds along
                                                        lines a-b and a-c. The trick
                                                        is to get the paper to lie flat in the long
                                                                                                                 23. Flip the entire figure over. Repeat the
                                                        diamond shape shown on the right. At first it
                                                                                                                 "book fold" (step 22) on this side.
                                                        will seem impossible but with some patience
                                                        you will get the hang of it!
Unfold the paper.                                                                                                24. - 25. There are two
                                                                                                                 points, a and b, below the
                                                        10. - 13. Turn the paper over. Repeat Steps
4. Fold the paper in half,                                                                                       upper flap. Pull out each
                                                        6 to 9 on this side. When you have finished,
bringing the bottom up to                                                                                        one, in the direction of the
                                                        your paper will look like the diamond below
the top and form a wide                                                                                          arrows, as far as the dotted
                                                        with two "legs" at the bottom.
rectangle.                                                                                                       lines. Press down along the
                                                                                                                 base (at points x and y) to
                                                        14. - 15. Taper the
Unfold the rectangle, but                                                                                        make them stay in place.
                                                        diamond at its legs by
don't flatten it out. Your                              folding the top layer of
paper will have the                                     each side in the direction
creases shown by the                                    of the arrows along lines                                26. Take the end of
dotted lines in the figure                              a-f and a-e so that they                                 one of the points, and
on the right.                                           meet at the center line.                                 bend it down to make
                                                                                                                 the head of the crane.
                                                        16. - 17. Flip the paper                                 Using your thumbnail,
5. Bring all four corners of                            over. Repeat steps 14                                    reverse the crease in
the paper together, one                                 and 15 on this side to                                   the head, and pinch it to
at a time. This will fold                               complete the tapering of                                 form the beak. The
the paper into the flat                                 the two legs.                                            other point becomes the
square shown on the                                                                                              tail.
right. This square has an                               18. The figure on the right
open end where all four                                 has two skinny legs. Lift                                Open the body by
corners of the paper                                    the right upper flap at                                  blowing into the hole
come together. It also                                  point f and fold it over in                              underneath the crane,
has two flaps on the right and two flaps on             the direction of the arrow -                             and then gently pulling
the left.                                               as if turning the page of a                              out the wings.
                                                        book. This is called a
6. Lift the upper right                                 "book fold."
flap, and fold in the                                                                                            Why not use a black
direction of the arrow.                                                                                          and red crayon or
Crease along line a-c.                                  Flip the entire piece over.                              marker and give your
7. Lift the upper left flap                                                                                      origami crane the
                                                        19. Repeat this "book fold"
and fold in the direction                                                                                        features of a
                                                        (step 18) on this side. Be sure to fold over
of the arrow. Crease                                    only the upper flap.                                     Whooping crane?
along the line a-b.

8. Lift the paper at point d (in the upper right
diagram) and fold down into the triangle bac.

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