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 fold. 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. Made possible through the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund.
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