human ecology
Origami
Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955)

How to fold an origami crane

Please e-mail me, if you have any trouble following these instructions. I will try to update these pages from time to time to make the instructions easier.

Start with the bird base. Make sure that the wings of the bird base are in the right place.

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Fold the top leaf on either side into the midline. Do not fold them exactly into the midline, leave a small gap. This will make it easier to fold the reverse folds later on.

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Turn the model over, and repeat the above folds.

The next step is to inside reverse fold the tail and neck.

Fold and unfold the tail up along the line shown.

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Fold the tail up between the two wings.

Repeat with the neck to form...
... this.
Inside reverse fold the head.
This is the completed crane.



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Created 11/10/99
Modified 7/7/05