How To Make a Traditional Origami Crane

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  1. Step 9:
    9. Fold the bottom point up to the top point.
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    9. Fold the bottom point up to the top point.

    9. Fold the bottom point up to the top point.

  2. Step 10:
    10. Unfold the previous step.
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    10. Unfold the previous step.

    10. Unfold the previous step.

  3. Step 11:
    11. Fold the right corner over to the left corner.
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    11. Fold the right corner over to the left corner.

    11. Fold the right corner over to the left corner.

  4. Step 12:
    12. Unfold the previous step.
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    12. Unfold the previous step.

    12. Unfold the previous step.

  5. Step 13:
    13. Flip the paper back over to the other side.
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    13. Flip the paper back over to the other side.

    13. Flip the paper back over to the other side.

  6. Step 14:
    14. Bring the left and right corners towards you and down.
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    14. Bring the left and right corners towards you and down.

    14. Bring the left and right corners towards you and down.

  7. Step 15:
    15. Flatten the inner corners underneath the top section.
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    15. Flatten the two inner corners underneath the top section.

    15. Flatten the inner corners underneath the top section.

  8. Step 16:
    16. This is now a square base, sometimes called a 'preliminary' base. Now we will continue to make a bird base.
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    16. This is now a square base, sometimes called a 'preliminary' base. Now we will continue to make a bird base.

    16. This is now a square base, sometimes called a 'preliminary' base. Now we will continue to make a bird base.

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13 Comments for “How To Make a Traditional Origami Crane”

  1. Seeing the video is great for those of us who have difficulty following written instructions. Thanks so much!

  2. for the first time over the years and different attempts, I finally managed to make the bird! Thank YOU so much:)

    1. Same here (BUT I WAS ALSO HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THIS APP IT WAS BUT THEN I FOUND IT LET ME TELL YOU I WAS (((HHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!))).

  3. Loved the instructions for the crane too. Although, the cranes are in a different league compared to the swans. There was a difficult moment when I was holding the bird base the wrong side up, but I was able to figure that out eventually. Here’s how both the cranes and the swans look, together.

    How To Make a Traditional Origami Crane

  4. This was so fun! First time using this site, defiantly coming to this site again! The steps were easy to understand, and not frustrating. It was easy to follow, amazing!

    How To Make a Traditional Origami Crane

  5. wow. I was expecting this to be way harder than it was. I was loosing my patience with other sites, and this made it so much easier.

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