Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.

Take one square sheet of paper and transform it into this traditional Origami bird! You can fold it with any paper ranging from thin Origami paper to any decorated paper to mono colored card stock. A 15 cm x 15 cm / 6 in x 6 in paper will make an Origami crane of about 10 cm x 12.5 cm / 4 in x 5 in. The smaller the paper, the more tricky it gets to fold your Origami crane accurately. If you are really good in Origami, you could try to make a very tiny crane, the size of a penny.

Even though the steps to fold an Origami crane are simple, it is quite difficult to fold the perfect crane. Whenever you fold to the middle line, take care not to overlap your paper to the other side – as this will give you trouble when you want to inverse the last folds to shape the neck and tail. Once you tried to fold your first crane, you will know what I mean.

The Origami crane is a good luck symbol and given to people you care about. I fold Origami cranes and give them out to people I care like for my children and friends.


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