How to Make a Flapping Origami Crane

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How to Make a Flapping Origami Crane

March 27, 2012
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Here is my first attempt at an origami instructional– I hope you can follow it! I love to make anything origami and one of my favorite things to fold are paper cranes. I like to use them in DIY home decor projects– which I will be posting on Notsokitty later this week. But first I figured I would see if I can show people how to execute the foundations— here’s a picture of the intended finished project:

paper crane

How to make a paper crane that flaps

I’m going to attempt to do this by a series of pictures with captions following— numbered so that you can keep track of the respective instruction and the respective step. Here goes!

DIY paper crane

DIY paper crane

The first eight steps are how to make a “preliminary” base– a traditional origami base.

#1) Obtain a piece of paper. You may want to start with traditional origami paper which is colored on one-side and blank on the other— this will make it easier to keep track of what side you’re on. You may also want to use something called a “bone folder”— a contraption which I guess was once made of bone, but now usually made of plastic, that lets you crease your folds smoothly.
#2) Fold the paper in half so the color-side is facing you. Unfold the paper and rotate it 90 degrees. Fold the paper in half again.
#3) Unfold the paper. You should have a “cross” made by the creases in the center of the paper. Turn the paper over.
#4)Now, fold the paper on the diagonal— this time with the “white” side of the paper facing you. Unfold the paper and rotate it 90 degrees. Fold on the diagonal again
#5) Unfold the paper. You now have something that looks like a creased “star”
#6) Fold the paper in half again (green side facing you). Hold the paper by the top two corners.
#7) Gently push the corners of the paper towards each other. As you do this the middle will come out and collapse toward itself
#8) Hold the corners of the paper as shown with the middle protruding as shown.

origami instructions

#9) Fold the middle flap down— so that you have something that looks like a square with two layers. Make sure the square has two layers on all sides— you may have to move a flap to position it correctly. Also, hold the paper so that the squares connect at the “TOP”
#10) Lie your square on the table and take the top most right flap (top only). Fold this in towards the center as shown
#11) Repeat on the left
#12) Fold down triangle tab at top— to meet flaps.
#13) Make sure you have made all your creases well for the following three steps
#14) Unfold the paper back to step #9
#15) Grab hold of the bottom corner of the top-most flap (do not get the bottom flap too)
#16) Gently pull the bottom corner of the top flap towards the top of the piece— all the while holding the bottom corner of the bottom flap in place
#17) Squash fold the form into place. You should have something that looks like a diamond on the top layer with a square on the bottom (as shown)

crane diy

#18) Turn the paper over and REPEAT STEPS #9-#17 on  the other side.
#19)You will end up with both sides looking like a diamond (as shown)
#20) It’s probably a good idea at this point to make sure your creases are good
#21) With the “top” of the diamond shape connected, take one flap and pull it to the side.
#22) Turn the paper over and repeat.
#23) Now take the bottom point and gently fold it upwards
#24) Turn the paper over and repeat #23 on the other side
origami diy

#25) Firmly hold the bottom and crease along the edge
#26) Gently take hold of the “neck” or “tail” pieces and pull them forward
#27) Inside-reverse fold the area between the “tail” and the “wing” so that the tail can come forward a bit naturally and stay in this position
#28)  Repeat step #26 on the remaining piece
#29) Repeat step #27 on the remaining piece
#30) Arbitrarily choose a “head”….. Fold the head’s triangle down
#31) Inside reverse-fold the head
#32) And you’re done!

Voila! The completed flapping crane! Gently put its body between your thumb and forefinger and pull the tail with your other hand to see the bird “FLY”!

origami crane diy

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