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Make an Origami Crane

making an origami craneI have tried for several months to accomplish the bucket list goal of "Making an Origami Animal" and it deceptively appeared simple. But, as it turns out, Origami is really freakin' hard, even the simplest origami crane, and a dictionary of paper folding terminology was going to be a necessity.

How was I supposed to know how to do a bird base with a reverse and petal fold? This was getting very complicated.

I did make several attempts, with many different animals, starting with a dinosaur. He did not stand. Not even when I bent his legs backwards. Or tail up. There were also a slew of pitiful frogs, squirrels and turtles that followed.
origami dinosaur

But then, when browsing through a store, my eyes were drawn to a basket full of colorful paper cranes, each origami cran unique. I'm selfish. I wanted my own basket full of origami cranes. Waa, waa, waa. Let the challenge begin.

I had every intention of making a video of this goal to show you all how to make your own crane. See, I even started the intro….

But, then I realized that I have absolutely no business showing anyone this delicate Japanese art. Your origami crane might end up headless. Even though I did complete one crane…yes, just one…I am not even an amateur. Just lucky.

So, here's the Making an Origami Crane diagram instructions I used and a video from someone who actually knows what they are doing…

If, after reading this and watching the video, you decide that you have a passion for strategically folding paper, I need 99 more cranes for my basket. Please send me all your leftovers.

Haver you ever made an origami crane?


  1. lol, you always make me laugh; thanks! I have a Japanese coworker who does great Origami; including colorful strands of paper cranes.  

    • Oooh! Have your coworker teach you, it will be much easier than the instructions online ;)

  2. practice makes perfect….so good job on accomplishing the task of making an origami crane!! it's very pretty :)
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  3. What a fantastic thing to have on your bucket list! That makes me smile and ponder what sort of "little" delights I could add to mine. :-) Way to go!!

  4. Haha, I use to make origami cranes and stars. The reason for doing so? I heard a rumor that if you make 1000 of those, your wish will come true….. haha.
    Practice makes perfect ^_^

    • Did your wish come true? I’m going to have to stick to wishing on a falling star & blowing out all the candles on my birthday cakes ;)

  5. Hmm, it does sound like it would be easy… that's disappointing that you can't just run through it in a few minutes.

  6. I have learn origami as one of my 32 Things Before 32. But now I'm a bit concerned, cause I have no hand eye coordination or skill. Guess I better start practicing!

  7. I've attempted to make a crane before as well and it turns out that I freaking suck at origami!  I'll leave that skill to the more patient people.

    • I’m not patient either, that’s probably why this goal was so darn frustrating. I really like instant gratification!

  8. I've seen this on a lot of people's lists and I've considered adding to my list but in the end…I really don't want to! Congrats on completing one and good luck on the next 99!

    • Ha Ha…Thanks! I will not be making anymore cranes, unless someone wants to send me to Japan to learn from an origami master ;)

  9. Oragami books are always confusing so I'm impressed you were able to teach yourself how to do it! If you do have a chance to learn from an origami master, go for it! It's a lot easier when someone is walking you through each step =)

  10. Not to brag but I just learned how to do origami a few days ago and now i can make cranes in only a few minutes :)  Haha.  No, I'm not japanese either.  once you learn how to do a crane everything else is easier just to let you know.  keep at it and good luck!

  11. I'm currently making 1000 cranes for cancer :) You should read the story of Sadako and the thousand cranes, its a sad story though :(

    • Kudos to you, that is a wonderful thing to do :)
      I’m sure you have perfected the art of making a crane by now. Maybe you could teach me a thing or two ;)

  12. You call a crane freakin' hard? Then the origami I made is legendary!
    I dunno how to upload my lotus, my boat, and my origami people so I'll do it sometime after.

  13. I am not a patient person either. :-)


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