Instructions how to Fold a Perfect Traditional Origami Crane

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In this article, we will describe in some simple steps how to fold a perfect origami crane. For our crane only a single square sheet of paper is needed !

By the way, the folds for our Origami Crane are a bit more complicated. In case you still need more practice, it would be good if you  first check our article “How to fold a beautiful traditional origami swan ?”. In this way you may have a great sense of achievement in no time……..

Enough talk, let’s start with folding our Origami Crane ! 

What is required?

how to fold Origami Crane things needed
Simply a square sheet of paper !
You can thus easily cut an letter size sheet in it’s length,
to a square sheet ( aprrox. 8″ x 8″ ).

Step 1

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Fold the top corner to the bottom corner and fold the resulting right corner to the left corner.

Step 2

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Place your thumb in the hollow of the top bag and pull the fold to the right. You should now have a square. Press the creases well to achieve a clean folding.

Step 3

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Now please turn to the folding. 
Please repeat “Step 2”, but now from the other side.

Step 4

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Please fold now the left and right corner to the center and back again. Press the resulting fold lines.

Step 5

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Pull the bottom corner as shown in the figure
above at the horizontal dotted line upwards.

The right and left flank now almost automatically are
moving to the center of the folding.

Step 6

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Turn the paper over and repeat step 5 on the backside.

Step 7

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Fold the right and left flank to the center. The dashed line in the figure is a good orientation.

Step 8

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Turn the paper over and repeat step 7 from the other side. 

Step 9

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Now pull the two lower ends, “between” the upper flanks upwards.
In doubt please check the diagram shown.

Step 10

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Fold now at one end the head as shown.
This requires some practice…..

Step 11…..and…..finish !


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Now just bend the wings, form the ground, and …. 


Sure, to fold an origami crane is not easy, but the result is more than beautiful !

Please bear in mind the importance with folding this Origami Crane is “Practice makes perfect” ………..


  • Make sure that the folds are sharp and precise. It gives the finished Origami Crane a clean optics.
  • In order to get some practice just fold an Origami Swan which is a bit more easier to fold and described in “How to fold a Origami Swan”.

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