How to make a traditional origami crane

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traditional origami crane


Level Beginner
Copyright Traditional

This page is for those who want the instruction to fold a traditional origami crane.


While you are making an origami crane, you will learn two bases: (1) square base and (2) bird base. For many people, origami crane might be the first model to learn origami folding. So it is like a prerequisite for more advance models.


Before working on this model, you need to know what valley-fold and mountain-fold are. If you know these two folding techniques, then you will have no problem in making origami crane.


If you are ready, then let's get started.


If you find any bugs on this instruction, please send an email to HyoAhn's email.


You may use any kind of paper to fold the origami crane. It is a little easier if the front and the back side of the paper are slightly different whether it be in texture or color.

Make sure the paper that you use is a square (all sides are equal and all the angles equal 90 degrees). The paper I am using here is 10cm x 10cm square one. It is actually too small for a novice. If you are a beginner in origami, try it with a large size paper of 20cm x 20cm. If you are become familiar with this model. Then you can try smaller size paper.

traditional origami crane: front side of paper


This is the front side of paper.


If would be nice to have a white color one. But it is extremely difficult to see the paper under white background.

traditional origami crane: back side of paper


This is the back side of paper.


Keep in your mind that the front side is the shinier one.



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How To Make A Traditional Origami Crane

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