How to Make an Origami Crane

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How to Make an Origami Crane
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Fold the paper in half.

Fold the paper in half.

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Unfold the paper, and fold in half the other way.

Unfold the paper, and fold in half the other way.

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3
Unfold the paper, then fold it in half again  into a triangle.

Unfold the paper, then fold it in half again into a triangle.

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Unfold the paper, then fold it the other triangular way.

Unfold the paper, then fold it the other triangular way.

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When you are done, it should look like this.

When you are done, it should look like this.

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Hold it in half in a rectangular fashion. Either way is fine.

Hold it in half in a rectangular fashion. Either way is fine.

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Grab the paper where the signs indicate.

Grab the paper where the signs indicate.

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Push the paper in and it will start to fold.

Push the paper in and it will start to fold.

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Keep going.......

Keep going.......

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This is what it should look like from the top

This is what it should look like from the top

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Grab two of the wings in each hand and pinch them together. When you do this, you should be able to press it down into a flat diamond.

Grab two of the wings in each hand and pinch them together. When you do this, you should be able to press it down into a flat diamond.

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Fold the top layer of the wings inward  Tap on the photo to enlarge it. Make sure that you can open the bottom, but not the top. More in the next photo.

Fold the top layer of the wings inward Tap on the photo to enlarge it. Make sure that you can open the bottom, but not the top. More in the next photo.

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The bottom can open. The top cannot.

The bottom can open. The top cannot.

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Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. You should end up with this.

Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. You should end up with this.

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Take the triangle in the top, and fold it down just to where it meets the folded flaps. Unfold. Do the same thing on the other side. Unfold.

Take the triangle in the top, and fold it down just to where it meets the folded flaps. Unfold. Do the same thing on the other side. Unfold.

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Open up the two wings on one side.

Open up the two wings on one side.

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Now lift up the flap on the bottom, only coming up to the crease you made in step 15.

Now lift up the flap on the bottom, only coming up to the crease you made in step 15.

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Bring the flap up over the top, and press flat. The sides should start to curve inward.

Bring the flap up over the top, and press flat. The sides should start to curve inward.

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Fold the sides inward on the creases that are already there.

Fold the sides inward on the creases that are already there.

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Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. You should end up with this.

Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. You should end up with this.

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Fold the top layer of the sides inward. This is similar to step 12. Make sure that you can still open the bottom. Also make sure that your pointy end has a split down the middle, as illustrated next.

Fold the top layer of the sides inward. This is similar to step 12. Make sure that you can still open the bottom. Also make sure that your pointy end has a split down the middle, as illustrated next.

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The split.

The split.

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Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. We're going for symmetry here.

Flip it over, and do the same thing on the other side. We're going for symmetry here.

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Pick it up and look at its side.

Pick it up and look at its side.

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Open up the side and notice the crease about 2/3 of the way up.

Open up the side and notice the crease about 2/3 of the way up.

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Fold your open paper up to that 2/3 crease.

Fold your open paper up to that 2/3 crease.

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No fold it in half vertically. This should be fairly easy.

No fold it in half vertically. This should be fairly easy.

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Do the same thing for the other side.

Do the same thing for the other side.

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Gently pull one of your long strips outward. Then, push firmly where my finger is to crease it in place.

Gently pull one of your long strips outward. Then, push firmly where my finger is to crease it in place.

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Do the same thing for the other side.

Do the same thing for the other side.

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Pick up your crane and fold the top of one of the thin strips in on itself. Tuck it in so it lays flat against the strip that it's part of.

Pick up your crane and fold the top of one of the thin strips in on itself. Tuck it in so it lays flat against the strip that it's part of.

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Pinch the strip flat.

Pinch the strip flat.

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Pull the small bit out, creasing it by putting your finger where mine is when you're done.

Pull the small bit out, creasing it by putting your finger where mine is when you're done.

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Fold the wings out and admire your beautiful work of genius! Bonus: if you fold it flat again and fold the tail and head in, it fits great inside a decorated Altoid box that I have a tutorial for!

Fold the wings out and admire your beautiful work of genius! Bonus: if you fold it flat again and fold the tail and head in, it fits great inside a decorated Altoid box that I have a tutorial for!

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Yay! If you have any questions about any of the steps, or any ideas of tutorials I should make, let me know in the comments, and I'll try to write you back!

Yay! If you have any questions about any of the steps, or any ideas of tutorials I should make, let me know in the comments, and I'll try to write you back!

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