Fold on origami crane

Folding origami takes patience and practise but follow these steps and you'll be able to quickly and easily make paper cranes in no time.

Concentrate on making your folds as sharp as possible and be sure to start with a large square of paper so that everything is not too fiddly as you're working out the steps!


1. Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally and open it out again.


2. Turn the paper 90 degrees and fold the paper in half diagonally and open it again.

3. Turn the paper over, fold it in half horizontally and then open it up again.

4. Fold the paper in half vertically and the unfold it.

5. Turn the paper 45 degrees so that one of the corners is at the top. Gently bring in either side of the paper so the opposite corners meet and the paper collapses into a diamond shape. Ensure the corners that you moved are at the bottom of the diamond.

6. Take the top layer of paper on the left-hand side and fold it in so that its edge lines up with the centre crease. Repeat on the right-hand side.

7. Fold the top of the shape down to create a crease.

8. Open up the three folds you made in steps 6 and 7.

9. Take the top layer of paper from the bottom point and raise towards the top. Following the two diagonal creases allow the left hand side of the layer to fold inwards. Repeat on the right, making a kite shape layer on the top of the paper.

10. Continue lifting the top layer of paper so that the triangle points to the top and push gently to ensure all the creases are well made.

11. Turn the paper over and repeat steps 6-10 on this side.

12. Take the top layer on the right hand side and fold it in so that it lines up with the centre line. Repeat on the left hand side.

13. Turn the paper over and repeat step 12 on this side.

14. Open out one of the long, thin triangle sections and fold it upwards between the two sides of the body before carefully re-flattening the entire crane.

15. Repeat step 14 on the other side.

16. About 2cm from the end of one of the long triangles, open the folds and start to push the end of the triangle downwards, creating a new fold to make the crane’s head.

17. Finally, gently pull the crane’s wings apart to open up the body.