Origami Crane Step by Step and Meaning

Origami Crane Step by Step and Meaning – Phew, welcome to my little One Wish Crane collection number 6 out of 1000. Just 994 more to go! Since I’ve always been meaning to create a how-to on origami today’s a great day as any! I’ve been making origami since I was little, however, it was not anything fancy just cranes, boxes, boats and airplanes. Recently I’ve wanted to try other things. There are many great origami how-to videos and sites here on the Internet just Google away. That is my how-to on building a puffy body crane exactly like the crane utilized in the decoration above. Before we reach that… Origami is an ancient art of paper folding and you will find various types of origami paper with hundreds or even a large number of different designs. Personally, the thinner origami paper that will be sold at any craft stores is a lot easier to fold then your thicker ones. You utilize almost any paper to fold origami… loose leaf, construction paper… directions, easy, earrings, tutorial, mobile, drawing, video , youtube , instructions pdf etc. Well let’s get going:

How to Make Origami Crane with Step by Step

easy origami crane step by step and meaningThe first step is to get a square origami paper and turn it on the side with no design.

easy origami crane step by step and meaningFold it in half across. Make sure every crease is crisp and straight. That is key to folding a neat origami anything.

easy origami crane step by step and meaning
It ends up looking like this

easy origami crane step by step and meaningOpen it and fold it halfway on the other side.

easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Open it to the nondesign side and it should have the straight creases above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now fold it diagonally and it forms a triangle.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Fold the triangle across to make a smaller triangle.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now carefully open one side of the triangle like above and fold it down making a diamond shape.

easy origami crane step by step and meaningDo the same to the other side.

easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now take the upper part of the diamond and fold it against the middle line like above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Do it to all four sides until it becomes the kite shape above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Open the “kite” and just fold in the flap. It should easily fold in, no problem.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Do the same for all the sides and you end up with the shape above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Open the flap up like above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now take the point of the sides and fold it straight against the middle like above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Do it for all sides and it should look like the picture above.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now fold the wider flaps down so two flaps point down and two flaps are up.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Open to the thicker and longer of the flaps.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Fold it in so the thicker flap is folded in half.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now gently pull out the thicker flap on both ends. One end will be the head and the other end is the tail.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Now choose one end and just nudge it down the middle to form the head.
easy origami crane step by step and meaning
Take the other two flaps and gently pull them down. The middle section should puff up as you pull the wings. If not just gently push the center and it’ll puff right up.

easy origami crane step by step and meaningTa-da! Your own puffy crane! I like it better than those who are flat minus the puffiness in the middle. Hopefully, my explanations and pictures are clear. They’re perfect related to kids and you can decorate them and what not. You can also string them up like what I did so when I was young across a room. It’s a great decoration and you could add sparkles and glitter so that they shine in the light. Also as I mentioned in one of my posts before that folding 1000 cranes would grant you a wish.

MEANING OF THE ORIGAMI CRANE

The Japanese word, “origami” is a combination of two words in Japanese: “ori” which means “to fold” and “kami” which means “paper”. It is believed that Japanese origami began in the 6th century and because of the high costs of paper, origami was only used for religious ceremonial purposes

In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”. The wings of the crane were believed to carry souls up to paradise. Mothers who pray for the protection of the crane’s wings for their children will recite the prayer:

Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts. A famous story about senbazuru is that of Sadako Sasaki (see “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr [1977]). Sadako was a little girl who was exposed to radiation as an infant when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Although she survived the bomb, she was diagnosed with leukemia by the age of 12. She decided to fold 1000 cranes, hoping that she wish to live would come true. Unfortunately, she only was able to fold 644 cranes before she passed away. Her classmates then continued to fold cranes in her honor and she was buried with a wreath of 1000 cranes to honor her dream. There is now a statue of Sadako in Hiroshima Peace Park – a little girl standing with her hand outstretched, holding a paper crane. Every year, thousands of wreaths of senbazuru are draped over her statue.

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