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
Now gently pull out the thicker flap on both ends. One end will be the head and the other end is the tail.
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.
Ta-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 ). 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.