Origami Crane (Folding Instructions)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Crane. This is a classic traditional model and
it’s quite simple to fold. This video will be one of many included in my new
Origami Basics Series. Whether you’re new to origami or you’re just looking to
brush up on the basics, this will be the perfect series to get
you started! This model requires one square sheet of paper. If this is your first time folding this
model, I recommend using a 6″ or larger square with color on one side and
white on the other. And once you’ve prepared your paper, then we’re going to start
with our square with the colored side up. And we’re going to start by folding in
half diagonally, so take this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top
left corner. Align the corners and the edges. Then make your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper so
that the crease we just made now runs from the top left corner down to the
bottom right corner. And now we’re going to fold in half diagonally in the
opposite direction. So again we’re going to take this bottom
right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners and the edges, then make
your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to turn the paper over.
And once it’s turned over, then we’re going to fold in half horizontally. So
take this bottom edge and fold it up to the top edge. Align the corners and the edges, then make
your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper so
that the crease we just made is now held vertically. And then we’re going to do
the same exact thing. So we’re going to take this bottom edge
and fold it up to the top edge, just like we did before. So again align the corners and the edges. Then make your crease. And this time we’re not going to unfold. Instead we’re simply going to turn the
model over and we’re going to collapse along existing creases. So we’re simply going to pick up the
model from both sides and we’re going to push the left and right sides in towards
one another just to collapse along the existing creases. And as you’re doing
this, you’ll notice that the models does not lie flat. So I like to look at the
model from the top, and now you’ll notice that there are four separate flaps. And
what you want to do is push two of those flaps over to the left, just like this. And push the
remaining two flaps over to the right. And once the flaps are evenly
distributed, then you can turn the model back on its side. You’ll see that it’s
shaped like a square, and then we simply want to flatten it out along existing
creases. And once you have this, this is what’s known as a preliminary base. Now
we’re going to fold over this bottom right edge and align it with this
vertical crease in the center of the model. And we’re going to do that by
first pulling over this right edge, and as you’re doing this, you want to make
sure that you’re only pulling over the top layer. And from here you want to start at
the bottom of the model and you’re going to work your way up aligning these edges with the vertical
crease. So just align the edges with the crease, just like this. And once the edges
are completely aligned, then you can make your crease. And now we’re going to do
the same thing on the left. So we’re going to take this bottom left
edge and again align it with the vertical crease in the center of the
model. So we’re going to start by pulling over
the left side of the model, just like this. Again you want to make sure you’re
only grabbing the top layer. And then again we’re going to start at the bottom
of the model and work our way up aligning the edges with that crease, just
like this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make
your crease, and then the model should look like this. And now we’re going to turn the model
over and we’re going to do the same exact thing. And again we’re going to start with this
bottom right edge here and we’re going to align it with the vertical crease in
the center of the model. So we’re going to start by pulling over
the right side of the model. And this time there should only be one layer to
grab. And what we’re going to do is again start at the bottom of the model and
work our way up, aligning the edge with that crease, just
like this. And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can make
your crease. And the model should look like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
one last time on the left. So we’re going to take this bottom left edge here and
again align it with the vertical crease in the center of the model. So start by pulling over the top layer
of paper on the left side of the model. And again we want to start at the bottom
and work our way up until the entire edge is aligned with that crease, just
like this. Then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that four times
then your model should look like this. Now we’re going to unfold these two
flaps that we just folded in. So just pull them out to either side, just
like this. Then we’re going to turn the model over and do the same exact thing.
So we’re going to unfold these two flaps here just like we did on the other side,
and then your model should look like this. Now we’re going to make a new horizontal
crease that connects these two creases here. And we’re going to do that by pulling
down this top corner. And as you’re doing this, you want to make sure that the
vertical creases on all layers align. And once this top edge reaches the two
creases that i mentioned before, then you can make your crease. Try to make a sharp
crease because you’re folding through a lot of layers. And then the model should
look like this. And once you have this, then you can
unfold. Now we’re going to do what’s called a petal fold. So in order to do that we’re first going
to hold down this top triangle of paper here. So simply going to hold the model down
flat, just like this, and then we want to take this very top layer of paper and
pull it back along this horizontal crease that we just made. So we’re going to do that by lifting up
this top layer. Again make sure you only have a single layer of paper. And then
what we’re going to do is simply pull it back along the horizontal crease that I
mentioned before. We’re just going to pull it back like this, just about as far
as it will go. And then you’ll start to see that the model will not lie flat. So in order to make the model lie flat,
we’re simply going to collapse along existing creases. So we’re going to start with the right
side of the model here. And what we want to do is take this right edge and we’re
going to push it in towards the center of the model so that it aligns with this
vertical crease here. And we’re going to do that by first pushing over the right
side of the model. And as you’re doing this, you’ll start to see that the paper
wants to collapse along existing creases. So we’re going to start at the bottom of
the model and work our way up, flattening out the paper along those
existing creases. So just work your way up to the top of the model, just like
this, until the right side of the model lies flat. And then we’re going to do the
same thing on the left. So we’re going to take this left edge
here we’re going to push it in towards the center of the model so it aligns
with the center vertical crease. So once again, push this left edge over to the
right, just like we did on the other side. And again you’ll see that the paper
wants to collapse along existing creases. And we’re going to start at the bottom
and work our way up, collapsing along existing creases until the entire left
side of the model lies flat, just like this. And once you’ve done that on both sides,
this is a completed petal fold. And once you have this then we’re going to turn
the model over and do the same exact thing. And we’re going to start by
reinforcing this horizontal crease here. So we’re going to do that by folding
down this triangle as far as it’ll go. so we’re simply going to pull it down
like this. Then we’re going to reinforce that crease all the way across, and then
you can unfold. So once again we’re going to start by
lifting up this very top layer of paper, and we’re going to pull it back along
the horizontal crease. We’re going to pull it back just like
this almost as far as it’ll go. So again we’re going to start with the
right side and what we’re going to do is take this right edge and fold it in
towards the center of the model so that it aligns with that vertical crease. We’re going to push it in like this, and
again you’ll see that the model want to collapse along existing creases. So you can start at the bottom of the
model and work your way up until the entire right side of the model lies flat, just like this. And once you have this then we’re going to do the same thing
one last time on the left. So we’re simply going to push in the
left side of the model just like we did before. And then we’re going to start at the
bottom and work our way up, collapsing along existing creases. So just flatten out the model along
those creases, and once you have that the entire model should lie flat. And this is
what’s known as the Bird Base. And it’s important to make sure that the layers
on the bottom of the model are separated like this. So from here we’re just going to put the
model back down, and then we want to fold these bottom two edges in to align with
these edges in the center of the model. So we’re going to start with this bottom
right edge here, and we’re simply going to pick up the very top layer of paper. So make sure you only have a single
layer, and we’re going to pull it over to the left, just like this. And as you’re doing this, you want to
make sure that you leave a small gap in between this edge here and the edges in
the center of the paper, just to make it easier to collapse the rest of the model. So from here we’re going to start at the
bottom of the model and work our way up aligning the two edges. Again make sure
you leave a small gap in between the edges, just like this. Then you can make
your crease, and then your model should look like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
with this bottom left edge here. So once again we’re simply going to pick
up the top layer of paper. Make sure you only have a single layer, and then we’re
going to fold this edge over towards the center of the model just like we did on
the other side. Again, be sure to leave a small gap between the two edges just to
make it easier to collapse the rest of the model, just like this. And once everything is
aligned, then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that on both sides,
your model should look like this. And now we’re going to turn the model
over. And now we’re going to do the same exact thing. So we’re going to fold these bottom two
edges in to align with the edges in the center of the model. And we’re going
to start with this bottom right edge here, and we’re simply going to grab the
very top layer of paper, and we’re going to pull it over to the left towards the
center of the model. Once again, we’re going to start at the bottom of the
model and work our way up, aligning the two edges in the center of
the paper. Be sure to leave a small gap in between those two layers. Work your
way up to the top, and once everything is aligned, then you can make your crease. And then your model should look like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
one last time on this bottom left edge here. So once again we’re going to pick up the
very top layer of paper and we’re going to pull it over to the right towards the
center of the model. Then we’re going to start at the bottom and work our way up, aligning the two edges in the center of
the paper. Once again, be sure to leave a small gap in between those two layers,
then work your way up to the top, and once everything is aligned then you can
make your crease and once you’ve done that four times your model should look
like this. And then we’re going to start by folding over this top layer on the
right side of the model. So we’re just going to pick up a single
layer on the right side, just like this. And then we’re going to fold it over to
left along that vertical crease. So just fold it over to the left like that, and now you should have three layers of
paper on the left and one layer of paper on the right. Then you simply want to
flatten out the rest of the model along existing creases, and then your model
should look like this. And now we’re going to turn the model
over and then we’re going to do the same exact thing. So in order to evenly distribute the
layers we’re going to take the very top layer on the right side of the model. So
make sure you only have a single layer, and we’re going to fold it over to the
left just like we did on the other side. Once again you can flatten out along
existing creases, just like this, and then your model should look like this. And now we’re going to fold up this
large flap as far as it’ll go. So we’re going to start by picking up
the very top layer of paper, and we’re just going to fold it up like this until
it reaches a point where it doesn’t want to go any further. Then what you want to
do is just flatten out the flap, just like this. So lay it down flat and then you can
make a crease along this bottom edge just to keep the layers in place. And
then your model should look like this. And now we’re going to turn the model
over. And now we’re going to do the same thing. So we’re just going to pick up this
large layer of paper, and we’re going to pull it up as far as it’ll go. And as you’re doing this, the paper will
reach a point where it doesn’t want to go any further. So just flatten out that large flap, just
like this, and then you can make a crease along the bottom of the model just to
flatten everything out. And once you’ve done that on both sides, your model
should look like this. And what we want to do is redistribute the layers just
like we did before. So we’re just going to put the model back down, and then
we’re going to take the top layer of paper on the right. So just pull it up and make sure you
only have a single layer, and we’re going to fold it over to the left along the
existing vertical crease, just like this. And now you should have three layers of
paper on the left side of the model and one layer of paper on the right side. So once again we’re going to turn the
model over and then we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again take the very top layer of
paper on the right. Make sure you only have a single layer, and we’re going to
fold it over to the left along the existing vertical crease. And once you’ve
done that on both sides, your model should look like this. Now you’ll notice that there are two small
points extending from the top of the model. Those will be the head and tail of your
crane. So we’re going to start with this point
on the right, and we’re going to grab it from the top and pull it over to the
right just like this. You can push the flap up or down as far as you’d like, but
just keep in mind that this will be the head of your crane. So I usually like to position the flap
about this far up. And then what you want to do once you’ve found a position that
you like is you’re going to squeeze the layers together at the bottom of the
model, just to flatten and everything out. So just bring the layers together, just like
this. And then your model should look like this. And now we’re going to do the same thing
on the left. So we’re going to grab this small point that extends from the top of the
model, and we’re going to pull it away from the model over to the left just
like we did on the other side. Again you can pull this flap up or down as far as
you’d like, but this will be the tail of your crane. So once you’ve found a position that you
like, you can bring the layers together, and then you want to flatten out the
bottom of the model just like this. And once you’ve done that on both sides, your
model should look something like this. And now we’re going to make the head of
the crane. So we’re going to be using this flap on the right here, and we’re
going to make a small reverse-fold to make the head. So in order to do that, we first want to
separate the two layers of paper on this flap here. So i suggest that you use your
thumb to separate those two layers, and while the layers are separated, you want to push down on the top of the
flap just like this. Then what you want to do is squeeze both
sides of the head together, and if you look at the model from the side, you can
simply squeeze the layers together, just to flatten everything out. And then your
model should look something like this. And now we’re going to make the wings
for the crane. So we’re going to start with this large flap here, and we’re
going to pick up the very top layer of paper and we’re going to fold it down as
far as it goes. So just pull it down like this until the
flap doesn’t want to go any further. And once it reaches that point then you
can make a small crease just to flatten everything out. Now we’re going to turn the paper over
and we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again we’re going to be working
with this large flap here, and we’re just going to pick it up from the top and
we’re going to pull it down as far as it goes, just like this. And once it reaches
a point where it doesn’t want to go any further, then you can make a small crease, just
like this, just to flatten out all the layers. And then you want to lift up the model
and we’re going to look at it from the top. Then you simply want to lift up the two
wings that we just folded down. And once your model is three-dimensional, it should
look like this. And this is the completed Origami Crane. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video
tutorial on how to fold an Origami Crane Also, be sure to check out the other
videos included in my Origami Basics Series. Either click on one of the models
below or check out my website at: ez-origami.com. Again, I hope you’ve
enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate subscribe, and thank you for watching!

8 comments on “Origami Crane (Folding Instructions)”

  1. Isabella Van Ginkel says:

    OH MY LORD THANK YOU! I have been working for three hours to make SOMETHING out of origami for school, and this tutorial FINALLY MADE IT POSSIBLE THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! 😭😭😭❤️❤️

  2. Bff-Gamers fuentes says:

    This is how many times he said "And your model should look like this"
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  3. Sanjeev Pandiyan says:

    AM PROUD FOR MY SELF I MADE it

  4. Mavic Lps says:

    Wow your paper is beautiful

  5. Crafted Noscopes says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Mine turned out fine.

  6. emague27 says:

    When i first treid this my crane looked beutiful i feel like making cranes is my new talent

  7. Yaseen the gamer says:

    4:49 omg superman logo thats a another origami

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