Lesson 1: Paper Crane & Twin birds

When you google “origami,” one of the first products that appears is a paper crane. I didn’t want to give you just a plain crane, but also one of many variations that you can make with cranes – twin cranes.

How to make a basic Paper Crane

What you need:

  • 1 sheet of plain square paper (preferably thinner origami paper with no pattern on it)


1.  Lay the paper back side up.





2. Fold in half diagonally





3. Fold in half again





4. Take RED corner to BLUE point, inflating the double arrow and fold down

5. Flip it up-side-down and take the RED corner to the BLUE point, inflating the double arrow





6. Make sure the part that is The Connecting Corner  is on your left and fold in along the center diagonal line

7. Fold the connecting corner in





8. Flip it and do the same thing – make sure the connecting corner is on your left





9. Take the opposite corner of the connecting corner, and open like the arrow shows




10. Fold along the crease you made in step 6-8

11. Flip it and take the same step as 9&10

12. Make sure the Connecting Corner is on your right and fold along the center line

13. Flip, and again, keep the Connecting Corner is on your right – keep folding like the other side





14. Take one flap and fold up – it’ll be the neck or tail





15. Fold some angles so that they look like the neck and tail





16. Decide whichever you’d like to make it as a neck, and fold in as picture shows





17. Now it’s the fun time – puff up the belly! Take white corners and then yellow corners, use your commonsense and don’t rip the poor crane. If it’s not enough, you can pull the wings to make a nice puff.

Using the instruction above, here is a cool variation of a simple crane!

How to make Twin Cranes

What you need:

  • 1 sheet of plain paper cut in half (preferably thinner origami paper with no pattern on it)


1. Cut a paper into half

2. Fold and crease the half line

3. Mark the half way, and cut the RED line





4. Make cranes as explained above






* Some points to note
It’ll be a bit difficult during the processes when folding cranes, since they are connected. When you get confused with which direction it was, remember that the two birds are connected at their wings, but not their tails.

When you successfully finish the first bird, it should look like this.

Try not to fold the first head and tail until the next one is finished – it’ll just be easier for you.
And when you start the other bird, it should look like this





Good luck! Please let me know if you have questions and don’t forget to send me pictures of your cranes!


Next is Valentine’s Day Origami!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. richardsonjd1
    May 09, 2011 @ 15:18:49

    Hiromi, I really love this blog. I actually learned how to make a paper crane when I was in the 3rd grade, after reading the book “1000 Paper Cranes” – my class even made 1,000 to give to another teacher in our school that had open-heart surgery. Anyway, all the pictures and directions you include are really clear and helpful, even though the actual folding can be confusing sometimes. Great job!


  2. Summer
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:34:24

    I love this Design. I just made one is school and it is awesome. Thanks for showing us how to make this.


  3. Mandee
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 23:45:29

    Dude, this is so cool! I love how visual you are with your instructions because that’s the best way I learn. I’m glad you put both pictures and videos (as well as words haha) This is so great! Thanks for showing us how to origami! So awesome 🙂


  4. evranken
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 11:23:11

    Wow, this is amazing. I don’t know how you can make all these things out of paper! I bet it took a lot of practice! Thanks for sharing :]


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