If you’re having a hard time making the traditional paper crane, then this easy version of the origami crane may be a better paper activity for you. Great for kids and beginners, you only need to know the basic folds to make this bird origami. For this instruction, use sturdy origami paper with a color on one side. That way, it is easier to follow the step-by-step instruction.
Difficulty Level: Easy
For this easy origami crane, start with a square piece of origami paper. Face the colored side up and then fold the paper crosswise in half. Crease the paper well and unfold.
The next step is to fold the top and bottom corner to the center of the crease line. Fold the dashed lines for guidance.
Fold the top flap upwards as shown and then fold the bottom flap downwards as shown. Make sure to fold the top layer ONLY.
Turn the origami crane to the other side.
Bring the top and bottom corners to the center of the crease line. Follow the dashed line for guidance.
Mountain fold the paper crosswise in half. To make a mountain fold, fold the paper away from you.
Make the origami crane’s long neck by folding the paper to the right as shown. Crease well and unfold.
Make an inside reverse fold using the crease line made in step 7 as guidance. To make an inside reverse fold, pry open the top tip. Then push it down inwards to the center, then flatten.
Form the beak of the crane by making another inside reverse fold on the origami paper.
Fold the right corner to the left side as shown. Crease the paper well and unfold.
Make another inside reverse fold on the crease line (dotted line) made in step 10.
It now looks like a bird. Fold upwards the outer flap. Repeat the fold on the back side.
The crane is almost done! Spread the wings apart on both sides.