Folding a Crane

fold01Fold the paper in half lengthwise along the dotted line.
fold02Make a crease down the middle to mark the center, then diagonally fold down the right side of the paper toward the front.
fold03Diagonally fold the left side toward the back.
fold04Open the bottom by inserting your finger and fold left and right points together spreading the front and back crease.
fold05Crease front left and right edges to the center, then back out and pull up bottom point to produce shape shown in next panel.
fold06Turn over to the back and repeat for the back.
fold09Fold left and right edges along dotted line into center for both front and back sides.
fold10Open both sides along the vertical center axis and crease, producing the split top as shown in the next panel.
fold11Fold bottom front point upward along the dotted line.
fold12Fold the same point forward and down along the dotted line.
fold13Fold bottom point to the back along the dotted line to make a tail.
fold14Open left and right sides and crease.
fold15Fold down the wings and gently pull on head and tail to expand the body.
fold16To complete your paper crane, blow gently into the bottom to help expand the body.
Cranes should be threaded by passing a needle and thread through the hole under the body and piercing another hole in the upper side of the body.