I have decided to go slightly off the crochet line and talk about something else crafty… Origami!
I love making little origami pieces and used to do it all the time.
One of the most popular origami patterns is the crane.
In Japan cranes are considered to be mystical or holy creatures that live for 1000 years, which is why people make 1000 origami cranes, 1 for each year of life.
Japanese legend says that if you fold 1000 cranes then you will be granted a wish by a crane. However all cranes must be folded by one person and cannot be given away. Some versions of the legend also dictate that you must fold them all in one year!
So I am going to show you how to make one…
1. Start with a square piece of paper, colour side up
2. Fold diagonally the top corner down to the bottom corner
3. Repeat on the other corner and you should have 2 creases
4. Flip the paper over so it’s coloured side down and then fold in half
5. Repeat on the other edge so you have two more creases
6. With the paper laying diagonal collapse the horizontal creases inwards and push the vertical ones out
This should create a diamond shape when folded flat
7. Fold the corner of the top layer into the centre
Repeat on the other flap
8. Fold the top down
And the unfold all flaps you folded in this step and step 7
9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 on the other side
10. Insert finger under the top flap and push up
11. Repeat step 10 on the reverse side
12. Fold corner into the centre as shown
Repeat on the other corner
13. Repeat on the reverse side
14. Fold the ‘legs’ up as shown in the picture
15. Fold back down to create creases
16. Reverse fold the ‘leg’ inside itself as shown (you fold it up and inside the flap whilst flattening it)
17. Repeat on the other ‘leg’
18. On the left ‘leg’ reverse fold the tip to create the head
19. Fold the wings down
20. You’re finished!
Make them in any colours or paper you like…
The Japanese tend to string them all together on some thread.
Happy folding 🙂