What Is It All About?
Origami is a Japanese art of folding paper turning them into different shapes and figures. (Ori – to fold and Kami – paper.) It is popular among Asian culture.
Paper Folding Experience
We had a taste of Japanese culture during our visit to Nikka Yuko Japanese garden. We learned how to do a crane origami from scratch.(I’ll do a separate blog post and review for that unforgettable trip!) Before we start with our mini tutorial, I would just like to share some research I had found with regards of 1000 Cranes. According to ancient Chinese legends, cranes were thought to be “well-behaved like gentlemen, incorruptible and naturally clean and honest.”
It all began with a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who attempted to make 1000 paper folded cranes while she was taking her time in the hospital because of leukemia. She attempted to finish them praying for world peace. It is a well known legend that whoever finishes 1000 origami cranes will be granted one wish. (1000cranes.com)
Step By Step Tutorial
Origami Crane making is fun and easy! You can use these as a decoration or as a hobby. Let me share you what I have learned from our Nikka Yuko trip.
1) Get a square sheet paper. (I recommend coclorful paper cardstocks. I bought mine from Michael’s. You can buy them for $10-$15.
2) Fold the paper in half as shown in the photo. (crease from left to right)
3) Open and fold again into other half. (crease from top to bottom)
4) Open and fold diagonally. (2x)
5) Unfold and form it into diamond shaped thru its crease.
6) Point the opened flap towards yourself. Fold the closed flaps going into middle line as shown in the photo below.
7) Make a crease from the small triangle located at the top.
8) Unfold. You should be in its original diamond shape.
9) Fold the small top triangle along its crease from step 7.
10) Open the upper side of the square paper following the creases we made from step 6. It should look like this.
11) Fold the other side (facing bottom) of the paper going to the middle line. This will give you a diamond shaped paper with two flaps in left and right sides.
12) Turn the paper over and fold both sides going into middle line. Fold the right flap to the left afterwards.
13) Flip the paper and repeat step 12.
14) Fold the bottom tip of diamond (closed tip) up to top corner. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
15) These two tall triangles will serve as head and tail. Fold tge right and left triangle downwards. This will serve as wings.
16) Fold the tip of head down.
17) Pull the head and tail out.
18) Create a 3D like volume by carefully pulling out from its “body”.
19) Use it as a decoration or make a thousand of them, connect them via thread and make a wish!
You can also find different video tutorials in youtube! Well, here’s mine. 🙂
Crane folding is a great way to pass your time, bond with your kids or younger siblings (if you have any), use to decorate your room or do the 1000 paper crane challenge! So what are you waiting for? Let’s start making these cranes and make some wish afterwards! 🙂
Have you ever tried making these paper cranes before? How was it? Tell me your thoughts! 🙂
Much Love, J