How to Fold a Paper Crane

In this video tutorial (How to Video, 4 1/2 stars), I showed how to fold an origami paper crane– pretty much what it says on the tin. I learned how to do this when I lived in Japan (5th and 6th grade); the older kids were going on a trip to Hiroshima, and for a whole week, all we did in culture class was fold cranes. (Culture class was where us uneducated American kids learned about our host country. Did you know that Japan exports mandarin oranges?)

Unfortunately, I left all my origami paper at home for the first time this year, because I never used it. Well, guess what– I needed it. This is why I tend to overpack. Instead of actual origami paper, I used a sticky note. It was square and I didn’t have to cut it myself and it wasn’t notebook paper, which was looking like my only option. On the downside, sometimes the sticky bit tried to do its thing, which was less than helpful.

I downloaded about 5 video editors Wednesday night, and couldn’t figure out how to edit stuff from the middle on any of them. I hate to say that Macs are easier to use, but geez, the Mac software is a breeze. The video right now has a mistake in the middle that I tried to cut out, but just couldn’t figure out how to do it. I’m going to visit the ITCC at some point and use their Apple products.

5 thoughts on “How to Fold a Paper Crane

    1. Thanks! I was trying to think of a) what I knew how to do successfully and b) what I could do in my dorm room. Plus, cranes are super easy to make, once you know how!

    2. Thanks! I really like folding paper cranes, just because it’s easy and soothing, and it occurred to me that lots of other people don’t know how.

    1. It’s been ten years since I filled out that worksheet, and I still remember rice, soybeans, ?steak?, and mandarin oranges.

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