The traditional Japanese paper crane is a symbol of peace and love. Legend says that whoever folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish. A very good reason to start folding these for your Valentine!
Fold paper on reverse side diagonally, corner to corner, to form an X crease. Then turn paper over and fold paper on main side in half and repeat to form a + crease.
Open the paper up with the main side facing down; fold the corners in to form a diamond shape.
Fold the sides in, meeting on the centre line. Then fold the top pointed flap over the folded-in sides to make a crease. Repeat on the other side.
Open up the folds back to diamond shape. Lift up the bottom corner and pull all the way over to form an elongated diamond shape. Fold down to form crease. Repeat on the other side.
Next, fold in the sides to meet in the centre line. Repeat on other side. You will now get a skinny kite shape.
Now reverse fold the bottom points upwards on both sides.
You will get a shape like a crown. These will form the head and tail of the crane. Fold the tip on one side to form the head.
Finally, fold both wings down and voila – your crane is born!
|Contributed by Jo of One Busy Sloth
One Busy Sloth designs and handcrafts bags, totes and pouches in vibrant hues and prints. Her design mantra is about making bags that are both beautiful and practical. In her spare time, she is a kitchen goddess making all kinds of treats to spoil her family.