Origami Cranes

Want to add a fun pop of colour to your day? How about creating a garland or backdrop of paper cranes? You could even follow the old Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 cranes to bring good luck and fortune to the couple getting married!

All you need is some origami paper, which you will find at most craft stores or online, and a little patience!

Origami Cranes How To (Photography by The Wedding Spark)

Take your origami paper and fold in half diagonally
Now fold in half again
Lift the top flap and push it out so it forms a square
Turn over and repeat on the other side so your paper now looks like this
Fold the two side points so they meet in the middle
Turn over and repeat on the other side
Fold the top point downwards
Now open out the folds on one side
Lift the flap upwards & using the fold lines as a guide flatten to make a diamond shape
Turn over and repeat step 8 & 9 so you are left with this
Fold the two side points of the top sheet so they meet in the middle
Turn over and repeat on the other side
Take the right side of the diamond & fold over to the left
Repeat on the other side so you’re left with this
Take the bottom point & fold upwards
Repeat on the other side
Take the right side & fold over to the left
Repeat on the other side
Fold the top point downwards (this is making your crane’s wing)
Do the same on the other side
Pull the two points out slightly – these are your crane’s head & tail & then fold over the end of one of the points to create the head
Now you have a paper crane!

Happy folding!
Rebecca xx

CREDITS

How To pictures: The Wedding Spark
Header picture: Hayley Pettit Photography

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