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Learn to Fold an Origami Crane
(Using the Factory Method)

"Hartman's Crane Folding Factory" annually produces over 1000 origami paper cranes.  These are the steps used in the assembly line at the factory.  Successful classes can finish 2-3 cranes per minutes when they get going.  Usually the factory is open for 1 day.

First, get a square piece of paper.  Then fold it diagonally an open it back up.

Next, fold it from the opposite corner to corner again.

Open it back up.

You can see, it makes an upside-down pyramid.  Flip the paper over.  The diagonal folder has now done their job.

The center should poke up.  Now fold the paper in half horizontally. (NOTE:  The peak will be folded in.  The next step will not work if this is not done.)

Open it back up again.

Now fold it in half horizontally the other direction.  The horizontal folder has now done their job.

Now pick the paper up by the top edges and squish it together to make an arrow.

    

Now lay it down on the table and make sure there are two flaps on each side and flatten it.  The squisher/flattener has now done their job.

Now you are going to take the top flap and start to make a kite that lays on top of a square.  Point the open side, (the end you can see above) towards you.

Make sure that the long side of the kite is pointing towards you and repeat on the other side.  You should now have a kite laying on top of a square.

Now flip the paper over so the square is on top of the kite.  Repeat so you have a kite on top of a kite.  The kite maker has now done their job.

    

Now you will need to bend the tip of the kite both directions so you have a crease.  The bender has now done their job.

    

Now you will need flip the bend back to make the kite shape again and open up the kite.

Now start to open the top layer.

You will start to see the alligator mouth.  Continue opening.

The sides will start to fold in on themselves and lay flat.

The alligator opener has completed 1/2 of their job.  Now flip it over and repeat.  The alligator opener has now completed their job.

         

Now you should see two "fat legs."

These "fat legs" which really aren't legs at all, need to be skinnier, so we are going to repeat the kite step.  Make sure you only take the top layer and are making the part that opens smaller.

Repeat on the other side.

Flip it over and repeat.  The leg skinnier has now completed their job.

      

Now take the short triangle at the top and fold it down as far as you can.

Flip it over and repeat.  The winger has now completed their job.

Now you are going to take your left hand and pinch the edge of the left wing.  With your right hand, you are going to open up the right side.

Take the long triangle that is pointing down and pull it up and point it towards the ceiling.

    

Now close that side in so that you can see both wings again.  That long triangle now points up.

Now you can point about 1 inch of the triangle that points towards the ceiling down to make the head of the crane.

Now pinch the right side.  Open up the left side so that you can see the long triangle that is pointing down. 

You will pull that triangle up now so that it also points towards the ceiling.

Close it back up again so that you can see the two long triangles pointing towards the ceiling and can again see the wings.  Lift the wings up.  The finisher has now completed their job.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!   Finally, you have your origami paper crane.  Way to persevere through a long process.

The hanger can now do their jobs.

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