Downloadable Hand Decorated Origami Crane

These are my original hand decorated origami cranes. Each wing is a different design.

These are my original hand decorated origami cranes. Each wing is a different design.

Here is my rendition of a hand decorated origami crane, inspired by Cristian Marianciuc. I drew different wing designs on each wing to see what I liked best. (click the images to enlarge)

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The finished Crane

Once I had a design I liked I scanned it into the computer, then used Gimp to mirror the pattern I liked best onto the other wing.

I then created a pdf file which you can download here. Print yourself a copy, cut out the pattern and fold along to get your very own hand decorated crane.

The result is shown at right.

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Printed pattern

Print the pattern and cut it out.
Starting with the printed side up, valley fold then unfold along both diagonals.

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Valley fold both diagonals, mountain fold side to side and top to bottom.

Flip the pattern over, then book fold and unfold side to side and top to bottom.
Flip it over again.
You should have something like this.

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Collapse into a square base (preliminary fold)


Collapse this into a square base with the printed wing pattern facing out.

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Continue folding into a standard Bird Base


Continue folding to make a normal bird base .

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The printed wing pattern should be on the inside like this.


When your bird base is finished the printed wing pattern will be on the inside.
Finish folding the crane normally.

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Make sure you form the head on the correct side of the wings.


Before you form the head note which side is the “front” edge of the wing pattern.

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The finished Crane


The finished crane.

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Reverse fold the central body so it hides down inside the crane and glue it closed for a nicer effect.


This image shows two cranes I folded. The one on the left is the usual Crane. For the one on the right I reverse-folded the body down inside the crane and then used a bit of glue to glue it closed. I like the effect it creates.

If you enjoy folding this origami crane, donations are greatly appreciated.

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Recently Made

A while back I was perusing this thread on papermodelers.com and got inspired to build another one of Johan Scherfts bird models. This is one of his earlier kits and I wasn’t super happy with the results, but it’s okay. I made a stand for it from a piece of branch and a piece of wood I had in the shop. I also bought Johan’s latest book, Beautiful Paper Birds.

I’m looking forward to making those.

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Papercraft bird from a kit by Johan Scherft

More recently a post on OrigamiSpirit.com got me browsing the work of Cristian Marianciuc. The things he’s done with simple origami cranes are brilliant. I had to try some of his ideas myself and made these two cranes. I did each wing slightly differently to experiment. I plan on creating a downloadable pattern that I’ll post here when it’s ready.

Hand decorated cranes

Origami Cranes – hand decorated

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