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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)


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 final result is shown at right.


Printed pattern

How to Make It

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


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

  1. Flip the pattern over, then book fold and unfold side to side and top to bottom.
  2. Flip it over again. You should have something like the image at right.
  3. Collapse this into a square base.


Continue folding into a standard Bird Base

  1. Continue folding to make a normal bird base .
  2. Finish folding the crane normally.

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

  1. When your bird base is finished the printed wing pattern will be on the inside.
  2. OrigamiCranes07

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

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


The finished Crane

The finished crane.


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 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.

Crested Tit

Papercraft bird from a kit by Johan Scherft

More recently a post on 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

Thanks for stopping by.

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Layered Sculpture

I’ve still not been doing much in the papercraft world other than some occasional origami, but lately I’ve been trying to finish off a few projects I’ve had in the works for far too long. While working on one of those projects I ran across this little item I did a number of years ago.

Composed of 132 individual layers

Composed of 132 individual layers

I saw something similar on a website and had to try it myself. I started with a 3D model of a head that I found on the internet and sliced it into layers in my favourite 3D editor (Metasequoia). After arranging and numbering the layers I printed them on cardstock, then cut them out and stacked them up.

If you want to try it yourself you can download the file here: Download Sculpted Head

Edit: On a whim I enlarged the pattern for printing on (or laminating to) 1mm stock, which should result in a figure about 13 cm tall. The tiny one is a challenge, but if you would like to try the larger size here it is: SculptedHead-Large.pdf

Have fun!

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Origami Orchid

I’m a little amazed it’s been over a year since I last posted anything. I’ve been fiddling with things here and there but not doing a great deal in the paper craft world. One thing I’m particularly proud of is this origami orchid display I made for a friend. She loved it!

Origami Orchid

Origami Orchid

I ran across an image of the finished flower on the internet somewhere and that led me to this video tutorial on youtube. It took a couple practice runs but it’s a fairly easy flower to fold and the results are great. I made the stem from two or three pieces of floral wire twisted together for extra thickness, then wrapped in green floral tape. There’s a loop of wire at the base and a small heavy stone holding it in place in the origami vase I found at


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Robots from Descent


Medium Lifter

descent1I’ve added a couple new models to the Downloads page. These are from the video game Descent, released by Interplay in 1995.

Pictured at right is the Medium Lifter, a common and annoying enemy robot in the game. Below is the Light Hulk, a less common, but more annoying enemy robot.

Check out the downloads page and build yours today.

Light Hulk

Light Hulk

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BSG Celestra Now Available



A couple recent requests for the Celestra from Battlestar Galactica have gotten me motivated to get that project finished up. The original release of this model was on the forum at Through a couple hosting changes and misadventures the files for the small version of the Celestra were lost.  I have cleaned up the unfold and made a few revisions and created both lined and unlined versions of the model. The original large version of the model is also included. The assembly instructions are simple, consisting of a set of images indicating part numbers and the general assembly sequence.

If you build it I’d love to have a picture of the finished project to use on the download page.

The models are now available on the Battlestar Galactica page. Get yours today!

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Origami Workshop

Recently I was asked by the Cranbrook and District Arts Council if I would lead an Introduction to Origami workshop. Since then I’ve been putting together a plan and folding like crazy testing things out. Naturally, along the way I’ve been running across dozens of great models I want to fold. The gallery below shows some of the models we’ll be doing in the workshop, along with a few I just had to do while I was digging around looking for material.

The butterfly from is very easy to fold but looks great, and will be used to introduce the waterbomb base. The piano and star box are traditional models that we’ll be doing in the workshop to illustrate basic concepts and practice squash folds. The traditional crane will be the ultimate goal of the workshop. If time permits we’ll do the samurai helmet and fish, and others.

Flowers are always a great item to fold, making nice gifts, and offering limitless options for presentation and display. The lotus flower below was in the instructions included in a package of origami paper that was given to me. Also pictured are the traditional lily, the Primula by Mitsonubu Sonobe (diagrams found at, a five-pointed variation of the traditional lily created by John Montroll, and the Zhoubi bowl by Philip Chapman-Bell. The available links I could find for the Zhoubi bowl diagrams were all broken, so I emailed Philip and he replied with a new link to the diagram. They are released under a Creative Commons license so I’ve taken the liberty of hosting a copy here.



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New Snowram with options

SnowRam With Luggage

SnowRam With Optional Luggage

Just added to the Battlestar Galactica page is the Snowram version of Revell-Fan’s Landram. Along with the new version comes an optional luggage rack, and enhanced headlights that can be used on any of the Landram versions. The enhanced headlights are intended to be glued over top of the original lights so you could even apply them to a model you have already built.


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Blaster from “V”


Blaster from the mini-series “V”

Our good friend Revell-Fan has kindly provided me with this excellent  model of the blaster from the mini-series “V” to fill the void in the weapons category here at StevesPaper.  I’ve also got a weapon project in the works that I hope to post soon. I didn’t think of it earlier, but also in the weapons category is Revell-Fan’s amazing model of the Colonial Blaster, part of the Colonial Warrior’s Survival Pack. Check them out, download them, build them, and send me some photos. I’d love to add some pictures of other peoples builds to the site.

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Bye for now!

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Santa bi-plane from Paper-Replika

I just finished this great Christmas decoration from Julius Perdana over at The Santa bi-plane is a nicely detailed kit, but as released it’s quite large. I intended to use it as a tree ornament so I printed it at two-pages per sheet so it’s half size. The finished (half-size) model has a wing span of about 14 cm. (a little under 6 in.), and at this size some of the parts were pretty small. I wouldn’t recommend making it any smaller. If you want a nice decoration for next year keep this model in mind.

Merry Christmas,


Finished Santa bi-plane

Finished Santa bi-plane


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