Friday, 7 January 2011

How to Fold a Paper Crane

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Yesterday I decided to teach myself (okay, get youtube to teach me) how to fold a Paper Crane. I read an article in the Sunday Times about a woman who for New Years Resolutions takes up new skills rather than giving things up. Last year among other things she learnt how to ride a motorbike, butcher an entire lamb and make paper cranes. I decided to start small and stick with the paper cranes!

I tried a number of tutorials, as I'm really not good at this sort of thing and eventually I found this one the best. I'm not going to lie - the first one I made looked awful and took me ages. By the third attempt though my cranes were looking decidedly crane-like, and I could do the whole thing without checking the instructions. I'm pretty chuffed with that!

23 comments:

ellio100 said...

Mmm, i'm loving all these posts about new years' acquisition resolutions! i think it would take longer than a year for me to learn to ride a motorbike though, and i wouldn't want to learn to slaughter anything!
Cranes are so nice though, i love the association between origami cranes and hope and healing

Hannah said...

They look lovely, what are you going to do with them now? Display them on a bookcase or something, they'll really brighten the place up I imagine and are so sweet looking. Great idea to learn a new skill for NY too =)

Hannah xx

Hannah said...

PS regarding the Thailand comment you left me, unfortunately the south and all the islands is very much drunk travellers being rowdy and an awful lot of beach life. However, the beaches are stunning and the water is gorgeous. The north was not like that at all. Of course people went out and partied (like everywhere in Asia) but there was so much more to see and do than sunbathing =) I was apprehensive about Thailand too because it really is the tourist capital of Asia but after spending over 3 weeks there I feel in love with the country and definitely recommend people to visit. And of course to go to the rest of SE Asia too because everywhere is so different and amazing xx

Danni and Maria said...

oh my, these are gorgeous! Never thought to use magazines etc before- better get my origami on!

Danni
xxx

Alice said...

I have actually always wondered how these were made! You have inspired me to give it a go :)x

Imogen said...

I love paper cranes and I have been wanting to be able to make them for ages. Maybe I will try. My sister is good at it so I should ask her to teach me.

daisychain said...

thank you so much for sharing this! I used to be able to do them, but have somehow forgotten! x

and flowers pick themselves said...

awesomeness! there's something so romantic about paper cranes...

:)

xo Alison

Leia said...

Harriet this is so cool! I was really into origami when I was a child - my Japanese best friend taught me how to make so many things but sadly I've forgotten them all. Learning a new skill is such a great new year's resolution! (I need to learn how to drive!)

Leia

Lauren said...

What a brilliant idea! Such a sweet thing for party decorating too. x

E is for Eleanor said...

Oh they are amazing! I'm so grateful you posted that tutorial, it's brilliant :) x

tamsin said...

I love origami. For Christmas my mum got me an Origami Noah's Ark!

janettaylor said...

Oooh, so fantastic!

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Krissy said...

Woah - butchering a lamb! That's quite a unique skill to learn. Not something I could stomach, that's for sure.

I've always wanted to learn origami. I've just been very lazy about it, and never really tried. I might have to take a cue from you though and give that tutorial a try.

Style Eyes said...

Love the paper that you have used, they look sp stylish.

I also love learning new stuff and the achievement of being able to do something new.

Helen said...

Oh I love paper cranes! I always try to learn a new skill in the new year or a new hobby. This year it is running! I've entered for a 10k. I keep saying every year that I want to learn how to sew.

Sherin said...

Your cranes definitely looko really crane like. I used to love oragami as a child! I think I need to take it up again.

Mat said...

you did a real good job, by 6 you will be a wizz

Reda said...

Teach me tomorrow! (or rather today) YAY

Christy said...

That's such a good idea to add a new skill rather than trying to cut something out of your life.
Learning a new skill is so satisfying and this is a really awesome skill.

I'm loving your cranes.

Christy of Dress Rehearsal

Hayles said...

How cute! I'd love to know how to do some more origami things, maybe I'll start with stars and string them up into a curtain!

Lucy said...

aah i like how youve used what looks like magazine paper! Nice to see the old crane used in something other than plain A4! I think I read that Times article! Inspiring.. I actually was folding birds not long ago for a project. i was designing a very easy to fold paper bird as part of a bands promo. I came up with a very simple template and im looking at my little bird now! hes so cute. What have you done with your cranes? We have lots in the house that we stung up across a window <3
xxxx

Spence. said...

Oh your paper cranes are adorable! I used a youtube tutorial once to make an origami unicorn... it ended up being a horse with no head because I got confused half way through and couldn't finish it ;( oh but it was still fun trying to make it though ;)
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