how to make cranes

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DIAGRAM 1

Fold the square in half four times, from corner to corner and from side to side, and press down the creases firmly. The paper should now be creased as in Diagram 1

DIAGRAM 2a

Now work round the four sides folding (eight times) from the corners as in Diagrams 2, lining the side up against the corner-to-corner creases. Press the new creases firmly but only half way. When you have finished and open out the paper, the creases should look like Diagram 3.

DIAGRAM 2b
DIAGRAM 3

DIAGRAM 4a

The next step needs a little patience. Press up the side panels (the ones you made with your last eight creases) moving all four corners towards each other and shaping the paper so it makes a kind of tent on legs, as in the Diagram 4a.

DIAGRAM 4b

Press a 'valley' fold in two opposite long panels (A and C in the diagram) and press down firmly. Your paper is now folded in a kite shape.

DIAGRAM 4c
DIAGRAM 5

By its point, lift up the unfolded panel facing upwards and bend it back across the top at its widest point. Turn the paper over and do the same with the other side. Your paper is now like a large diamond with 'legs'. You now have to make the 'legs' narrower, by folding each one inwards, along the dotted lines shown in Diagram 5. Crease all four legs in the same way.

DIAGRAM 6a

Now look at Diagram 6b. Hold the right hand side (B) closed and lift the left 'leg' (C), slowly and carefully, letting its fold reverse. Press at X to hold it in place. Now do the same thing with the right 'leg' (B). X is now the point of the bird's tail and Y the end of its neck. (Diagram 7)

DIAGRAM 6b
DIAGRAM 7a
DIAGRAM 7b

Now gently pull out the wings (D and E) into a position for a gliding flight. Underneath the paper bird you will see there is a small hole. Blow gently into this, holding the wing tips, so that the bird's body swells out. Finally, turn the end of the neck piece to form the bird's head. It should now sit on a flat surface with its wings outspread; or you can suspend it on a length of cotton to form part of a mobile.


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