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Origami Cranes Made Easy from Your Friends at Quicken Loans

How to Make an Origami Crane the Easy Way

It might look hard, but you can easily make your own beautiful origami crane following the instructions in our easy-to-understand video. If you don’t see the embedded video, you can view the How to Make an Origami Crane Video here.

And, we’ve provided you with an easy-to-print piece of origami paper (with the cool candy cane design of the crane in the video). You’ll just have to cut the top of the paper off to make a perfect square.

These origami crane instructions take you through all the steps, from a square piece of paper to the final finished origami crane. No guessing. Just follow along and you’re good to go. Decorate your house with your origami crane. Or your Christmas Tree. Or anywhere. It’s up to you. They’re cool, fun and now you can have one too!

And the best part? If you make one thousand origami cranes, Japanese tradition tells us that your wishes just might come true!

One Thousand Origami Cranes Make Your Wish Come True (Well, Maybe)

We can’t verify this, but supposedly if you make one thousand origami cranes, your wish (for money, peace, happiness, a child, etc.) will come true. Giving a friend one thousand origami cranes at their wedding is a relatively common tradition in Japan, hopefully giving the bride a groom a happy life together. Often, groups of friends will get together and make the origami cranes, stringing them together before presenting them to a friend or loved one. Here’s more info on the Japanese tradition of one thousand origami cranes.

Origami Cranes and the Tradition of Origami

How did origami cranes become such a big part of Japanese art and culture? And what are the roots of origami? Here’s a little background on origami from Wikipedia:

“Origami (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.

“The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The most well known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints. Traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper or using nonsquare shapes to start with.”

Enjoy Your Origami Paper Cranes

Have a great 2010 Holiday Season and we hope you enjoy your new skill – expert origami crane maker. And remember, you’ve only got one thousand to go before your wishes come true. Start making those cranes. And if you actually do finish one thousand origami cranes? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know. We might have something special for you.

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