Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SDAFF 2009: How to Fold a Crane

As part of our fold a prayer/crane and cancer awareness campaign, we have a table set up at the theater for patrons to fold a crane. Manning the table are volunteers who are capable of folding cranes and are patiently teaching people how to do so (at least, that’s the idea). Apparently, my folding crane style is different from the instruction poster at the table. So for anyone who I taught and is now struggling to remember what to do next, but can’t figure it out because I have a rebel style, here are step by step instructions with pictures!
Make sure you have a square piece of paper.
Fold it in half toward you
Fold it in half again.
The creases should be on the left and top side and should be able to open like a book.
Take the top right corner of the “book” and fold it down along the left hand crease.
Open the folded “book” cover.
Do the same thing to this side so it looks like a triangle.
This is where it gets a bit tricky. If you hold the top of the triangle up, you should be able to see all the different layers.
Take the very inside layers and while holding the two outer triangles, open it along the creases.
This is what it should look like if you look at the insides.
You should get a square. Turn it so that when you set it down, it should look like a diamond and it opens toward you. There should also be a crease straight down the middle.
Take the right corner of the top layer and fold the bottom half along the middle crease.
Do the same thing for the left side.
Flip the whole thing over. Take the right corner of the top layer and fold the bottom half along the middle crease.
Do the same thing for the left side. At this point it should look like a kite.
Take the top triangle of the kite, and fold it down along the top of the two smaller triangles.
Make sure you make this crease really well.
It should look like a triangle.
Open that very triangle you just made so it looks like a kite again.
Open the two side triangles so it looks like a diamond.
Tricky bit: From the bottom of the diamond (the corner closest to you) you’re going to peel the very top layer and take it to the top, as far as it’ll go.
It should look kind of like a boat.
You’ll want to flatten your boat shape along the creases already in the paper.
Flip the whole thing over. Do the same thing: Open the two side triangles so it looks like a diamond.
Take the top layer and flip it to the top so it looks like a boat.
Flatten. You should have an elongated diamond.
If you notice, the bottom half of your elongated diamond should be able to move, like legs (if it’s your top half the moves, just turn it upside down).
Now the legs are a bit too fat. So we’re going to take the right corner of the top layer and fold the bottom half along the middle.
Do the same thing to the left side.
Flip the whole thing over.
Do the same thing: Take the right corner of the top layer and fold the bottom half along the middle.
Repeat on the left side.
Ok, this part is difficult for me to explain, but what you’re going to do is stick your index fingers between the two layers.
Pinch the middle and fold the middle closed.
Pinch those two parts together.
Whatever is left hanging, you want to pinch them together in their own little section.
Flatten.
Here, it should look kind of like a fox.
Take the top layer of the fox nose and turn it all the way up to its ears.
Flatten it so it makes a crease.
Flip the whole thing over.
Repeat: Take the fox nose and fold it up to its ears.
Flatten.
This next part is like what we did earlier. Stick your index fingers between the two side layers.
Pinch the middle and fold the middle closed.
Pinch those two parts together.
Whatever is left hanging, you want to pinch them together in their own little section.
Flatten.
If you look from the top of where everything opens, you should be able to see the insides of the fox nose.
Take that and slightly pull it out at any angle you like.
This is going to be either the head or the tail.
Do the same to the other one.
Pick one side to be the head.
Fold the tip down.
I like to kind of crease it along the inside so the head stays in place.
Now I’m sure you can tell where the wings are.
Pinch them at the base (as close as you can get to the middle).
Slowly pull them outwards.
Sometimes it’s easier to kind of wiggle the wings back and forth as you’re pulling the wings out so the middle pops up more.
And viola! You just made a crane!

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