Origami is the art of paper folding that originated in Japan. The Japanese see the crane as a sign for peace, and the crane is a figure often constructed in origami. The origami cranes were made popular after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when a young Japanese girl made thousands of the paper cranes, wishing for well bodies and a world full of peace. These origami peace signs can be easily made by children and adults and are a fun craft to do together.
Fold the top of the square piece of paper in half downward, crease and open the paper back up. Rotate the paper over so the left side is now on top and fold the paper in half again, creasing, and then unfold. Turn the paper over
Fold the paper on the diagonal from both corners, and unfold.
Rotate the paper so that a corner is on top making a diamond shape and fold the paper downward in half. This will create a triangle. Fold the right corner of the triangle inward, and repeat on the left side. Your paper should now look like a diamond.
Fold the bottom sides of the front section of the diamond to the centre fold. Turn the paper over and repeat this step, Then unfold the flaps on both sides. Fold the right hand flap inward along the crease that you just created and repeat on the left side. Turn the paper over and repeat with both the right and left sides. The paper should now look like a kite shape.
Fold up the front flap. This will form one of the wings. Turn the paper over and fold up the other flap to create the other wing.
Fold the right and left sides into the centre line and turn the paper over and repeat.
Open the sides of the paper slightly and push the right flap up and inside itself, then repeat with the left side. This will create what will be the head and the tail of the peace crane. The side you want to be the head, fold a small portion down to create the head shape.
Fold the paper that is still standing up in the centre down to each side, the pull the wings out slightly to finish your peace crane.