I have always loved the Japanese art of folding paper called Origami. In particular, paper cranes. In Japan, the crane is a symbol of hope and good luck. And it is said that if you fold 1000 paper cranes your wish will come true.
A few years ago, I organized a project based on the children's book "Sadako And The Thousand Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr. The kids and adults at our church folded 1000 cranes, strung them together on long strings, and sent them to Japan. They were hung in the Peace Park in Hiroshima, with our wish for world peace.
(This photo courtesy of Children's Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan.)
There are groups that are using the paper crane to raise awareness about the plight of the people in Japan. Groups like American Red Cross, Heart to Heart, Shelter Box, etc... are collecting funds to provide humanitarian relief, food, shelter and medical care to the survivors. PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN. Every dollar helps.
Do you want to learn how to fold a paper crane?
There are lots of colored and printed papers available.
Select one square.
Fold it in half diagonally, both ways.
Fold it in half to make a rectangle, both ways.
Keeping the fold at the top, take one corner and fold it to the center.
Flip it over, and fold the other corner to the center.
Insert your finger into the bottom, slightly turn the paper and flatten into a square.
Fold the open edges towards the center to form what looks like a kite shape.
Flip it and fold the other side the same way. It will look like this.
Fold the top point down. (fold it to the back and to the front, to make the next step easier.)
Unfold the top point and sides to look like a square again. Then lift the open edge. Pull it all the way open bending along that top crease. This will pull the sides in. Invert the side folds to make a diamond shape.
Flip it over and and do the same thing to the other side and it will look like this.
The top half will be solid and the bottom half will have a split.
Fold the split side in towards the center again, to make it more narrow.
Do that to each side.
Then flip it over and do it on the reverse side too. It will look like this, with solid pieces at the top. And the bottom will have two skinnier split section that look like long points.
Take one pointed bottom piece and slightly unfold it and push it almost all the way up into the middle of the top section, and then pinch it flat again, inside itself.
Repeat to the other pointed section and it will look like this.
(Note: that the bottom edge should be at an slight angle, not exactly straight.)
Push the tip of one of the points down into itself and flatten and to make a head.
The remaining point becomes the tail.
Gently pull out on the wings and the crane will open up.
You can push down on the body a bit to make it stay open.
I folded more paper cranes today.
I hope you will join me.
Fold a crane. Make a donation. Keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.