It’s Sunday night again and it’s getting pretty late. I’ve been in bed sick with a cold all weekend. I felt so bad that I even had to miss dance class yesterday….now you know I’m sick if I missed dance! Anyway, I woke up to a bright and sunny Easter morning. It was supposed to rain today, but it barely rained at all. Krispy Kreme doughnuts, bacon, and a glass of milk for breakfast. YUM! My brother and I shared an Easter “basket.” It was really big and had blue and pink Easter grass, two chocolate bunnies for each of us and all of the other candy we could want – Twix, Snickers, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Skittles, jelly beans, and gummies! It was awesome! My older sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner – ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, salad, and rolls. They brought us cupcakes for dessert, but we also had pound cake, strawberries, raspberries, and whipped topping. Almost made me forget that I was sick! While I was in bed all weekend, I read, played games on my Kindle, and made crafts. I also got up for a while and moved to the dining room table to dye Easter eggs before dinner.
The “crafts” that I made were actually origami. I looovvveee origami! I am very passionate about this hobby. Origami is paper folding. When I first started learning origami last year, I saw a YouTube video of a guy who was really good at it. He said that if you are using scissors and cutting your paper or if you are gluing or pasting it, you are just making a craft project. Origami doesn’t use scissors or glue. It is the art of folding a square piece of paper into so much more. Take a look at some of my Easter decorations and treats and of course, my origami.
Look at the red crane I made in the picture. I also made a dark green duck and a light green frog. Here are the instructions for folding a crane. When I am feeling better, I am going to make a few origami videos of my own and share them on my website.
1: Fold paper in half (diagonally) and unfold so that the colored side is facing up again. Then, fold the paper in half (diagonally) in the other direction.
2: Unfold the paper so that the colored side is facing down.
3: Fold the paper in half. Unfold so that the colored side is facing down again. Then, fold the paper in half in the other direction. Unfold.
4: The creases make this step possible. Bring the top, right, and left corners down to the bottom corner and flatten. The crane should look similar to the image to the right.
5: Fold upper layer of right corner inward to the center so that it looks like the image to the right. Repeat with the left corner.
6: Fold top corner down until it meets the upper section of the fold made in step 5. After this step, your paper crane should look kind of like a diamond as pictured in the image below. Unfold only what was folded in step 6.
7: Turn over your paper crane to-be. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on this side.
8: Unfold the paper so that it looks similar as to what it did at the end of step 4 (except this time it will have some new creases.)
9: Open the upper flap of the paper. While opening the upper flap, carefully fold both sides inward. The creases made in previous steps will be a guide as the paper is folded. Turn over the paper and repeat open the upper flap of the paper. Carefully fold both sides inward, just like before.
10: Fold the top layer of the right “leg” part. Repeat on the left leg. Turn over your crane and fold both legs on this side.
11: Fold each leg up at an angle. Crease the fold. Unfold only what was did in this step.
12: Tuck the right leg up and inwards. Repeat with the left leg.
13: Choose whichever end you wish to be the head and fold it down. Fold the wings downward and crease
Now you have a crane!