The tsuru crane is the most traditional and popular origami model of all. The crane is known as a symbol of long life and peace. You can also make a senbazuru — a bunch of one thousand origami cranes threaded on a string — as a token for a sick person in a hospital.
To support those affected by coronavirus, we would love to encourage as many people as possible to make a tsuru crane at home.
This free project is reproduced with kind permission from the book Origami Flowers & Birds by Mari Ono, published by CICO Books.
Origami Flowers & Birds by Mari Ono, published by CICO Books (£7.99)
Mari Ono is an expert in origami and all forms of papercrafts. Born in Japan, she has lived in the United Kingdom for many years with her artist husband, Takumasa, where they both work to promote Japanese arts and crafts.
Her previous books include Japanese Origami, Origami for Children, Origami Animal Friends, Origami Ocean Friends, Origami Farm, How to Make Paper Planes, Dinogami, Wild and Wonderful Origami, Origami for Children and The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts, all available from CICO.