Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Crane of Thrones

The Etsy Craft Party is Etsy’s annual celebration of meeting, making, creativity and community, and the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium is proud to take part in its first one this year!

As our Etsy team is spread far and wide across Portsmouth and Southsea, we’re encouraging its members to spread their creativity far and wide – and have thought of the most wonderful way to do it, in keeping with Etsy’s ‘kaleidoscope: paper takes shape’ theme.

If you’re out and about over 05 and 06 June in Portsmouth, Southsea or the surrounding area, you might come across a tiny origami masterpiece lovingly folded by one of our team, as they play the ‘crane of thrones’ and fold and twist sheet after sheet of paper into all manner of animals and objects.

If you do see something (we’d recommend checking out your local, handmade businesses for a better chance of doing so), then congratulations! It’s yours! You can take that home and keep it! Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to make something of your own and share the results with us on Instagram and Twitter! Hey, why not have a go at this delightful crane? If you manage to fold 1,000 of them, and your fingers don’t somehow fall off, Japanese legend says you’ll be granted a wish…


How to make your very own origami crane:

Start with a square piece of paper.

  1. Fold your paper in half.
  2. Fold your paper in half once more.
  3. Create a little ‘pocket’ by folding over where indicated by the little arrow.
  4. Flatten this down so that it becomes a square.
  5. Flip over your work in progress.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side.
  7. Fold the square where directed to put creases into it and then flatten again.
  8. Pick up one of the bottom corners and pull this upwards.
  9. Flatten the sides as you pull upwards.
  10. Flip over your work in progress.
  11. Repeat steps 7, 8 and 9 for the other side.
  12. Fold in the lower edges where indicated.
  13. Fold the long parts at the bottom back in on themselves to make the neck and tail. Remember to fold the tip of one of these to make the head!
  14. Fold the short parts down to make the wings.
  15. Ta-da! You have yourself one bona fide origami crane and/or several paper cuts!

Whatever you find and/or make during Etsy Craft Party 2015, remember to share it on Instagram and Twitter! Mention @portsconsort, @Etsy and @EtsyUK, and hashtag #PortsConsort, #CraneOfThrones and #CraftParty!


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