the cranes of double happiness

Update — May 6, 2015:

I’ve just received a comment from origami book author, Mr. Didier Boursin, informing me that the origami crane card model comes from one of his books (his comment can be found below).

I want to clarify that in the original post (see below), I have clearly stated that I did not invent the origami crane greeting card instructions. I have in all honesty forgotten where I’ve learned it. I was an avid folder in my teenage years, and have pored over probably over a hundred origami books from the library. I have been folding this diagram from memory for many years, but I do not own the book that contains this diagram, nor do I remember which book contains this diagram. With some experimentation I came up with this double crane version, and thought I would share it in case others would also find it useful. 

From his list of publications it is evident that Mr. Boursin is a prolific origami designer and author, and so it is likely that I’ve come across this crane greeting card model in one of his books, or a book that includes his diagram, as he has suggested in his comment. However, it was never my intent to deceive the readers or disrespect Mr. Boursin and other origami designers. I apologize for not remembering where I initially learned this pattern and therefore could not properly cite it when I wrote this post. And so, since now we know where the pattern comes from, out of respect, I am taking down the rest of the instruction on this post. 

If anyone is interested in folding this model, please consult Mr. Boursin’s list of origami books

Thank you for reading,




Last week I mentioned that I was going to a wedding (photos to come! :D). I decided to experiment on a variation of my usual origami crane greeting card, which has only one crane, and make a double-crane version. I was quite proud that it worked out! So I thought I’d share the folding instructions here, in case it will come in handy for you some day too :D

I must say, though, that I didn’t invent the origami crane greeting card instructions myself. I learned it from a book, but I forget what that book is… there might also be instructions of it floating around on the interweb somewhere. If you’re not familiar with making origami cranes, it might be helpful to first try your hands on the original origami crane to get a feel of how some of the folds work (video here).


12 thoughts on “the cranes of double happiness

  1. Hi,
    Thank you so much for this beautiful and detailed description! I have just realized that it has been literally decades (eek!) since I have been making cranes, and teaching cute little hands how to make them too, but I was definitely not familiar with the double crane version. How inspiring! I am now going to ignore the things I am ‘supposed’ to be doing for the next 10 minutes and give it a try. Thanks again!

  2. I was looking for cool crane ideas and came across your page. Definitely gonna try this one!
    Thank you.

  3. Hi Trish, thank you for sharing I love this! Really want to use for my wedding invites, to enclose the additional info sheet, however that is A4 and no matter how many times I try it doesn’t work with a piece of A4 folded to the size you specify. Is there any way around this? 

    Thank you in advance :)

  4. hi Laura! glad you like the cranes! an A4 piece of paper is slightly longer than the letter size I used, but it should still work. it just needs to be cut lengthwise so that you are folding with a piece of paper that is 3 inches by 11.7 inches (length of an A4 paper), and not with the whole piece of A4. so you would be able to get 2 cards out of one piece of A4. hope this helps!

  5. Thanks Trish, I really appreciate the fast response. However I can’t cut the piece of A4 (maybe only minimally), as it is a sheet full of wedding info (travel options, accomodation, etc etc). I have x2 A4 sheets of info to include along with my postcard invite, so I’m trying to find a cool way to fold it up and present it. I tried folding the piece of A4 into the size you specified, but it didn’t work (I assume due to folds and flaps being in the wrong places!)

  6. i’m sorry that the crane design doesn’t work for your wedding invites… it does need a fairly long and narrow piece of paper. thanks so much for trying it out anyway! all the best with your wedding planning!

  7. Hi

    I’m french author of origami books. Somes are translate in eng.
    I suppose you fine this card in one of my books or in a book written by Gay Merrill Cross. I gave permission to her for this model.
    In your blog, I don’t see any mention.
    If you like so must Origami, please, respect the creators.
    It’s easy to mention the book and the author’site.

    Didier Boursin

  8. Thank you for your comment, Mr. Boursin. I’ve addressed your concern in the post above, please review.

  9. Hello!
    There is no chance for you to show how it’s done this envelope?
    I have a great interest in learning to do for my wedding!

  10. Hi Tassia, thank you for visiting my blog. I cannot post how this is folded, please see my blog post above for explanation, as well as information for the book where the folding diagram can be found. Hope this is helpful.

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