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Fold Origami Cranes as a Tribute to Victims of 9/11

Hands holding an origami crane, a traditional and symbolic paper bird from Japan.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~Buddha

“Peace goes into the making of an origami crane as flour goes into the making of bread.” ~Pablo Neruda

Origami cranes were offered to visitors at the WTC Tribute Center to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Cranes are traditional paper birds from Japan. They symbolize peace, good health and longevity.

Video showing how to make an origami crane.

See other origami video tutorials  available on this site

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Sarah September 11, 2019, 12:04 pm

    Can I ask where you got your folding tool???

    • Leyla Torres September 11, 2019, 2:00 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      I’ve had the tool available for sale in the past. I might be getting more soon. I invite you to sign up and receive a notification if/when it becomes available.
      Follow this link to get in the list: https://www.origamispirit.com/folding-tool/
      Thank you for writing.

      • Sarah September 13, 2019, 5:49 pm

        Thank you so much for getting back to me! I have saved the link and I look forward to possibly getting one of your tools!

  • giorgi January 28, 2016, 10:11 am


  • Isabel July 14, 2013, 9:53 am

    Thank you so much for these videos! This model was one of the first models I did-and now I think back to how far I’ve come in origami. Your videos have helped me so much, thank you!

    • Leyla Torres July 15, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Hi Isabel, I’m very happy to hear that you have made progress with your origami by watching our origami videos. Thank you for sharing with us, and keep up with your gook work!

  • Robin August 3, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Thank you ! I used smaller squares and made a fabulous pair of earrings !

    • Leyla Torres November 9, 2012, 5:04 pm

      Earings featuring origami cranes, how lovely!

  • adnane March 14, 2012, 8:41 am

    “tsuru origami” is the best way to describ meaning of” peace”.
    I really consider AKIRA YOSHIZAWA as the best designer.
    I hope that a new generation will find a spirt of this art.

  • Leyla Torres August 17, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Here is a box with 50 cranes I sent to Origami USA.

  • Marta Ide Schaefer August 15, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Hi Leyla!

    I always get inspiration when I visit your blog!
    Next, I will post this information, can I?



    • Leyla Torres August 15, 2011, 1:39 pm

      Hi Marta,

      Please post this information wherever you might want.
      Thank you for your visiting Origami Spirit.


  • yvonne August 14, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I’m going to take this to school and see what we can accomplish.

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