Paper Cranes - One down, 999 to go...

As some of will know, I am getting married this summer and as someone in love with interiors I am getting particularly excited about the room dressing...

One option for dressing our big barn style venue which has really sparked our attention are hand-made origami cranes. It is becoming quite popular on the wedding circuit and and after looking into the origins you can see why.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish or will be blessed with health, happiness and eternal good luck. The crane in Japan is one of the most mystical or holy creatures and is said to live for a thousand years which is why 1000 cranes need to be made, one for each year.

Here is the catch though - it is believed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within one year and they must all be made by one person who will be granted the wish at the end. This sadly (!?) means that I won't be able to get involved in making a single crane over the next few months as Peter has decided to take on this mammoth challenge by himself... here is his first attempt...


They really look lovely, especially in this gold foil paper

Aside from weddings, paper cranes are symbols of luck and happiness and there are plenty of ways you can use them in your home. Here is some inspiration I have picked up from around the web...

Strings of cranes look lovely if you are having a summer garden party

Using patterned paper gives them a totally different look and they can act as great place settings. Perfect for Christmas or dinner parties.

Decorating a painted branch like this looks so striking and is simple and quick to make yourself

Create a hanging mobile similar to this one is a child's bedroom is personal and quirky whilst still feeling really modern and fresh
There are loads of videos on Youtube to show you how to make them - they are honestly really simple. Get creative with different patterned paper too - you can buy traditional origami paper on Amazon or you could try it with gorgeous wrapping paper in your favourite patterns (the Liberty print paper is my favourite), you just need to cut it into 15 inch squares for a smallish crane.

What do you think? One you might try at home?

H x

7 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea and such a great way for your fiance to get involved with the wedding preparations. Good luck with it all!

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey! He is up to 20 now... x

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  2. Wow that is a lot of cranes to make! How are you going to store them all without them getting damaged? I love the image of the strings of canes #LoveYourHome

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    1. Thanks Gina! I know it is no easy feat... they fold flat so you can store them quite easily, although we don't have 1000 yet - that will probably be more or a challenge! x

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  3. Ah I can't wait to see what 1000 cranes look like! They are a lovely idea and will look really pretty.

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  4. You must let us know how he's getting on. I love them, they are so cute, and my girls would love to make a mobile for their rooms. I'm onto YouTube! #loveyourhome

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    1. I will! He reached 40 last night so quite a few more to go but they look lovely. They take a few goes to get them right but are pretty simple - I am sure your girls would love making them. I have heard a paper duck is easier so maybe you could start with that x

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