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Origami Day-2: the cranes are flying

What can you make with just one square piece of paper? Apparently an awful lot only if you’ve enough patience to fold it a few times :-)

Yesterday I was at my neighbor’s home. Their little girl was incredibly busy – folding paper cranes, as I soon found out. “Why so many?”, I asked. “I’m making a senbazuru”. It’s a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. The senbazuru comes from an ancient Japanese legend that says a wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes.



When I was little, all I made were a few paper boats and airplanes..and although my paper boats often sank without a trace and my paper planes seldom took off , it was my paper cranes that never failed to flap their wings and delight all..or so I always thought :-)

Reminiscing  my good old ‘talent’, I put together a hanging mobile with paper cranes. Here’s what I used:

  • Square color paper (I used yellow post-it sticky notes because that’s what I could lay my hands on when I raided the stationery stock)
  • Chopsticks
  • White thread
  • A ceiling hook
  • Dollops of patience


For paper cranes mobile:

  • Fold the paper cranes as shown here on wikiHow.
  • Thread the needle. Suspend the cranes vertically on the thread by pushing the needle through their bodies from the bottom towards the top. Tie a knot above and below each crane to hold it in place.
  • Create a cross with chopsticks by tying them together at the center to make a base for the mobile.
  • Tie threads to each end of the chopsticks and join the threads at the top by tying a knot. This is where you will attach the mobile to the ceiling.
  • Tie the threads containing the origami cranes to each side of the chopstick cross until you are satisfied with the design of your mobile.
  • Attach the mobile to the ceiling using a ceiling hook.

It’s pretty awesome when the suspended cranes ‘fly’ with the breeze…so worth it!

Posted in Flickr Comments’ Story Challenge: Letter “O”.

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13 comments on “Origami Day-2: the cranes are flying

  1. ioanna aggelidaki
    October 4, 2012

    It’s so beautiful!!! I love origami!!! I ‘ll try making my senbazuru in the weekend! ;)

    • Deepali
      October 4, 2012

      Thanks, Ioanna! I find it rather therapeutic. I hope the senbazuru brings you loads of luck :-) Happy folding!!

      • ioanna aggelidaki
        October 4, 2012

        I could use its therapeutic action! :D I will totally do it!

  2. Northern Narratives
    October 4, 2012

    That’s awesome. I haven’t make any paper cranes in years. I think it would be fun to make some more :)

    • Deepali
      October 5, 2012

      Thanks! It sure is fun to refresh memories again after all these years and surprisingly you really don’t forget how to fold a paper crane :-)

  3. adinparadise
    October 5, 2012

    This is really beautiful, Deepali. I love to look at origami. It’s so clever. :)

    • Deepali
      October 5, 2012

      Thanks! they sure are a pretty cute sight :-)

  4. Fergiemoto
    October 9, 2012

    Origami!! Lovely mobile!
    I enjoy this art. Cranes have significant meaning in Japan. For part of my wedding decorations, I made several origami cranes.

    • Deepali
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks Fergiemoto. I really admire those who have a talent for this art. I’m guessing you’re one of them :-) I can manage to fold only a few paper cranes at a time. I understand the Cranes are used in auspicious occasions and bring good luck. I’m trying to learn more about their real meaning…

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  6. Myra GB
    October 12, 2012

    Oh wow, very artsy indeed. I have a friend who does these fantabulous origami artwork, wish I could learn myself. :)

    • Deepali
      October 12, 2012

      Thanks Myra. I too admire those who can really make fantabulus origami or any art. I can only manage a few odd figures that are doable :-)

  7. frizztext
    October 15, 2012

    the origami game
    - with just one square piece of paper
    - I’ll never be patient enough for this!

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