Inspiration: Origami Cranes

It is said that when one folds 1000 origami paper cranes they are granted a wish.

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Here’s a link to a great video showing you how to fold a crane. Will you or have you ever attempted to create 1000 paper cranes? What are some of the ways you would display them?

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47 Responses to Inspiration: Origami Cranes

  1. Elaine Frazier says:

    Absolutely fantastic. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Elaine Frazier says:

    These are so unbelievably beautiful. I’m about to watch the video, so I can get started.

  3. Rose Fortune says:

    The branch covered in birds is absolutely stunning. I picked up some origami paper so that I can make myself one for my living room!

  4. Denise says:

    I have tried making 1000. I got to about 350 and just couldn’t do it anymore

    • Vanessa says:

      Ahah thats amazing!!! I would make about 13 and stop! do you still have them?? maybe make one per day cause you got so far, why stop?

    • Risa says:

      Made it to 100 in two days with help of my 8 yearold sister. She loved doing it. Took her a while to learn but she loved it. We made a papercrane rainbow in out room over our closet.

  5. Karina says:

    I made 1000 cranes in 19 days. I didn’t do the baby ones but it was still difficult. They’re all over my room now. :3

  6. Justine says:

    Love them in an ornament. Clever and so simple!

  7. Chanssee says:

    I’ve gotten to 600 and my ex threw them away when we broke up. Now I just make them out of whatever I can at the time, and leave them in random places where ever I go. :)

  8. Gina says:

    When I was in fourth grade my teacher gave our class a few minutes each day and with a whole class making them-we got up to 1000 fairly quickly. :)

  9. kat says:

    My roommate and I have had paper cranes hanging from our dorm room ceiling since our freshman year. They’re the first thing people notice and they just love them! :)

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  12. Anu says:

    I have made thousand cranes long back but could not think of something to arrange them.But here i have found some good ideas .I hope I would soon put them to use instead of those lying in the bowl.

    Thanks
    Anu
    http://www.anu-origami.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-project-senbazuru.html

  13. Rachael says:

    My fiance and I are currently in the middle of folding 1000 origami cranes for our wedding in june! we’ve got about 550 right now, still going strong! :)

  14. Oz Tilson says:

    I made a 1000 when we were in the adoption process. My daughter kept her favourite ones. Now we are in the adoption process again for 2 more brothers and we are talking about maybe doing it again as a family.

    I made a bunch of different sizes using scrapboook paper trimmed to different sizes. That worked great because there were similar/same patterns in different sizes so it looked really cool.

  15. sophie says:

    this website inspires me to be an artist! i love making random crafts,but when i saw this i was inpresed

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  17. Anonymous says:

    this looks cool but maybe u should put up instructions on how to make the bird cause somebody showed me but i forgot thanks ill come back

  18. Maria says:

    These are so beautiful. During the year that I was abused, I made 1000 for a history teacher because he was so kind to me. I was never able to tell him exactly what was going on, or what gave me the motivation, but it meant a great deal to me to be able to give him that gift on my 17th birthday.

  19. Jenna says:

    I made a thousand cranes once. It took me about two years – although I probably made far more than that over those two years, but I kept losing them. They’re in a box that’s been covered in kanji, and I used the smallest paper I could find. I carry origami paper with me just about everywhere, and so when I’m bored (or drunk), I just start folding. While I don’t only do cranes, I’ve gotten to the point where I can do them blindfolded.

  20. Linda says:

    Only make about 200 cranes in all different sizes. I’m used them for my sister’s wedding. I sprayed them with soft white glitter paint which really gave them an little more class. And I purchased 5 star heluim balloons to “float” the “flock” over the wedding cake. The glitter for the wedding was perfect, and just about everyone commented on them. Had a lot of fun.

  21. Ruby says:

    I really love you’re paper cranes. Next I recommend telling how to make one!

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  23. Marie Behuniak says:

    Thank you for this amazing site . As a former teacher I always had paper cranes hanging in my classroom and gave them out to my students at the end of the year. I loved your ideas especially the branch. The story that goes with them is “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coer.

  24. Mary says:

    For my 11th Grade Art assignment at school I made 1000 paper cranes and hung them in the shape of an atomic bomb, relating to the Hiroshima atomic bomb and the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”.

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  26. Jacquelyn says:

    I made 1000 cranes for my son’s nursery. I hung them in his window as a “curtain” and they move with the breeze. I called it my labor of love, it took me 45 hours to make and hang all 1000.

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  28. Meia says:

    Thank you for sharing these pictures! I make earrings out of cranes and sell them, as well as strings of cranes. My website shows some pictures: http://makeacrane.wordpress.com/items/

    I also collect lots of stuff on the site about peace, hope, love, all the good things in life ;)

  29. Pei-Pei Chu says:

    I once folded 1000 for my uncle and aunt’s wedding out of gold sheets. It took MONTHS. lol :)

  30. Nikki says:

    I folded 1000 cranes for my mom, and made a mobile out of it. I had five different sizes. I made them out of random pieces of paper cut to size so it took me forever but it was all about the process! :)

  31. Lex says:

    OMG I cant wait to get to a thousand. I am at about …….2. :( but i still need to get origami paper and then im set!! I love the wedding idea!! :)

  32. Cindy says:

    I’ve folded 1000 cranes three times. One for my parents’ anniversary, one for a friend and the other for an ex-fiancé – before he became my ex. I had displayed them in beautiful vases. I hope to make a couple more thousand for my husband and my daughter.

  33. tara says:

    I made 160 cranes for our wedding..one at each place setting plus extras. When my daughter was born 3 years later, I turned the ‘extras’ into a mobile that hangs over her bed.

  34. Lolo says:

    My school did this for an April Fools’ day prank…

    The seniors got the rest of the school to fold 1000 paper cranes, and they hung them in a maths teacher’s classroom.
    Everyone wants him as their maths teacher now.

    (:

  35. Donna says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Very helpful and I can’t wait to get started?

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  37. alyssa says:

    I’m currently in the process of doing this for our wedding – I’m at about 800 now and think hanging from the ceiling after will be a great idea… maybe in the room that will (hopefully) belong to a baby one day. :)

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