Recently I have developed an affinity for paper cranes. They’re just so magical! So after I saw a “wall of paper cranes” by a gift table on a wedding blog post, I knew I had to make my own. These are super pretty hanging from the ceiling, behind a couch or along a wall that needs some color. I have some hanging by my bed!
For this project, you’ll need:
Origami paper (about 50-100 sheets, depending on how many strings of cranes you want)
Translucent fishing wire
1. The most time-consuming part: fold your paper cranes. I used this tutorial on YouTube. He does a good job of demonstrating how to fold origami at a follow-able pace. Give yourself plenty of time for this step. I spent a few days folding cranes in my down-time, but it’s an easy thing to do while watching TV (or listening to Christmas music), especially once you get the hang of it!
2. Once you’ve folded enough cranes for your project (I folded about 54 cranes, enough for six strings of nine cranes), cut a piece of fishing wire about eight feet long. Thread your needle with the fishing wire. Because a tiny needle and clear fishing wire are hard to see in photos, I cut some out of paper just so you can actually see what’s going on.
3. Start by making a knot at the end of the fishing wire farthest from the needle. Leave about six inches of loose wire on the end so that, if you need to, you can tie it to an object to hang it, or just tape the loose end to the ceiling (like I did).
4. Then start stringing your cranes. pierce the needle through the point on the crane’s back (sorry, crane), through the center of the crane, and through the bottom.
5. When you’ve pulled the fishing wire all the way through the crane, tie a knot right below the crane, so that it stays suspended on the fishing wire.
6. Leave about four to six inches between each crane, and repeat steps 4 and 5. I found the easiest way to do this was to string the first two or three cranes, then tape the string to the blade of a ceiling fan (weird, I know) so that I could continue stringing them while they were suspended in the air. This gives you a better idea of how to space the cranes. And they just look really pretty.
7. When you’ve threaded as many cranes as you want, tie a nice double knot at the bottom of the wire and cut loose any extra wire. Suspend from the ceiling (or wherever you want to display them) and you’re done!